Cut flowers

March 13-14, Fredericksburg

US (VA): Conference helps farmers incorporate flowers into their operations

“People don’t often think of farmers growing flowers, but the cut flower industry is significant in Virginia, and is often an excellent source of income for farmers with small acreage,” said Susan Cheek, Virginia State University (VSU) Small Farm Outreach Program (SFOP) agriculture management agent.  To meet the demand…

Venezuela boosts flower production for export

The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, reported that new resources are being invested to support flower producers in the state of Miranda, with the aim of being the second largest exporters of the item in the region. Through the social network Twitter, the head of state specified that they work for productive growth,…

Is this the world's most expensive and extravagant flower bouquet?

A rose preserved in 24-carat gold, two diamonds, and is glittered with diamond dust - those are the ingredients of what may well be the world's most expensive bouquet. Valentine's Day only comes once a year, so you know you have to go all out for your loved ones when the time comes. Usually people plan home-cooked dinners,…

Turkish flower market also under the spell of Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day, greenhouses and auction companies were filled with activity in Turkey these days. Growers in Izmir, one of the most important production cities in the country, are working diligently to fulfill the orders they have received for Valentine’s Day. Currently around 27.5 million stems of flowers are…

"Kenyan flowers among top Valentine gifts"

More than 60 countries will use Kenyan flowers for their Valentine’s celebrations, according to Kenya Flower Council. Kenya is the lead exporter of roses to Europe including Netherlands, France, Germany, Norway with a market share of about 38 per cent. Other countries include UAE, Russia, Australia, Saudi Arabia and…

Ecuador to ask again for tariff-free access to the US for its roses

In March, Ecuador will again ask for roses to be included in the General System of Preferences (GSP) of the United States, which would allow them to enter that market with zero tariffs (currently, they pay 6.8%). According to Alejandro Martínez, head of Expoflores, the request would be presented to commercial organizations, which…

Nigeria: How to cultivate, export roses for sustainable income

In time past, ahead of the yearly St. Valentine’s Day celebration, an estimated one million roses were exported from Nigeria to other countries by February 10, with a total of $1m accruing to farmers and exporters, The Guardian learnt. But that is no more, as the country now relies solely on importation of the…

Nino Barile, Barile Flowers Service: "It is something completely new in the industry"

Innovative flower web shop forecasts price, quantity and availability

"A web shop that forecasts price is something completely new in the flower industry", says Nino Barile, CEO of Barile Flowers Service. At the IPM Essen, for the first time, they presented their new and innovative web shop, where the buyer can see the prices, quantity and availability up to 8 weeks ahead.…

UK: Waitrose introduces multi-coloured single rose for Valentine’s Day

Waitrose & Partners is introducing a multi-coloured single rose this Valentine’s Day following the popularity of its Language of Love bouquet, an arrangement of rainbow roses, which sold out in 2018. The Language of Love Bouquet proved so popular with online shoppers last year that the supermarket…

Fresh-o-Fair: "We minimize delivery time"

New platform lets Ecuadorian growers sell directly to European florists

A platform that serves as a channel between Ecuadorian flower farms and the European consumer. This was the vision of a German-Ecuadorian family and after three years of research, discussion and preparation they established a cut flower trade platform named Fresh-o-Fair in May 2018 and last month, they…

Yonatan Nevo, Jetty Flowers:

"Vase life of natural, painted hydrangea is becoming more and more important"

In the world of natural and painted hydrangea, the vase life is becoming more and more important. Supermarkets, both in the USA and in Europe are looking for products that last longer, so clients can enjoy their flowers for at least a week. In cooperation with our clients we are managing to fulfill it. Yonatan Nevo…

Video: Valentine's roses from farm to vase

Around the world, Rosaprima roses are offered on Valentine's Day to dear ones to show love and appreciation. After months of hard work in anticipation of one of their favorite seasons, Rosaprima have a compilation of roses to convey the emotion of love. Watch the video below to see the journey taken by…

Thai flowers meet growing demand in cut orchid niche

The majority of the flowers and plants cultivated in Thailand are mainly destined for the local market. However, when offering them across the border, the interest seems to be high as well. Nicolas of The Amazing Flowers of Victoria, for example, decided to export Thai flowers and plants over a year ago…

