Grower in the spotlight

Dutch grower specializes in unique Begonia and Gloxinia

J&P Ten Have is a modern pot plant company that specialises in the cultivation of Begonia. It was founded in 1955 by the father of the current owners, Jos and Peter. Since then, J&P Ten Have has specialised in other crops. Along with Begonia, they cultivate Betulia, an abundantly flowering…

Winners of the 2019 Golden Flower Bulb announced

Five classes of schoolchildren - one class each in England, The Netherlands, Germany, Canada and France - are the lucky winners of the 2019 Golden Flower Bulb Award. They won this award by participating in the Bulbs4Kids flower bulb project. Bulbs4Kids These five classes received the 2019 Golden Flower…

Western Australian wax season starts

A key focus in Helix Australia's breeding and selection process is targeting early flowering Waxflower varieties. For Australian and South African production this means targeting May and June flowering, Israel October/November flowering and USA late November/December flowering. The week commencing 9 June…

Arend Roses:

NL: “Working towards a sustainable company in all areas”

Dutch Rose grower Arend Roses gives priority to sustainability. “We want to be sustainable in all aspects of the company: in our customer relationships, in the production process and for our employees”, says sales manager Niels van Starkenburg. How does the rose company do this? Arend Roses produces…

Colombian ornamental growers in the Netherlands

A group of 20 Colombian ornamental growers participated in the first inter-association mission promoted by Caproflor, the Geffa Flower Group and Colviveros, the Colombian Nursery Trade Association. They attended the GreenTech Fair, the World Horti Center, FloraHolland and the FlowerTrials in Holland…

Netherlands: MPS-GAP for FlorXL

This week OZ Planten went to Decorum grower FlorXL to congratulate them with the MPS-GAP certification. Last year, Decorum also joined the FSI 2020 standard. E-commerce manager and CSR manager Ramon van Kessel handed the cake to managing director Sjef van Wijk on behalf of the team of OZ Planten. FSI 2020 "We’re happy to see…

UK: Visitors go behind the scenes of a nursery during LEAF Open Farm Sunday

Sunday 9th June 2019 saw Walberton Nursery open its doors for the first time for LEAF Open Farm Sunday. As part of a cooperative, although Walberton hosted the event, all of the Farplants Group team helped in organising and running the day. A total of 35 volunteers from Binsted, Walberton, Fleurie and…

Australian grower to build state-of-the-art greenhouse with government funding

More than 40 jobs will be created thanks to a State Government grant that will help a Lockyer Valley nursery to expand with a state-of-the-art greenhouse. The project will mean Pohlman’s Nursery at Gatton (Australia) will move to a world class standard while creating agricultural jobs through grant…

‘Dutch Lane’ tulip named in his honor

US (CA): Lane DeVries honored at IFE flower-naming ceremony

A special breed of tulip has been named after Lane DeVries, president and CEO of The Sun Valley Group, at the International Floriculture Expo (IFE) in Miami Beach. This is the first time a flower farmer has been recognized with this honor. Called “Dutch Lane,” the new tulip is a crossbreed of Prominence…

Video showcases bond between farmers and international farm workers

The Canadian Horticultural Council has just published the latest video in their Heartbeat international farm workers awareness campaign: "The Unshakable Bond." The bond between farmers and international farm workers relies on a sense of mutual trust and respect. Together, they take the time to get to…

New Zealand: Tulip grower expands with purchase of 162 ha dairy farm

Horizon Flowers New Zealand, one of the ‘‘big five’’ in Southland’s flourishing tulip bulb export business, has paid $7.8million for a 162 ha dairy farm at Mabel Bush. The Dutch-owned company gained ministerial approval for the purchase in April, which would allow it to effectively increase its planting…

The greenhouse effect:

Local gardening projects benefit from special structures

The weather finally might be getting warm enough to put plants in the ground without the fear of an overnight frost bringing their young green lives to a premature and withered end. So, since things are greening up in the region, many projects are underway to take advantage of the beginning of the…

Ecuador: Innovative rose grower puts people and planet first

Providing every field worker with plants to nurse and letting them share the profits of what they produce. It's a project that Ecuadorian rose farm Agrinag introduced several years ago, and its success became an important driver to triple the business' size in just eight years. Currently, this farm grows…

UK: Walberton’s Crop Protection Team back up to full strength

After a few years of high staff turnover in the area of Crop Protection, Walberton Nursery’s Technical Department are now in a very strong position. Crop Protection is a very specialist area and finding staff to fill these positions can often be difficult. Following the appointments of Paul Dyer…

AmericanHort announces the 2019 HortScholars

For the past thirteen years, AmericanHort has identified and supported six college students with a passion and drive for the horticulture industry through the HortScholars…

New look for Porta Nova Red & White Naomi

Porta Nova is one of the world’s biggest growers of Naomi roses. In November 2017, the first pile was driven into their new greenhouse construction project. "We built the new ultra-modern greenhouse and are now more equipped to implement everything we have learned over the years." They want to grow…

US (FL): FNGLA announces 2019 Industry Award winners

It could be said that giving of one’s self is the truest, most virtuous form of giving. Seven exemplary individuals from various ends of Florida’s nursery and landscape industry (and one friend of the industry) have taken this adage to new heights. In recognition of their selflessness and leadership,…

