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Four roses awarded with Dutch certificate of excellence

During the annual meeting of the Cultuurgroep voor Rozen en Rozenonderstammen, which took place on 14 February at the Koninklijke Van Ginkel Groep in Veenendaal (Netherlands), 4 certificates were awarded from Excellence Roses. Helma van der Louw, chairman of the KVBC, handed out the certificates. On the…

Volunteers ensure flowers get 2nd chance to brighten someone’s day

“Have you ever wondered where Valentine’s Day flowers go when they aren’t sold? This is it. Random Acts of Flowers is where flowers go to get a second chance. “These are really good flowers that would normally go into the trash,” said volunteer Amber Livers. Thanks to 400 volunteers like Amber, they have…

Toffee roses a hit with florists

Usually, brown isn’t a color that gardeners want to see on their roses. In most cases, brown spots appearing on petals and leaves can be a sign of blight or other plant diseases. But in the past year, ‘Toffee’ roses—a new garden rose variety that comes from Brown Breeding, in commercial agreement with Schreurs, and introduced…

Hans van der Poel delivers 500th bucket filler

Machine manufacturer Hans van der Poel BV. from Roelofarendsveen, the Netherlands, is specialized in machines used in greenhouse horticulture. Nine years ago, Dutch tulip grower Joost Wesselman came walking in with a request; he wanted a bucket filler specially designed for round buckets. Hans van der…

Royal Van Zanten celebrates oriental lily

10 years of Signum

With her green accents in the heart and white colour, oriental lily Signum is a favourite among florists. It has been ten years since this lily became available on the market for the first time. Partly thanks to the passionate growers and the enthusiastic exporters, Signum is still very successful, according to breeder Royal…

Marginpar introduces Talinum 'Long John'

Talinum is a member of the purslane family. Some varieties have edible leaves, but Marginpar, who introduces this new variety called 'Long John', obviously prefers to see these enchanting twigs in a vase rather than on the plate. The branches of the Talinum are packed with small seed pods in red and…

Kenya: Cost of roses rises sharply after heavy rains hit flower farms

Flower prices in Kenya have more than doubled during this year’s Valentine’s season due to a shortage of the commodity caused by heavy rains that destroyed the flowers late last year. Firms dealing in flowers have registered a 60 percent drop in production this season following heavy rains in a season…

Tracing the journey of a rose from farm to vase

Ahead of February 14, Gulf News visited Black Tulip Flowers, the region’s largest floral company, to gain an insight into how they deliver millions of Valentine’s Day roses in 35 countries worldwide. “We are the third largest flower grower in the world and this is the peak time for our business so one…

Gordan & Stuart Millar, Rift Valley Roses

"A rose every lady deserves"

Rift Valley Roses is a family business established by the two brothers Gordon and Stuart Millar in 2011. The farm is located on the slopes of the Great Rift Valley in Kenya at an altitude of 2,250 meters, overlooking the shores of Lake Naivasha. The farm has grown in four phases, expanding the initial 10 hectares to 16, then to…

James Stevens (a.k.a. Mr Roses) makes Valentine’s Day a truly Greek love affair

Mr Roses, a.k.a. James Stevens, is the Greek-Australian entrepreneur responsible for creating a global roses brand that has everybody, including Ellen DeGeneres, talking. Jame’s father was born in Kalymnos and his mother was born in Leros. They arrived from Greece to Australia in the 1950’s and opened a…

"The production of roses and other blooms is a race against time"

As we move forward towards Valentine’s Day, with the abundance of flowers, especially roses coming into the USA from Ecuador, it is an opportune time to reflect on what goes into getting the roses from the farms on the Equator to our clients in the USA. by David Dahlson I think it is obvious what the…

Firefighter rose could prove popular with Australians this Valentine's Day

A long-stemmed rose is traditionally the flower of Valentine's Day, and people will most certainly be on the lookout for the red variety next week.  This year a budding romance is blooming for one in particular — a hybrid tea, dark-red, highly fragrant rose named the Firefighter. It is a flower recognised…

Robert Kitayama:

"I was the one who made the decision to pull out the last rose plant at KB Farms back in 2013"

