Pot plants

New Zealand's "most expensive houseplant" sells for $5000

An Auckland botanist has walked away with almost $5000 after her monstera sparked a bidding war on Trade Me. As the Instagram house plant craze has soared, the monstera has stayed firmly at the front of the pack, its holey leaves beloved of influencers and trendy cold brew cafes everywhere.  According to the…

Chelsea Flower Show to bring in new category for houseplants

The Chelsea Flower Show will introduce a houseplant category this year in a bid to appeal to a younger generation. The show will include six houseplant studios which suppliers and designers can dress to be judged by industry experts.  Helena Pettit, director of shows at the Royal Horticultural Society, said…

China: Enjoying the flowers when it's snowing

It was snowing and freezing outdoors, but flowers were blooming indoors. In Gongli village. On December 30, 2019, the orchid exhibition of the Gongli village, Anbang Township, Jianshan District opened. In the winter, it brings a “spring” to the public. Outside the glass smart greenhouse in Anbang…

Meet the guys who made your pots at Flower Expo China 2020

Looking for high quality nursery container manufacturers in China? But don’t have the time and budget to visit them one by one? Why not join the 2020 China International…

"A new Superstar is born"

Beekenkamp Plants Ornamentals received the award for the best novelty from the LTO (Dutch Greenhouse Horticulture union). Various Poinsettia breeders sent in their novelties and these were grown by commercial growers in confidential comparison trials. Beekenkamp Plants Ornamentals sent in their PON128 and won again. The PON128 is…

Setting the trend with fragrant Phalaenopsis

The exhibition stand accommodating Sion Young Plants at the TPIE 2020 (no. 219) shines the spotlight on the company’s new fragrant varieties, Odorion and Scention. These…

Royal Lemkes & Van Dijk Flora partnership

Plant pots with a future

Royal Lemkes and Van Dijk Flora, both suppliers of house and garden plants to major retailers, have joined forces and expressed their ambition to reach 90% of their traded growing pots being circular by the end of 2022. Royal Lemkes and Van Dijk Flora worked together over the past year in a joint project within the Dutch…

Colorful foliage for spring gardens

Proven Winners is introducing a new series of Caladiums called Heart to Heart, plants that will help meet the ever-growing demand for tropical varieties in the marketplace. These new varieties come from producer Classic Caladiums. In this series, you’ll find two leaf styles—Strap Leaf and Fancy Leaf, as…

Areca palm: Houseplant of the Month February 2020

As soon as the Areca palm (scientific name: Dypsis syn. Areca) has settled into its spot, it’s a houseplant that projects nothing but calm. The palm has no central trunk - the reed-like stems all emerge directly from the soil and grow upwards in pale green narrow pointy leaves. They grow outwards in an…

peek inside at Kwekerij Michelle Van Dijk

Milky Way, brought to you by Martin Vermeer and Pleun van Dijk

In a 3,500m² greenhouse of Michelle van Dijk, co-founder of the company, Mr. Pleun van Dijk, age 77, still regularly has his hands in the soil. When we dropped by, he and Martin Vermeer were busy potting a new batch of Ornithogalum. Martin Vermeer and Pleun van Dijk Kwekerij Michelle Van Dijk is a…

The mere sight of an indoor plant can reduce stress

Plants can improve work life

A study out of the University of Hyogo in Awaji, Japan, details the stress-reducing benefits to office workers that even a small plant situated within easy viewing can impart. Masahiro Toyoda, Yuko…

Knock Out Rose gets miniature version

Twenty years since the introduction of the original Knock Out Rose, Star Roses and Plants is launching the first ever, miniature Knock Out Rose, The Petite Knock Out.  A miniature version of the original Knock Out Rose, The Petite Knock Out has the same flowering ability, bright color and easy maintenance as…

2020 Plant of the Year: Pilea Peperomioides

The official 2020 Plant of the Year, the Pilea Peperomioides plant, is a mouthful to pronounce so it’s no surprise that it has attracted a number of nicknames like “The Chinese Money Plant”, “The UFO Plant” and “The Pancake Plant”. This plant has become a staple in plant parent’s #shelfie on Instagram…

See the new Lazzeri Poinsettias at the Fall Poinsettia Trials

Check out the new assortment of Lazzeri Poinsettias, including eight varieties exclusive to Syngenta Flowers North America. This fall, Lazzeri's Italian-bred varieties were some of the top performers at Plantpeddler's poinsettia trials. In May, Syngenta Flowers announced a new agreement, where they will…

