Grower in the spotlight

How do flower growers prepare for Valentine’s Day?

One of the most important dates for the flower business is Valentine’s Day, and without a doubt the protagonists of this date are the flowers, especially the red roses. They make their journey from the volcanic lands of the Andes, so that the lovers and all those who celebrate friendship and love can…

AmericanHort HortScholar program now accepting applications

AmericanHort is now accepting applications for the 2020 HortScholar program. Students applying for this program can be enrolled in any horticulture-related program at any degree level. Applications will be accepted at AmericanHort.org/Scholars until March 1, 2020. The HortScholar program sets students in…

UK: Flower trophy returns after 50 years

A trophy awarded more than 50 years ago to a champion chrysanthemum grower has returned to Goostrey after disappearing from the village. No-one knows how the cup presented to an H Callwood for his success in 1964 at the annual Goostrey and District Chrysanthemum Society Show came to be offered for sale…

US (CA): Westerlay Orchids leases 4-acre Carpinteria greenhouse

Following the new lease of a 4-acre greenhouse in coastal Carpinteria, California, Westerlay Orchids announces an expansion that will enable the company to increase production and explore exciting new varieties just in time for Mother’s Day. The company’s move to increase production initiates a planned…

US (SC): Daffodils ‘popping up like crazy’ at Okatie farm

The calendar says it’s January, but the weather is telling a different story at the U-Pick Daffodil farm in Okatie. “The daffodils are popping up like crazy with this week’s warmer weather,” reads a post on the farm’s website. The farm is located at 48 Calhoun Plantation Road in Okatie. Chuck and Diane…

Rosadex diversifies assortment with ranuncules, anemones and spray roses

There’s more than just roses in Ecuador

With the idea of diversifying their assortment, Ecuadoran rose farm Rosadex started trialing different crops. After several years of trialing, they've chosen 3 crops to expand their assortment with, namely spray roses, anemones and ranunculus. The USA is the main market for these products and they are…

US (FL): Court wades into medical marijuana dispute with orchid grower

A Tampa-based orchid grower seeking to enter Florida’s highly restricted medical-marijuana market tried to convince a state appeals court Tuesday that health officials erred in granting a handful of medical-marijuana licenses to competing firms last year. Louis Del Favero Orchids, Inc. is challenging a…

Solar panels could take greenhouses off the grid

A solar panel on a greenhouse roof may seem illogical at first, but a trial at Freeman Herbs is proving that with some clever manipulation greenhouses can produce electricity from sunlight without affecting the plants growing underneath. The Lincoln greenhouse known for its potted herbs that consumers…

Oregon Lean Consortium open to new members

After another successful program year, the Oregon Lean Consortium is now open to new members for 2020. The Oregon Lean Consortium is a tight-knit group of companies that learn Lean principles and methods, then apply them in each other’s businesses. Each company engages three people who are trained and serve…

Neil Alcock, Seoint Nurseries, on storm Brendan

"Fortunately it did not affect the production"

After storm Brendan razed over the nursery and damaged the roof of the glasshouse of Caernarfon based Seoint Nurseries on Monday, things have calmed down and all is just like it was before. "Fortunately, it was just a small section of the roof and the production was not interrupted", says Neil Alcock…

‘Lean’ nurseries boost productivity

Mateusz Perkowski of the Capital Press newspaper recently highlighted ways nurseries have effectively applied Lean principles in the past year. The story quoted three businesses who have deployed Lean principles to identify and reduce waste in processes: Peoria Gardens of Albany, Weyerhaeuser Turner…

Three major Dutch Lily Producers Investigate merger

Dutch lily producers Paauw Lilies, Imanse Quality Lilies and Dutch Lilies signed a letter of intent to intensify their cooperation. They believe further cooperation will enable them to better satisfy customers’ needs, thanks to a wider product assortment and a higher service level. The letter of intent…

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…

Flower growers from Volgograd are getting ready for the International Women’s Day

Guests from the Netherlands have found a cozy home in Volgograd and bring joy to the city dwellers with the bright colors. The Porolovs preferred to grow European tulips of all shapes and colors: red, purple, yellow and those combining various shades in one. The tulips in their greenhouses get enough…

Four Brothers Farms introduces Flower Globe:

Mexico: Fresh rose in a globe going global

What started as a loving gesture, developed into a main product for Mexican rose farm Four Brothers Farms: the Flower Globe. 1.5 years ago, they introduced a fresh rose in a globe to the market, that will last for 90 days. According to Taylor Sparks of Greenleaf Wholesale, it is really taking off at…

Family-run company looks after every single tulip

Ted van der Gulik is a family-run company that has been in existence for 50 years. The nursery and bulb-forcing business were originally established by Henk van der Gulik, the uncle of the current owner. Since then, the company has grown to cover 18 hectares of field cultivation and forces around…

Fundraiser to support flower growers affected by Australian bushfire

Helix Australia sister company Wafex has organised a fund raiser to assist flower growers impacted by the devastating fires in Australia. "As bushfires continue to threaten many regions across Australia, we are sad to hear of the losses to those in our industry including some of the Wafex grower family…

