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Ilonka Ekelmans, Kwekerij Sensation, about white cut Chrysanthemum "Ilonka":

"This variety has the potential to become one of the biggest of its kind"

"This chrysanthemum is white as snow and it really shows when putting it next to other white varieties. Furthermore, it has a very green heart, a lot of volume, it's very uniform, easy to dye, and very durable, allowing it to be transported over long distances". This is what Ilonka Ekelmans of Kwekerij…

NZ: Family lavender farm flourishing

When there’s a will there’s a way.  That would just about sum up things for the Zeestraten family when they first came to a bare paddock in Wanaka about eight years ago, and began…

running from December till Easter

UK: Taylors Bulbs' daffodil cut flower season about to take off

At Taylors Bulbs, the first daffodils left the cold store and are put into the glasshouse. This fourth generation UK family business is growing and supplying flower bulbs and associated products since 1919 and is forces over 80 tonnes of daffodil bulbs each year for flower production under glass, from…

Andrew Wambua, Molo River Roses, looking back at 2020

Kenya: "Swimming in uncharted waters"

The year started quite well for most of flower growers in Kenya, with good weather in January leading to a good production over Valentine's Day. The Valentine prices were also good and everybody was looking forward to a better year compared to the previous ones. However, it all went very different than…

Bradenton Herald

US (FL): Orban’s Nursery open house set for Saturday

Orban’s Nursery shipped 16,000 poinsettias to its single largest customer, Publix Super Markets, on Monday. That’s out of 194,000 that Tyler Orban and his crew grew this year, a blazing red crop that seems especially vivid, brilliant even, this season. On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the public will…

The greenhouse at the Southern Highland Community Mental Health Center":

We start growing them again so the greenhouse’s workers could work all year"

Carefully cultivation including 10 hours of darkness a day for 10 weeks went into growing the poinsettias filling a local greenhouse just in time for the holidays. The…

Josef Heuger on the hellebore season:

"A high demand across the board"

"The demand has been excellent. At the moment, we are holding back plants for firm orders that we committed to, everything else is gone," says Josef Heuger, owner of Heuger-Gartenbaubetriebe when talking about the hellebore season. In Glandorf, Germany, he grows young plants, pre-finished and finished hellebore as well as…

Felipe Villamizar, Maria Flowers:

'Looking back on the rollercoaster that was 2020'

Although summer and fall were good in terms of sales and they will end the year on a positive note, COVID-19 left an emotional scar at Maria Flowers, a company that supplies mainly roses from Ecuador to supermarkets in the US. In early August, they lost one beloved member of their team, Omar Neira, to…

Flowers from the farm

by Aizel Finch, Yalham Hayes Farm

UK: "My long journey to becoming a flower farmer"

"In March this year, we started our flower farm. I have been longing to get to this stage in my life for a very long time. This place where I am today wasn’t even in my consciousness a few years back and it definitely was never my plan to run a flower farm with my family let alone manage a farm holiday…

Santini grower Hans Hendriks on the new 3ha expansion

NL: "The old greenhouse is removed and the ground is prepared for construction"

In a new episode of Havecon's column "Client speaks ...", they had an interview with Hans Hendriks. Together with his brother Ruud they are santini-growers in Baarlo in Dutch (North) Limburg. Havecon will be responsible for the new expansion of more than 3 hectares, for which construction will start…

Funding campaign is in full swing

Ecuador: New alstroemeria farm to be established in Cayambe

A new alstroemeria farm is about to be established in Cayambe. It is an initiative from Santiago Partnership, a non-profit organization that aims to support and empower Ecuadorians. They’ve set up a medical clinic, opened a children's home and did much more to support the community. Now, it is time to…

NL: Esudo newest potanthurium of HouwenPlant

Recently, HouwenPlant, Hoek van Holland, introduced Esudo - a new large flowered red potanthurium. Esudo is a valued addition to the current assortment of the grower, both in color as in application. Esudo The attractive red color of the flowers - which is present in large quantities all over the…