Kenya: United Selections holds Open Days in Nakuru

United Selections kicked off the year by hosting their first open day in Nakuru at their Ngata Facility. The event, held on 10th and 11th January, 2019, was well attended with several of their varieties getting positive feedback from the clients. Some of these varieties included well established varieties in the market such as Madam Red, Adalonia and New…

Rose is in the February Flower Agenda 2019

Roses provide colour, scent and beauty indoors in the month when nature is still only hesitantly getting started. This Valentine’s essential is available in many colours and shapes from a spray rose to a solo star. With new varieties being added every year to enhance arrangements and bouquets.  Credit: Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk  Origin The…

Steps taken to increase Turkey ornamental plant and cut flower exports

Green Cities Consulting and MPS Turkey Coordination Office organized a meeting in Antalya to provide detailed information about its cut flower and plant monitoring and inspection system, how it works and the types of certification services it offers in this field. The meeting was attended by many growers…

Green Works releases Paeonia catalog 2019-2020

Green Works' new Paeonia catalog for the upcoming season is now available. This catalog gives an overview of their expanded assortment for 2019/2020, in a modern layout with high resolution photos. Green Works is a supplier of young planting material for the professional cultivation. In the Netherlands, they are a grower of…

Turkey: Cut flower greenhouse established in Yazihan, Malatya

The Malatya municipality will grow its own cut roses from this point onwards. One of the main issues most florists complain about in Malatya is finding suitable sources to purchase roses within Malatya and this greenhouse is hoped to solve this problem. Speaking to press, Malatya Agricultural Chamber Representative Murat Tunc:…

US (CA): Cal Poly float wins Extraordinaire Award at 2019 Rose Parade

Cal Poly universities’ “Far Out Frequencies,” featuring a pair of astronauts and a handful of animated extraterrestrials on an alien planet communicating through music, received the Extraordinaire Award for the most extraordinary float at the 130th Rose Parade held New Year’s Day. The float, designed and built by…

Ecuadorian roses shine again at Tournament of Rose Parade

For the second year in a row, Ecuador USA Roses, based in Cuenca, Ecuador provides over 8,000 roses farm direct in cooperation with their farm partner, "Ecuatorian Flowers", located in Tabacundo, Ecuador and the province of Pichincha, to the Downey Rose Float Association and the City of Downey, CA., for…

Tulipa 'Nikolay Pirogov' baptised

The Military Medical Museum in Saint-Petersburg, (Museum of Medicine of the Russian Federation and the military medical service) reopened the renovated and refurbished Museum Nikolay Ivanovich Pirogov on 19 December 2018. On the occasion of this event a tulip with the name of 'Nikolay Pirogov' was…

New variety Lilium OT Genzano

G-Fresh starts off the new year by offering a new Lily from Bredefleur , the Lilium OT Genzano. "It’s a beautiful white lily with large heads - see photo for scale beside the mystery hand!" "Customers are sure to be impressed by its impressive appearance", states the company at their website. For more information: G-fresh Prunus 22 1424 LD De Kwakel +31 297…

Norwegians warm up to Christmas tulips

Christmas is coming and that means a big demand for poinsettias, red and white roses, but red tulips too. At least for Norway, where Schouten produces tulips in a 7000m2 greenhouse in Lierstranda, Norway. Annually, they grow 20 million tulips that are supplied all over the country and Christmas is one of…

“Clavel de Colombia”, “Rosa de Colombia” and “Crisantemo de Colombia”

EU recognizes geographical indications for Colombian flowers

Under the trade agreement between the EU and Colombia, which provides for the recognition and protection of geographical indications, nine new Colombian geographical indications (GIs) are now recognised in the EU, since 13 December 2018. These products include Colombian coffees, flowers, cheese and a…

"Floral arrangement effective for improving memory ability of patients with Neurocognitive Disorder"

A cognitive function training using flower arrangement conducted by NARO, in collaboration with the Ibaraki Prefectural University of Health Sciences, has shown that the memory ability of patients who suffer from cognitive dysfunctions due to accidents, stroke etc. improved, and the effect was observed…

Romanian florist talks scented roses with Wouter de Vries

Alina Neacsa is a top floral designer in Romania. This November Alina was in the Netherlands to attend the floral master class by Ercole Moroni. After this she interviewed managing director of Parfum Flower Company, Wouter de Vries. Alina Neacsa is the owner and general manager at Flori cu Fitze, a Romanian event company. She is a…

Designer Cut Flowers launches in New York City

"Tropical Nouveau theme emerges as next trend in floral design"