Hyacinth grower John van der Slot:

"The nice thing about our business is that you can enjoy spring when it’s still winter"

At John and René van der Slot’s nursery the hyacinths are in rolling greenhouses. Their business is close to the sea in the Dutch Bulb Region which has traditionally been home to many bulb growers and forcers. There’s a strong sea breeze outdoors, but indoors – in the rolling greenhouse – the…

"Flower industry has heroes"

Colombia: Ayura SAS goes solar

Increasing production and reducing costs. Over the years, many techniques have been developed for this purpose which can boost fresh-cut flower businesses. Colombian carnation and rose farm Ayura SAS however, recognized energy efficiency and suitability as a way of prosperity and found a way to implement renewable energy…

UK: Internship of a lifetime for young horts

Every year the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) and the American Floral Endowment (AFE), jointly award an internship of a lifetime - The Markham-Colegrave International Scholarship. $4,500 USD is granted for the opportunity to organise a work placement in a horticultural business. This year current or…

Century-old Vietnamese village blooms as Tet nears

Sunlight lights up the spray as a farmer in a boat tends to flowering plants kept on elevated racks in Dong Thap Province’s Sa Dec flower village. The village is home to 2,000 households that earn a living mainly by growing flowers and ornamental trees. The village is considered the floral capital of the…

The Amazing Flowers of Victoria spreads wings globally

Thai orchids conquering the world

It all started with exporting all kinds of orchid plants and flowers supplied by several growers in Thailand. Then, in addition, he started to grow the most popular varieties in his own greenhouse in Thailand and now, 2 years later, he grows almost all orchid species in this greenhouse, and he recently…

Over 260 thousand roses grown by Zelenkhoz in 2019

It is especially pleasant to come to the flower shops of Zelenkhoz on a gray winter day. Roses are especially popular among the customers. 260 thousand of these royal flowers have been cut in the greenhouses and sold through the specialized store of the enterprise since the beginning of the last year.…

"Those techniques save our customers, and us, thousands of dollars per shipment"

Van Belle Nursery was recently recognized by the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce for its business excellence in corporate social responsibility. The award, along with other local business award recipients for various categories, was presented during the 24th annual Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards…

Jamaican workers headed to Canadian greenhouses

Close to 300 Jamaicans will be taking up employment opportunities in Canada under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme (SAWP). The workers, 87 per cent of whom are returnees, will be deployed mainly to farms in Ontario. They began departing the island on Thursday (January 3). At a send-off…

Colombia: Casablanca to start up gerbera production again

After a break of 10 years, one of Benchmark Growers' farms -  Casablanca Farm - started to grow mini gerberas again on about 1ha. They harvested the first flowers in week 45. Now, their assortment  consist of 11 varieties - with chrysanthemums and summer flowers as their main crop, grown on 22ha in Chia, Colombia. Katherine…

US (FL): FNGLA member Autumn Schwab White wins SNA's David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award

FNGLA member Autumn Schwab White is the 2020 recipient of the Southern Nursery Association's David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award. Established in 1974 by David E. Laird, Jr., in memory of his father, SNA Past President David E. Laird, Sr., the David E. Laird, Sr. Memorial Award is presented each year to…

Tulip farm timelapse

For tulip farmers in the Netherlands, spring is the moment they’ve all been waiting for. Noordoostpolder in particular has an incredible metamorphosis take place, and fields with coats of brown and dark greens burst into life with row after row of colourful flowers. Every April, a tulip mega bloom engulfs this corner of the…

Jet Fresh Growers’ second annual farm & family Christmas party

For Christmas, the Jet Fresh team joins together celebrating the holiday season. Their boutique rose farm, Jet Fresh Flower Growers, S.A. in Cotopaxi, Ecuador had their second annual Farm & Family Christmas Party where the team and their families got into the spirit of Christmas. The children all…

Russian President visits rose grower

On December 23, during a working trip to the Republic of Adygea, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the Green House complex located in the Takhtamukaysky district. This is one of the largest flower greenhouse complexes in Russia with a large pool of customers and partners. The plant year-round…

How a kid from East Boston became the cactus king

The most common question succulent expert Art Scarpa gets when he lectures about the plants he’s been growing for almost seven decades is: “How often should I water?” “And,” he sighed, “there’s no answer for that.” Scarpa’s greenhouse in the front yard of his home in Atkinson, N.H., holds one of the…

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…

Slow flower growers stand united across States

A six percent rise in wholesale value, eight percent more producers, and an increase of 12 percent in acreage. The report card for U.S. floriculture is looking pretty good, when comparing 2018 to the situation three years earlier (see the Floriculture Crops 2018 Summary from the USDA National…

D.S. Cole Growers pursues SANC and GCP certifications

Employees at D.S. Cole Growers recently teamed up with personnel from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets, & Food (NHDAMF) to conduct a unique combination of audits that moved the company closer to certification through both the GCP and SANC…

Ary de Jong from Demokwekerij to HortiTech

After 10 years of loyal service at Demokwekerij Westland as cultivation manager, Ary de Jong will be joining HortiTech. There he will become a trainer and mentor from January 1st 2020. Before he joined Demokwekerij Westland, Ary was a tomato grower. HortiTech is the startup that was established by Peet…