KB Farms has a long history with roses and their President Robert Kitayama has probably caught his hand on his fair share of their thorns over the years. Robert was asked to share a little bit about the rose, its history with KB Farms and its strong connection to the Valentine’s Day holiday. Check out…

Santosh Kulkarni, General Manager of PJ Dave Flora ltd

In search of the best red

A red rose has always been an integral part of Valentine's Day celebration. It symbolized love, passion, courage, beauty and joy. Something as simple as a perfect red rose makes Valentine's Day very special. This Valentine's we would like to discover the perfect red rose which is loved by consumers, marketers, and growers. A…

How 14 flowers got their names

Flowers can easily extend beyond their sublime fragrance. Obviously they are a beauty to behold, but every flower has a history, about which knowing can add to their charm. Some have played roles in mythology while others have been used as medicine – and often times their names reflect their storylines. For anyone who loves…

What it takes to grow a bridal bouquet

Floral designers are most likely somewhat aware of what goes into the flower growing process, but they can really, truly appreciate the process after witnessing first-hand all of the time, effort and passion that goes into it. During their trip to Quito, Ecuador last year, Mayesh brought 24 designers to…

Indian rose growers target exports worth 8 million USD

Indian rose growers are hoping to match the export figure for the last two years riding on the demand for the flower around the Valentine’s Day season. India has exported…

New blooms budding at KB Farms

KB Farms will be offering Cloni Italian Ranunculus grown in their own greenhouses. For 2020 their supply of ranunculus is limited, as they are just getting started with the production and are gauging how they will help fill the market need for California Grown Cloni Ranunculus for a larger portion of the year. "We are…

Rose scent: A story of riches

If you’re already a fan of fragrant roses, maybe you’ve noticed that rose scent varies widely—in intensity, from subtle to intoxicating, and in character, over a range of distinctly identifiable fragrance categories, from the sweet and fruity Edith (Auspluto) to the classic rose scent of Lemon Pompon. Edith (Auspluto) Anyone…

Processing garden roses: Sometimes less is more

When working with garden roses to create a wedding bouquet or any other design, one of the first questions to ask is, “How much do I really want to take away?” In general, garden roses will be at their most beautiful when you take away as little as possible. And while removing some parts of the flower…

Chilean researchers evaluate intensity of flower scent

The main function of floral scent is to attract and guide pollinators, but it is also an important character in the ornamental plant industry. Several studies have considered the chemical evaluation of floral scent during vase life, but only a few have considered sensorial analysis of this character,…

How gypsophila and other flowers go from extras to leading actresses

If the flower world were Hollywood, Gypsophila has made it big. From a scene-filling extra in the background, these delicate-looking but surprisingly sturdy tiny white flowers are getting leading roles. Daring decorators of weddings, fashion shows and venues, put other glamorous prima donnas like roses…

Flower growers from Volgograd are getting ready for the International Women’s Day

Guests from the Netherlands have found a cozy home in Volgograd and bring joy to the city dwellers with the bright colors. The Porolovs preferred to grow European tulips of all shapes and colors: red, purple, yellow and those combining various shades in one. The tulips in their greenhouses get enough…

Literary rose collection blooms with new classics

David Austin Roses introduces two new characters to its collection of British grown English Roses. Celebrating the distinguished works of George Eliot, Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe (1861) and James Woodforde’s The Diary of a Country Parson (1758-1802), the new arrivals offer fragrant additions to…

The chrysanthemum: In the February Flower Agenda

Flowers that come in yellow, white, green, pink, green, red, orange, purple or bronze, sometimes with a diameter of up to 14 cm: the chrysanthemum is a real beauty. The chrysanthemum will therefore be gracing the Flower Agenda in February. It’s travelled a long way - all the way from Asia - but now feels…

Turkish growers export flowers to European countries for Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Turkish flowers are used extensively by European consumers during the Christmas period which started on December 24th. This year Turkish growers have exported 70 million stems of cut flowers for Christmas period to various European countries. Most of the exports were made from the city of Antalya, the…

Turkey earns record-high 110 million USD from cut flower exports in 2019 thanks to women