Bayview Flowers introduces Living House brand

Growers brand their products to stand out in an ever growing selection of plants

Plants enhance your life. That is the idea behind a new brand that Bayview Flowers recently launched. With Living House the Canadian grower focuses on the growing number of plant purchasers. The team of Bayview Flowers at PMA Fresh Summit 2019. “We thought it was important to establish a brand that…

Poinsettia catalogue 2020 showcases Selecta One varieties

When colourful Poinsettias stand on the shelves and grace the homes of consumers festively, it is already time to think about the next season. Selecta One is supporting growers with their new Poinsettia catalogue 2020.  SkyStar is the Poinsettia novelty 2020. This new variety impresses with red bracts covered…

Care system allows easy cultivation of different orchid species

Hassinger Orchideen has been specializing in breeding, developing and production of orchids over the last 30 years. In addition to the main product Phalaenopsis, Hassinger Orchideen has also been working on other, less well-known orchid genera, aiming to maintain the reputation of the orchid as an…

The colorful history of the poinsettia

Poinsettias are a traditional part of holiday décor. But do you know the story about how poinsettias became a symbol of Christmastime? LSU AgCenter reporter Craig Gautreaux has the story.

Plantpeddler Poinsettia Variety Day 2019 results

Plantpeddler, located in Cresco, Iowa, conducted a trial of 157 commercial and pre‐release Poinsettia varieties. Variety Day was hosted on Thursday, December 5, with representatives of all major breeders, broker representatives, and growers in attendance. The trial was produced under natural season…

Rinehart Poinsettias by Danziger available for 2020 season

Danziger announces NA partnership with Rinehart Poinsettias

Danziger announces a new partnership with Rinehart Poinsettias. The two companies are joining forces to bring “Rinehart Poinsettias by Danziger” to the North American market. Seven varieties, including five reds and two clean whites, will be available for the 2020 season, with additional introductions…

Poinsettias as a holiday staple

With their bright red, pink or white leaves, poinsettias herald the approach of the holiday season. They are beautiful as stand-alone plants or as components of bigger holiday displays. In the United States, poinsettias are grown as indoor potted plants, most in heated greenhouses, but you might be surprised to know that in its…

Rosemary Christmas returns to Britain

A Christmas tree that's good enough to eat is set to be a must-have decoration this Christmas. Herb-loving shoppers are in for a treat as Waitrose & Partners will once again be stocking rosemary Christmas trees as shoppers look for more environmentally friendly Christmas decorations. The alternative…

The quest for the white poinsettia

Each November, the week before Thanksgiving, Millstadt Young Plants in Millstadt, Illinois (near St. Louis), hosts the most extensive poinsettia comparison trial and open house. Parent company, N.G. Heimos Greenhouses, is one of the leading finished plant suppliers for supermarkets and major retailers,…

Christmas Universe poinsettia poised for UK shelves

Three new varieties of festive favourite poinsettia have been chosen by the ornamentals industry as having the most promise for the UK market in AHDB trials. Christmas Universe and two as yet unnamed varieties from plant breeders Selecta and Beekenkamp could be on supermarket shelves for…

Danish judge condemns calling PLA plant pot biodegradable

Can you call a pot biodegradable when it only composts under very specific circumstances, like in an industrial composting plant? No, says a Danish judge. They forbid the…

"Gold and red pots boost pre-Christmas sales"

Belgian grower Laurica Plants report strong pre-Christmas retail sales. These began early and continued unabated. “Our gold and red pots have again been very popular", says Director Marian Maenhoudt. “We sell them on mix trolleys, or the garden centre can order the sizes they request. The red pot with its…

Poinsettia: December Houseplant of the Month

What you first notice about the poinsettia are the beautifully coloured leaves. They’re often thought to be the flowers, but are actually bracts that form a star shape around the true flowers, which are small and yellow in the heart. The classic red poinsettia is familiar, but trending for December 2019…

UK: Houseplants invade RHS Garden Wisley greenhouse

Hundreds of houseplants will be growing, overflowing and taking over the Glasshouse at RHS Garden Wisley from 25 January to 1 March 2020.  A lost and abandoned Victorian house has been overrun by houseplants. Every room is filled with plants we know and love, grown wildly out of control. From a parlour palm…