Ethiopia: Lafto Roses sold to Ethio Vegfru Group

Gerard van der Deijl reached an agreement with Ethio Vegfru Group Plc regarding the take over of his company Lafto Roses in Ethiopia. According to van der Deijl, his age is the main reason to say goodbye to the Ethiopian business and his children have no interest in further exploiting the company. Over the…

"same number of employees, without expanding our m2"

Kaizen method doubles production at Marginpar

Very few companies realize how important the culture of your business is", says Richard (Kiki) Fernandes CEO of the Marginpar group. Over the recent years, this company with flower farms in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia invested heavily in social matters and in 2012, they implemented a Japanese…

Nursery manager spends day as Christmas elf

For the 13th December 2019 Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day, Walberton Nursery decided it wasn’t enough to simply ask staff to wear a Christmas jumper for the day, and went one step further. Operations Manager, Simon Green, agreed to dress up as an Elf in exchange for donations… that was before he…

Growing plants about nurturing potential

If you stepped inside Brittany Weerts’ greenhouse, the first thing you would notice is how beautiful, colorful, and organized the plants look.  Giving great time and detail to keep the greenhouse looking its best is just another day in the life of Brittany Weerts, who earned a bachelor’s degree in horticulture…

Grower reduces labor with LED toplighting

Kalamazoo Specialty Plants (KSP) propagates hundreds of varieties of bedding annuals and perennials, and more than one million herbs under 700,000 square feet of greenhouses. They sell liners to independent garden centers (IGC), and finished plants through their own local retail operation. Low light levels…

What will be Zuurbier's Next Top Variety?

"It's one of the most difficult questions in our industry: what will you plant?" That applies particularly to rose growers, and with Rosaline Zuurbier and colleagues facing that question again, the company decided to host a comparison trial. A dozen breeders sent in varieties in a range of colors, so…

Dutch Nursery Freek van der Velden switches to D-Tect pots

Growing more sustainably, one pot at a time

It won’t be long until every gerbera at nursery Freek van der Velden is fitted with cultivation pots made of detectable, recycled material. Since week 42, the nursery from the Dutch town of Delfgauw has been switching to D-Tect pots by Desch Plantpak, and slowly the old pots are disappearing. Anita Kap…

United Selections:

"Our spray assortment keeps growing"

In June 2018, United Selections unveiled a new product line of spray roses. They introduced three categories of sprays, namely: Classic Selections, Blossom Selections, and Magical Selections. Exactly one and a half years down the line and the company's spray assortment has grown remarkably. They have…

Four students named beneficiaries of Spring Meadow - Proven Winners HRI scholarships

Grand Haven’s Spring Meadow Nursery and the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) have announced the recipients of 2019-2020 Spring Meadow - Proven Winners Endowment Fund scholarships. Dale & Liz Deppe established the Spring Meadow - Proven Winners Endowment Fund with HRI in 1999 with the belief that…

Hasfarm organizes Charity Walk in celebration of 25-year anniversary

On December 8th 2019 at Dalat City, Vietnam, Dalat Hasfarm held a fundraising walking event in order to help construct charity shelters for the underprivileged in the province of Lam Dong, Vietnam. The charity walk is part of the sustainable development activities to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the…

New Jersey Department of Agriculture highlights poinsettia season

New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher visited Powell’s Greenhouses in Gloucester County this week to highlight that poinsettias are now being shipped by New Jersey greenhouses and nursery growers. December 12 was National Poinsettia Day. New Jersey ranked 11th in the U.S. in wholesale…

Prepping for a cold winter a year-round job for greenhouse operators

Greenhouse operators Ed and Angie Myers always prepare for each season in advance. In the winter, they plant hanging baskets and root daffodil, tulip and hyacinth bulbs for spring and Easter. In the spring, the couple ready the greenhouses for the influx of flowers and garden plants that will be in…

Sara Bacon, Len Busch Roses:

"The poinsettia crop is very important to us"

A few days before Thanksgiving, thousands of fully-grown poinsettias filled the greenhouses at Plymouth’s Len Busch Roses. The plants receive just enough water thanks to an elaborate irrigation system as they await their next destination. “Since [October], they have finished expanding, growing in size…

Improving plant quality with switch to toplighting

Jolly Farmer is a progressive young plant propagator using the most up-to-date greenhouse equipment and technology. Naturally, they would be one of the first growers in North America to embrace LED technology on a large scale—James Darrow, General Manager, began researching and studying LEDs in 2012. Jolly…

US (VT): Norwich farm moves to new owners

When Jake Guest arrived at the old Norwich farmhouse where Valerie Woodhouse and Eli Hersh were planning their spring crops last Thursday morning, he did something that still feels a bit strange to him: He knocked on the door. For nearly 40 years, Guest and his wife, Liz, lived in this house and ran…

