Pot plants

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 pot is carbon black free,…

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 officinalis) and not…

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 only methods…

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 about our spectacular Chinese New…

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 creamy white. “Its eye-catching leaves…

"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…

Stock: an aromatic treat for the senses

The versatile Stock flower has something that its friends in the floral cooler don’t: natural floral scent. “In a cut flower world that breeds for visual appeal and longevity…

New pots to help overcome labor challenges

North American supplier of horticulture containers The HC Companies is beginning the new year with a pair of product launches designed exclusively for the greenhouse market. The new 4.5" Square Quick Lock Pot and 6" Azalea Pot are currently being produced at the company's facilities.     "We're…

NL: "Growing demand for fragrant orchids"

Since OKPlant introduced a fragrant orchid named Little Kolibri Orchid Fragrance during the Trade Fair in November, demand only increased. Thijs van der Valk: "Although we can only supply small numbers as of yet, various customers reserve a part of the production. Particularly garden centers are interested in the fragrant orchid, because…

Ferns: February Houseplants of the Month

From bushy to stylised, and from dark green to silvery grey-green: ferns come in many forms with leaves that can also vary considerably. One has curls, the other more feather-like, and a third has no frills at all. Together they form an attractive group of green plants that fit with the growing interest…

Australia: Home gardeners urged to look out for pest plant

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is urging home gardeners to hand in a prohibited plant mistakenly sold in Western Australia over summer. Callisia repens, commonly known as creeping edge plant, is present in other States but is prohibited in Western Australia due to its potential environmental impact.…

Dümmen Orange introduces biological protected poinsettia production

Each year, Dümmen Orange holds its Poinsettia Seminar in Rheinberg, Germany to kick off the new sales season with German growers. This year the seminar was held on the 11th of January. Together with customers and business partners, Dümmen Orange evaluated the past year and looked ahead to the new year,…

"Stop and smell the roses"

IPM Essen: Scented garden and scented pot roses take center stage at Roses Forever

When you stroll down the aisles in the new Danish hall at the IPM Essen and you follow your nose, the fragrance will probably lead you to the booth of Roses Forever. This year, their scented garden roses, together with their scented pot roses, take center stage. Visitors can even win a prize by simply…

Turkey: Ornamental outdoor plant seedling production greenhouse about to be completed in Odemis, Izmir

80% of the outdoor plant seedling production greenhouse in Odemis is completed and the facility is expected to be operational within January 2019. The greenhouse is set in an area of 11 hectares and commissioned by Odemis Ornamental Plant Growers Cooperative. The project was also supported by various government institutions through financial funds.…

PanAmerican Seed shares 2019 garden trends

Looking forward to 2019, PanAmerican Seed is very excited for all the opportunities the new year offers. Gardening and the green lifestyle are on the move, and the team feels its product assortment is poised to take on the market and make an impact with greenhouses and their customers. by Claire Josephson, Product Marketing…

Chinese production of potted mini-rose business is growing

Potted mini-rose is more and more popular in China. Kingpeng established one glass greenhouse for one of the biggest flower import and export group in Kunming, Yunnan province. This greenhouse is mainly used for mini-rose flower growing. The greenhouse park’s total area is 5 hectares and all of them are…

Daniel Pass, Double H Nurseries:

UK: "Still an appetite in demand for phalaenopsis"

It has been an interesting year for the Phalaenopsis. Due to oversupply the prices all over Europe were low. However, Daniel Pass of Double H Nurseries in the UK isn’t complaining.  Glitters and innovation “There is still an appetite in demand”, says Daniel Pass. “It is driven by more innovation into the product. In recent years orchids…

"Brazilian growers see future ahead for Kalanchoe selections from Perfecta Breeding"

Perfecta Breeding, the cooperative partnership of Lankhaar Nursery in Bleiswijk and breeding company Agriom in De Kwakel, is expanding the growing area in Brazil with new Kalanchoe selections. "Our genetics are supremely suitable for cultivation in South America’’, says Agriom's Jaap Stelder, who visited…

Video: Poinsettias from farm to consumer

The video below, uploaded by Lufthansa Cargo, gives a nice overview of how poinsettia plants are grown in Uganda and shipped to the consumer in Europe. The video was partly shot at Selecta One's Wagagai Farm.