Green Works

Netherlands: Ranunculus growing in the trial greenhouse

Green Works' trial greenhouse in the Westland in the Netherlands is completely filled with Ranunculus again. An impressive sea of flowers and colors will appear in just a few months. Then it truly will be a magnificent sight to behold. Check out the pictures to see for yourself. For more…

Mellano & Company

Mellano & Company takes center stage on HBO Max's "Full Bloom"

The latest floral design competition show is set to 'bloom' into people's homes by way of HBO Max's newest reality show Full Bloom. Launching on November 12th with eight full-feature episodes, the show will feature some of America's top florists and designers from all around the nation. Each contestant…

Michel van Rijn, XL Bloom Youngplants

"Better root hairs and cleaner water with OxyBull aeration system”

Agrona's OxyBull aeration system ensures optimum oxygen content in the water and root environment. XL Bloom Youngplants in De Lier has been using the device since March of this year. A strong pump with a capacity of 60 m3/hour blows a lot of air into the water, so there is plenty of movement. "We believe…

"We are ready for it"

NL: Helleborus time at Hoogeveen Plants after new steps in efficiency and sustainability

After a busy spring, it is time to take a step back for Hoogeveen Plants and take the time to find the right balance again. Salesman Colin Kok: "This spring was of course different than any other spring, there simply was no brake anymore and we just kept on rolling." Focus back on HelleborusThe fall has begun…

NL: Take a look at the fields full of flowering CannaSol

A colorful and truly beautiful sight to behold in Limburg, the Netherlands. Green Works took their drone and we flew over their fields on Limburg, the Netherlands. The result: a nice and lovely video. See below. The CannaSol is available from mid November until early March. For more information about our…

Agrivaldani

Ecuadorian rose grower expands assortment with summer flowers

"For a long time, we have wanted to offer more than roses, and now it's a reality", says Daniela Lobato Jarrín , Project Director at Agrivaldani. Besides roses, they are now also producing and exporting scabiosas and limonium at their farm that is located in the North of Ecuador. Soon they will also…

From grower to sales consultant

"Because I have been in the same position, I can support others in making the right choices. In the end, the intention is that the client is so pleased that he will choose to work with Bosman Van Zaal!" That is said by Martijn Vernooij. Before he was a grower, nowadays he works as a Technical Sales Consultant. He shares what he…

Decorum organises digital Autumn Fair

As of today Decorum organises a digital trade fair: the Autumn Fair. All growers of flowering plants present their assortment and novelties at the event. Especially with the month of December in sight, Decorum gives a festive touch to the small-scale fair. The Autumn Fair was set up this week at Richplant…

US: Costa Farms presents popular philodendron types

Since the explosion in popularity of houseplants a few years ago, it’s been interesting to see (and try to predict!) which varieties catch on. Costa Farms is always watching trends and testing new varieties so they can bring you beautiful and interesting houseplants for your space.  In a blog post, they present…

Florabundance becomes Certified American Grown Wholesaler

To Joost Bongaerts, choosing to go into the flower business shouldn’t be taken lightly. “I like to joke that once you’re in the flower business, you never leave,” he said.…

Case Study

AU: IPM driving sustainability at azalea Grove Nursery

Developing and implementing a rigorous and robust Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program into nursery production businesses is critical to ensure business continuity and…

Flores El Capiro shares the stories of 3 women celebrating their 30th anniversary at the farm

Colombia: 30 years growing flowers with love

The Colombian flower industry employs many women. Also at chrysanthemum grower Flores El Capiro, in Antioquia, many women are working and they are proud of them. Recently, they have been sharing three stories of three female employees that have worked with them for 30 years, nearly since the inception of…

88 crowd investors contributed to realization of the 120 kWp solar system

Kenya: Second solar project for Zena Roses

For the second time in less than a year, Zena Roses decides to harness the power of the sun. After a first solar plant for the farm in Asai was financed by crowd investors* in 2019 and started producing solar power in March, a solar plant with a capacity of 180 kWp is now to be realized for the farm in…

1500 Australians registered for farm work, but none are being hired

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown Australia’s fruit and vegetable picking industry into crisis, with an expected worker shortage by March of 26,000, and billions of dollars of produce at risk of being wasted if it can’t be picked. Despite this, a growing group of locals are struggling to get work and…