Netherlands: New Opti-flor location festively opened

Opti-flor officially opened its seventh cultivation location in a festive manner. The opening was done, with personnel and other invitees present, by the mayor of the Westland, Bouke Arends. With the 2.5 hectare extension, Opti-flor now has 17 hectares in total of horticulture land for growing the…

11 million roses grown every year

A peek inside a 10.5 ha Armenian greenhouse

In Goght, Armenia at an altitude of 1700m above sea level 11 million Dutch roses are being harvested every year. Their 10.5ha greenhouse in which 25 varieties of these roses are grown was established in 2014, thanks to Ameriabank's funding. And expansion plans are in the pipeline. "We have an extra 15 ha…

Taiwan: Flower farm becomes tourist hotspot for its ‘Golden Flower Tunnel’

A flower farm in Yilan’s Yuanshan Township (員山鄉) has become a tourist hotspot as people flock to the location to take photos of the farm’s signature “Golden Flower Tunnel.” Golden Twin Garden (金雙甡花卉農場) recently used 500 pots of a tall variety of Oncidium orchids to build the "Golden Flower Tunnel,” which…

June 22, 2019:

UK: Wyevale Nurseries staff to hike and cycle in aid of The Cart Shed charity

On June 22 members of the Wyevale Nurseries' team will either be hiking 18-miles from Talybont-on-Usk to Llangattock, taking part in an 8-mile walk or a 34-mile cycle in the same area, to raise awareness for The Cart Shed. (From left to right) Elle Field, Buying Co-ordinator, Adrian Hoare – Garden Design…

Ecuadoran grower gets two certifications

"The Frog is with Us"

The Rainforest Alliance Certified seal features a frog for a very good reason. Frogs are indicator species, meaning that they are a symbol of environmental health, and they are found on every continent except Antarctica. That is why the green frog certification seal indicates that any business has been audited to meet standards…

Kenya: Magana Flowers rebrands with target on new markets, customers and staff

Magana Flowers has announced a series of business realignments as it rebrands in time for its 25th birthday by building on a resilient past while repositioning itself in the international flower markets. Team of Magana Flowers at the IFTEX 2019. By Bob Koigi The rebrand that includes a change of logo,…

Flowers from the Farm Midlands celebrate British Flowers Week BBC Gardeners’ World Live

British Flowers Week is back on 10-16 June and Flowers from the Farm from the Midlands region will be celebrating in Shakespearean style at BBC Gardeners’ World Live at Birmingham’s NEC! Chasing a fourth consecutive Gold medal at this year’s show, Flowers from the Farm's creative Midlands members have…

Greek grower, Australian breeder bring exotic novelties to FlowerTrials

Kalantzis Plants started as a small local nursery close to Athens almost 30 years ago. When the second generation of this family-run business took control earlier this decade, they separated the activities into three sectors: finished products, young plants and breeding. Today, they have their own…

Some orchid nurseries have a history of changing crops

A few weeks ago, I visited one of the largest Phalaenopsis growers in central Florida, DeLeon’s Bromeliads. The nursery has been there for decades and workers were frantically packing orders. It was peak season and the colorful blooms seemed to go on for miles. A large sign on the property read, “Closing…

US (IN): Innovations are born in this 50,000 sq.ft. facility

Nathan Deppe describes a greenhouse —only a little jokingly — as “a thin metal structure with a thin pane of glass that wants to come crashing to the ground and return to the earth.” His job is to ensure these unique facilities in Purdue University's College of Agriculture are well maintained and…

Turkey: 500 varieties of succulents in a 0.3 hectare greenhouse

Turkish grower Huseyin Dilsiz started to grow 500 varieties of succulents in his small 0.3 hectare greenhouse after his retirement and now he wants to increase that number to 1,000. The grower added that his goal is to have every variety of succulent in his greenhouse. The grower returned to his hometown…

Daniel & Jo Jackson, Ottershaw Cacti

From a windowsill to three National Collections

What started with an unidentified cactus on a windowsill, has grown into a business that spans almost one hectare, with nine large greenhouses, and three national collections. Ottershaw Cacti at this year's Chelsea show The first greenhouse "It all started at the age of 11 years, when my Mum took me…

35 years of passion for roses

"We breed roses and don’t work with other cultures," says rose breeder Rosa Eskelund from Roses Forever. "We have decided several years ago to focus on what we are really good at, rose breeding and selection. “But roses range widely, so we have a wide range both within the groups and in the different series. Among other things,…

Iran: Every spring, rose fields become rose water

The soft, pink color of dawn still lingers in the sky, and the first golden rays of the sun are just starting to touch the tips of the surrounding mountains. Yet in the rose fields of Qamsar, a small town in the highlands of central Iran, work is already underway. Amid the chirping of nightingales,…

Winners IFTEX's 2019 Best Grower Quality Competitions

During the IFTEX Opening Ceremony yesterday, awards were handed out to exhibitors in different categories. Ronald van der Breevaart was the Head of the Jury of IFTEX’s 2019 Best Grower Quality Competitions and had the honor to announce the winners. Principal Secretary for Trade Dr. Chris Kiptoo and CEO…

