Greenhouse

Fine-mesh insect gauze for Dümmen Orange

In De Lier in the Netherlands, construction work at Dümmen Orange is steadily progressing. Part of the project is the renovation of the existing wide-span greenhouses. The project is in the hands of Zwirs Horti Projects and Ventiguard has supplied the insect gauze. Thrips gauze Laurens Besemer from…

Success in ultrafiltration pilot Arend Roses and WaterQ/Litree

“We now fully rely on the Goalkeeper”

Dutch rose nursery Arend Roses supplies 40 to 45 million roses per year in 8 different varieties. Besides the quality of the roses and the service for customers, Arend Roses also takes care of the environment. They therefore opt for green, innovative technology to make rose cultivation more sustainable.…

US (MI): Horticulture alum runs 12-acre greenhouse

Susie Raker-Zimmerman graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Horticulture in 2003. The university asked her a few questions about her time at MSU and her current industry position. Why did you choose to study Horticulture and why MSU? Most people would probably expect me to say that I choose Horticulture because I…

US (ND): Darwin Day in the Minot State University Greenhouse

Tuesday was what would be the 210th birthday of Charles Darwin. To celebrate, Minot State University opened their greenhouse to the public to show off some of the plants Darwin studied years ago. "Biology without Darwin is like Biology without living things,” said Alexey Shipunov, Biology Department associate professor. "He studied carnivorous…

Turkish flower market also under the spell of Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day, greenhouses and auction companies were filled with activity in Turkey these days. Growers in Izmir, one of the most important production cities in the country, are working diligently to fulfill the orders they have received for Valentine’s Day. Currently around 27.5 million stems of flowers are…

Turkey: Geothermally heated greenhouses to be built in three cities

Ali Kindap, head of the Geothermal Power Plant Investors Association (JESDER) announced that 165 hectares of greenhouse fields will be built in Manisa, Aydin and Denizli.…

Video: Plants on the benches 22 weeks after start of construction

KG Greenhouses has launched another update video of the progress on their 9 hectare project in the UK. In this video it can be seen that plants are already on the benches in the glasshouse, only 22 weeks after the start of construction. This achievement has allowed the customer to start using the glasshouse much earlier and therefore to…

Syngenta Flowers joins Club of 100 Greenhouse Horticulture

Syngenta Flowers joins the Club of 100 Greenhouse Horticulture. This Club of 100 is part of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in the Netherlands. For Syngenta Flowers the membership offers an opportunity to contribute to the continuous innovation in horticulture. Head Marketing EAME Mark Schermer and Sjaak…

John Torenstra, Horticulture Service

"Less than three weeks after the tornado, the greenhouse was already largely repaired"

A tornado in December left a trail of destruction behind in the greenhouse of Dutch gerbera nursery Van der Wilt. Repairs started right away and right now the final touches are being made on making the greenhouse operational again. Planning the repairs "On Friday afternoon I was on my way back to the shop when Aad…

Preparing your greenhouse for the next cold spell or Polar Vortex

Greenhouse operators and growers should inspect greenhouses to mitigate heat loss during winter months and sub-zero temperatures and protect plants from chilling injury or freezing damage. by Roberto G. Lopez rglopez@msu.edu & W. Garrett Owen wgowen@msu.edu Recently, the Great Polar Vortex of 2019 brought extreme sub-zero temperatures to…

EFTE is a translucent polymer for improving light transmission

Ceres Greenhouse Solutions is now offering a new option for our greenhouses in the form of ETFE film. Widely used in Japan for decades but with little use in the United States, Ethelyne Tetrafluoroethelyne (ETFE) is a translucent polymer sheeting with great benefits for greenhouse production.  ETFE film allows for more…

US (MI): Greenhouse disease and insect management recommendations for 2019

Michigan State University Extension entomology specialist for ornamentals David Smitley has released his “ 2019 Greenhouse Insect Management ” recommendations. These are the recommended products to control thrips, aphids, whiteflies, spider mites, broad and cyclamen mites, fungus gnats, mealybugs and…

Sky Coat T-5 foil, Atoplan Products

New foil makes crops warm and comfortable

Glass greenhouses need only a little sun to get warm, but foil greenhouses reign supreme in this regard. In the assortment of horticulture foils from Atoplan Products, the Sky Coat T-5 has been the showpiece since last year. "Even without heating, the temperature is well above zero when it is freezing." Randy…