First global Tropical Plants catalogue now available from Dümmen Orange

From now on all Dümmen Orange's tropicals can be found together in one catalogue. Highlights from the new global Tropical Plants catalogue 2020-2021: New anthurium varieties like Nano Sweet, Success White and Red Bull New phalaenopsis generation, from the Popcorn collection, to the Watch Me and Big Lip varieties…

Christmas poinsettias bloom in Ireland

It's 'beginning to look a lot like Christmas' in Oldtown this month, as local business Uniplumo undertakes its annual Poinsettia harvest, a red Mexican plant synonymous with the season of goodwill. Here, up to sixty workers will toil around the clock, harvesting up to 85,000 festive plants to be…

Music for plants

“Plant music” is a niche genre that has ties to 1970s West Coast New Age and, thanks to the ongoing houseplant boom and a new generation of composers, is blossoming again today.  “Plantasia” was released in 1976 by electronic music pioneer Mort Garson, a Moog devotee known for his album-length synth compositions like “The Zodiac:…

December 6-7, Gainesville

UF Environmental Horticulture Club to host 23rd annual poinsettia sale

While Floridians aren’t likely to see snow during the holidays, they can still enjoy the winter season with poinsettias grown by the University of Florida’s Environmental Horticulture Club. The club will host its 23rd annual poinsettia sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 7. The sale will be held at…

Rare plant collectors ready to spend a pretty penny

They came armed with totes, trash bags, empty strollers and collapsible nylon wagons. They came with wish lists and whispers of their “unicorns,” whose Latin names sounded like incantations: adansonii, patriciae, obliqua. Some of them traveled by airplane to get here. Others, in moving trucks. Because…

Wim van der Meer, Koppert, about the hidden life

"First caterpillar damage is hardly noticeable"

In companies that deal in potted plants the pressure and damage caused by caterpillars increases, especially the Duponchelia fovealis cause a lot of damage. In recent years mainly digestive organic materials were being consumed by the caterpillars; now it is noticeable in many cultivations that vital…

Study finds potted plants don't improve air quality

Plants can help spruce up a home or office space, but claims about their ability to improve the air quality are vastly overstated, according to research out of Drexel University. A closer look at decades of research suggesting that potted plants can improve the air in homes and offices reveals that…

November 19, Jordan

CAN (ON): Poinsettia Open House at Jeffery’s Greenhouse

Once again, Focus Greenhouse Management and Jeffery’s Greenhouse are partnering for the 2019 Poinsettia Open House. There will be presentations on pest management in poinsettia, troubleshooting production issues as well as plant growth regular trials. And, as always, there will be lots and lots of…

Roses Forever going large in 2020

Roses Forever has a series for all pot sizes – from tiny 6 cm pots up to the largest pot sizes. Many of the new varieties, which will be available from spring 2020, are specially developed for larger pots and a longer culture. The production of rose varieties in larger pots fits both nurseries that…

November 12, Lower Saxony

Selecta One invites to yearly Magic Stars event

In keeping with the Poinsettia season, Selecta One organises its Magic Stars event on 12th November 2019. This year, the producer of young plants welcomes Poinsettia growers and interested parties at the company Emsflower in the region of Lower Saxony in Germany and offers an informative day programme. The…

Iconic and relevant: how the orchid keeps reinventing itself

Few flowers come in as many shapes and colours as orchids. Their versatility is an asset for plant lovers who are seeking a floral eye-catcher to add the perfect finishing touch to their interior. But the broader the range, the more trend-sensitive it is. Do today's consumers like the orchids you are…

Kalanchoe Tiger now available

Starting this week (45) the new Kalanchoe Tiger series in pot size 15 is available at SlijkermanKalanchoe. A total of 9 colours will become available: red, orange, bronze, copper, yellow, pastel, white, pink, dark pink.  The Kalanchoe Tiger is grown exclusively by Decorum grower Slijkerman and is now (only to a limited extent) available…

Turkey: 75 ha greenhouse nearby Kaz mountains about to be finalized

The bureaucratic processes to set an organized greenhouse production zone for cut flowers and ornamental plants in a 75-hectare area nearby Kaz mountains are about to be finalized. Local mayor of Edremit town Ali Sirmalli has provided the press with an update about the project. The project will create…


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