Arcadia Chrysanten

NL: New greenhouse, heating and NGG installations are nearing completion

If everything goes according to plan, Arcadia Chrysanten can plant the first chrysanthemum cuttings at the new company in De Lier, The Netherlands, at the beginning of July. Technokas and its subcontractors are working hard to finalize the new greenhouse of approximately 48,000 m². Technokas is also…

peek at United Selections, Maridadi and Rift Valley Roses

How the Kenyan floriculture industry seeks to meet consumer's demands

Despite a challenging start of the year, Kenyan growers are looking ahead and investing in their crops, facilities and workers. The floriculture industry in this country has been on the rise for many years. Also breeders are investing a lot to bring the best varieties to the market that fit growers' and…

Danish nursery ready for cannabis cultivation

Nursery Rosa Danica, on the Danish island of Funen, is ready to build a mega greenhouse complex for growing medicinal cannabis. This will be realized in cooperation with the international cooperation FUTRUE Group from Germany. Rosa Danica will be the fourth horticulture company to make the switch to…

UK: Polytunnel group keen for residents to take advantage of fresh veg and flowers

A small group of individuals are involved in the project at Rhyl Botanical Gardens. The dedicated group spend hours tending to their vegetables and flowers but are keen to for the public to take advantage of their fresh goods and generate more awareness. The project started about five years ago.…

WPS delivers new internal transport system at Dutch Spathiphyllum grower Bestplant

WPS recently delivered a new internal transport system to Bestplant in Poeldijk. Bestplant already had a WPS system in one of their greenhouses and the supplier chose once again for us. WPS designed the layout of the system and installed it together with Bestplant. Patrick Zuidgeest, director of…

Monday, June 17th

Come admire newest facilities at Plantpeddler's

The P2S2 expansion adds an additional 100,000 square feet of capacity to the Plantpeddler operational footprint. Starting in 1980 with 12,000 sqft, this next phase of growth…

Tiny bubbles help flower growers through hot summer

Since 2017 acniti is active in Japan with flower growers to increase flower production both in volume and quality. The first year they cooperated with the growers to setup trials and built up know-how for both parties. They quickly learned in the first season, that the technology worked well.…

Hamifleurs puts Qualily in the spotlight:

NL: "Year round lilies of the same quality"

Together with their team, Raymond Vijverberg and Ruud van der Hoeven cultivate around 13 million lily stems every year, divided over 5 locations and 10 hectares. Qualily has approximately 20 different lily varieties in its product range and produces high-quality Orientals, LAs, OTs and Longiflorums.…

Frances Boscawen, Moat Farm Flowers

"Time to consolidate after 6 years of rapid growth"

Moat Farm Flowers is based in Dennington, Suffolk, and was founded in 2012 by Frances Boscawen. On two acres of land this small scale grower produces a large flower assortiment, while at the same time combining it with floristry. With her flowers and flower arranging skills Frances mostly accomodates…

Merges operations with AgTech Scientific

US (KY): ColorPoint making transition to hemp

ColorPoint KY, has transitioned to become a hemp only company and has merged operations with AgTech Scientific of Paris, KY. The operations have been granted both a Hemp Grower License and Hemp Processor License from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. According to them, the companies met in 2017 and…

Grand opening of a unique microreproduction lab

Poland: Visionary microreproduction

On May 10, about 70 people from Poland and abroad (Belarus, the Netherlands, Germany, Serbia, Ukraine) took part in the grand opening of a new in vitro laboratory - a plant microreproduction lab of Plantin, a company from Cracow, Poland. This family-owned firm belonging to the Kusibab family is a unique…

Digitalis Firebird wins Chelsea Award

Walberton Nursery’s extensive trialling programme has been privileged over the years to be involved in a number of award winning product launches in collaboration with local plant breeders, and 2019 was no exception. John Fielding on the Hardy’s stand, next to his 2nd place Digitalis Firebird Walberton…

Tesselaar Freesia

Dutch Freesia grower pioneers with country's largest solar thermal system

On a field next to his greenhouse, Dutch Freesia grower Pip Tesselaar has installed the largest solar thermal system of the Netherlands by far, because before him there were only some smaller companies that had no more than 800 meters of solar panels on their roofs. 9300 square meters of solar panels…

US (CA): Ocean View Flowers earns BloomCheck certification

Ocean View Flowers has made its unique geography in the floral even more special with BloomCheck certification for its sustainable growing practices. Ocean View’s 500 acres are located in the Lompoc Valley, fifty miles northwest of Santa Barbara, California, where northern and southern currents of the…

UK: Walberton Nursery to open its doors for LEAF Open Farm Sunday

Walberton Nursery, part of Tristram Plants and The Farplants Group, will be opening its doors on 9th June 2019 to participate in LEAF Open Farm Sunday. Over 1000 farmers and horticultural enterprises across the UK have opened their doors since the event first started in 2006, as a way for local…

US: Seven students awarded AFE internships

Seven students have been selected to receive paid internships through the American Floral Endowment's (AFE) Internship Programs. This March, five students were awarded Vic & Margaret Ball (production) Internships and two students were awarded a Mosmiller (retail) Internship. Each will also receive…