US (WA): Skagit Horticulture opens clean-stock greenhouse

Skagit Horticulture, located in Mabton, WA, announces the opening of a new, clean-stock greenhouse to complement the large-scale production of select agricultural plant starts launched last year. The new greenhouse is key in producing high volumes of virus-free transplants to serve the needs of hop growers, vineyard operators…

"LED lights allow us to economically extend the growing day to 14 hours"

Fairweather's Nursery are completing the installation of LED lights into their second propagation greenhouse, to enable them to expand the weaning of tissue culture plants…

Russia: Kaliningrad greenhouse to deliver 7.5 million tulips for March 8

Nursery Kalinkovo is planning to grow 7.5 million tulips for Valentine’s Day and International Women’s Day. The flowers will be delivered to various regions of the Russian Federation, reported the local government press service. The first batch of three million tulips will be sent to the Altay area. The rest of…

Helping plants breathe in winter

Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is one of the main elements required by plants for photosynthesis. But plants in greenhouses can quickly run out of CO2 if outside air is not allowed in. So when the winter sun shines and plants become active, they may not grow at all. Ben Geijtenbeek, Senior Crop Technical Specialist at Syngenta Flowers, based at Enkhuizen in the…

New variety to be grown for International Women’s Day

Russia: First tulips cut in Irkutsk for Valentine’s Day

Red, yellow, crimson. The tulips on this flower bed have bloomed specifically for the ones who are in love. The associates of Gorzelenstroy are preparing bouquets for February 14. The flowers are carefully selected. For instance, only closed buds are accepted, the flowers should not open until they are…

"If you work in a targeted manner, you can already learn a lot with 10 to 20 sensors"

The project 'Monitoring and supervision of energy innovations' aims at analyzing the application of new techniques and cultivation methods in several companies, as part of the…

Russia: Mordovia aims to become a leader in rose production

Twelve of every hundred Russian roses are grown in Mordovia. With that, the republic offers about 40 varieties, having the biggest selection in the whole of the Russian Federation. 100 thousand flowers are cut daily. Big hopes are connected with the JS Mir Tsvetov, a highly technological flower growing complex, where…

Greenhouse research facility constructed in Taiwan

Bosman Van Zaal is currently adding the finishing touches at the turnkey research facility for CH Biotech in Nantou, Taiwan. CH Biotech develops and innovates agrochemical products to meet the challenges of climate change and a growing world population. Turnkey biotech centre In collaboration with the Westlandse Project Combinatie BV (part…

US (MI): Inspect greenhouses to mitigate heat loss during sub-zero temperatures

Over the past few days, snow has finally blanketed Michigan and according to the Michigan State University Enviroweather stations in Coldwater, Commerce, East Lansing, Flint, Hudsonville, Kalamazoo, Romeo and West Olive, Michigan, sub-zero temperatures ranging from -5 to -18 degrees Fahrenheit have been…

Safe practices when using greenhouse energy curtains

An energy curtain is known by many names—shade cloth, shade curtains, energy screen, energy shield, blackout cloth, and heat blanket. Panels of them are generally closed at…

Horticultural insurance: Over 12 claims reported so far

Alpine foothills: Situation has worsened

Heavy snowfall in the Alpine foothills has led, as was reported earlier, to snow damage at several greenhouses in early January. The horticultural insurance sector has reported a good deal of damages from insured businesses. Due to further snowfall and rain, the situation was even more acute for the…

US (UT): Russian student cultivating special projects at greenhouse

Utah’s climate isn’t exactly hospitable to foreign tropical plants. However, the top floor of the Pope Science building is home to a greenhouse which houses dozens of tropical and arid plants. Vlad Orlov, a student majoring in Healthcare Administration and staff member at the greenhouse, spends most of his time…

Novel technology with lenses makes greenhouses more efficient

Temperature and lighting conditions in greenhouses need to be as uniform as possible for crops to prosper. For this reason, commercial greenhouse operators generally have to spend a great deal of money on heating, climate control, and shadowing. The Dutch company Technokas has developed a solution: their Daylight Greenhouse…

CAN (ON): New greenhouse features a taste of the tropical

It's steamy and toasty inside the new Gage Park Tropical Greenhouse, where palms and ferns are relaxing their hunched up leaves. They've been wrapped and stashed in a holding area waiting to move in to their new digs. "Since the mum show they've been in storage," tour guide, Marcia Monaghan, says. "They just got planted this week."…

