November 16-30, 2019:

The start of the poinsettias and much more

The poinsettia sales are starting to increase and the US is preparing for Thanksgiving and this means the year is drawing to an end. But besides poinsettias, much more happened this month. Gerbera United celebrated its tenth anniversary, the construction of the new facility of Karma Plants started and Mother's Day was celebrated (November 24) in Russia.

Also this month, we had some nice interviews with Brandkamp about their cut flower chrysanthemums, with KFC about how Kenya is dealing with Australia's zero pest tolerance, with Agromonte about their solar project, SB talee about their new carnation line, FloraCo about growing flowers in the desert in Peru, Finlays about the shut down of Kericho farms, and FMA on their new aluminium sensor that indicates vase life.

See below the complete overview.


Fulfilling the demand for filled chrysanthemums

The demand for cut flower chrysanthemums is increasing year by year and particularly the filled varieties. Also, German breeder and propagator Brandkamp sees selling numbers…


Stars for Europe actively refreshing the plant’s image

Turning the poinsettia into a trendsetter

Over recent years, the poinsettia has been able to increase its market share relative to many other plants. And while traditional buyers over 65 are still crucial, younger…


Screen installation Florensis: "a technical and logistical complex project"

A striking project is nearing completion: the screen installation at the new Florensis company in Dinteloord, the Netherlands. It is not the largest project ever realised by…


The business that generates about 3.5 million dollars in Colombia in the Christmas season

The plant comes originally from Mexico and Guatemala, and with the arrival of winter in the Northern Hemisphere its green leaves transform and acquire the characteristic red…


Construction for new facility Karma Plants has started

After a year and a half of drawing and designing, construction of the new greenhouse of Karma Plants finally started on October 30th. The company grows with this extra 28,000…


Clement Tulezi, Kenya Flower Council, explains:

How Kenya is dealing with Australia's zero pest tolerance directive

The zero pest tolerance directive in Australia is effective since September 1, 2019. This announcement was giving the growers exporting to this country a hard time. Kenya…


Colombian carnation grower goes solar

"The aim is to replace 30 percent of the energy use with solar energy", says Daniel Maldonado of Agromonte. This carnation and spray carnation grower is among the first…


Sandra Medina, Natura Breeders, on their new line named Thrill:

Shaking up the carnation palette with new colors

When one thinks of carnations, reds, whites, pinks and yellows as main colors, pop into your mind. However, in a world where everyone is looking for something new, Colombian…


New 160 meter factory hall for Hendic

What a length...160 meters. Bas van der Elst is very happy about it. "This is working so well. We are now producing liners in continuous parts of 160 meters. Less lifting is…


grower opens new location and celebrates anniversary

Gerbera United celebrates its tenth anniversary in new greenhouse

Gerbera United has been in existence for ten years. The company also recently started using its third location. After months of preparing and optimizing the new, modern…



FloraCo grows millions of wax flowers in Peru

Growing flowers in the driest desert in the world

It was a remarkable step Steve Bushnell of FloraCo took twelve years ago. After growing wax flowers in Southern California for many years, he moved the production to the…


Piet Kelderman explains

Finlays shuts down Kericho farms, but expands Londiani farm

Finlays will shut down their farms, Chemirei and Tarakwet, in Kericho (Kenya) on 25th December. However, they will continue to expand their Lemotit farm in Londiani, and they…


Mother's Day in Russia is developing into a real flower holiday

A tour to wholesalers in Russia shows that Mother's Day (which this year was celebrated on 24 November) in a number of years is still increasingly developing into a serious…


Aluminum sensor on the sleeves indicates vase life

An insight to the freshness of flowers

“Unexpectedly positive” Raymond Oosterveld of Jarja Floral calls the reactions of growers to their new color changing sensors that indicate the freshness of flowers. They…

It's Black Friday! Floral industry joining the price war

It's the day after Thanksgiving: Black Friday, which means plenty of promotional sales. Since 1932, this day has been regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping…


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