Special year overview September 16-30

Winning awards and expanding production and assortments

Overall, the last half of September was a positive period for the industry. First of all, there was a celebration in Kenya, as Kisima Farm was awarded with Kenya Flower Council's gold accreditation. And because the industry has been doing well, companies have been expanding. For instance, Hoffman Nursery expanded their production and Van Wingerden Greenhouses expanded their assortment.

Unfortunately, we had to share some bad news as well. The California wildfires were getting dangerously close to California Peony Company and Alaskan peony growers were suffering some major losses. Let's take a look at what you might have missed during the last weeks of September.

Craig Oulton on their road to gold
Kisima Farm certified with Kenya Flower Council’s highest accreditation
“The accreditation covers various important standards, from environmental to social sustainability. At our farm, we are continually working on being the best that we can be.…

Shannon Currey, Hoffman Nursery:
US (NC): “We are doubling propagation space, as grasses are rising in popularity”
“Our nursery has always tried to help people understand the value of grasses, and we see people are becoming much more interested in them,” says Shannon Currey, Marketing…

The Flower Bazar and FloriWorld
NL: An eventful day among leading women in floriculture
Providing a supportive and inspiring network for women in floriculture, leading to more leading ladies in the industry. That is the goal that the TLC The Ladies Circle aims to…

Jeff Karpman, Westerlay Orchids:
US (CA): “The longer the pandemic lasts, more plant buying habits will continue post-pandemic”
“The demand for florals continues to be high, and all varieties are exceeding our historical demand,” says Jeff Karpman, Director of Sales at Westerlay Orchids, a Californian…

Humphris Nursery’s new conveyer belt system
AU: “Large walkways don’t generate an income”
"Our mindset is focused on space utilization and efficiency," says Andrew White, General Manager at Humphris Nursery, one of the largest wholesale plant production enterprises…

California fires getting dangerously close to California Peony Company
US (CA): “We cut the peonies down in case the fire gets closer”
“These past two weeks have been nerve-racking with the fire getting so close to our farm,” says Brent Hilton of California Peony Company. “We were especially worried about…

Tom van Wingerden, Van Wingerden Greenhouses:
US (WA): “The addition of tropical foliage is a major shift in our young plant division”
“The new varieties are gaining momentum, and this is a trend we anticipate will continue,” says Tom van Wingerden, Sales Director of Van Wingerden Greenhouses. “Adding the…

Taisiya Kravchenko, Florisol & Co:
“The Ecuadorian flower market is blooming, it’s even difficult to meet local demand”
"It is not just the foreign markets where the high demand is coming from, it has been difficult to meet the Ecuadorian demand as well," says Taisiya Kravchenko of Florisol &…

Test results of OptiCept Technologies’ OptiBoost
Sweden: “Our treated roses lead to 50% higher gross profit and 25% lower waste”
OptiCept Technologies, known for their technique that extends the consumer vase life of roses by 50% on average, has been busy testing their technique in retail. “The…

What do the farmers and researchers think is the cause?
An Alaskan peony mystery: “Many farms suffered losses for the first time in 15 years”
“There have been many theories for this occurrence, but nothing definitive that would explain the hit and miss in our fields and the widespread experiences. Two weeks ago, we…

Geert van Geest on LVG Plants’ new expansion
SA: Meeting the increasing houseplant demand, improving sustainability, creating jobs
"As a result of the increasing demand, we are going back to our roots and will be focusing on growing green foliage plants once again", says Geert van Geest, Managing Director…

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