Sachin Appachu, Bliss Flora

Color is everything for rose that goes against the grain

"A new variety like this one brings back a smile on a grower's face in these challenging times", says Sachin Appachu of Bliss Flora Ltd. After 3 years of trialing this new dark orange colored variety with a special touch from French breeder Meilland. This variety Fiorella was recently introduced…

US (NY): Part of massive Putnam County greenhouse may add cannabis

Putnam County Board heard this week from Mid-American Growers, formerly known as Color Point, about a request to amend existing county ordinances to allow the growing of medical and recreational cannabis. In advance of the Jan. 1 legalization of recreational cannabis, many Illinois businesses are gearing…

Vietnamese students learn about Dutch flower sector

On Tuesday 10 December, a presentation about the Dutch flower sector was given by Mr. Paul Onings of Onings Holland – Gold member of NVHBP and a renowned exporter of bulbs and tubers – to the students of Thai Binh’s Agri College. Thai Binh Agri College – Silver member of NVHBP - aims to cooperate with NVHBP…

"It all starts with a love of flowers"

For more than 40 years, Orchard Park Growers (Orchard Park), has kept pace with change, delivering select grower and consumer favourites in a variety of formats. For more than 15 of those years', A.M.A. has been a proud partner of the Ontario-based family farm, helping them to brainstorm new solutions…

UK: Ravensworth Nurseries turns red as 12,000 poinsettias go on sale

A Richmondshire nursery is alive with colour as more than 12,000 festive poinsettias have gone up for sale ahead of Christmas day. For almost fifty years, staff at Ravensworth Nurseries in Richmond in North Yorkshire, have been meticulously cultivating the red, cream and white festive plants. Each…

Dave Captein elected as President of Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance

The Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance announced that Dave Captein was elected as President for a two year term. Dave has served as a Director on the COHA-ACHO Board since 2014 and as Vice-Chair since 2017. Dave is a flower grower from British Columbia where his family operates Blue Magic…

"Perfect potted hydrangeas for super-strict customers"

A shrinking number of pest control products and more stringent requirements are making crop protection across all crops that bit more complicated. Potted hydrangeas are no exception, and here too, biology is becoming increasingly significant. Dutch plant nursery P. van Geest is extremely satisfied with…

CAN (ON): Getting to the poinsettias

Clarington’s Rekker’s Garden Centre grows 150,000 poinsettias in Bowmanville each year, and ships them to Costco and Canadian Tire stores across the province. Rekker’s poinsettias sell in retail stores across southeast Ontario, from Ottawa to Mississauga and up north to Barrie and Lindsay. The…

Van Belle Nursery honoured by Chamber of Commerce for corporate social responsibility

Van Belle Nursery was recognized by the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce for its business excellence in corporate social responsibility. The award was presented during the 24th annual Abbotsford Business Excellence Awards gala, along with other local business award recipients for various categories. “On behalf…

"The Isles of Scilly has the perfect climate for daffodils"

Despite the wet weather, the sunny hues and sweet, creamy fragrance of scented narcissi, a type of daffodil, are making their way to Waitrose & Partners earlier than ever.  Grown on the Isles of Scilly, on small family-run farms on St Mary’s and St Agnes, the islands have the perfect conditions for growing…

Looking back at the first year of NewGen

This year marked the official launch of the NewGen Boxwood brand and the unveiling of its first two introductions, NewGen Freedom and NewGen Independence. These plants will become officially available spring of 2020, from 5 growers, Overdevest Nursery in NJ, Prides Corner Farms in CT, Saunders Brothers,…

Coming up roses

In Dalat, Vietnam, Ngoc Cuong grows roses. He didn't plan to do so, because he used to grow vegetables. Due to bad prices he switched to roses and business is going well thanks to the growing economy. In this video of Great Big Story, he tells how his old film was replaced by brand new plastic. "The old film didn't last a year,…

US (GA): Horticulture students offering locally grown Christmas cheer

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at UGA’s Riverbend Greenhouse Complex. From icy white to traditional deep red, the latest crop of poinsettias grown by the Tau chapter of Pi Alpha Xi horticultural honor society (PAX) is ready to help spread holiday cheer.   The students grew more than 1,000 poinsettias this…

Class in a glasshouse – new film goes behind the scenes in the Lea Valley

Growers and glasshouse businesses in the Lea Valley take centre stage in a new film, showcasing this vital horticultural growing area and the people who work there.The 23 minute film has been produced by Lea Valley Growers Association, 60 years after the last film, Sea of Glass, was made. LVGA Secretary…

Sarah Valdivia, Ashland Greenhouses:

US (OR): "People want a very busy poinsettia with lots of flower heads on it"

Ashland Greenhouses grows 10,000 poinsettias each year. The plants come in all different sizes and all different colors, like the classic red, red glitter, marble and white.  Ashland Greenhouses Business Manager Sarah Valdivia is always exciting to help people start their holidays and teach people to care…

Italy: Poinsettia comparisons in full swing at Po di Tramontana

The greenhouses of Po di Tramontana, the experimental center for flowers and vegetable production in Veneto, Italy, are full of poinsettias. European breeders are happy to have their products tested in this center that has been doing research for more than thirty years to enhance the typicity of local…

