May 16-31, 2020:

Demand through the roof

So what happened the second half of May 2021? Demand seemed to have been high for almost any product category in many countries, including Kenya. Here, flower sales are high, maybe higher than ever; but are profits, too? It is a question many growers in Kenya are asking themselves as input costs have gone up. The peat issue has also been discussed this month, as it remains a question mark how to fill the gap that will be left behind by peat with sustainable alternatives as the demand is expected to explode in the coming decades. Furthermore, a pallet shortage has been reported in North America and the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee found 300 kilos of cocaine among a shipment of flowers from Quito, Ecuador. To see what else happened this month, we have made an overview for you.

A peek inside Dutch tropical plant importer Heboplant:

"We can barely keep up with the demand, how will next year be?"

Outdoor plants are hot and at Heboplant, they can barely keep up with the demand. They import tropical plants from Spain, Italy, Taiwan, and Central America which they sell to…

Column Ruud Knorr

Royal FloraHolland reports record turnover, thanks to the clock

In the run-up to Mother's Day, Royal FloraHolland could not only report on the good turnover on their market place, but could even report a week record turnover of over 170…

Paul Molina, Naranjo Roses, explains:

Preserved roses: when and where did it all started?

Over the last decade, the demand for preserved roses increased sharply. However, when and where did it all started? In this article, Paul Molina of Naranjo Roses and…

Beekenkamp opens the doors and offers on- and offline visits in week 24

NL: "Celebrate the seasons"

Week 24 is well-known in the horticultural sector. This is the week that breeders and producers present their whole range of plants. In 2021, Beekenkamp will also show its new…

Van der Valk adds second tailoring machine for ValkScreenVision system

"Rising demand for universal screen securing systems"

Van der Valk recently invested in a second tailoring machine for their ValkScreenVision system, which is a universal screen insertion system, to meet the increased demand. The…

The search for sustainable alternatives

How to fill the gap that is left by peat?

The demand for growing media is expected to explode in the coming decades, but will there be enough to meet this high demand, particularly regarding the issue of future…

Rosa Eskelund, Roses Forever explains:

Pot, garden and patio roses, how are they doing?

For over 25 years, Roses Forever is breeding roses. It all started with breeding pot roses and over the years, they expanded the assortment with garden, cut, edible and most…

"North American pallet shortage to last for a longer period"

The lack of pallets is adding stress to a supply chain that is already facing significant challenges which include a lack of available trucks and shipping…

Ed van Paassen, VannoVa, on the introduction of Ilonka:

"Good cooperation pays off"

“It may sound a bit cliché, but good cooperation pays off,” says chrysanthemum grower Ed van Paassen of the chrysanthemum cooperative VannoVa master growers. Earlier this…

Export of Dutch flowers and plants to the UK up by 179 million euro

The export of Dutch products to the United Kingdom was 24 percent higher in the first quarter of 2021 when compared to the same quarter last year. At the same time,…

"To secure the future of the collection"

UK: Fibrex Nurseries donates National Collections to RHS

Fibrex Nurseries has donated their two National Collections to the Royal Horticultural Society in order to secure the future of those collections, they announced on Twitter. Public…

NL: 300 kilos of cocaine in a flower shipment from Quito

Last weekend, the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee found 300 kilos of cocaine among a shipment of flowers from Quito, Ecuador. The drugs were in five boxes that "felt heavier…

Disrupted balance in sea containers forces change

One of the biggest challenges at the moment for the horticultural sector is the shortage of raw materials. This is largely caused by transport problems. What is the deal with…

Craigmarloch Nurseries on the need for expansion, planning the next phase

UK wholesale plant supplier invests in own growing area, first 10.000m2 just finished

Recently, Bridge Greenhouses completed the build of the 9,975m2 Venlo Glasshouse for Craigmarloch Nurseries. This makes up the first phase of Craigmarlochs brand new site,…

Flower importer Erlend van Deurs Lindberg, Svein Nesse AS:

Norway: "Sales have increased compared to the previous years"

After a challenging year with several logistical challenges, Norwegian importer Erlend van Deurs Lindberg from Svein Nesse AS is pleased with 2021. Svein Nesse AS imports…

Sachin Appachu, Bliss Flora explains

Kenya: 'This year's sales have been the highest ever, but will profits be too?'

The turnover is high, maybe higher than ever, but will the margins be just as high? It is a question many growers in Kenya are asking themselves as input costs have gone up…

Selecta one acquires Helleborus breeding program from Bock Bio Science

The family company Selecta one in Stuttgart, the world's leading breeder, producer, and marketer of vegetatively propagated ornamental plants, is pleased to announce the…


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