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Karanporn Chutarattanakul, Kanok Seed:

"Thailand: "Kanok Seed to conquer Thai and AEC market with European hydrangeas"

"We receive a lot of inquiries for hydrangeas" says Karanporn Chutarattanakul, CEO of Kanok Seed, a large grower of several European pot plants. A couple of weeks ago, Kanok Seed started to grow hydrangeas in the 20 acres of their greenhouse in Thailand. They import pre-finished hydrangeas from Europe and are planning to supply the entire Thai and AEC market with their hydrangeas in the future.

Last year, Kanok Seed decided to focus on the production of hydrangeas. In order to explore the possibilities, the International Manager of Kanok Seed, Mr Suwat visited the IPM in late January. Soon after returning from the IPM, they started to import pre-finished hydrangeas in 14 cm pots from a German breeder for a trial production and, in turn, their display at the Horti Asia in Bangkok, Thailand.

Left and bottom right: Kanok Seeds display of hydrangeas at the Horti Asia in Bangkok, Thailand. Upper right: the booth of Kanok Seed with a selection of plants they grow.

At the Horti Asia there was a lot of attention for the hydrangeas of Kanok Seed. "During and after the show, we received a lot of inquiries from landscapers, large hotels, resorts etc," says Chutarattanakul.

Therefore, they imported a second container, from the same German breeder after the show. The container arrived on the first of May and the plants are now being grown to finishing on cultivation tables in the greenhouse of Kanok Seed.

Pictures of Kanok's second Reefer container of pre-finished Hydrangeas. This container of Hydrangea was imported from Germany and arrived at May 1st.

These photos were taken on May 20. This is showing the production of the first container materials which arrived 19 days before.

"The third container is already underway", says Chutarattanakul. last Friday, on May 22, another Reefer container was loaded in France with pre-finished hydrangeas of Horteve Breeding.

The third Reefer container with hydrangeas, loaded on May 22 2015. This container is on its way from Rotterdam.

As the demand for hydrangea is high and constantly increasing, Kanok Seed is planning to import more hydrangeas this year. "In the future, we would like to supply Thailand and the AEC market year round with hydrangeas. Therefore, we are planning to import three more containers with many different pre-finished hydrangea sizes, this year."

For more information:
Kanok Seed Co. LTD.
Suwat Singtothong
Email: [email protected]