Looking back at February 2020

How Covid-19 started to impact the industry

We often start the beginning of February with a photo report of the IPM Essen - and at that time not knowing that it would be one of our last shows to attend in 2020. A week later, our colleagues from HortiDaily visited the Fruit Logistica in Berlin, where the effects of the coronavirus started to take shape. The Chinese hall was empty and the floral industry exporting to China is feeling the first impacts and the first exhibitions in China started to announce the postponement of their shows. 

Being a Chinese 'problem' at first, further in the month of February, it became clear that this unknown Coronavirus would become more and more a global problem as it hit Italy and Myplant & Garden decided to postpone their show as well. 

Fortunately, some exhibitions were able to continue, like Horticontact in the Netherlands and HorEx in Vietnam. 

Growers were quite pleased with Valentine's day this year, despite weather conditions and the situation in China made it challenging this year.

Below are the highlights:

Video Photo report: IPM Essen 2020

With a higher number of visitors and a higher percentage of foreign visitors compared to last year, again records have been broken at this year's IPM Essen edition. This year…

Coronavirus impacts international flower trade

"Gesundheit startet hier!" That’s what the disinfection gel dispensers read at the IPM Essen last week. This week the Chinese hall is empty during the Fruit Logistica show in…

Göran Basjes, Kordes Roses on Con Amore:

New red rose cuts down on light and crop protection

Red is an important color in cut roses and therefore when new or improved varieties enter the market interest is high. This also counts for the new red rose variety of Kordes…

Rasmus, Biosund:

Denmark: Rosa Danica subsidiary launches organic pot plant line

Denmark is one of the strictest countries regarding the rules for organic production, but Rasmus Moth Madsen took the plunge and started to focus on the production of organic…


Colombian flowers ready for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day marks the start of the Colombian flower export season. The United States is the country’s main sales destination, since 80% of the total goes there,…

Run-up to Valentine's Day

Netherlands: Higher rose prices as Kenyan supply lags behind

Over the last few weeks, Kenya has had a lot of rain and this wet weather delayed the rose production. Not good timing in the run up to Valentine's Day (February 14). As a…


DeCock Plants launches in-house poinsettia genetics

After the osteos and lavender, Decock Plants now introduces their own poinsettia genetics. In recent years the company has increasingly been focusing on its own breeding…

May 11-13, Guangzhou

Flower Expo China postponed due to COVID-19 virus

Since the outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia (NCP), Guangdong Grandeur International Exhibition Group (organizer of Flower Expo China) has been actively engaged in…

Weber Verpackungen shows new paper-glassine sleeve concept

Glassine: A new concept in flower packaging to replace plastic

The client wants an alternative to plastic, but still wants to see the flowers. With this in mind, Germany packaging manufacturer Weber Verpackungen started their search for a…


Valentine's Day 2020: Ups and downs in international rose trade

It is Valentine's Day today! While florists are still working overtime to supply their Valentine's bunches, for the trade the Valentine's rush is over. So it's time to…

Sept.-Nov., 2020

Hortiflorexpo IPM Beijing postponed due to coronavirus

Following the outbreak of the nCoV (Coronavirus), the Hortiflorexpo IPM Beijing is being postponed. The show was to take place in Beijing in April this year. The organizers…

Local Inspiration Days

Floricultura Brazil puts a new appointment on growers’ and breeders’ calendars

Floricultura is one of the absolute superpowers when it comes to Phalaenopsis young plants. Since a few years ago the Dutch breeder boosts its own facilities in Brazil, while supplying…

A chat with Hugo Noordhoek Hegt

New Dümmen Orange CEO on company’s ambitious growth plans

With a background of consolidating companies combined with his global experience, Hugo Noordhoek Hegt was chosen as the new CEO of Dümmen Orange. He started on January 1st,…


US: Van Hoekelen Greenhouses purchases 6 acre facility in Florida

For several years, Van Hoekelen Greenhouses in Kline Township (PA) has been growing Christmas Cactus liners, Ivy, and 4 and 6 inch foliage in Apopka (FL) in a 6 acre…

Show will now be held in September 2020

Italy: Myplant & Garden postponed due to coronavirus

The sixth edition of the Myplant & Garden that was set to be held this week, from February 26-28, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country. It is…

photo report: HortiContact

Video International suppliers joining in Dutch horticultural market

Last week the HortiContact show took place in Gorinchem, the Netherlands. For many suppliers focusing on the European market, this is the last one of the hattrick: IPM Essen,…

Growing wax flower in the Israeli desert

"We'll be back"

It is a challenge to grow wax flower and Asclepias tuberosa in the desert, but Israeli farmers Ori Duek and Alon Gibori managed to do it. But after successfully growing these…


Third edition HortEx gets started

This morning in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, several international representatives were present to cut ribbons in the SECC exhibition centre, officially opening the HortEx…

Effect coronavirus (and Sunday) on Women's Day sales

Italy: "Flowers aren't a priority at the moment"

Even though the orders usually start to come in the week before Women's Day, or Fiesta della Donna as they call it in Italy, sales were already expected to be lower this year.…

20 ha of greenhouses damaged

Colombian rose farm hit by a hail storm

Last Tuesday, Jaroma Roses, now part of Sunshine Bouquet, was hit by a hail storm, which is very rare in Colombia. The hail damaged 20 ha of their greenhouses, that are…

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