Take a peek in the new greenhouse of Azerbaijan grower AZ Rose

Ever wondered how cut roses are grown in an Azerbaijan greenhouse? This 4-minute video from AZ Rose gives you an insight in their 3 ha greenhouse that is based in Vandam village of Gabala region where they grow different rose varieties for the local and international markets. In 2017, they, together with…

AFE's 2019 Altman Family Scholars: Paul Cockson, Yiyun Lin, and David Tork

The Altman Family Scholarship was created in 2015 by Ken and Deena Altman—owners of Altman Plants—as one of the numerous efforts supported by the couple to improve education and research for the industry. The scholarship provides $5,000 to assist in funding the education of full-time graduate students…

US (VT): Greenhouse classroom teaches kids about plants, science and themselves

The Vermont Farmers Food Center is a nonprofit in Rutland that’s been working to harness the economic potential of local agriculture. The group created Rutland’s indoor farmer’s market and has put teens to work on area farms. Now they’re focused on using farming as a teaching tool. They hope a new…

Flowerboost:

"We believe in a sustainable future"

Son Joost and daughter-in-law Brigitte took over the business from Joost’s parents in 2003. The company in Noordwijkerhout , The Netherlands, is approximately 10 hectares in size. It produces narcissi and hyacinths as well as cut gladioli in summer. “We want to supply products that make the buyer happy.”…

AFE announces winner of 2019 Paul Ecke, Jr. Scholarship

Established in 2002, the Paul Ecke, Jr. fund offers $5,000 a year for two years to one graduate student who demonstrates the skills and passion to become a leading…

The science of growing LA Hybrids

Lily of Sun Valley's Floral Talk sat down with Sun Valley's owner Lane, early on Tuesday May 21st to discuss Longiflorum Asiatic Hybrid Lilies. Where are we growing our Royal LA Hybrid lilies? Over the course of the year, we grow them in both Arcata and Oxnard depending on where the growing conditions…

FloraHolland:

Video: How does an auction customer prepare his purchase?

Rijnsburg auctioneer Koos Heemskerk takes you through the daily activities of an auctioneer. This time Royal FloraHolland visits one of their customers, Jack from Cariflex, for a glimpse in his dealing room. In the latest Auctioneer vlog, the customer is asked about all the ins and outs. Which steps does…

New Zealand: Rico Mannall named Young Achiever 2019

Rico Mannall from Southern Woods Nursery was declared winner of the Young Achiever title for 2019 at the NZPPI conference in Christchurch. The Young Achiever competition recognises excellence in the nursery industry. Three finalists, Rico, Ezra Alexander from Nga Rakau Nursery Auckland and Jacob Rados…

US (NH): April fires brings May buyers at Murray Farm Greenhouse

Barely a month after a fire ripped through Murray Farm Greenhouse, David Murray is back in full bloom, offering planting advice and recommending flowers to customers. Aside from the skeleton of a brick building, a rusted chimney and a scorched trailer, there is little evidence that the farm suffered a…

2,300 solar panels placed

NL: Sun meets energy demand Heemskerk Plants

Heemskerk Plants, Noordwijk, has recently placed 2,300 solar panels. Together, these panels have a peak capacity of 650,000 kWh. That is roughly equal to the yearly energy demand of the nursery, according to Loek Teeuwen. The panels have been placed on different roofs. That is why they are not all…

"The key to growing successful orchids is the right light"

Growing orchids takes patience and precision as they can take a year and a half from tissue culture to being on store shelves. With such a long growing period, ensuring consistent light levels is key to growing healthy plants. Green Circle Growers started by growing bedding plants, chrysanthemums, and…

Ethiopian grower awarded for role in community

Bellaflor's farm in Ethiopia has been awarded, by the Oromian Labor and Social Affairs Office, a certificate announcing them as the best farm in 2019 to comply with and to follow correct investment procedures, as well as providing labor stability and peace for the surrounding community. "We are very…

Korean grower keeps an eye on his flowers remotely

Lim Ju-wan, who has been raising flowers for more than 30 years, normally starts the day by taking out his smartphone to check his greenhouse instead of going outside to his land like traditional farmers. “I do not need to physically go to the greenhouses by myself as I can see what’s going on there…

Derek Heathcote, Eagle Sweet Peas

A quintessentially British flower finds a worldwide audience

The sweet pea has been a British favorite for centuries, thanks in no small part to its fragrant perfume. Derek Heathcote has been growing this quintessentially British crop since the 1990s, and his company is now among the top producers in the world. Derek has seen the flower grow in popularity, with…

"This year's Paul Ecke Jr. and Altman Family scholars are horticulture superstars"

Four brilliant, engaging young people are committed to making the future of the floral industry better—recipients of this year’s AFE Paul Ecke, Jr. and Altman Family Scholarships. All four are graduate students in plant science who are already doing research that could quickly translate into new and…

Tiptoeing through Wicked Tulips flower farm

In Rhode Island, visitors come from far and wide to visit Wicked Tulip Farm where, for a dollar per tulip, they can pick as much as they want. “You feel like you are in Holland!” says a visitor, and that is exactly where the inspiration for Jeroen and Keriann Koeman came from. Jeroen is from a Dutch…

