Special year overview May 1-15

New greenhouses and farm expansions

The start of the month May was in the theme of expansions and innovations. From greenhouse constructions to farm expansions, companies were reacting to the high demand for their products. In addition, innovation appeared as an important aspect for breeders and growers, bringing new varieties to the market. Let's take a look at the news from the first half of May.

Frederike Hössermann, Queen Genetics, on the cut flower kalanchoe:
“It is a long-lasting, easy care product that fits right into the needs of modern consumers”
It was introduced in 2014 and the demand for this innovative flower has increased over the years. The product in question is the cut flower kalanchoe of Queen Genectics, also…


Guillermo Mahecha, Icon Selections:
"Breeding chrysanthemums in the Colombian climate brings several genetic advantages"
After several years of breeding and selecting, Colombian breeding company Icon Selections put their first commercial chrysanthemum variety on the market in 2018. Since the…


NL: Celebratory start of greenhouse construction HilverdaFlorist
HilverdaFlorist continues with the next phase of the construction of the greenhouse project at their main location at the Dwarsweg in De Kwakel, the Netherlands. On Thursday…


Pablo Bazzani, Plazoleta Flowers:
Colombia: "Mother’s Day season not affected by the protests"
For about a week now, protests are taking place in the major cities of Colombia against a proposed tax reform. The strikes are blocking some roads resulting in some logistical…


A chat with French Mandevilla, Hibiscus breeding company DHMI:
"Innovation is the action to bring new, outstanding varieties to the market"
DHMI is mainly known around the world for its Mandevilla breeding program but the R&D department of Lannes Group works on a variety of plants and projects as well. For…


Roelof Nugteren of Luxaflor Roses:
"Rising demand for Zimbabwean roses calls for farm expansion"
Things are going well in Zimbabwe, says Roelof Nugteren of Luxaflor Roses, a 22-ha rose farm in the Zimbabwean town Concession. Not only the demand for their roses keeps…


Farm management software Unosof makes great strides in modernizing their systems
"We are very excited with last year's advancements and even more with the upcoming developments"
Unosof is a software application and service company that manages over 1000+ ha of cut flowers for dozens of farms based in Ecuador and Colombia. As for many industries, 2020…


Olav Boenders, Wagagai:
Uganda: "We've learned some valuable lessons from the COVID-19 period"
After a year of COVID, the Ugandan horticulture is recovering from the pandemic. Olav Boenders, part-owner of cutting farm Wagagai in Uganda, says the demand for their…


"it is a madhouse"
As all components are more expensive, so is your greenhouse
As a result from global madness on the commodity market, the price of greenhouses and greenhouse utilities has gone through the roof. "For anything but iron ore, the prices…


Logistics processes at HPD Potplanten optimized by Bosman Van Zaal
NL: "Now, it works at it should"
In 2019 and 2020, Bosman Van Zaal expanded the existing cultivation system for pot roses at HPD Potplanten in De Kwakel, the Netherlands, by 1120 roll containers and at the…


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