Villa Gerbera joined on the 1st of november

NL: Decorum expands gerbera assortment with new grower

Due to an increasing demand for high-quality gerberas at growers cooperation Decorum, Villa Gerbera joined on the 1st of November. With the grower's new membership, the collective offers a wide range of both large and small flowered gerberas. André and Mike Zuidgeest of Villa Gerbera. A wide range of…

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US (HI): Local nursery owner hopes poinsettia sales boost business

Like many other businesses during the pandemic, farmers and nurseries have been struggling. Now with the holidays rapidly approaching, plant nursery owner, Glenn Miyashita, is hoping to bank some green. Miyashita is the owner of Glenn’s Nursery in Waimanalo. The plant nursery is home to thousands of…

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How New Zealand's flower industry remained resilient in a time of crisis

The New Zealand floral industry employs over 10,000 kiwis and plays a vital part within their local communities. So, how did Covid-19 impact the industry in this country and what did they learned from this experience? In a series of videos, Feel Good With Flowers present the stories of different links in…

Dutch rose grower Berg RoseS on Con Amore:

"The world’s most sustainable red rose"

This year Berg RoseS is celebrating 45 years of rose-growing. Over those years they have had the privilege of growing many different varieties, including various red roses. That started as far back as 1975 with ‘Garnette’. Arie van den Berg joined Berg RoseS in 1991. "At that time, we were growing the…

US (NC): A glimpse into growing poinsettias at Metrolina Greenhouses

Even in November it's starting to feel a little like Christmas around  Metrolina Greenhouses in Huntersville, NC, as the poinsettias keep turning more and more red in the greenhouse. Here's a quick look into the journey they go through before they get to their final homes for the holidays. In July, Metrolina Greenhouses…

National Farmers’ Union

‘Farmers can’t rely on UK workers alone’

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is calling on the government to explain how fruit, vegetable and flower growers in the UK will be able to recruit seasonal pickers next year. Its industry-wide survey showed that despite the widely publicised Pick for Britain campaign, UK residents still made up only 11%…

Rose Society:

AU: 2020 Spring Virtual Rose Show results revealed

Due to the Covid-19 situations, the Rose Society in Australia replaces its usual Spring Rose Show with a 'Virtual Rose Show'. Australian growers could send in their entries from October 19 - to Saturday 24th and the results are in.  The growers could send in two photos per stem/cut demonstrating both a frontal view…

BB Plant in Bleiswijk, the Netherlands

How flower grower uses data to improve the cultivation process

Using a sensor to measure the temperature of the leaf or check if you marked the dew point right. Growers can use 30MHz to improve their cultivation process on a detailed…

SMADC

Video series highlights Southern Maryland’s nursery and cut flowers industry

According to the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission’s latest video in the Farms in Focus Series, Southern Maryland’s climate and long growing season aided by high tunnels and greenhouses provides almost optimal year-round conditions for the region’s nursery and cut flowers industry.…

NL: Dutch Flower Group hands out ‘Big Thank You Award' to all their growers

For almost 20 years, it has been a tradition for Dutch Flower Group (DFG) to recognise its growers in early November by handing out Dutch Flower Awards for various categories. Due to the exceptional circumstances in 2020, DFG will symbolically present just one, very special award this year. The ‘Big…

Growers of Premium Group shine in video

NL: "The most beautiful, the newest and the best flowers"

"As you see, no FloraHolland Trade Fair this year, it's a shame but if you can't come to us, then, we will come to you. The Premium Group has a lot of news, the most beautiful, the newest, and the best flowers. A film full of inspiration. Enjoy." This was jointly said by 11 Dutch growers:  Paul Holstein -…

FNGLA

"An eyeful of innovation"

I recently visited a UF/IFAS research center and got an eyeful of innovation. Zhanao Deng of the UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture Department had arranged an array of beauties, 20 caladiums from his greenhouse at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center. They are new cultivars for nurseries, garden centers, landscape firms…