Philippe Villepontoux, Microflor

"Lots of potential and ambition at phalaenopsis growers in Central and South America"

Microflor has plans for a big expansion in 2019. The plan is to focus the company's attention to Central and South America, where phalaenopsis growers are fully committing to the quality and quantity of their product. Because of this, International Sales Manager Philippe Villepontoux went to Mexico and…

UK: How an interior designer became a flower farmer

As they gear up for the showcase " The Flower Farmers' Big Weekend " in August, Flowers from the Farm introduces more of their members and the story of how, when and why they took the plunge to become a flower farmer. They caught up with Toria Britten from Wildly Beautiful Flowers (formerly Flowers from…

Mauricio Briceño, Turflor:

"It took us about 2.5 years to master tinting of carnations"

"It might sound or look easy, but is has been quite a long road to master the right technique of tinting a carnation", says Mauricio Briceño of Turflor. It took this Colombian carnation grower over 2.5 years to get satisfied results on the color and vase life of their tinted flowers. At the Hortiflorexpo…

Scottish grower diversifies with local flowers

Faced with the challenge of identifying a viable range of diversification options for their 140-acre farm near Inverbervie, Ailsa and Jan-Georg Van Rooyen decided to include flowers in the mix. They are now members of a Scottish network of 60 “Flowers from the Farm” growers who are striving to reclaim…

Kenya: 75 kWp solar system to power Rift Valley Roses

The inauguration of a 75 kWp solar system to power Rift Valley Roses flower farm in Naivasha took place on Thursday. The solar project will save up to 68 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year and lower the business’ energy bills. Self-consumption solar systems are well suited to cover the daytime energy needs…

ABZ Seeds, Europe Spring Trials

Sales proceeds from strawberry trial show plants to charities

The show plants from the Europe Spring Trials of ABZ Seeds found a good destination this year again. Only once a year can garden enthusiasts from Andijk and surrounding areas shop to their heart's content at the strawberry breeding company. The proceeds went to two associations from the area. The annual…

Gaza families benefit from greenhouses

It is springtime in Gaza now and the flowers are in bloom. And inside Anera-built greenhouses, tomatoes are ripening. Amena, 40, is the owner of one of these greenhouses. She lives in a modest tent by the seashore with her mother. “I enjoy the fresh breeze,” Amena says. In the evenings, she likes to take…

Welsh-grown daffodils help tackle Alzheimer’s

Powys-based bioresearch company, Agroceutical Products, is playing a role in the fight against Alzheimer’s by harvesting Wales’ national flower. Daffodils contain galantamine – a compound known to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s symptoms. Established in 2012, Agroceutical Products is owned by former…

Kenya: Oserian Development Company unveils solar plant

Kenyan flower exporting company Oserian Development Company has launched its solar energy power plant with a capacity to generate 1 MW. Integrated with the existing geothermal power, the firm will now produce sufficient renewable energy for consumption by tenants and residents of the Two Lakes Industrial…

Growing red berries in spring and amaryllis in autumn

In recent years it has been a tradition at FruitMasters that Romberama supplies the first Junifer red berries. Anyone who then decides to google the Belgian grower will only see amaryllis on the grower's website. How does that work? Raf Rombouts: "With this combination of crops, we can engage our staff…

"Rapidly increasing demand for tinted gypsophila"

Tinted gypsophilas are hugely popular nowadays, but where did it all begin? According to Eduardo Chiriboga of Esmeralda Farms, it all started at their farm in Ecuador years ago. "We were one of the first growers who started to tint gypsophilas." Over the years, they have seen the demand increasing…

UK: Earley Ornamentals to investment in new gapping machine

In response to growing product demand from customers, leading independent UK producer and supplier of young plants, Earley Ornamentals is upgrading its production facility with a £200,000+ investment in a new gapping machine that will contribute to productivity enhancements at the company’s 12-acre site…

Turning May Grey with Al’s Flower Pouch

Customer of A.M.A. Horticulture probably know this company is an ardent supporters of Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada ( BTFC ). As a matter of fact, the sale of every Al’s Flower Pouch in Canada supports BTFC, which in turn supports patients living with a brain tumour, and their families across Canada.…

Javier Mantilla of Muchflowers, on the importance of farm certifications

"Not the product, but the story behind it and the people will bring the grower success"

"Storytelling in business is often regarded as a buzzword, but it's far from it. Stories connect people with other people, businesses, brands, products and their dreams. At Muchflowers we believe in the story of each fellow of our company, we believe that success will only be achieved by the devoted…

Resendiz Brothers to host get together with local Floral Designers

To celebrate the esprit de corps of the Southwest Chapter of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD), flower grower Resendiz Brothers hosted the first in a series of Meet the Growers Workshops on their farm in Fallbrook, CA. All floral designers and floral enthusiasts are invited to participate…

0.5 million tinted roses for Chinese Valentine's Day

On Wednesday August 7, Chinese Valentine's Day will be celebrated - one of the biggest holidays for the flower growers exporting to this country. Also for Ecuadorian rose farms BellaRosa and RoseConnection, it is an important holiday and this year, the demand for their tinted roses is going through the…

PCA members on tour in Tasmania

"Tassie tour gets thumbs up"