Certified Category 5 hurricane resistant growhouse systems launched

Alquimi Renewables and its technology group Island AgTech, together with its strategic engineering partner Sprung Structures, based in Calgary, Alberta, have finalized development of the first fully certified Category 5 hurricane resistant greenhouse and blackhouse applications. Greenhouse project in the Caribbean: Each…

Yoga in the greenhouse for city dwellers

Need to get those chakras realigned by being close to nature, but the countryside is hours away? If you're from Philly you're in luck, because yoga sessions are being offered at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center. Philadelphians needing a break from city life just have to pay $15 for a relaxing session in their…

ErfGoed develops fire-retardant ground cloth

Fire prevention is an increasingly important theme in horticulture. Particularly now there have been a number of major incidents. Which is why ErfGoed is launching a new cloth on the market with excellent fire-retardant properties. Director Hugo Paans of the company based in Moerkapelle in the Netherlands explains that several approaches have…

US (ND): Blaze destroys building at greenhouse business

A fire in Sheldon destroyed a building at Sheyenne Greenhouse. To help out her parents, who own the business, Amy Schobinger has started a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe . "Less than 36 hours ago, my parents Lee and Judy Schobinger experienced a devastating loss due to an electrical fire at their business Sheyenne Greenhouse…

Turkey: Recycled thermal water gives life to greenhouse flowers

It is a rare sight to see flowers blooming on cold winter days. For flowers to grow off-season, greenhouses must be heated with various techniques. Instead of using common…

US (MA): Marijuana grower to take over perennial greenhouse

Marijuana in Deerfield is one step closer to becoming a reality after the town’s Selectboard voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a special permit for Suns Mass Inc. to cultivate medical pot at 198 Mill Village Road, land currently owned by Pioneer Gardens. Suns Mass, an affiliate of Arizona cannabis company Harvest…

Black-out screen provides active humidity control

Since 1988, Phormium has produced one of the darkest black-out screens on the market: the double screen PH 98 +1. The screen is known by growers of short-day plants for its darkening capacity, energy saving and quality. In 2014 Phormium launched the award winning PhormiTex Eclipse 1+98. PhormiTex Eclipse combines the characteristics of the…

How to coordinate screens and coatings in a greenhouse?

When there is a coating, there is less of a need to close the moveable screen beneath it. The best results are achieved when the coating, screen, and shading strategy are properly aligned. Growers that are using a coating for the first time consistently report that there is a significant reduction in the number of hours they…

Steps taken to increase Turkey ornamental plant and cut flower exports

Green Cities Consulting and MPS Turkey Coordination Office organized a meeting in Antalya to provide detailed information about its cut flower and plant monitoring and inspection system, how it works and the types of certification services it offers in this field. The meeting was attended by many growers…

Turkey: Cut flower greenhouse established in Yazihan, Malatya

The Malatya municipality will grow its own cut roses from this point onwards. One of the main issues most florists complain about in Malatya is finding suitable sources to purchase roses within Malatya and this greenhouse is hoped to solve this problem. Speaking to press, Malatya Agricultural Chamber Representative Murat Tunc:…

"Sickness due to working in greenhouses"

In Finland, more and more growers develop health problems such as asthma, rhinitis, and eczema due to working in greenhouses. The Finnish institute for work and health…

Russia: Orchids from Buryatia enter Siberia and the Far East

The growers of a greenhouse complex built in 2016 in the village of Bryansk in the Kabansk region of Buryatia, with the help of foreign investments, produced almost 60 thousand orchids in 2018. The greenhouse complex is the biggest in Eastern Siberia, with an acreage of a thousand square meters, and works year-round. The…

Azerbaijan: First roses planted in new greenhouse

Who was thinking the Fruit Logistica in Berlin was only a trade show for fruits and vegetables, Bosman van Zaal is proving wrong. At that trade show, Bosman Van Zaal met AZ Rose, amongst others, a rose oil producer from Azerbaijan. Now, less than a couple of years later the first roses have been planted…

"Hydronic Bench Heat maximizes heating efficiency and plant production"

Stuppy Greenhouse has expanded its product line to include pre-engineered, custom Hydronic Bench Heat for growers looking to maximize heating efficiency and plant production. Bench heating warms the soil with direct contact from rubber tubing radiant heat to the root zone for even control of soil…

US (MN): Greenhouse collapses under snow

"Winter happens," was Mike Barthel's response to the collapse of a greenhouse under the weight of snow at his Brainerd business, Erickson's Greenhouse, on New Year's Eve. "I got (the greenhouses) designed so you pull the plastic back on the edges where they come together, so when the snow falls off, it falls down…