Bernard Muthuri, Zena Roses:

"Demand for new varieties still high"

Crisis or not, the market is always looking for new and different products and ease. Kenyan grower Zena Roses limited experiences it firsthand. When the market started to open up in July, the demand for their new rose-varieties as well as recently added other crops was high. This is explained by Bernard…

US (CA): Westerlay Orchids modernizes their logistics to support the growing demand of ecommerce

Westerlay Orchids meets the demand of the expanding & changing national floral market, aiding in Covid relief through their direct to consumer & business deliveries.  “This is an…

Valentine Growers wins International Fairtrade Awards 2020 in Hired labour organizations category

Valentine Growers has achieved a milestone in this year’s Fairtrade awards ceremony held in Berlin Germany on 29th Oct 2020. This Kenyan grower is the winner in the Hired labour organisation category. Fairtrade producers, workers, campaigners and traders have been honoured in the International Fairtrade Awards…

30 producers with 430+ cultures at Denmark's Virtual Winter Trade Fair

This year, as a consequence of COVID-19, the traditional Trading Centre for Pot Plants, Handelspladsen, which is normally held in Odense (Denmark) four times a year, was cancelled for visitors in October. It would be a pity if stakeholders missed out on the Christmas and winter range, so, with the assistance…

Carolina Sanchez, the Valley Springs

'It has been a hectic year, but an exciting one to say the least'

Dealing with COVID-19, supplying a new crop (spray roses & roses), and celebrating the 10th anniversary. For Valley Springs, it has been a hectic year, but an exciting one to say the least. For the fifth time, this Colombian farm, that is known for its hydrangea's, received their Rainforest Certificate…

UK: Retail plants are trending at Florna Plants

Florna Plants has operated out of its present location since 2016 and now supplies a broad range of UK plant retailers. These include a number of national multiple garden plant retailers in the supermarket and DIY sectors. In addition, Florna Plants also supply many major UK Garden Centre Groups with…

Borders College

UK: Horticulturists get a taste of plant growing ‘Dutch-style’

Borders College prides itself on being a globally engaged institution and a recent international online visit to Holland highlighted this. The students, along with lecturer Nigel Gibb, recently linked up with Dutch grower Maarten Westerbos to get an insight into growing and selling flowers on an…

Dirty Girl Flowers

CAN (BC): Flower farmers were blooming as the pandemic wilted everything else

In March when the Dutch destroyed millions of their highly sought-after tulip bulbs, it was evident that the pandemic had sucker-punched the global flower business. But even as Canadian flower shops shut and flower farmers battled uncertainty, a very different scenario was unfolding for two east…

The Better India

Orchid growers want to make India less dependent on imports

Orchids are aesthetically pleasing flowers that are often used to decorate wedding venues in India. But, did you know that 80 percent of orchids sold in the country are imported from Thailand? Samir Baghat, a successful Telangana industrialist with a steel and iron manufacturing business, has decided to…

Ti Gong

One man's mission: a city awash in flowers all year-round

In scorching sun, freezing cold and heavy rain, horticulturist Wang Weiwei has been pursuing his dream of turning Shanghai into a garden city for 30 years. "Shanghai has flowers blooming in three seasons and a permanent greenery landscape now,” said Wang, 57. “But the efforts to make it even more…

Ethiopia: Afriflora links with the Certifeye Wallet on the website.

Sustainability has been the core value of Afriflora Sher since it was founded in 2005. The roses traded by Afriflora Sher are produced at the nurseries in Ethiopia. Afriflora has a keen eye on issues such as farming quality, the environment and social conditions. This is proven by 11 certificates…

Wistinghausen Florist & Greenhouse

US (OH): Wistinghausen Florist & Greenhouse marks 105 years of serving Ottawa County

Bob and Kim Wistinghausen are fourth generation florists. Bob’s great grandparents, John and Mary Wistinghausen, started Wistinghausen Florist & Greenhouse in Oak Harbor, and it has been passed on through the family over the last 105 years. Grandparents Lewis and Dorothy succeeded John and Mary, and…

