Year Overview May 16-31

More positive sounds starting to come from the industry

For many growers, and particularly those growing garden plants, demand is stronger then ever in May 2020. However, times are still challenging as the period in March and April left a large footprint. Sun Valley for example decided to discontinue growing at their Pleasant Valley division in Oxnard.

Even though North America reported a better than expected Mother's Day, the international flower sales for Mother's Day (May 10) were not as good. Fortunately, May 20, China's Valentine's (520) uplifted the international flower sales a bit.

Pieter Landman partners with Sande Flowers, launches B2C website

New collection of field bouquets enters the US market

The demand for online sales increased over the last years and the lockdown seem to have fueled this trend. This combined with the passion of sharing his love for flowers with…

Not enough freight capacity

Mother's Day floral sales not so booming for Colombia this year

Mother’s Day floral sales exceed expectations in the US. However, in Colombia, they did not seem to have felt this boom. Grower Diana Cristina Henao Osorio of Uniflor explains…

Greenlife Industry Australia

Oasis Horticulture on how they've learned from major fire

Learning from the past and preparing for the future

The nursery industry is vulnerable to natural disasters. Locations on the outer fringes of cities, on flat land near rivers means that the risks will always be present. But…

Holex increases exports to China

China's 520 Valentine's Day uplifts international flower sales

It is May 20 today, or in short 520, and in Chinese, when pronouncing these numbers it sound like 'I love you.' Several years ago, Chinese eCommerce started to exploit this…

Gerard Schouwenaar, Orchard Park Growers, on the impact of COVID-19

Ontario grower expects higher May sales, prolonged season

With demand stronger than ever, less staff and already planting for the next season, they're working overtime at Orchard Park Growers, a Canadian propagator and finished…

Due to COVID-19

US (CA): Sun Valley discontinues growing at Pleasant Valley division in Oxnard

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Sun Valley Group decided to consolidate operations and discontinue growing at their Pleasant Valley division in Oxnard, California. This was…

Mother’s Day Florist Results 2020

North America: 84% of the florists reported a better than expected Mother's Day

Mother's Day this year was probably the most unusual holiday ever. But how was the day for the North American florist? Florenext surveyed florists and it seem to have been a…

Smart software reduces high-touch and low-value interactions

To some it makes perfect sense, to others maybe less. Dutch people, or Scandinavians, for example, would generally look for the webshop first. If they can't find what they…

An interview with Esteban Chiriboga, Ecoroses

How the coronavirus has impacted the rose industry in Ecuador

In Ecuador, roses are one of the top exports and contributor to its economy. This pandemic however has decreased the production and exportation of roses to countries around…

Poul Graff, GRAFF, on the impact of COVID-19

Denmark: "It looks like, in the end, it will be a 'normal' bad year"

The hibiscus season at GRAFF starts in March, and after having had some terrible weeks at the end of that month till Easter, demand got better and they are now running as…

Interplant Roses represents Kolster BV in East Africa

Kolster BV is proud to announce that Interplants Roses will sell the indoor (greenhouse) crops of Kolsters’ varieties in East Africa. Interplant Roses is an international…

Sachin Appachu, Bliss Flora

Kenyan growers looking to broaden transportation horizons

"Luckily, the Dutch auctions have opened up, but due to the high freight rates, we cannot increase volumes," says Sachin Appachu, general manager at Kenyan rose farm Bliss…

Juan Damian Requena, Continental Breeding, on new rose variety Bromo

Named after a volcano, acts like a volcano

Named after a volcano, not only because of its shiny orange color, but also because of its aggressive agronomic characteristics, which shows constant results in the 3 test…

Hibiscus breeder and growers Alexandro Bock, Diem, explains

Positive vibes arising in Italian ornamental industry

The ornamental industry in Italy has been hit very hard by the pandemic. During the lockdown, many growers discarded up to 90% of their finished plants. Fortunately, since…

Neil Alcock, Seiont Nurseries

UK: "The market has changed for good"

"The first week of the lockdown was horrible with orders being cancelled everywhere", says UK plug and liner producer Neil Alcock of Seiont Nurseries. However, as internet…

U.S. mass-market floral industry explores sea transport, use of consolidation centers

The popularity of sea shipping is on the rise for several years now and the COVID-19 crisis seem to fuel this trend. During the May 27 virtual Floral Roundtable hosted by…

Terra Nova Nurseries announces new installment of variety video series

Terra Nova Nurseries has released three brand-new videos as part of its 2020 “Terra Nova Varieties View” series. This installment in the ongoing series showcases three of the…

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