Turkey: 2.7 million flowers grown in municipality greenhouses in Muratpasa, Antalya

Muratpasa Municipality Parks and Gardens Directorate has increased the number of ornamental plant and flower varieties grown in their greenhouses to 10 whereas the production volume has reached 2.7 million. The greenhouses are set up in Ermenek neighborhood of Muratpasa, a province of Antalya. These greenhouses are equipped…

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.…

A million red roses from Vyborg

Representatives of agricultural enterprises of the Vyborg region in Russia have discussed the results of 2018. The meeting was held at the greenhouse complex Agroaliance Sever (previously Severnaya Mechta). The enterprise is 10 years old, said the head of the greenhouse complex, Mr. Vladimir Volkov. Once this place was a wild field, and…

Turkish province focuses on greenhouse ornamental plant production

Edremit local municipality officials and mayor Ali Sirmali met with local entrepreneurs to discuss the terms and process of setting up the Edremit Agricultural Production Organized Ornamental Plant Greenhouse Zone. The aim of the project is to develop alternative agricultural products in the province and…

Waste transformed into flowers with greenhouse powered by recycling

The "Zero Waste" project which was initiated by Turkish first lady Emine Erdoğan continues at full speed. The Solid Waste Recycling and Energy Production Facility in Eskişehir uses the energy produced after recycling to power a greenhouse. The facility, which cost TL 70 million ($13.23 million) and was inaugurated in…

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…

Turkey: Christmas flowers and wreaths sold from Antalya to European countries

Mid Anatolian Ornamental Plants Exporters Association Chairman Ismail Yilmaz: “Antalya is the center for cut flower production in Turkey and Turkish growers have started to export their products to European countries for Christmas. The demand in European countries have increased as usual before Christmas…

This is how your greenhouse glass is being produced

There is quite a lot of glass in all those greenhouses! This of course is obvious, but how is it made and where does it come from? In the case of Van Looveren, it is from Ukraine. To give us a glimpse into the production process, the company uploaded a nice short video impression online: For more information: Van Looveren Ter Stratenweg 9…

Singapore: Changi Airport to open indoor garden

For 8 consecutive years Singapore’s Changi airport has been dubbed the world’s best. It is a hub for 62 million passengers annually and is known worldwide for its indoor greenery designed to promote Singapore’s reputation as a city of gardens. The extension which is to be opened in the first half of 2019…

Slipping into the new year

Old becomes new. That saying currently has two meanings for PDI. The first meaning is of course that the current year will soon be the old year and that the coming year will soon be the new one. "2018 was a busy year for us. I think that I speak on behalf of all greenhouse builders and installers when I say that nobody had to…

Ben Geijtenbeek, Syngenta Flowers

"A little heat is good, but it should be controlled"

Winter crops like Primula, Viola, Pansy, Ranunculus and other Biennials and Perennials, face a number of risks this season. Low light levels, cold temperatures and high relative humidity, can lead to damaged leaves and flowers and even to root fungi development.   These risks, however, can be minimized with a few steps, says Ben Geijtenbeek,…

"It’s the most... expensive time of the year"

As the winter sets in and the days get colder and shorter, maintaining a productive growing environment can be a challenge. For those targeting year-round production, keeping crops warm and well-lit, this can be an expensive time of year with high heating and electricity bills. However, growing out of…

1 hectare greenhouse completed, old greenhouse thoroughly renovated

NL: Dutch phalaenopsis grower invests in new facilities

It is not totally without risk, NL: Dutch phalaenopsis grower Martijn van Geel readily admits, but he definitely is convinced he made the right choice with his latest investment. A new, 1-hectare greenhouse with cooling has just been completed at Van Geel Orchideeën. "This allows us to cool our plants…

Ecuador: "Blocking UV leads to less blackening of rose petals"

The Cananvalle rose farm in Ecuador uses ReduFlex Blue against blackening of the petals. This saves a lot of labour. Furthermore, they harvest longer stems and the greenhouse climate is more pleasant to work in. In many countries, red roses have a deeply symbolic value. For this reason, perfect looks are more important for them…

First bananas harvested from Dutch greenhouse

Researchers from Wageningen University & Research are harvesting the first Dutch bananas this week. Boerenhart, a supplier of fresh and local products will offer the bananas as 'regional product' to restaurants and hospitals in the region of Wageningen. The cultivation took place on two types of…