Turkish Ornamental Plants and Cut Flowers Exporters Association Chairman İsmail Yilmaz informed the press: "The temperatures during fall were higher than usual and that’s why we had to harvest products earlier than expected. As a result, we did not have a lot of products left for the Christmas period in…

"Never a dull moment with Lilies that change colour"

Royal Van Zanten is an innovative company with a track record. Examples as: Tourega – the only odorless Oriental Lily, double-flowered Lilies, pollen-free Lilies and of course the Rapid Lily Line-up. To complete this list, Royal Van Zanten introduces now Lilies that slowly change colour. 3 unique lilies,…

Tulip history continues to fascinate

The tulip has had 'more adventures than any Hollywood scriptwriter would dare invent', writes Anna Pavord in a new introduction to her best-selling history of the tulip,…

Garden roses get second chance as dried bouquets

Parfum Flower Company now offers dried garden roses. In the context of creating as little waste as possible, the company has been testing dried garden roses. This way they don’t have to dispose of any roses at the end of the week and consumers get to enjoy their roses for much longer. As little packaging…

Welcoming 2020 with the gerbera daisy

A new year is a time to move forward and create new goals and new habits, create new favorites and new opportunities. 1-800-Flowers welcomes new happiness and new beginnings with the 2020 Flower of the Year – The Gerbera Daisy. Daisies get their name from the Old English phrase “day’s eye” since the…

Getting started with preserved roses

Interested in preserved roses, but you’re not sure where or how to begin? Jet Fresh Flower Distributors has a new starter kit for those looking to get into in the preserved rose business. Presenting “Business in a Box” by Vermeille Presh, this exclusive program is available only from Jet Fresh Flowers in…

Alina Perfumella rose named after floral designer

Alina Perfumella is a smaller-scale garden rose from the Meilland collection. A delicate name for a variety with a delicate look and fragrance. Roses do not name themselves and – as many professionals in the floral industry know – coming up with a new name is not as easy as it seems. But for Alina…

What will be Zuurbier's Next Top Variety?

"It's one of the most difficult questions in our industry: what will you plant?" That applies particularly to rose growers, and with Rosaline Zuurbier and colleagues facing that question again, the company decided to host a comparison trial. A dozen breeders sent in varieties in a range of colors, so…

FloraLife introduces recyclable flower food sachets

FloraLife is introducing recyclable paper material for its flower food sachets. The recyclable paper material is one of FloraLife’s initiatives in working towards the goals identified in its 2025 Sustainability Plan, which launched last month. The sustainability initiative is a long-term plan targeted…

United Selections:

"Our spray assortment keeps growing"

In June 2018, United Selections unveiled a new product line of spray roses. They introduced three categories of sprays, namely: Classic Selections, Blossom Selections, and Magical Selections. Exactly one and a half years down the line and the company's spray assortment has grown remarkably. They have…

The rose: In the January Flower Agenda

Delicate flowers, slender stems and a romantic reputation: the rose is on the Flower Agenda this month. As the symbol of love, the rose is the most widely produced and most loved cut flower in the world. A flower of which new varieties also come onto the market every year. And the rose is not just…

China: Research reveals new pathway of senescence in rose plants

Rose hybrida is an important flower crop worldwide. The quality control is the core issue in the production of cut flowers. In production and circulation, the senescence of rose flowers is an important factor affecting its flowering quality. In December 2019, Horticulture Research published an online…

Embassy of Ecuador brings immortalized roses to India

Importing of preserved roses from Ecuador has caught the fancy of Indians. These colourful roses come with a shelf life of two-three years during which they do not wilt or fade and their beauty and their natural colour remains the same. Days ahead of 50 years of India-Ecuador Diplomatic Relations…

Marius Rodewijk, Rosalicious, grows edible roses

'The queen of flowers on a plate'

"It really is quite a challenge," Marius Rodewijk of Rodewijk Rozen summarizes the cultivation of the edible rose. Since last year this Dutch grower has been growing the Rosalicious edible roses on 1,000 square meters, which he then puts on the market himself. "After all, the target group for edible…


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