Pot plants

How social media platforms made U.S. plant sales surge by 50 percent over last few years

American millennials have been accused of dooming all sorts of things: beer, golf, cereal. But the cohort is credited with reviving the once-moribund market for houseplants. In the past three years, U.S. sales have surged almost 50 percent to $1.7 billion, according to the National Gardening Association.…

Decorating with plants

Plants are increasingly used as décor for interior design. Yes, houseplants certainly have always been enjoyed, but their popularity is increasing especially as retailers try to reach younger demographics. From the modern and sleek to holiday-oriented designs, ornamental growers have been transplanting their plants into…

Rise n' Shine to sell Schneider BV assortment on the Indian market

Schneider BV from The Netherlands and Rise n’ Shine from India signed an agreement, allowing the latter to sell the Schneider assortment in the Indian market. Mrs. Bhagyashree Patil, Chairperson & Managing Director of Rise n’ Shine group India, and Jacob Schneider, Managing Director of Schneider BV,…

Gediflora

BE : Operating as efficiently as possible on a very large scale

After breeding and propagation, the Belgian ball-shaped chrysanthemums are shipped back from Kenia and Brazil to Oostnieuwkerke (Belgium). There is no sign of colour or smell at this stage, because the cuttings are barely three centimetres tall and each one of them is green. Michiel Declerck and Astrid…

Interview with Geert van Geest LVG Plants in South Africa

LVG Plants in South Africa is a customer of Anthura. The owners, who are originally Dutch and have lived almost all their lives in South Africa, have made enormous developments with their company. The brothers – Ivo, Bart and Geert – all have their own roles within the company. In the latest edition of…

Begonia: April 2019 Houseplant of the Month

The flowering begonia has full, plump flowers in cheerful colours such as red, pink, orange, white and yellow. The enthusiasm with which the plant blooms means in practice that you can hardly see the plant for the flowers. Foliage begonias have their own distinctive beauty in the form of velvet leaves…

Selecta one targets children with "Christmas Mouse"

Appealing to a new target group with a slightly different poinsettia

What story-telling can do. The breeders of this variety were not sure they should launch it, but the marketing department saw the opportunity to tap into a new target group. The variety in question is the Euphorbia pulcherrima Christmas Mouse of Selecta one. The "mouse ears" make the difference,…

US: InstantHedges now shipping in customizable cedar boxes

InstantHedge took the design/build market in the United States by storm in 2018, debuting 20 varieties of precision-trimmed and packaged, ready-to-plant 3-4’ and 5-6’ hedges. In the fall the company expanded with a line of 18” boxwood panels for instant borders, knot gardens and patios. This spring,…

Turkish phalaenopsis grower prevents 15 million Euro imports through own production

Phalaenopsis production center in Yalova, a city located in northwestern Turkey, covers 50 % of the Turkish market’s demand. The production is set in an area of 4 hectares and the owner of the company Turhan Tugtekin points out that their production facility has stopped 15 million euro worth of…

Balcony plant for 2019: Bay laurel

Qualities such as fabulous green foliage and a stately appearance combined with a compact shape make bay laurel (scientific name: Laurus nobilis) a great addition to any balcony. Bay laurel blooms with white flowers which appear as umbels in the leaf axils and later become oval berries. The plant remains…

The science of container gardening

The discerning consumer continues to search for the instant garden within their 'Outdoor Room'. The solutions to this are increasingly found in container gardening. This facet of the plant sector is very much in vogue. Patio pots and garden planters plus containers for use in courtyard gardens, backyards…

"Houseplants not that great at cleaning the air"

For several years, research suggested that houseplants might cleanse the air of certain pollutants. But now most scientists say that’s not right, according to a report in The Atlantic. “It’s such an alluring and enticing idea,” Elliott Gall, a Portland State University professor, said. “But the…

UK: Showcasing the sustainable beauty of plants in the home

Ian Drummond, Creative Director of Indoor Garden Design, showcased the sustainable beauty of plants in the home with a series of customer workshops in the Learning Lab within the newly opened IKEA store in Greenwich. Customers were shown how to plant a mini terrarium using a range of succulents, given…

Netherlands: Mini hydrangeas bring a new concept to the market

The theme of Plantarium 2019 is ‘Green Fits All’. Plantarium 2019 aims to encourage participants to seek cooperation with companies and authorities outside the sector. That way green will provide opportunities for growth. Participant Van der Peijl Tuinplanten presents a particularly compact growing…

Selecta One releases new Dianthus catalogue 2019

"Spring is a time of planning and projects," said Leo Tolstoy. Spring welcomed us already with mild temperatures and sunny days and thus the gardening season starts slowly. Selecta One presents its Dianthus catalogue 2019 with colourful proven as well as new varieties. They offer strong series: from…