US (TN): Hermann Holtkamp Greenhouses receives MPS-A+ certificate

From now on, Hermann Holtkamp Greenhouses belongs to the select group of growers that hold the MPS-A+ status. Director and owner Reinhold Holtkamp Jr. received the certificate from MPS-coordinator North and Central America Arthij van de Veer at Cultivate’19. Hermann Holtkamp Greenhouses, an MPS member…

Marius Rodewijk, Rosalicious, grows edible roses

'The queen of flowers on a plate'

"It really is quite a challenge," Marius Rodewijk of Rodewijk Rozen summarizes the cultivation of the edible rose. Since last year this Dutch grower has been growing the Rosalicious edible roses on 1,000 square meters, which he then puts on the market himself. "After all, the target group for edible…

Japanese poinsettia growers busy before holiday season

Farmers in Saitama Prefecture, near Tokyo, are busy shipping potted poinsettias ahead of the holiday season. Shipments of the species with red and green foliage, also known as the Christmas Flower, are now at their peak in the city of Iruma. Takayuki Shino is growing about 60,000 poinsettias, comprising…

25 years and 25 varieties of Amaryllis

On 19 November, Hamifleurs paid a visit to the Amaryllis nursery Van der Ende Flowers, where they were welcomed by Martijn van der Ende. Together with his brother Gerard, he runs an Amaryllis nursery with multiple locations and a total surface of 12 hectare. Van der Ende Flowers has specialised in the…

Turkish company exports edible flowers to the Maldives

Emtar Tarim, a company based in Antalya, exports edible flowers to luxury hotels in the Maldives and Seychelles via air freight. The company, based in Serik, Antalya, grows special agricultural products including edible flowers, micro sprouts, living lettuce and miniature vegetables. Their production…

Greenhouses hold up well at Utah heights

Perennial Favorites Nursery and Agra Tech are two family-owned and operated companies with long histories and impressive track records for excellence and quality. So, it’s surely no surprise that they have been working well together for more than two decades as ATI provides greenhouses and customer…

China: Pinggu District's villages form a chrysanthemum industry

Xibaidian Village, Daxingzhuang Town is located in the western plain area of ​​Pinggu District, 8 km away from the center of Pinggu. It has become the largest edible chrysanthemum production base in China. Since 2009, the village has begun to develop the edible chrysanthemum industry. Currently, there…

US (NH): Greenhouse devastated by fire back in full swing for holidays

This Thanksgiving weekend is extra special to Murray Farm Greenhouse in Penacook. After a devastating fire last spring, poinsettias now fill a newly repaired greenhouse, as the nursery launches seven-day-a-week operations for the holiday season. In April, fire tore through the former poultry farm that…

Netherlands: Arcadia opens 4.7 ha chrysanthemum greenhouse

Last Saturday, Dutch chrysanthemum grower Arcadia opened their new 4.7 ha greenhouse in De Lier, the Netherlands. With this sixth(!) greenhouse, that is equipped with all kinds of modern techniques, including hybrid lightning and air treatment systems, the total acreage of Arcadia reaches 25ha. The production is…

Poinsettia project helmed by Iowa State students blooming

When thousands of graduate and undergraduate Iowa State students participate in next month’s fall commencement inside Hilton Coliseum, they’ll parade past cardinal red poinsettias courtesy of the school’s student horticulture club. When employees who work under ISU Athletic Director Jamie Pollard return…

NL: bloody pretty stems at Kwekerij Wijfjes

Kwekerij Wijfjes, hitting the spotlights this week at exporting company Hamifleurs, grows Ilex Verticilatta and Viburnum Opulus. These are available in different lengths, and especially right now that we're set for winter. This grower celebrated over 75 years of production, guaranteeing they know a thing…

US (CA): Mellano, Castellano families named ‘2019 Flower Farm Champions’

The Mellano and Castellano families, a group of longtime flower farmers and dedicated industry volunteers, were named the 2019 Flower Farm Champions by the California Cut Flower Commission (CCFC) at its recent annual meeting. The families are the fourth recipients of this prestigious award.  Mike Mellano Sr.,…

US (GA): Poinsettias brighten the season at Pike Nurseries

Along with a decorated tree and a jolly man in a bright red suit, the poinsettia stands as one of the most iconic symbols of the holiday season — and right now, Metro Atlanta Pike Nurseries locations are blanketed in red, thanks to the popular plant. Pike Nurseries Farm General Manager Kelley Holmquist…

Piet Kelderman explains

Finlays shuts down Kericho farms, but expands Londiani farm

Finlays will shut down their farms, Chemirei and Tarakwet, in Kericho (Kenya) on 25th December. However, they will continue to expand their Lemotit farm in Londiani, and they will double the size of their packhouse. But what is the reason for the closedown of the Kericho Farm? What will happen with the…

UK: Planting seeds for the future

Four former students from Scotland’s Rural College joined other experts at a Grow Careers event showcasing opportunities in the field of horticulture. Kirsty Wilson, a presenter on the BBC’s Beechgrove Garden programme, Rosie Burgon, who runs her own cut flower business, Jennifer Wright, who is currently…