Whirlwind destroys Dutch gerbera greenhouse

Dutch grower Van der Wilt Gerbera imagined the upcoming holidays a bit differently. Last Friday, his greenhouse was hit by a whirlwind, which destroyed around a third of it. The damage clearly shows the force of the whirlwind. The entire construction was torn apart in several spots, and glass was found 100-150 meters…

US (NE): FFA students growing skills and plants in greenhouse

The Bridgeport FFA and students at the Bridgeport High school are growing skills and growing plants in the new greenhouse at the Bridgeport High School. The greenhouse has been something the group and the community have been looking at doing for a while, but only recently has it all come together with fundraisers and donations.…

NL: Van Amelsvoort Kassenbouw celebrates its 60th anniversary

Van Amelsvoort Kassenbouw, specialized in the construction of greenhouses and business premises primarily in Belgium and the Netherlands, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. This was celebrated extensively on Friday 30 November. In 1958, Kees van Amelsvoort, after working for some years in the Westland area,…

US (MI): College expands greenhouse to grow convocation flowers in-house

After years of struggling to provide plants and flowers for the college’s various events, Hillsdale has finally renovated and expanded the greenhouse at Hayden Park to solve this problem. The college hired Greenhouse General Services in connection with Greyhawk Greenhouse Supply to complete the job in October. The college…

new promotional video

Why Westlanders are proud of the Westland region

The Westland area is the world’s main greenhouse horticulture cluster. Over the last 120 years, Westland has become the international hotspot when it comes to growing indoor crops.  In a new video, Westland Marketing shows and promotes the region.  "As early as 1918, Westland growers started planting indoors to extend the growing season of…

Turkey: Diyarbakir municipality will plant 2 million winter flowers

Diyarbakir municipality will continue to provide flowers to all the green areas as they did in the summer and will plant 2 million winter flowers in 4 different districts, namely Kayapinar, Sur, Yenisehir and Baglar, in the city. Around 1.5 million of these plants are purchased from growers in…

Market scan: Japan's modern greenhouse industry

A new greenhouse market scan focuses on the current situation in the modern greenhouse sector, including support measures of the Japanese government and an overview of newly…

Mexico: One dead and 10 injured in greenhouse explosion

An explosion in a Mexican greenhouse last night took the life of 1 person, and several people were injured. The accident was caused by an explosion of a hydropneumatic tank,…

Turkish flower exporters looking to increase exports from 60 million USD to 100 million USD

Antalya, located in southern Turkey, is responsible for the majority of Turkey’s cut flower exports and growers from Antalya have been exporting flowers to various European countries such as United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany and Russia. However the growers are looking to increase the export volumes…

Neil Diboll, Prairie Nursery

"What started out as a backyard prairie garden has grown to become a national retailer"

Founded by J. Robert Smith, Prairie Nursery began as a small garden on a half-acre plot as one of the first nurseries in the US to grow and market native plants. Inspired by the wildflowers and grasses growing around his farm, Smith began experimenting with Lupine and Butterflyweed, teaching himself how…

"Educator greenhouses foster the perfect learning environment"

GrowSpan Commercial Educator Greenhouses provide a growing environment to encourage hands-on learning. The American-made structures offer an economical growing solution for instructors looking to enhance their program and teach horticulture throughout the year. The Commercial Educator Greenhouses are 14’ wide and built to…

Turkey: Ahmet Dundar from Yalova wins Ornamental Plants Growers Association Board election for the second consecutive time

Turkey Ornamental Plants Growers Association’s (SUSBIR) 11th election took place last month in Ankara and Ahmet Dundar, a grower from Yalova, won the election for the second consecutive time. There are around 600 growers registered in SUSBİR currently and it is one of the most influential sectoral organizations in ornamental…

CAN (ON): Greenhouse lights - pretty or polluting?

Purple, orange and yellow. Those are some of the colours that light up the night sky in Kingsville and Leamington at times, all because of the cluster of greenhouses that fill the region. The hues have gotten the attention of residents and has municipalities working to address some concerns about light pollution.  "I'm…

Turkey: Ornamental plants training course in Otlukbeli, Erzincan

The project undertaken by Otlukbeli Agricultural Office to offer training in ornamental plant production has been completed successfully. Otlukbeli, a town located in Erzincan, is looking to increase agricultural production in the area and ornamental plants are one of the areas where the officials are…


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