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Floral industry keeps growing

While physical events are still being postponed in many countries, Cultivate in Columbus (OH) in the US is going strong. In this special, we look back to the month of July 2021. Of course, much more happened, and time and time again we see a lot of positive news with demands remaining high and companies deciding to expand and invest in their facilities

Stephanie Vanegas, FlorControl:

“Quality control of flowers is becoming more important”

“As there is such a rush for orders to be fulfilled quickly, the lack of quality control is becoming more of an issue in floriculture,” says Stephanie Vanegas, Sales and…

taking over Desa Plants PLC

Florensis expands in Ethiopia

As of 30th June, Florensis is taking over Desa Plants PLC in Ejersa (Ethiopia) from young plant producer Decock Plants BVBA in Comines (Belgium). Under the management of…

Kenyan rose and hypericum grower Patrick Mbugua, Wildfire Flowers

“Power costs down by 25% which is a lot considering the energy consuming crops we grow”

“Managing our cost of power in an environmentally friendly manner is a huge component of our corporation,” says Patrick Mbugua, General Manager of Wildfire Flowers, Kenyan…

Developer Lannes will remain closely involved

Diamantina Dipladenia/Mandevilla moves to Florensis and Ball Horticultural Company

Florensis and Ball Horticultural Company have acquired the Dipladenia/Mandevilla breeding program from the French company D.H.M. Innovation (DHMI) as of 30 June, 2021. Since…

PanAmerican Seed’s highly resistant Impatiens Beacon series

“Breeding resistant varieties is becoming more important as less chemicals are used”

“With the use of chemicals becoming more and more restricted, breeding resistant varieties is a great solution that offers a low risk option concerning diseases, as well as a…

Scott Isensee, Frank Adams Wholesale Florist:

US (OR): "We became more dependent on local flowers, as our South American imports have been disrupted"

“Many of our imported flowers, such as roses and carnations, have been a severe challenge to get transported from South America. As a result, our locally grown flowers have…

How Van Tuijl copes with the plastic shortage

"There is a great shortage of plastic, people are really hoarding"

Raw materials are expensive, containers are hard to find, timely completion of construction projects is at risk, and the plant will no longer have a pot or…

Beekenkamp Plants Ornamentals takes next step in the BKX process

Millions of BKX trays full of young plants are transported to growers every year. Good hygiene of the trays is very important when propagating young plants. For over twenty…

Victor Omuga on the challenges and opportunities

Rwanda: New lockdown not holding back Bella Flowers expansion plans

Now that the government has issued another lockdown in Rwanda, work is challenging again for Rwanda’s only rose farm, Bella Flowers, as some employees are not able to get to…

Recap of the event:

Latest trends and developments discussed at Gobal Orchid Event

Will robotic co-workers be the new helpful employees for orchid growers? This, and much more, was discussed at yesterday’s first virtual Global Orchid Event. The event was…

Busy start to Cultivate'21

Cultivate'21 is on! After educational sessions on Saturday, the trade show at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, opened its doors yesterday and from the…

Debi Chedester, AFE, explains

The importance of funding research in floriculture

“Our research continues to solve industry challenges and to develop practices that produce better quality and longer lasting flowers and plants industry wide.” As American…

Marty Star, My Peony Society

NL: “The demand and offer of peonies keep contradicting”

When the demand for their peonies was at its highest, they were struggling to keep up due to the cold weather. Now that the demand is slowing down a bit, the supply is finally…

NL: Piet Maas retires after 45 years at De Ruiter

After working with roses for more than half a century and 45 years of service at Royal de Ruiter, Piet Maas retired yesterday. He started at the age of twelve, picking roses…

Samwel Orioki, Progeny Ventures, on growing their company while navigating the challenges

Kenya: “We started a flower export company during a global pandemic”

“Starting a flower export company during a global pandemic was definitely a challenge, and further brand awareness and expansion is now our main focus,” says Samwel Orioki,…

Carnation grower Mauricio Briceño, Turflor:

Colombia: “Because of pandemic we gained the US market as new customers”

“We had to trash our flowers as the demand completely died down when the pandemic just started in 2020. While the start of the pandemic was challenging, we gained a new market…

Ascania-Flora chooses Oreon again for the second phase

Ukrainian rose grower sees harvest increase with water cooled LEDs

Ascania-Flora Group, Ukraine's largest rose producer, has been using Oreon’s water-cooled LEDs for its lighting since October 2020. Since then, they have seen their harvest…

Flores El Capiro expands, first container leaving the farm

Colombia: “While others were reducing costs, we decided to invest in a new production center”

“As a lot of companies were reducing costs because of the uncertain times, we saw an opportunity to expand and fill the need for flowers,” explains Valeria Plazas Domínguez,…

How Terra Nova Nurseries turned the challenging year of 2020 into a positive 2021

US (OR): “A wildfire, an ice storm, and a pandemic”

After three unusual and “catastrophic” events took place for Terra Nova Nurseries over the last year, they are making positive changes. The team at Terra Nova Nurseries, which…

Arjen Vlasman, De Ruiter:

Abundance of growth opportunities in Eastern Europe

Eastern Europeans like flowers, but as far as production is concerned, there has never been a Naivasha, Bogota or Westland in the region. Nevertheless, there are growers in…

Jamafa installs new rose sorting- and bunching machine at Rozen Scheers

Video "With this machine hardly any manual correction is needed anymore"

Jamafa installed a new rose sorting and bunching machine at Rozen Scheers in Belgium. This 2020 bunching machine is the biggest project for this Dutch machine builder of…

Hishtil on new products presented at their digital trials

Israel: “Our assortment is inspired by the increasing demand for ‘useful’ plants”

“We are mainly feeling the pandemic through the difficulty of visiting expos and trials around the world. These events are not only to present products and improve sales, an…

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