Nearly wiped out, Oberer’s Flowers to expand following tornado

A 97-year-old Dayton company nearly destroyed by a Memorial Day tornado has plans to expand production locally and open more retail locations across Ohio and in nearby states.…

PDI installed double screen-energy installation

New Hedera Plant greenhouse energy efficient thanks to innovative double screening energy installation

Hedera Plant, part of Vireo, from de Kwakel, the Netherlands has recently built a new greenhouse. The acreage of Vireo thus comes to about 33 hectares spread over 9 locations. At the moment there are around 250 people working at Vireo. In the article below growers Patrick and Cas Hogenboom (father and…

FloraCo grows millions of wax flowers in Peru

Growing flowers in the driest desert in the world

It was a remarkable step Steve Bushnell of FloraCo took twelve years ago. After growing wax flowers in Southern California for many years, he moved the production to the Peruvian desert. This gave him the opportunity to supply wax flowers all year-round to the North American market. "Growing wax in the desert…

Trimming Mickey at the Magic Kingdom

In 1972, Andrea Hanson decided that she wanted to become a horticulturist for Disney World, and she's still there today, working as foreman of the topiary team. "When I was about 9 years old, we came to Disney," she says. "We got in the bus, rode over there, and on the way there I saw the topiary. And I…

US: Florida's first lavender farm is in Southport

Jason Leabo owns and operates the state's first lavender farm. "Our plants are very unique," said Leabo. "Each plant has kind of its own agenda so to speak. Some focus on the root development, while others want to try to reach the stars it seems." 

Interview with chairman Marcel van Tol

The first year of the Royal FloraHolland Members’ Council

On 1 January 2019, the Members’ Council was installed in replacement of the General Members Meeting (GMM) of Royal FloraHolland. Chairman Marcel van Tol talks about the past year. The first Member Sessions since the Members' Council started in January were held in June. How did these go?'They went well.…

UK: HTA Pearson Medal awarded to John Ravenscroft

This year the HTA has awarded the Pearson Memorial Medal to industry pioneer John Ravenscroft in recognition of his outstanding services to horticulture. HTA President Boyd Douglas-Davies presented the award at the Cultivating Retail Conference dinner on 19 November 2019. Commenting on the award Boyd Douglas-Davies…

grower opens new location and celebrates anniversary

Gerbera United celebrates its tenth anniversary in new greenhouse

Gerbera United has been in existence for ten years. The company also recently started using its third location. After months of preparing and optimizing the new, modern nursery, it is now time for an official opening. Opening greenhouseLast summer, Gerbera United started using its new location at the Nieuwkoopseweg…

Royal FloraHolland:

Three new Members’ Council candidates selected

In order to ensure a new inflow into Royal FloraHolland’s Members' Council in 2020, the Nomination Committee nominated Gerrit-Jan Vermöhlen, Marco Keysers and Steef Meeuwisse for appointment as Members' Council members. In addition, six Members' Council members will be nominated for reappointment. The…

Colombian carnation grower goes solar

"The aim is to replace 30 percent of the energy use with solar energy", says Daniel Maldonado of Agromonte. This carnation and spray carnation grower is among the first Colombian flower exporters to use solar energy in their farm in Gachancipa; A town north of Bogotá, Colombia. Daniel Maldonado, Adriana…

UK: Funding for commercial horticulture students thanks to Peter Seabrook & BPOA

Students of commercial horticulture can get £1,000 of funding through the British Protected Ornamentals Association – Peter Seabrook Bursary. The scholarship, which is part of the David Colegrave Foundation Scholarship Season, supports Peter Seabrook in his effort to encourage new entrants to the…

Kansas State horticulture student named Shinoda Scholar of the Year

A Kansas State University horticulture student has earned the Shinoda Foundation’s most prestigious award. Renata Goosen, a junior from Potwin, Kansas, is the 2019-20 Shinoda Scholar of the Year, and receives a scholarship in the amount of $7,500. “Renata’s problem-solving skills and work ethic set her apart,…

New Zealand: Tauranga rose breeder wins sixth Pacific Rose Bowl

New Zealand rose breeder and grower Rob Somerfield has again cleaned up at the New Zealand Rose of the Year awards, winning the Pacific Rose Bowl for the sixth time and claiming most of the other top 2019 awards. The Pacific Rose Bowl for the New Zealand Rose of the Year Trial winner went to his new rose…

Service is tradition for big-picture pioneers

Growing up in a floral industry that was traditionally segmented, with growers, wholesalers and retailers each performing a different function (often not knowing much about what the others did), Jack Van Namen nonetheless saw the potential for doing business a different way. Over the course of several…

Tribal plant nurseries are about more than growing plants

Numerous tribes throughout the US are growing native plants for reforestation and restoration. For many of them, however, there are deeper connections with the plants they’re propagating. Sure, the plants fulfill an ecological purpose for the projects they’re intended for, but often there are meaningful…