More than 50 members of PCA, including members from New Zealand and all states of Australia, descended on northern Tasmania for a two-day tour of some of the state’s leading growers in February. Dinner at the award-winning winery, Josef Chromy Wines at Relbia near Launceston, was a big drawcard. by Jennifer Stackhouse Berries…

Suppliers gather for Meet & Greet at Rijnsburg

German rose growers focus on specialties within the rose assortment

In and around the German town of Herongen, just on the border with the Netherlands, a handful German rose growers are concentrated. With the possible exception of one or two, they were all present at the FloraHolland auction in Rijnburg, Holland, last week, to present the assortment to customers and…

US: Weber's Greenhouse growing more than plants

Weber's Greenhouse has been around for a number of generations, but since last spring the greenhouse is serving a new purpose. The property was bought by Teens Grow Greens (TGG), a program allowing Milwaukee teens a paid internship. In this program, the youngsters learn to grow flowers and plants, while…

UK: A century of rhododendrons

Millais Nurseries grow one of the widest ranges of rhododendrons and azaleas in the world. Established at Crosswater Farm since 1947, their Rhododendron heritage goes back to the naturalist, botanist and author John Guille Millais , who identified and described many rhododendrons for the first time. At the upcoming RHS Chelsea…

Paul Cook, Cook's Garden Centre:

"Whatever changes Brexit brings, they won’t be good ones"

With only weeks to go until the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, British growers are busy preparing their exhibits for the show. For bedding plant nursery Cook's Garden Centre, Chelsea is a staple of the horticultural calendar. We spoke to Paul Cook about the show, the nursery's cooperation with a Dutch…

Plazoleta launches innovative post-harvest method: Dry-C Technology for cut flowers

New tech keeps flowers fresh from harvest to shipping

"This technology is well-known in other industries, but we are the first farm in the world that will use it in cut flowers," Pablo Bazzani of Plazoleta Flowers proudly says. The technology he refers to is Dry-C, an innovative method that controls the temperature and humidity of their flowers before…

US (CA): Dinner in a sea of ranunculus

The Flower Fields of Carlsbad attract nearly 300,000 visitors a year who come to bask in the breathtaking beauty of rows and rows of blooming flowers. Visiting the fields is a 26-year agri-tourism tradition. But another tradition for flower lovers, the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour, celebrated…

UK: Walberton manager retires after 29 years

This April, 2019, one of Walberton Nursery’s longest serving employees, Tim Lawrance-Owen retired, after nearly 29 years of service with the Nursery. Before working for Walberton, Tim worked for Starplants, a former member of the Farplants Group, bringing his total years within the Farplants Group to…

Phlox is back in fashion

Phloxes went a bit out of fashion for a while, but these summer flowers are once again being widely cultivated in countries like The Netherlands, Israel and Kenya. ‘We produce Phloxes on a seasonal basis’, says Phlox grower Jeroen Hogenboom. He took over the business from his parents, but his father still visits the nurseries…

US: Beauty replaces ashes at Alaskan peony farm

Fox Hollow Peonies, a Certified American Grown farm, has its roots in near total disaster. In 2008, a forest fire threatened to destroy the home of Milt and Wanda Haken in Nenana, Alaska, a town of about 400 people in the interior of the state, 54 miles from Fairbanks. Although the fire burned thousands…

Russia: Insurance expanded for greenhouse growers

The National Union of Agricultural Insurers (NUAI) and the Association Greenhouses of Russia will together create a mechanism of greenhouse vegetable producers insurance with state support. “NUAI initiated working out a supplemental program for the insurance of greenhouse production risks in 2018 and…

"Once I grew them, I thought they would just sell themselves"

With a PhD in political science, Mary Beth McConahey never thought she’d end up as a commercial flower grower. And when she did become a flower grower, she thought the growing itself would be the hardest thing. It turns out that she was wrong on both counts, but that hasn’t necessarily been a bad thing.…

US (CA): Graze at the Flower Fields

Spring is a season of fresh starts and new beginnings, and the San Diego County Farm Bureau celebrated that spirit by hosting Graze, their first annual one of a kind tasting and education event at the world-renowned Carlsbad Flower Fields. Over 200 people from the community had the opportunity to taste…

Lundager expands handmade ceramics line with vases

"Everybody is looking for something new"

"Everybody wants something new", says Olga Lundager of Lundager. At the IPM Essen that took place last January in Germany, this Danish grower showcased their new handmade ceramics, and the demand has increased rapidly, already surpassing the supply. And after receiving requests from their customers, they…

O'Connor's Nurseries back on track after Storm Emma:

"If we get through this, we get through anything"

After losing 50 percent of the nursery due to storm Emma, Irish pot and bedding plants grower O'Connor's Nurseries is back on track. With the support of Aldi Ireland along the way, things are looking up for them. Below, the video of this family business that Aldi Ireland posted on their LinkedIn page .…

Germany: 15,000 m2 of CO2-neutral houseplants

“A plant that feels well, lasts longer at the consumer. Therefore, we have been supplying all cultivars with long-term fertilisers for many years – this ensures a good nutrient supply for the time after the sale”, says Andreas Mölder, who heads 'Spezialkulturen Mölder'. In the new 'Anlieferer im…