Flowers from the Farm

Being an urban flower farmer

A book changed my life. 'The 50 Mile Bouquet' by Debra Prinzing, follows the journey of a group of growers who were, and still are, changing the face of American floristry with their ‘Slow Flowers’ movement. It showed me there were florists growing on a disused car park right in the heart of San Francisco and it made me think…

Hoogendoorn Growth Management

IIVO

Growers share their first experiences with new climate computer

On October 8, 2020, Hoogendoorn Growth Management organized an exclusive launch event to launch IIVO, their next level climate computer. Intelligent climate controlIIVO’s intelligent climate controls allows growers to respond proactively to expected changes and ensures the most optimum growth climate.…

BFA

UK: Winners announced of 2020 BFA Industry Awards

The British Florist Association has announced the winners of the BFA Industry Awards 2020 in an online show, hosted by Dennis van Wonderen and Nikki Meader. In the 'Grower of the Year' category, Highcroft Nurseries took top honours. All winners can be seen in the online videos over at the BFA website. For…

Sololo Agriculture Ltd in Eldoret

Kenya: Sian introduces summer flowers from new farm

Sian has been in the cut flower business for well over 2 decades and over the years they have been able to expand tremendously. Their flagship product has been roses that they export globally and now, they introduce summer flowers from their new farm Sololo Agriculture Ltd which is finally in commercial…

Flower Circus

Flower Circus Talks: Reinier Zuidgeest - Florein

Florein Gerbera is one of the leading gerbera growers in Holland, always looking for new opportunities to grow better gerberas and more sustainable. Next to that they developed a special packaging for their gerberas which is unique. This and much more (ao. visit Red Bull F1 team) in this Flower Circus…

New helleborus introduction for Christmas market

Belgian specialists Helleborus BV have introduced the first flowering Helleborus orientalis which flowers before Christmas. The Helleborus Orientalis Viv ’Victoria' is a selection created by this nursery and brought to the market as a young plant by the company ‘Microflor.’ Reddish FlowersThe first reddish flowers…

Gian Paul Guinto

Indian farmer blooms in marigold cultivation

The yellow colored marigold flower is a key ingredient of all festivals of Hindu religion. Unfortunately, very few farmers are showing interest to grow the crop owing to certain difficulties in cultivating it and the costs involved in it. But, Pendyala Srinivas, a young farmer from Kottur village in…

Triflor NZ

New Zealand: Tulip event shifted to protect workers

The collective colour of petals is what visitors to an Edendale tulip farm flock to photograph, but this year it will have to be done from a distance due to Covid-19. Triflor New Zealand operational manager Rudi Verplancke said the pandemic meant the company was unable to bring in overseas specialists…

Darwin Perennials

Darwin Perennials:

"We’re ready for 2021"

The Darwin Perennials Operations Team is diligently preparing to serve our customers in 2021. Here is a quick behind the scenes update on key areas... by Catherine Blaney, Operations Manager at Darwin Perennials LaborOne positive outcome of COVID-19 is that Darwin Colombia has enhanced its good name as a sustainable and safe…

Pao Tau Orchids opt for P.L. Light Systems’ fixtures

CAN (ON): "Luminaires which won’t burn the Phalaenopsis and still provide uniformity, light intensity"

Phalaenopsis orchids are the most popular orchid variety in North America, thanks to their low-maintenance care and long-lasting, beautiful flowers. At New Pao Tau Enterprises, their main focus is growing phalaenopsis orchids and they have been supplying households across North America for over 18 years…

Westland Nursery

US (CA): Pescadero flower farms threatened by church closures

The prolonged closure of churches, the cancellation of weddings, quinceañeras and first communions due to COVID-19, has some nurseries in Pescadero about to close, the measure also affects other businesses in San Francisco related to flowers. The Westland Nursery in Pescadero had about 70 employees last…

NL: Dark purple Tradescantia ROXXO makes her appearance

Lately, at Dutch Dracenea nursery 'De Plaats', they have been working hard on their new product. "We proudly present the dark purple and green Tradescantia ROXXO. Tradescantia ROXXO is a particularly strong and sturdy house plant which doesn’t ask much care. It is a maintenance-friendly plant both in the…