US (RI): Wicked Tulips Flower Farm is beginning to flourish in Exeter

The Wicked Tulips Flower Farm has moved from Johnston to Schartner Farms. Keriann and Jeroen Koeman don't shy away from getting their hands dirty. It's a good thing they don't. The soil they're growing on at Schartner Farms is heavier than what they've been used to working with in Johnston. "There are…

David Sanchez of Royal Flowers:

"We have high hopes for these tree trimmings"

For consumers that either are not a fan of ‘the bigger the better Christmas trees’ or simply have not enough space for a regular tree, and are also looking for sustainable eco-friendly products, Royal Flower introduces its exclusive line of Mini Christmas Trees "We trim the cedar trees that are grown at…

Construction for new facility Karma Plants has started

After a year and a half of drawing and designing, construction of the new greenhouse of Karma Plants finally started on October 30th. The company grows with this extra 28,000 square meters to approximately 8.6 hectares, and will produce more than 3 million plants per year. "Growing is not a goal in…

"Tropical plants are our passion"

World Horti Center talks to one of its participants every month. This month they are interviewing Floricultura: a breeder and propagator of orchids and anthuriums that strives for perfection and seeks to create strong, profitable and distinctive varieties for its customers.  Why have you come to World Horti Center?For…

New Zealand: Farewell to ‘Daffodil Dick’

Booth is one of the oldest names in Carterton and three generations of Booths have taken up public life. Dick Booth, who died peacefully last Saturday aged 86, was one of four in his family to have served on either Carterton Borough or District Council. Before Dick’s time on council, AE Booth was mayor,…

Russia: Rose growers in Mokshany increasing the acreage

An investment project on greenhouse expansion is being carried out in Mokshanskie Rozy greenhouse complex. The overall amount of investments exceeds 14 million euro. “At the moment we have 18 ha of greenhouses with the account of those in Narovchaty and Spassky region”, shares the financial director of…

Chris Endhoven, Endhoven Flowering Plants

"Always improving, always moving"

Grower's son Chris Endhoven always wanted to have his own nursery. He is still a grower in heart and soul, and supplies flowering seasonal plants of top quality. He has been able to realize his dream on a plot of land close to the auction in Westland. What makes his green heart beat faster? Wholesaler…

CAN (QC) Poinsettia grower prepares for holiday season

Inside a sprawling greenhouse at La Ferme Grover in Ste-Dorothée one sunny afternoon, a carpet of bright red stretched out as far as the eye could see. The temperature was a balmy 18 degrees, the humidity 40 per cent. Here and in other Grover greenhouses, nearly 300,000 potted poinsettias have been…

US (FL): Family-owned poinsettia business continues father's legacy

Tucked away in Northwest Bradenton, there are nearly 200,000 poinsettias in a nursery. “I love plants,” says Tyler Orban, president of Orban Nursery. Since 1975 his dad, Marty Orban, ran the nursery, and eventually became the main poinsettias distributor for Publix Grocery Stores. “He loved everything…

Sydney Markets’ Flower Grower of the Year attributes success to his wife

Aldo Vumbaca, 66, has been growing flowers for 40 years, and this year won the Sydney Markets’ Flower Grower of the Year award. He attributes his success to his wife Joanne, 58, whom he thinks about every time he plants a crop. "I met Joanne in 1978, on a flower farm in Kellyville, in Sydney’s…

Data-driven decisions guide growth for Australian nursery

To effectively plan for the future, you need to understand the present and the levy-funded project Nursery Industry Statistics (NY17008), is helping the Living Colour Nursery in South Australia do just that. Living Colour Nursery was the first nursery in South Australia to specialise in potted annuals…

A sparkling star during the dark days of winter

When most houseplants are hibernating, Amaryllis seizes its opportunity and towers above all its fellows, stately and radiant. The Amaryllis, also known as Hippeastrum, makes an excellent house companion. Grown from a bulb, the Amaryllis is originally a Mexican and Caribbean plant. Whatever its origins,…

UK: Horticultural business to start cafe

Kings Nurseries has submitted plans to Powys County Council (PCC) to build a cafe. The business, near Lakeside Golf Club, says the 271 square metre cafe could create up to three jobs, one full time and two part time. Their agent, Frederick Carter, said in the Design and Access Statement: “Kings Nurseries…

Mr. Plant Geek visits Danziger’s NovemberFest

Michael Perry, a.k.a. Mr. Plant Geek, joins growers, young plant producers, retailers and brokers, during Danziger’s flagship event, NovemberFest. Throughout this month-long event, Danziger is presenting more than 1000 flowering pots, 500 varieties, 50 different crops and 60 flower series. NovemberFest…

John Mostert, Plant Nursery P. Mostert, looks back

Netherlands: Purified by the fire

“July 23, 2018, is a day that I will not soon forget. It was Monday evening, I had been playing football and was having a beer with a friend. Coincidentally, we talked with the bartender about all the preventive measures that, as an entrepreneur, you nowadays have to take to be insured against fire. He…

'Alstroemeria Ben' named BFA Grower of the Year

The British Florist Association recently announced the winners of their annual industry awards. In the category Grower of the Year, the award went to Ben Cross (aka 'Alstroemeria Ben') of Crosslands Flower Nursery, leaving behind the other nominees Highcroft Nurseries, Irish Green Guys, Montana…