Jet Fresh Flowers receives award for social responsibility at Expoflores Florecuador 2019

On April 25, 2019, The National Association of Flower Producers and Exporters of Ecuador, Expoflores, held their 2019 FlorEcuador award show recognizing exceptional work, commitment and dedication in the flower industry. Jet Fresh Flower Distributors and Jet Fresh Flower Growers in Cotopaxi, Ecuador…

“Contributing to a sustainable and green living environment”

Leo de Vries is Marketing & Sales Manager at KP Holland, a breeder, propagator and producer of Kalanchoë, Spathiphyllum and Curcuma. He can afford to be very brief when it comes to sustainability. “We want to be 100% sustainable, but unfortunately this is not feasible yet. You can set very high…

"Here we go again surviving another flood"

Last year we spoke with George Scott of Scott's Nursery in Fredericton, New Brunswick when the water raised in the greenhouse and the shipping docks were blocked by the water. It wasn't the first and it wasn't the last flood the grower had to deal with. Yesterday on Facebook he wrote: "Here we go again…

Russian greenhouse switches from vegetables to roses

Collective farm Teplchniy in the south of Sakhalin are cutting the first roses in the renovated greenhouse. They have been growing cucumbers in it for 12 years, but recently the greenhouse became too small for vegetables. Since new greenhouses have been constructed for cucumbers, tomatoes and other…

Lilac cultivation: sweet-smelling heritage

The lilac cultivation is traditionally Dutch and is part of the country's immaterial heritage. Many of the lilac growers are getting on in years, and there isn’t a descendant waiting to take over most of the time. However, they are out there: young growers who carry on this extraordinary cultivation.…

Hanspeter Hug, Bellaflor Group on starting a farm in Ethiopia

“I needed another adventure”

Expanding your business can be done in different ways, by building another greenhouse nearby or by adding new products to your collection. Another option is to step in to a completely new market. That is at least what Ecuadorian flower plantation, Bellaflor Group decided to do four years ago, when they started up a new farm in…

US (OK): Plant growers switching to hemp and MMJ

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau said at least 25 traditional growing operations have either partially or fully converted their spaces to include industrial hemp or medical marijuana. According to Oklahoma Farm Bureau president Rodd Moesel, the state still has more than 600 traditional growers in the bedding…

US: Tom and David House Inducted into Green Industry Hall of Fame

Village Nurseries, the West Coast Division of TreeTown USA, announced the father and son team of Tom and David House, who built the company into a preeminent wholesale nursery for landscape professionals, will be among eight industry achievers honored for their contributions to the green industry by the…

Generator sets reduce costs and promote growth for Polish flower grower

JMP Flowers has over 40 years of experience in growing and selling flowers in Stężyca, Poland. After becoming Europe’s largest producer of orchids, reducing energy consumption and operation costs became a priority for JMP. JMP partnered with Eneria Cat and selected the Cat CG260-16, producing 4.5…

NL: Geerlofs to deliver propane refrigeration system to Dutch tulip grower

Hanenburg-Hettinga is a leading agricultural company with their main focus on tulip growing. As expansion of the site was needed, the family owned business reviewed how to do this in the most environmentally friendly way. Geerlofs has had the honor to serve Hanenburg-Hettinga for the past 20 years and in…

Maison Barrault, France

"Protecting the most vulnerable plants is a necessity"

Barrault, a family-owned company based for nearly three generations in Possonnière near Angers, grows more than 10 million plants each year, on a twenty-hectare site which includes 10 hectares of greenhouses and tunnels. Its plants are sold throughout France, mainly in garden centres and mass retail…

US (WA): Pretty tulips aren’t the only things budding at Roozen

People come to see the blooms at RoozenGaarde. The colorful fields on Beaver Marsh Road are a magical playground for thousands of tourists during April’s Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. All the while, another side of the flower action is in full swing next door, in a massive complex of nondescript…

UK : Nursery raises £8500 for cancer charities

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company donates plants to St Richards Hospice for them to sell on behalf of the charity. Karen Jenkins, Propagation Supervisor, co-ordinates this with the hospice, and collects and delivers the plants in her own time. Since the beginning of 2017, the charity has raised over…

Texas A&M AgriLife Research donates hibiscus plants to help beautify Vernon

The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Vernon, through a joint effort with Vernon’s Chamber of Commerce and the Tourism and Main Street Program, recently donated approximately 500 hibiscus plants to local organizations and businesses. Members of the Lion’s Club in Vernon help with…

Sea Waltz season in Southern California

Sun Valley reports they have received great feedback on their Sea Waltz Delphinium. "These deep blue flowering spikes grow wonderfully on the Oxnard Plain, just south of Ventura, in Southern California. This flower is both beautiful and versatile, adding line and texture to bouquets, and having enough…

A visit to Rosa Flora Limited

CAN (ON): 1.9 million square feet of greenhouses and growing

On April 12, 2019, Jet Fresh Flower Distributors paid a visit to Rosa Flora Limited in Ontario, Canada, where they were given a tour of their state-of-the-art facility. Jet Fresh recently became the authorized distributor of Rosa Flora's flowers including Gerbera Daisies, Lisianthus, Snap Dragons, Stock…

