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The importance of flowers during challenging times

During these challenging times, staying calm, being positive and enjoying simple pleasures at home are of the utmost importance. With government guidelines forcing shops to close, you can no longer pick up a bunch of flowers at your local flower shop; however, Neill Strain is proposing other ways of…

Biobest sticky traps available from Real IPM Kenya

Growers in Kenya, and throughout Africa, now have access to Biobest’s sticky cards and rolls via Real IPM Kenya. Acquired by Biobest in 2018, Real IPM Kenya has become the sole African distributor of this extensive range of cards and traps employed to monitor and trap pests worldwide. Blue or yellow?The sticky…

Kick-off huge art installation #flowers4oxygen at Keukenhof: who's next?

The first flower and plant artwork by #flowers4oxygen on the grounds of famous Dutch flower park Keukenhof is ready. Photos and drone images can now be seen online using hashtag #flowers4oxygen and at www.flowers4oxygen.com. The movement calls similar creative initiatives around the world to share them…

The gift of flowers

Passion often leads to purpose, and this month, that purpose came in the form of giving the Gift of Flowers. by Diana Roy, Resendiz Brothers We love flower farming here in California, especially in the springtime when there are so many varieties to choose from and the colors are amazing. Our farm's shipping department was…

"We can use a little AAA Double Fun"

In times like these, we can use a bit of fun. Therefore, grower Chrywijk introduces the santini AAA Double Fun. It is the striking contrast of this white santini with a black heart that creates the playful effect in any type of bouquet. AAA Double Fun is available now at the Dutch flowers auctions of…

US: Natural Fragrance Rose available soon at retail stores nationwide

Just 9 months after its release, eco-friendly Natural Fragrance Rose will soon be available in every US state, reaching shoppers in over 2,000 retail stores nationwide - and just in time for Mother’s Day. Developed by third-generation Dutch florist Peter Persoon, Natural Fragrance Rose is a real,…

Royal FloraHolland postpones pilot for the nationwide auctioning for cut-anthurium

Nationwide Auctioning is one of the key topics of Royal FloraHolland's strategy. Cut anthurium is the first product group of the Nationwide Auctioning pilot. Due to the developments surrounding the coronavirus, Royal FloraHolland, in consultation with the FPC cut Anthurium, has decided to postpone the…

Special storage boxes as a solution to reduce cut flowers waste

While cut flower growers are facing unprecedented market conditions in the wake of the Covid19 pandemic, most professionals saw these heartbreaking images of large quantities of stems sent directly to waste. As some species are set to reach their peak season very soon (especially tulips), it appears that…

Flowers and plants: Soothing in times of crisis

With the COVID-19 crisis entering another day, and many people spending their time at home, perhaps in uncertainty, the ornamental industry is rallying to bring some sunshine into our lives, emphasizing the healing qualities of flowers and plants. Here's an overview of some of the initiatives undertaken…

Royal FloraHolland supply regulation continues and clock presales up to 75%

On Monday 16 March, Royal FloraHolland announced an emergency measure in connection with corona as a result of the high throughput percentages on the auction clocks in recent days. Supply measures relating to corona for Thursday 19 March: A maximum of 30% of last Thursday's supply volume may be supplied for…

Neanderthals may have used flowers in death rites

The first articulated Neanderthal skeleton to come out of the ground for over 20 years has been unearthed at one of the most important sites of mid-20th century archaeology: Shanidar Cave, in the foothills of Iraqi Kurdistan. Researchers say the new find offers an unparalleled opportunity to investigate…

Game of Thorns – Round #3 voting

Round 2 in DVFlora's Game of Thorns Rose Tournament is now in the books and the Sweet 16 is set. In the Purity Division, Toffee narrowly edged 3D to advance, but now faces a tough challenge going against Free Spirit. While some expected Aspen to make it far, others had already envisioned a Playa Blanca/Mondial match-up. The…

Confiscation illegal carnations from Ecuador at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport

On the request of HilverdaFlorist several boxes of illegal cut-carnations were stopped and controlled by the customs of Schiphol Amsterdam Airport. There were suspicions this…