Chinese flowers spread sweet scent in Thailand

Li Hongyun, a flower grower from Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province, has never been to Thailand, yet the roses he plants have gained popularity in Bangkok, the nation's capital. Weeks before each Valentine's Day, Li receives orders from florists in Bangkok. He then begins to pick fresh…

Jaime Ruiz, Arvi Farms

Colombia: "We want to be the leaders in innovation"

"We don't want to be the largest hydrangea grower in Colombia, we want to change the hydrangea industry to the next level - we want to be the leaders in innovation", says Jaime Ruiz, owner of Arvi Farms, a Colombian hydrangea farm. And his dream is beginning to take shape as their work has been awarded…

How the Slow Flower movement is influencing the industry

In 2013, Debra Prinzing published a book called ‘Slow Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets From the Garden, Meadow and Farm,” launching a movement that is quickly gaining momentum across the country. The idea behind Slow Flowers, is the same as the Slow Food movement: buying flowers that are…

US (NE): Williams Flowers celebrates 30th anniversary

Thirty years ago, Mike and Sandy Williams built their flower business and greenhouse literally from scratch. When the business expanded and more greenhouses were needed, Mike Williams and Juan Partida built them. Partida has been a part of the Williams Flower Co. now for more than 20 years and manages…

International Grower of the Year finalists announced

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) has announced the finalists of the International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) Awards 2020 which takes place on the 28th January 2020 at IPM Essen in Germany. Ten ornamentals growers from eight different countries (China, Ecuador, Hong Kong,…

Paulina Restrepo Villegas of Flores El Capiro explains

Chrysanthemums and hydrangeas: Origins and destinations

Colombia is home to more than half of the species of Flora in the world, and the largest number of orchid species. This large diversity is also visible in the different flowers that are commercially cultivated in the country and exported all over the world. Countries such as the United States, Japan, and…

Russian vegetable grower goes into tulips

"We're looking for a Dutch partner with broad experience in tulip cultivation and export"

A vegetable grower expanding into tulip cultivation - it may sound like an unusual combination, but for GH Botanica it makes perfect sense. The greenhouse complex 'Botanica' plans to produce cut flower tulips in the new propagation facility, which will be opened in 2020. The South Russian company from Volgograd…

British growers on tour in Dutch automation landscape

Following on from the Automation Tour on the 17th & 18th September, Vas Agache shares some of the automation the British grower has seen. At Baas, the growers saw a stand-alone packing robot. "It looked futuristic but was in commissioning phase so we did not get to see it run, unfortunately", Vas says.…

The 'Lotz of Roses' brand completely reimagined

The brand Lotz of Roses has been completely reimagined in collaboration with rose breeder De Ruiter. The new product line offers a spectrum of intense colors, with a minimum of ten flower buds per plant, and is available at Plant nursery Valstar year-round. From February until October, the five-hectare garden…

UK: Sydenham Garden flower enterprise gets new raised beds

A group of volunteers from Lloyds Bank joined Sydenham Garden to help build three huge raised beds in their poly tunnel. They are expanding their cut flower growing enterprise and these new beds will give them nearly 40m2 of additional protected growing space. "Over the years, we have refined our method for…

Growing summer flowers in an African symbiosis

Marginpar grows summer flowers in three categories: Seasonals (available in certain seasons), Originals (year round available and in large numbers) and Specials (surprising 'niche' flowers in small numbers). KenyaKenya has an ideal climate and passionate people. On their farms in Kenya, they use the Kaizen…

Florigene introduces new blue carnation variety in Europe, holds seminars in Russia

Blue genes fit the global market like a glove

A blue carnation does not occur normally in nature. To get them blue, genetic modification is needed. By using this technique, breeding company Suntory Flowers created a collection of blue carnations, including seven big carnations and four minis. According to Cory Sanchez of Florigene Flowers, there is…

From a small shop to a major cut flower producer

Black Tulip Flowers has come a long way from a small retail shop in Sharjah to being one of the largest producers and exporters of fresh-cut flowers.  by Shabista Khan In the past 20 years, the company has gone through backward and forward integration and has advanced in so many ways from a traditional flower…

Mayesh visits farms

Seeing how Colombia grows

Every October, a crew from Mayesh heads down to Colombia for the Proflora Convention in Bogotá. While they're there, they make it a priority to visit growers and their farms. Not only does this give them a chance to connect face to face and meet all the hardworking employees who grow flowers, but it also gives them an…

Ammerlaan TGI

"Distinguishing on assortment and production"

Ammerlaan TGI distinguishes itself from the competition in two different ways, in assortment and production. To not only tell, but also show, the doors are open to clients and other interested persons for the fourth time in the week of the Fair Trade (4-8 November). Sales team, from left to right: Dennis…

US (VA): First annual NewGen field day

On an unseasonably warm October day, NewGen welcomed many of their new licensees to Saunders Brothers Nursery for their first annual NewGen Boxwood Field Day. Joining the NewGen and Saunders Brothers team were 12 attendees from 9 different nurseries, along with several researchers and industry…


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