Special Starting Material

Thompson & Morgan highlights new spring range

Plant selection for Thompson & Morgan’s 2020 spring range is well underway. As always, full details are kept secret until the launch, but a source at the company has highlighted a couple of plants that promise to be amongst the stars of the new range. Namely, Begonia ‘MacaRouge’, a bright red variety…

Calla Picasso wins award in Japan

Dümmen Orange won the Garden Merit Award at the recent Japan Flower Trials. The jury, headed by the famous Japanese flower designer Mrs. Kay Yamada, was unanimous in its decision to grant this prestigious award to calla Picasso. Last year Dümmen Orange also won this award with their anthurium Million…

New double blooms for spring

Calibrachoa is relatively new to the industry, and growers have learned to grow it successfully for the most part. But there are a few common challenges that arise with Calibrachoa. In this article, Proven Winners offers several pointers to help you along the way with Superbells Calibrachoa. First, we have to think differently…

Selecta’s Autumn Friends bring late summer joy

The breeder of ornamental plants, Selecta One, presented its Autumn Friends at the garden trade fair spoga+gafa in the beginning of September – ideal plants for late summer and autumn with endless possibilities and advantages for all levels of trade. The Autumn Friends concept follows the trend of gardening…

Breeder wins sustainability award with production protocol for minimal use of chemicals

With its introduction of GreenGuard, Dümmen Orange walked off with the Plantum Sustainability Award 2019. GreenGuard is the new production protocol in ornamental horticulture that produces vital cuttings with minimal chemical use. Plantum is the Dutch association for the plant reproduction material…

Picking the perfect annuals for quart production

It’s a simple fact, genetics that are easier to grow can help grow profits. If a variety requires less time and less interference, labor and supply costs can be significantly reduced. That’s why Danziger is working to develop varieties that do just that; lower input, increasing grower efficiency and profitability. Compact annual varieties that stay compact…

Selecta’s SKYfamily of Petunias is growing

The story of the Sky Petunias from Selecta One began with NightSky. Meanwhile, the breeding company brought further Petunia varieties with unique floral patterns to market. With its new concept SKYfamily, Selecta One combines the entire row of Petunias with sky pattern and at the same time introduces new…

Danziger organizes Novemberfest

"Brainstorm and discuss pioneering initiatives for the future of the industry"

More than 100 growers, young plant producers, retailers and brokers will visit Danziger’s Israel facility during Novemberfest, the company’s annual open house event. In the month-long event, beginning the last week of October, Danziger will reveal and present more than 1000 flowering pots, 500 varieties,…

Empowering taxonomic research on important pollinators

The family Syrphidae, commonly called hover flies or flower flies, include some 6,000 living species. As “one of the most abundant groups of flower-visiting insects”, with adults of most species feeding almost exclusively on pollen and nectar or honeydew, these flies are among the most important…

Rising to the challenge of the organic standard

Organic products are becoming more popular these days and the demand for Hishtil's Organic herbs is increasing accordingly. "The demand for organic food/products has been on the rise in recent years in most of the developed world", Rafi Gamson, Head of the Agriculture Department at the Institute of…

Floricultura obtains MPS-GAP certification

In August 2019 Floricultura obtained MPS-GAP as well as GlobalGAP certification in the Netherlands. ‘Not only does our production process require a great deal of meticulous care and attention, so do our employees. Through this certification we wish to emphasise that Floricultura guarantees quality and…

Production practices for tree propagation

Developed through a partnership between Vineland and A.M.A. Horticulture, RootSmart – a research-based solution to root girdling – was introduced in early 2018. Vineland has just launched a guide to help growers incorporate the RootSmart system into their production practices for tree propagation. The guide…

New EU regulations on plant health

In October 2016, a new European Regulation (EU) 2016/2031 (Regulation) on protective measures against plant pests was adopted. The Regulation repeals and replaces seven existing European Directives on harmful organisms. They entered into force on 13 December 2016 and will be directly applicable in all of…

Fleuroselect reports successful campaign against illegal re-propagation

Pot and bedding plant breeders united in Fleuroselect report on a successful 2019 campaign against illegal propagation of legally protected varieties. Nine breeders and six main countriesNine top pot and bedding plant breeders collectively represented within Fleuroselect supported the campaign which…

Research center bolsters Taiwan’s floriculture industry

Phalaenopsis Kenneth Schubert Tari-12 is found in only one place in the world: the Floriculture Research Center in western Taiwan’s Yunlin County. Featuring delicate petals patterned in pink, red and white, the hybrid orchid is among several experimental strains set for possible commercial cultivation in…

Schoneveld Breeding introduces Cyclamen Super Serie Crayon

Cyclamen Super Serie Crayon will be shown for the first time during the Cyclamen Open Days of Schoneveld Breeding. Crayon is characterized by its unique colour pattern that is reminiscent of a piece of chalk (or crayon). This year Crayon is still pre-introduction and therefore not freely available, the…

Beekenkamp invests in BKX trays and new seed lines

Beekenkamp Plants Ornamentals has invested in sustainable BKX trays and in new seed lines. In addition to reducing the environmental impact, this combination also ensures an increase in plant quality, uniformity, capacity and efficiency. Also at Beekenkamp Plants Vegetables, work to improve…

Plant diversity and endemism in China: Unreachable locations and diverse microclimates

A new issue of the scholarly, open-access and peer-reviewed journal PhytoKeys focuses on the Chinese biodiversity hotspots and their substantial role in understanding the country's unique flora. The special issue embarks on a treasure hunt into China's biodiversity hotspots, including the descriptions of…

Australia: Improving plant industry access to new genetics

A new Hort Innovation levy-funded project seeks to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of virus detection in plant genetic material in post-entry quarantine facilities, through the adoption of next-generation sequencing. Utilisation of this sequencing technology will improve current methods and…

September: Special Starting Material

Good quality starting material is very important in the horti- and floriculture sector. The quality of the crop is inextricably linked to the quality of the starting material that has been used. Therefore, this month we are focusing on the best possible materials that will guarantee a successful…


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