Oserian named Kenya’s best company in Renewable Energy

Oserian Development Company's goal of creating a carbon-free environment by 2020 has received a major boost after it was recognized as a renewable energy champion last week. Investment in geothermal energy to power operations, use of electric tugs (cars) to transport flowers and use of sheep to mow grass…

UK: Taylors Bulbs celebrate 100 years with Daffodil Day

Bulb buyers from Ayletts, Notcutts and Hillview garden centres joined over 500 Daffodil enthusiasts at Taylors Bulbs in Holbeach last week for their Daffodil Day to celebrate the centenary of the company. Organised in conjunction with the RHS Bulb Committee the event was probably the biggest gathering of…

UK: Daffodil producers enjoy bumper harvest in fields

Exceptionally mild weather meant more than 71 million stems were picked on farms owned by Grampian Growers members and sold into bumper markets in just 51 days. Mark Clark, managing director of the Montrose-based co-operative, said the concentrated harvest finished 28 days earlier than in 2018. “The last…

UK: Tulip grower stockpiling bulbs over Brexit

Uncertainty over Brexit has led a Norfolk commercial tulip grower to begin to stockpile bulbs imported from the Netherlands. Belmont Nurseries, based in Terrington St Clement, the largest growers of outdoor tulips in the UK, produces about 75 million bulbs a year, growing 37 varieties of tulip and other…

Dutch partnership raises scadoxus profile

Back in 2018, a remarkable niche product - scadoxus - was looking for a grower . That is, breeder Könst Alstroemeria saw opportunities for the potted plant production of this flower. This opportunity is still there, but in terms of cut flower production they lift things to the next level themselves.…

US (DE): Willey Farms begins rebirth after fire with garden center, greenhouse opening

Willey Farms, a beloved Townsend marketplace, reopened its greenhouse and garden center Friday as the family store continues its rise from a devastating fire in November. Built up into a market complex over 43 years and burned to the ground in a single night, the loss of Willey Farms was a blow to locals…

UK: SWGS Scholarship spots student talent

Student, Kobus Stander, has won a £2,000 South West Growers Show (SWGS) Sponsored Scholarship. Part of the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) Scholarship Season, this award supports commercial and production horticulture by spotting and encouraging talent that is passionate about the industry. Originally…

US (CA): Springtime is tulip time in Modesto

Springtime is tulip season at Dutch Hollow Farms, a flower farm which originated in the garden at John Bos' mom's house. "I told my mom years ago her tulips were beautiful, and she said in her thick Dutch accent, 'Yes, why don't you grow them for cut flowers?' And I said, Ok," Bos said. Today more than…

US (AK): Peonies take couple from the ocean to the farm

After 40 years of running a charter fishing business in Homer, Alaska, Gerri Martin and her husband, Sean, have embarked on a retirement plan that really isn’t very retiring. They decided to start a completely different business. Photos provided by Diamond Ridge Peonies They’re in their sixth year of…

US (NH): Fire tears through greenhouses in Concord

After an early-morning fire destroyed the main building at Murray Farm and threatened his greenhouses, David Murray knew there was no time to panic, reports Concord Monitor. He couldn’t afford to – the building housing the business’s water pumps, boilers and generators was nothing more than a twisted…

US (MA): Pioneer Gardens sells greenhouse, land for $3M

Pioneer Gardens, owned by Arjen Vriend and Jaap Molenaar, sold to GOGRIZ, LLC a 114,000-square-foot greenhouse, two houses at the front of the property and additional parcels of agricultural land expected to be leased back to Pioneer Gardens for agricultural use. The plan is for GOGRIZ to lease the…

CAN (BC): Greenhouse worker's flower dye mistake turns water pink

It was a non-toxic flower dye from a local greenhouse that made a Chilliwack waterway turn pink last week. Leo Quik, owner of Quik’s Farm, including the greenhouses on McSween…

US (IN): Kingsbury-based greenhouse grower prepares for spring rush

On April 13, Blooms Greenhouse Grower Outlet is prepared to welcome spring time and reopen for a new season of business. This will be the fifth spring that the Kingsbury-based greenhouse has offered retail options to the community. Bloom’s roots started in 1907, when the Angelo Bernacchi family came to…

Aardam serves up both coffee and tea

Besides palms, nolina, strelitzia, and coffee, Dutch seed trader and nursery Aardam started nursing tea plants some time ago. Arthur Spruit, who regularly goes on business trips to tropical places many can only dream about, was recently in Indonesia to talk with the seed suppliers. Arthur Aardam among…

US (WA): Family brings flowers to Greenbank Farm

Greenbank Farm, currently known for its retail stores, pies and dog park, is getting back to its roots with some good, old-fashioned traditional farming. The fertile soil is being painstakingly plowed and sifted through by a farming family who think Greenbank Farm can use a good pop of color. “Finally,…

US (MD): Nursery & garden center to shut down after 89 years

Stephanie Fleming, VP at Behnke Nurseries, announced that this 2019 Spring season will be their last. "My family has been discussing what to do with our aging property and, for many reasons, the ultimate decision was to close the nursery", she writes in a statement. "The Behnke family and I would like to…


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