"The trendiest plant this Christmas is the cactus"

Poinsettia sales have been pricked by the rise in popularity of the cacti, with one garden centre chain reporting higher sales of these prickly subjects. Some 50% more cacti have been sold this year, according to Wyevale Garden Centres, which reports that its customers are buying an average of two plants each this…

Natascha van Santen, Van der Arend Tropical Center

Tropical plant grower finds sustainable solution with coconut

At a stone's throw from the old office, Van der Arend Tropical Center recently moved into a new building. Right behind it is the equally new two-hectare greenhouse, where the newer assortment (Alocasia, Monstera monkey leaf) is cultivated. "This greenhouse perfectly meets the conditions in which we want…

"The Princess continues to dazzle"

One of the most successful plants to emerge from the Anthony Tesselaar stable has been Daphne Perfume Princess. Its advantages over other Daphnes of full sun exposure, larger flower size, and quick growing features have combined to produce a strong retailer / consumer demand for this plant. This plant has now become…

Selecta One presents Poinsettia catalogue 2019

Selecta One presents its new Poinsettia catalogue 2019 for growers to plan the coming season.   The Competence in Red series has been supplemented by the new variety Christmas Universe – strong Red, strong roots, slim growth and the new variety Christmas Break, which won the popular LTO Novelty Award for its excellent…

Kentia Palm: January 2019 Houseplant of the Month

Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana) is a plant with a relatively small base from which slender stems grow upwards bearing soft and elegant green palm leaves. It’s one of the few palms that thrives on little light, low humidity and cool rooms. Kentia Palm is also an attractive feature in the home: the light…

Poinsettia takes the limelight on National Poinsettia Day

8 million poinsettias will be sold in the UK this year, and between 105 and 110 million poinsettias will be sold in Europe this year, of which 32 million will be sold in Germany. Plenty of reason for Stars for Europe , the marketing initiative of European poinsettia breeders Dümmen Orange, Selecta One, Beekenkamp and…

US (PA): Poinsettia sales blooming for local grower

Traditional red and white and fancy-colored poinsettias in all different sizes and varieties fill Larry O’Malia’s greenhouses in Plains Twp. O’Malia said they grow about 10,000 poinsettias in eight greenhouses. They start planting them at the end of July to be ready for the busy holiday season when demand rises for…

US (IA): Plantpeddler Poinsettia Variety Day 2018 results

Plantpeddler, located in Cresco, Iowa, conducted a trial of over 125 commercial and pre‐release Poinsettia varieties. Variety Day was hosted on Thursday, December 6, with representatives of all major breeders, broker representatives, and growers in attendance. The trial was produced under natural season…

Diamantina re-branding marks a return to the plants’ roots

They’re called “Tropical Jewels” and for good reason. Diamantina Dipladenia and Mandevilla genetics from Ball Ingenuity (formerly sold under the Summer Romance umbrella) are tropical bloomers with high performance during hot weather. Original Mandevilla genetics come from the Diamantina region of Brazil, known for…

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…

A special kind of Christmas tree

"We wish you a rose-mary Christmas"

Waitrose & Partners will again be stocking rosemary Christmas trees, after proving a hit last Christmas. The herb is a favoured garnish of choice for the grocer’s shoppers at Christmas, making it into the top 3 best selling fresh herbs with sales up 200% over the festive season compared to the rest of the…

The rise of the cyborg plants

Elowan is a cybernetic lifeform, a plant in direct dialogue with a machine. The plant is interfaced through its own electrochemical signals with a robotic extension that drives it towards light. Plants have natural bioelectrochemical signals inside them. They get excited in response to environmental conditions and conduct these signals between…


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