Pot plants

Compact cultivation of kalanchoe without the use of Tilt

Van der Knaap has researched compact cultivation of kalanchoe in collaboration with the growers of Blos5. Blos5 is a cooperative of kalanchoe growers who work together in the…

Campanula: Houseplant of the Month April 2020

Campanula is a plant with a fresh look, mainly in shades of blue, purple and white. The name bellflower suggests a plant with bell-shaped flowers. This is also reflected in the scientific name: Campana means ‘bell’, and Campanula is the diminutive: little bell. There are also varieties that have…

Trending Tropicals Collection

Costa Farms supplies thousands of commercially rare plants in new collection

Supplying thousands and thousands of commercially rare plants. That is the challenge that one of North America’s largest growers of ornamental plants Costa Farms accepted when introducing their new and first concept Trending Tropicals® Collection. They officially launched it in November 2019 and shipped…

Weed control with TopControl

"A large surface can be covered with a relatively small volume"

Weed control in pot and container cultivation is a challenge for many growers. Due to the limited application possibilities of pesticides, a lot of time must be spent on weeding weeds and moss during cultivation and delivery work. Nowadays there are more and more different covering materials on the…

The very specific rules for naming houseplants

Dracaena trifasciata isn’t satisfied with just one name. Also known as the snake plant, St. George’s sword, viper’s bowstring hemp or, for the vengeful among us, mother-in-law’s tongue, the common houseplant has more than enough monikers. But it probably wouldn’t mind if you gave it another. Like Bruce…

Van Belle Nursery first in North America to use ocean-saving "Flow Pot"

As of April 13, 2020, Van Belle Nursery will be the first company in North America to deliver a live goods program using the new environmentally and socially responsible “Flow Pot” by CTi Plastic, made entirely from recycled plastic collected from river and ocean-bound sources, as well as post-consumer…

UK: Over 70,000 “Little Daffodil” pots donated for children

As part of the Centenary celebrations during 2019, Taylors Bulbs teamed up with nearly 250 garden retailers across the UK to get more children gardening through their “Little Daffodils” initiative. Children were given the opportunity to plant daffodils during September and October donations of daffodils…

Diaporthe foeniculina causing yellowing and dieback on Ficus benjamina

Ficus benjamina, commonly called weeping fig or Benjamin fig, is a flowering plant in the family Moraceae. It is widely grown as an ornamental tree or hedge. During the spring of 2019, yellowing and dieback of F. benjamina were observed in different regions of Hamedan Province, Iran (Fig. 1). Figure 1:…

Dendrobium: Houseplant of the month March

Dendrobium features a sturdy stem with scales and leaves from which emerges a candle of idiosyncratic flowers, which may also have a light scent depending on the variety. The structure means that this orchid has an attractive full look: it’s a houseplant that really does offer value for money. Credit:…

Thailand: Growers hand out free orchids as China market shrivels

Orchid growers in Nakhon Pathom gave out free bouquets after finding themselves overstocked as flower exports to China shrivel under the spread of the coronavirus. The Thai Orchid Entrepreneurs Cooperative Co and Thai Orchids Garden Enterprises Association offered 1 million free bouquets of orchids. The…

British councils encouraged to recycle plant pots

The HTA continues to urge member businesses to contact their local council to strongly encourage them to commit to collecting and recycling non-black plant pots. There is a template letter members can use, and the HTA are asking for members to let them know the response by emailing policy@hta.org.uk  If members…

50% of Royal FloraHolland suppliers add plant passport at plant level

With Valentine's Day on the horizon, it is rush hour at auction. Plants with a plant passport per plant have a competitive edge with many customers. That is why about 50% of Royal FloraHolland's suppliers already add the plant passport at plant level. From 1 July 2020, this will be mandatory for all…

Growing containers for 2020’s classic blue trend

A new decade comes with a new color that instills calm, confidence and trust. The 2020 Pantone color of the year is Classic Blue (PANTONE 19-4052), an enduring hue that, according to Pantone, highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as they cross the threshold into a…

New poinsettia production introduced to the European market

Each year in January, Dümmen Orange holds its Poinsettia Seminar in Rheinberg, Germany to kick off the new sales season with German growers. Last month, together with customers and business partners, Dümmen Orange evaluated the past year and looked ahead to the new year, while collecting feedback. Of…


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