Taiwan's newly developed hybrid orchids win major prizes

Three unique hybrid orchids developed by the Kaohsiung District Agricultural Research and Extension Station have won four prizes at an international orchid show in Taiwan for their exotic appearance and fragrance. The moth orchid is treasured for its beauty and Taiwan's most exported orchid, but Weng…

Lily: March Houseplant of the Month

The lily (Lilium) is a real feature in the home thanks to its beautifully coloured flowers that sometimes also have an exquisite fragrance. The potted lily is characterised by the long buds on the stem and the leaf that grows along the whole stem. The choice of colours with potted lilies is extensive:…

"Chelated calcium benefits poinsettias"

Vegetatively propagated unrooted cuttings of annual ornamentals are typically grown in equatorial locations and shipped via airfreight to propagators located in temperate climates. Cutting quality, defined as the resistance to external forces—such as physical damage and pathogen infection—has an impact…

Millennials are hiring consultants to raise their ‘plant babies’

Nick Cutsumpas calls himself a “plant daddy.” The 26-year-old Kips Bay resident, who works for Arianna Huffington’s startup Thrive Global, has turned a passion for agriculture — he claims to have grown tomatoes in his apartment with moderate success — into a lucrative side hustle. Plant-owning novices…

February 27-28, Birmingham

Sirane to feature plastic free plant pot at Packaging Innovations 2019

Sirane will unveil something brand new at Packaging Innovations in Birmingham tomorrow – a sustainable alternative to the traditional plastic plant pot. The new Earthboard Resolve is just like any other plant pot – except that it’s made from a specially-formulated water-proof card, is compostable and…

Fragrant pot roses showered with awards

Rosa Eskelund has over the years created award-winning roses for the garden and the home. The latest news is a series of fragrant pot roses with large flowers, which has won the Public Prize at the world’s largest fair for plants. Potted roses with fragrance in themselves are extremely difficult to…

"Roses are red, orchids are addictive"

About a year ago, 11-year-old David Marcovici started collecting orchids. Since then, he’s amassed a few dozen that have turned the family kitchen into a mini-rainforest. His favorites are miniatures, which he calls his “little guys.” He brought $267—all his savings—to spend at a recent orchid show in…

Spring planting season extenders

Every grower and retail garden center loves the first rush of spring sales. The golden ticket for the industry is figuring out ways to extend that spring retail rush. Finding ways to bring consumers into the garden center beyond the traditional spring planting season means more traffic and more sales. That golden ticket might…

UK: Taupe pots become a reality

This week marked a significant change in the potting shed at The Bransford Webbs Plant Company, with the first of the new taupe pots being used for potting. The taupe pots will begin appearing in garden centres over the next few months. The company will be replacing black plastic pots for all new crops. The new taupe plastic…

US: 2019 is the Year of Salvia nemorosa

From tropical forests to high-deserts and urban landscapes, Salvias are among the most common ornamental and culinary plant species you will find. Although its name is derived from the Latin salvere, meaning to heal or good health, this moniker undoubtedly refers to the common herb Sage (Salvia…

Netherlands and Japan

Calibration Manual harmonizes DUS examination in anthurium

An Anthurium Calibration Manual was established by collaborative activities between Naktuinbouw (Netherlands) and NCSS (/NARO) (Japan). The purpose of the Calibration Manual is to harmonize technique of DUS examination in the two countries and use it also internationally. The Calibration Manual indicates…

UK: M&S selling limited edition Chinese New Year orchid

Marks & Spencer is selling a limited edition Celebration Orchid for Chinese New Year. The orchid, on sale for £20, comes with a red envelope, traditionally given as a gift in China during social and family gatherings including Chinese New Year, to symbolise luck and good fortune. "We’re very excited…

Blueberries and strawberries excel as 4-month fruit plants at the point of sale

A long harvest, healthy characteristics and an effective marketing concept: Developed on the basis of a cooperation between the German tree nurseries Heinje und Christoph Marken, Son & Koot from the Netherlands and Verdia from France, the Lucky Berry blueberry (Vaccinium) and strawberry (Fragaria…

Costa Farms’ Dracaena ‘White Aspen’ chosen Best New Plant at TPIE 2019

Growers unveil many brand-new plants at the Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition (TPIE) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This year Costa Farms' Dracaena ‘White Aspen’ won the award for Best New Foliage Plant. A new variety of corn plant (Dracaena), White Aspen shows off rich green leaves strikingly edged in…

"A plant a day keeps the doctor away"

Employees find a workplace with plants more attractive than a space without plants. Plants increase air humidity, contribute to a positive mood, bring about more contentment among employees about their own performance, while it brings down absence caused by sick leave. Research by Wageningen…


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