Available soon: Araucaria excelsa young plants

Araucaria excelsa seeds are harvested only once or twice a year. Evanthia turns them into young plants for an easy start to your cultivation. Araucaria excelsa, or House pinet. The name suggests that this is a thorny tree, but the green Araucaria excelsa is very cuddly. Araucaria excelsa performs well in…

Dümmen Orange finalist for Plantum Sustainability Award

Dümmen Orange was one of three finalists for the Plantum Sustainability Award on 22 September, together with Koppert Cress and Vitalis. This prize, awarded by the Dutch trade association Plantum, rewards tangible, sustainable initiatives from the breeding and propagation industry. Entries are being…

26-30 September in Denekamp, NL

Benary opens doors for Pansy & Viola Trials

Seed breeding company Benary is opening its doors for the 2022 Pansy & Viola Trials. At kwekerij Aarninkhof, they will show their pansy and viola varieties.  "This is a very comprehensive trial where our customers can see our diverse cornuta and wittrockaina varieties. The Benary series are displayed in direct…

Royal Van Zanten and Interplant announce partnership in East Africa

Dutch flower breeders Interplant and Royal Van Zanten are collaborating to bring a number of strong varieties of popular summer flowers to growers in East Africa. Interplant…

Using human hair to create hydroponic growing media

The clumps of discarded hair on the salon floor could one day help to grow your lunchtime salad, thanks to scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), who have created the growth medium used in urban farming using keratin extracted from human hair. The keratin-based…

Assistant Scientist, Ball Horticultural Company

From tissue culture to coneflower

Echinacea Double Scoop and Echinacea Sombrero are some of my favorite perennials. Double Scoop provides abundant, fully double flowers that maintain their color all season long while also being equipped to survive periods of drought and intense winters. Echinacea Sombrero ensures my garden is filled with…

Controlling algae on growing media

It is not uncommon for most growers to find "green slime" growing on the surface of a growing medium. This green slime is predominantly composed of blue-green and green algae. This can occur in peat-perlite growing media, peat bark, peat-wood fiber, and even coir. It has been seen growing on the surface…

How to maintain the proper pH of a growing medium

When asked, “How do you maintain the proper pH of a growing medium?” often, the answer is to adjust the water pH to achieve a growing medium pH in the ideal range of 5.6-6.2. This is simply not true. Many hydroponic companies suggest nutrient programs that use reverse osmosis to strip the water of all…

Dümmen Orange’s CEO revives century-old family ties with Japan

While on a business trip in Japan, Hugo Noordhoek Hegt, CEO of horticultural breeder and propagator Dümmen Orange, visited the grave of one of his ancestors in Yokohama. As a descendant of the Dutch Noordhoek Hegt family, Hugo had long cherished the hope to visit the grave of Marinus Noordhoek Hegt…

Dümmen Orange introduces Leucanthemum Sweet Daisy Izabel

"The perfect addition for a dazzling summer"

The diverse Sweet Daisy series by Dümmen Orange has recently welcomed Izabel, a new sunshine yellow variety perfect for summer perennial planting schemes. The new yellow Shasta daisy variety brings the sunshine straight into the garden, whether in a pot, on the balcony or patio, or in groups in large…

Dümmen Orange welcomes over 350 visitors at their open house during the Chrysanthemum Week 2022

The Dutch breeder opened his doors at their Flores Silvestres location in Colombia to receive over 350 customers from the whole floral industry. Growers, wholesalers, and supermarkets marveled at more than 150 varieties of cut chrysanthemum, of which 40% were new introductions and experimental varieties.…

Proven Winners cultivars scoop up multiple awards at 2022 Farwest Show

This year’s Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN) Farwest Show has concluded, and once again they gave nurseries the opportunity to present their most cutting-edge plant varieties for display and awards consideration. This year 61 new varieties were showcased, and Proven Winners plants earned five awards…

At SAF's Outstanding Varieties Competition

Ball SB's Dianthus Punky Ball and Limonium Shooting Star scoop prizes

At the 2022 SAF Convention at the Hilton Hotel in Orlando last week, Ball SB participated in the Outstanding Varieties Competition, where they won the Best in Class in the Cut Dianthus Category with Dianthus Punky Ball and a Red Ribbon with the Limonium Shooting Star. During the event, they marked their presence with…

Veriflora certification for Sunterra's sphagnum peat products

Profile Products recently earned the renowned Veriflora Responsibly Managed Peatlands designation for its family of Sunterra sphagnum peat products.  The Veriflora Responsibly Managed Peatlands program is the world's leading certification process for sustainable peat moss cultivation. Certified producers must…

Pheno Geno Roses team presents rosa "Andre Rieu”

This rose has a flowery, fresh scent, with a dash of lemon freshness and a musky base. Fully double, vibrant-red flowers and an enormous number of petals make this aromatic rose a breath taker. It forms a medium-sized shrub covered in rich clusters of flowers and spreads a wonderful aroma to the…

Mold in peat? What you need to know

Have you ever spotted mold colonies growing in your peat or other growing media or in between the substrate and its packaging? Before you hit the panic button, it’s important to know that mold appearing on peat and other growing media is fairly common. These types of mold are part of the Saprophytic…

UK: Ball Colegrave reveals top varieties for the 2023 season

After four busy weeks of visitors from across the horticultural industry, the Ball Summer Showcase came to a close on 5th August 2022. Despite almost five weeks without rain…

Pheno Geno at the International horticultural congress

"We are privileged that our scientific work is one among 1500 selected for oral presentation"

The 31st International Horticultural Congress was held in Angers between the 13th and 21st of August. A total of 2500 attendees from 88 countries participated in the 25 symposia covering Physiology, Technology, Science, Genetics, and Innovation.  "We are privileged that our scientific work is one among 1500 selected…

RHP certified plugs to be brought to the market in 2023

Nearly ten plug manufacturers have committed to the RHP certification process, which is expected to take 8 to 12 months. If the manufacturers successfully complete this process, they will be able to bring RHP-certified plugs on the market at the end of 2023.Last spring, experts from RHP, the knowledge…

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Plant Heritage peat statement

In light of the recent press release from the UK government on the use of peat in horticulture, Plant Heritage here sets out Plant Heritage's position. Plant Heritage fully recognizes the value of peat habitats for biodiversity, carbon storage, and water management and the need for their conservation. They support the…

Special Starting Material

Good quality starting materials are very important in the horti- and floriculture sectors. 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 successful cultivation. Globally speaking,…


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