June 1-17, 2019

IFTEX, FlowerTrials, Syngenta acquires Varinova, Beekenkamp wins FleuroStar and more...

For many years, the first half of June consists of the IFTEX in Nairobi, Kenya, and the FlowerTrials in the Netherlands and Germany. At this year's IFTEX, it became clear that the Kenyan rose growers have had a challenging year so far and that many are trying their luck in bouquets. At the FlowerTrials, we noticed two trends. Firstly, there seem to have been an emphasis on the compactness of a variety. Growers want to reduce the use of PGRs for varieties that usually need it. They, therefore, are looking for improved ones. At the same time, everything needs to be more compact, they say, as people's gardens are becoming smaller. 

But more happened the first part of June 2019, Syngenta Flowers acquires Dutch cyclamen breeding company Varinova, IFTEX, Beekenkamp wins FleuroStar 2019, and Meilland launches novelty Zepeti. Also, Jan Willem Wieringa of Desch Plantpak compared plastic to dog poop.

Below the complete overview of what happened between June 1-17, 2019.


Jürgen von den Driesch, Brandkamp:

Lantana: "Bi-colors on the rise"

The lantana is a popular and well-known plant, particularly in Central Europe. Orange and yellow are the traditional and still the most important colors, but over the last…


peek at United Selections, Maridadi and Rift Valley Roses

How the Kenyan floriculture industry seeks to meet consumer's demands

Despite a challenging start of the year, Kenyan growers are looking ahead and investing in their crops, facilities and workers. The floriculture industry in this country has…


A challenging year for the Kenyan rose industry

Overproduction, low demand, high fertilizer prices, VAT that isn't refunded by the government, unfavourable exchange rates. When talking with the exhibitors at the IFTEX, it's…


Syngenta Flowers acquires Dutch cyclamen breeding company Varinova

Syngenta announces today, that it has successfully completed the acquisition of Varinova’s Cyclamen business. Varinova is a Dutch company that is fully dedicated to the…


Kenya: Growers trying their luck in bouquets

In contrast to roses, the summer flowers and fillers industry seems to be on the rise. These types of flowers are increasing in popularity, and more and more rose growers seem…

Photo Report IFTEX 2019

Here it is, the photo report of the IFTEX 2019. Last Friday, the Oshwal Center closed its doors on the 8th edition of the IFTEX. At this three-day event, the stakeholders from…


House of Meilland launches promising novelty 'Zepeti'

Yesterday, at the facilities of MNP Flowers in Leimuiderbrug, the Netherlands, the House of Meilland baptized a new introduction in its renowned collection of roses. Zepeti,…


Jan Willem Wieringa, Desch Plantpak:

"You can compare plastic to dog poop"

What do dogs and plastic have in common? "People like dogs, but not stepping in their poop. But is it the dog's fault? No, it all comes down to the owner's behavior, and the…


Beekenkamp wins FleuroStar 2019

Beekenkamp took home the tenth FleuroStar award. The prestigious prize, which is awarded annually to the novelty with the highest 'wow' factor, was won by the breeder for…


Photo report: Decorum Summer Fair

It is a week full of events and festivities and the Decorum Summer Fair is one of them. During this annual event all 20 decorum flower growers presented their assortment in…


Photo report FlowerTrials 2019

The 32 FlowerTrials locations where 62 breeding companies were showcasing their varieties, closed their doors last Friday, June 14. From all over the world, growers, traders…


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