The gerbera is on the Flower Agenda in April 2020

Playful, cheerful colours and shapes, available all year round and unscented: the gerbera matches every personality. The flower’s symbolism is also linked to cheerfulness. For example, the Celts believed that a gerbera would diminish the burden of daily life. The flower also symbolises the joy of…

United Selections open days for the 1st Quarter 2020

Globally, the flower industry is very dynamic and everything keeps changing rapidly. As such, there’s a need for constant communication and exchange of feedback amongst all the stakeholders along the chain. It’s through this basic principle that United Selections, a premier rose breeder initiated an…

No Dutch flowers for the pope due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 outbreak has also reached the Vatican. Due to the current situation in Italy, Dutch florist Paul Deckers has decided not to send his traditional gift of flowers to the pope this year. On Facebook, he writes that after consulting all parties involved, it was decided not to go through with the…

March 12-26, Canandaigua

US (NY): Series to focus on cut flower industry

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County, 480 N. Main St., Canandaigua, will offer its Cut Flower Science Speaker Series at 7 p.m. on Thursdays, March 12-26. Jud…

Russian retailer starts direct sourcing of flowers from Africa

X5, a large Russian food retailer, announces the start of direct flower supplies from Ethiopia through RVI, the company’s subsidiary responsible for direct imports.The roses grown by Afriflora Sher company are cultivated at the largest rose farm in the world in accordance with Fairtrade standards. The…

Game of Thorns – Round #2 voting

DVFlora has officially tallied the results from the first round of voting and are ready to announce the next round in their tournament of roses, which they dubbed Game of Thorns. The field of the top 64 varieties has now be reduced down to only 32. There were a few surprises, like Faith beating out Sweet Eskimo or Sweet Unique…

Aldi launches Fairtrade rose bouquet for Fairtrade Fortnight

Fairtrade Fornight takes place across 24th February – 8th March. Aldi is the largest Fairtrade retailer in the UK for flowers, and, as part of its commitment to Fairtrade, supports the ‘Dignity for All’ project, to which the supermarket has pledged £200,000 over four years. The local project supports…

Control of aphids in rose

A reduction of available chemical agents to combat aphids in roses has made the integrated control of this pest more difficult. Choices need to be made about the remaining selective aphid control products which all have a negative impact on one or more beneficial insects, giving spider mite, whitefly and thrips more room to…

Dyed flowers care & handling

Putting a new spin on flowers can sometimes prove very difficult, especially when you’re trying to create something for a holiday that isn’t necessarily associated with colors readily available in nature. So how do you shake things up and make fun designs in any color you want? Dyed flowers might just be the answer! Using dyed…

Diego Espinosa, General manager Agrocoex

Ecuador: "Cupido impresses any woman"

There are many ways to celebrate International women's day, but the most beautiful way to encourage, acknowledge and appreciate the superwomen in our life is to give them “the second-best thing God has created after them, a rose”, Christian Dior famously said. Cupido, a variety bred by De Ruiter, is a…

Koen Meewisse of J&K Rosa on Rosa Loves Me 'With Fatal Attraction'

'Garden look' spray roses a welcome addition for Dutch grower

"To all buyers we show this spray rose, they are eager to purchase it", says Koen Meewisse of J&K Rosa when talking about one of their new spray roses they are trialing. This Dutch rose grower who grows white Avalanche roses for commercial production on 3ha, started to trial the 'garden look' roses of…

There is gold in lilies!

Everyone working in the Dutch lily sector will tell you that these are not easy times. Bulb prices are under pressure, and the global demand for lilies seems to be stagnating. Thus, the title of this article, ‘There’s gold in lilies’, appears a bit strange given the current state of the market. But for 2020 it’s really true.…

DVFlora's exclusive tournament of roses

Game of Thorns announcement and first round voting

Here’s an opportunity to participate in an interactive rose version of March Madness, to help determine the most popular variety in the market. DVFlora have taken the most sold varieties from 2019 and categorized them by color to create a bracket of matchups. Some may appear easy for you to pick a…

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…


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