Designer Cut Flowers, the Miami based importer of premium exotic flowers from Holland and Guatemala, hosted an event in New York City to introduce their flower portfolio to floral designers and event planners. The event themed Passion, Petals, and Purpose was held at atelier Maison Gerard. ͞"These wonderful Cymbidium orchids have been four…

Daniel Kaufman, Danziger:

"Focal Scoop fulfills designers' needs"

"Innovative breeding is our core value, and as such our breeding teams are in a constant effort not only to improve existing varieties but also to introduce new and innovative products", says Daniel Kaufman of Danziger. At the IFTF he tells about their newest cut flower range Focal Scoop. Daniel Kaufman of Danziger…

The 10 most popular pink roses of 2018

The year is almost coming to an end and that means it’s time for Parfum Flower Company to reflect on a wonderful year and busy themselves with one of their favorite things: the annual lists. For this one they dove into the online statistics because they were eager to find out what their customers'…

Colombia: New BallSB R&D facility opens its doors

Situated in Sesquile, an hour's drive from Bogota, the new R&D facility of BallSB is now up and running. This new and larger location was already privately inaugurated in the presence of headquarter staff last September, but is now open to all growers of the world. Showing growers HOW With the aim to show their customers that…

Brandkamp presents 2019 Chrysanthemum catalog

German breeder and propagator Brandkamp just launched its 2019 Chrysanthemum catalog. In this catalog, all kind of Garden mums, pot-chrysanthemums, ajanthemums, cut-chrysanthemums, outdoor cut chrysanthemums and cut flowers seedlings are presented. Click here to view the 2019 Chrysanthemum catalog. Garden Mums Brandkamp was and is…

Frans Buzek, La Gaitana Farms

"Without certification it's difficult to do business"

"The flower industry in Colombia is focused on fair treatment for employees. Pension and health insurance funds are well arranged. In that respect, we don't differ much from the Netherlands in terms of legislation," says Frans Buzek, who works at La Gaitana Farms. According to Frans, this is due to the…

Floral holidays with edible roses

A luxury Christmas dinner with a floral touch or festive toasting on the new year with a colorful glass of champagne. Rose growers Rodewijk focus fully on the holidays with their edible roses 'Rosalicious'. Restaurants, bakeries and catering industry "The biggest difference is not in the cultivation, but in the sales", says…

New Kenyan rose nursery Altima grows at 2550 meters

"A little higher, but it makes a real difference"

Simon van der Burg, grower and owner of Timaflor in Kenya, is enthusiastic about the launch of the new nursery Altima. "We are expanding more out of passion than necessity, but the opportunity is there, you know what to do, and you like it, so why not?" The farm of 10 hectares has recently been opened,…

Colombia: Jaroma Roses adds new varieties to assortment

The market is asking for consistency, but improving the assortment from time to time is essential as well. That is why Colombian rose grower Jaroma Roses every year renews 10 percent of their farm – which is 32 hectares in total. Last year they also expanded three hectares. At the IFTF Jaroma Roses presented 10 new…

Turkey: Cut flower growers request land for production from the government

The decision of the government to lease state land for 10 years to growers delighted cut flower growers in Antalya. Cut flower growers are also asking the government to expand its decision to include land that is currently not in use. Central Anatolian Ornamental Plants Exporters Association President Ismail Yilmaz: “This…

Nostalgic rose types for heated greenhouses

Warm days and cool nights. Those are the perfect conditions for big headed roses. The nostalgic roses of German breeder Rosen Tantau used to grow outside in the open field. But two years ago they came up with several varieties that are specially bred to grow in heated greenhouses. They have a garden type…

Showing what's growing in Ecuador

Jet Fresh's Mike and Juanita took a tour of De Ruiter’s showroom/testing ground to see the varieties they’re breeding and growing soon at Jet Fresh Flower Growers, S.A. In addition to the visit to De Ruiter, they've also provided an update on various roses growing at the Ecuador greenhouse right now. Read all about it here.

New Zealand: Esplanade rose trials yield winning new blooms

The hybrid tea blooms are a glorious pinky-red, growing on long stems with glossy dark green foliage. But what has clinched the Gold Star of the South Pacific annual award for "Ladies Night" is the rose's extreme good health. Tauranga rose breeder Rob Somerfield's win was announced by New Zealand Rose Society trials committee chairman Trevor…


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