July 2019:

Takeovers, joining forces and opening new greenhouses

Again several company announcements in June 2019; UK bedding plant grower Bridge Farm Group acquired by Canadian MMJ grower Sundial Growers Inc, Hasfarm and FleuraMetz join forces in China, and Royal van Zanten opens new greenhouses in Uganda. On top of that, the Dutch floriculture industry signs International Responsible Business Conduct Agreement and the big exhibition held this month is Cultivate.

But more happened, see the overview below:


Ben Hogewoning, My Peony Society

Lower temperatures boost European peony harvest

"So far, it has been better compared to last year and the season is not over yet", says Ben Hogewoning of My Peony Society, a platform that distributes the peonies of a…


Rwanda’s only rose farm spreading its wings

As a government initiative to employ the masses and to boost the Rwandan floriculture sector, the 20 ha rose farm Bella Flowers was established in 2016. It is the only rose…


Dutch floriculture industry signs International Responsible Business Conduct Agreement

A blueprint for a joint approach to tackle the issues at stake in the international ornamental industry. That's how Secretary-General Véronique Timmerhuis of the Social and…


Kenyan farm thrives with Japanese business philosophy

Ever heard of the Kaizen concept? It is a Japanese business philosophy and literally means "continuous improvement'. Toyota is one of the well-known companies which employs…


CAN (BC): Nursery shut down due to phytophthora ramorum

On Friday, June 21, Island View Nursery underwent a randomly selected inspection by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for Phytophthora ramorum (an airborne spore-producing…


UK bedding plant grower acquired by Canadian MMJ grower

Currently ornamental plants, flowers and herbs are being grown in the three growing facilities of UK-based Bridge Farm Group. Nowadays, the group is 1.5 million square feet in…


Hasfarm and FleuraMetz join forces in China

A broader assortment for wholesalers, and a better chain from wholesaler to florist, using modern technology. At Hasfarm, they had been striving for this for years, but the…


A peek inside United Selections show house in Naivasha

Market-focused breeding, side by side with growers

Focusing more on their low altitude crops and to be closer to where the majority of their rose growers do breeder visits. These were the main reasons for rose breeder United…

  Festive opening of Royal van Zanten in Uganda

The symbolic ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the two new greenhouses at Royal van Zanten in Uganda was conducted by Sjoukje Heimovaara, Managing Director. And to make things…


Claes Bastrup, Gartneriet PKM:

"Prices for common Campanula under pressure"

Although there was no peak in sales of bedding plants this year, Gartneriet PKM is still satisfied with the Campanula season. “We sold the same amount of plants as we did last…


Photo report Cultivate'19

Here it is, the photo report of the Cultivate'19. This three-day event concluded last Tuesday and brought together a nicely balanced mix of greenhouse technology, supplies,…

Breeders comment:

Respecting IP rights, still an issue in China

Illegal propagation is still a major issue for breeders and distributors in China. Even though, China officially ratified the International Convention for the Protection of…


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