Friday, September 25, 2020

Hishtil shares best practices with focus on potted herbs, organic herbs and ornamental crops

Extending the shelf life of the more delicate types of plants

Hishtil has made it its goal to provide economic and environmentally friendly horticultural solutions that improve the quality of produce. "A key facet of our research is to study how we can extend the shelf life of our plants at our client’s sites. As durable as our plants may be, however, they still…

Trish Patel, PJ Dave:

“We continued shipping the little orders coming through to secure future markets for Kenya”

The horticulture industry in Kenya is optimistic of quick recovery as global space slowly opens after the Covid-19 disruption. Export earnings hit KSh72 billion between January and May 2020, up from KSh65 billion for the same period last year, translating to an 11% increase. The good earnings are largely…

A look at the Italian lisianthus flowering trial Stars-Plant

"Even with the corona crisis, we received a lot of visitors at our flowering trials last monht", says Gert-Jan Valstar. In collaboration with the Italian trading company Ceraco Bulbi, the plant grower set up a comparison test in southern Italy, where a wide assortment of lisianthus was set up. "Despite…

Dr. Terril Nell, American Floral Endowment

Poinsettia: "It is prudent to establish handling and shipping practices"

It is hard to believe that the first poinsettias will be shipped to retail stores in just 4–5 weeks and shipments will continue until near December 20. Life becomes hectic in…

Dutch Flower Group teams up with Ecochain for environmental footprint transparancy

Multiple retailers, such as supermarket chains and owners of other formats, are increasingly asking for insight into environmental footprints and other sustainability topics related to the flowers and plants they buy. As part of its sustainability ambitions, Dutch Flower Group (DFG) has set targets for…

Renewed version of manual “Nutrient Solutions for Greenhouse Crops” available

Producers of fertilizers Yara, SQM and Nouryon, laboratory Eurofins Agro and consultant Geerten van der Lugt have combined forces to publish a renewed version of the popular…

Poinsettia Problems 2020: The “Tipping Point” and Testing Pesticides

It’s that time of year again where you have to make a choice with your poinsettia. Do you stay the course with natural enemies, or abandon your bio program and spray  for whitefly? And spray with WHAT? This post has tips on how to test pesticides NOW, so that when it comes down to the wire, you’ll know what…

UK: Johnsons Garden Centre celebrates record-breaking year

The firm's Garden Centre Sales Division, which is run by Retail Sales Manager, Mark Reynard has had a turbulent year to say the least when garden centres were forced to shut leading to postponed and cancelled orders of thousands of perishable plants. The division which relied heavily on online plant…

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Inara Prusakova |

The story of the ‘queen of flowers’

The rose has been associated with everything from debauchery to purity. Joobin Bekhrad explores the myths and meanings behind one of fashion’s favourite motifs. “It might well be said of this beautiful flower, that nature has exhausted herself in trying to lavish on it the freshness of beauty, of form,…

Pot plants more »

These are the most popular house plants on Instagram

With restrictions on the number of people you can see set to last for months, maybe it’s time to get yourself some new plant friends. And if you need some inspiration,…

Cultivation more »

Webinar 'Preventative maintenance and environmental controls in the greenhouse'

Argus Controls invites you to watch the 'Preventative maintenance and environmental controls in the greenhouse' webinar that took place on September 18. The panel of experts explained how an environmental control system can help growers in getting ahead of potential issues with their equipment. In…

Airborne fungus that can trigger plant growth

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) announced that a harmless airborne fungus, Cladosporium sphaerospermum strain TC09 (TC09), can…

Technique more »

"application to basin great brainteaser"

Market launch Tank Level Indicator just a starting point for Aad Verduijn

Aad Verduijn introduced the Tank Level Indicator back in May. The very first product from Avecon, a company with which Aad has mainly marketed his services since 2006. It was therefore exciting to see how the market would react to a physical product, made and conceived in Maasdijk. "Positive,…

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James Kapombe, Cocogrow, nominated for Foya Awards Agripreneur of the year (under 30, Kenya)

"Our major focus is to be a plant propagation company offering propagation solutions"

The combination between making good use of the high amount of coconut husk waste that is being produced in Coastal Kenya and the need for coco peat among horticulture growers. That was the reason for James Kapombe to establish his own company Cocogrow in 2018, sourcing coco peat locally. Right after the…

Energy more »

Geothermal energy for greenhouse application

Mariska Dreschler with GreenTech did an interview with Marit Brommer, passionate about geothermal energy and the Executive Director of the International Geothermal Association. In the interview, they talked about:  Why is geothermal energy a logical source for greenhouses The sustainability factors of sustainable energies…

Crop protection more »

Germany: A new tobamovirus infecting Hoya spp.

During 2019/20, a batch of 6,000 young plants of different Hoya spp. (family: Asclepiadaceae) was grown in a German nursery. The plants had been originally imported from…

Breeding more »

Golden KVBC Award for Cortaderia

On September 15, 2020, the KVBC trial committee awarded a golden KVBC Award to Cortaderia selloana “Day1” (TINY PAMPA) after a field trial. "This plant immediately stands out because it grows much more compactly than other cultivars. Eventually the plant will reach a height of about 60-75 cm. “Day1” produces many shoots and therefore…

Tree nursery more »

Ian Dean |

Australia: Investment tool launches to drive greater adoption of urban forest and greenspace

Following a 12 month industry consultation process, a new user-friendly investment tool has been made available to Australian local government planning and operational asset managers, developers, landscape architects, arborists and urban greening consultants to help them perform accurate life-cycle…

Novelties more »

Better Boxwood:

US: "The first scientifically bred blight-resistant boxwood collection in the industry"

Plant Development Services Inc. (Loxley, AL) and Tree Town USA (Houston, TX) partner to introduce Better Boxwood, "the first collection of scientifically bred blight-resistant boxwood in the industry".   Better Boxwood™ The Better Boxwood series is the result of over two decades of breeding and trials in Europe, led…

Machines more »

Frigotherm Ferrari

Different refrigeration solutions

Frigotherm Ferrari has been one of the main points of reference for refrigeration and air conditioning for over 50 years. "70% of our market is in Italy. We have extensive experience in the apple sector, but also provide innovative solutions to other operators as well as to the logistics sector,"…

Floristery more »


US: Four industry members earn AAF designation

Four floral industry members with varied and distinguished experience are set to be inducted into the American Academy of Floriculture (AAF). The honorees have earned the prestigious rank by committing their time and energy to both the floral industry and their local communities. The 2020 AAF inductees…

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