ScottsMiracle-Gro

How ScottsMiracle-Gro associates GroMoreGood through the simple act of gardening

A big part of our culture, and who we are at ScottsMiracle-Gro, revolves around the belief that we can all GroMoreGood for the world and our communities––even from the comfort of our own backyards. by Melissa Bond, Digital Content Manager, ScottsMiracle-Gro One way our Marysville campus associates have put…

Kelways

UK: Kelways provides Chelsea Flower Show 2021 update

So far, the Chelsea Flower Show is very much going ahead for 2021, and in due course we will find out more details of how it will operate, particularly during the build-up period when there are usually thousands of contractors on site building the Show gardens and exhibits. 5 of the gardens that Kelways…

Emerden

New Zealand: Taranaki flower farm a blooming success for 29-year-old

To the untrained eye, Sarah Hawkless’ flower farm is beautiful, with a variety of pink, purple, and orange blooms standing tall. But at this time of year it shouldn't look so good. It should be far more harvested, the 29-year-old said. “I've wasted a lot of flowers this year, but it looks pretty, it…

Rutgers

CAN (NB): Growing marigolds for the Mexican community

Hispanic Heritage Month 2020 (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15), recognizes the histories, cultures and contributions of communities that share a common language, originating from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The New Brunswick Community Farmers’ Market (NBCFM), administered through…

NC State University

US (NC): Alumna finds purpose, joy in improving floriculture

As a graduate and doctoral student at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Department of Horticultural Science, Alicain Carlson spent much of her time researching ways to keep cut flowers fresher, longer. Now, as a technical trial manager for Syngenta Flowers, she’s applying those same…

ANPSA

89yo orchid hunter still loves searching for Mother Nature's treasures

When Ray Garstone is on the hunt for orchids, the 89-year-old moves through the bush like a person half his age. The retired Great Southern farmer has looked for orchids since his childhood and been photographing them for 30 years. Armed with his trusty camera and binoculars, Mr Garstone is also an…

Sunny Meadows Flower Farm

US: Why you should grow ranunculus and anemones

"Ranunculus continues to grow in popularity as folks become more familiar with it through social media. In our zone 6a (and even a few zones colder than us), it can be grown in heated or unheated tunnels; it lasts two weeks in a vase, works well out of water for design work, and each bloom is so fluffy…

North Carolina State University

Icelanders say ‘J’adore’ to pink poinsettias

A horticulturist in Hveragerði, South Iceland has been experimenting with multicolored poinsettia varieties and given the classic Christmas flower a makeover just in time for the holiday season. RÚV reports that Birgir Steinn Birgisson has successfully cultivated white, yellow, and hot pink poinsettias…

Veiling Rhein-Maas

"Cyclamen is not only available in two or three colours"

"Customers should always get to know new products and enjoy them, because cyclamen is not only available in two or three colours," explains Herbert Schneider. The potted plant company is run jointly by him and his brother Thomas Schneider in the fourth generation and is located in Moers, Germany. The two…

Cari Peters featured in 'AmericanHort Women in Horticulture'

Cari Peters is proud to be following in her father and grandfather’s footsteps as the third generation of the Peters at the J.R. Peters company where she currently serves as…

Daisies in May

US (WA): Dream of becoming flower farmer blossoms amid pandemic

When the pandemic struck, Loreen McFaul took the adage “bloom where you are planted” to heart. “One thing I know about myself is that I have to do something creative every day,” she said. During the winter, she’d taken an online course on flower farming. McFaul said the shutdown enabled her to…

The first 'quick wins' have already been made

NL: Maarel Orchids optimises cultivation and reduces costs with photosynthesis sensor

The mobile FluoMini photosynthesis sensor provides Maarel Orchids with new insights to optimise the cultivation. Cultivation manager Johan Langelaan applies them and yielded better results with lower costs. He is enthusiastic about the added value of his new tool.  For Langelaan, working with data is a daily…

Deliflor opts for hybrid lighting

With a view to the new lighting season, a future-oriented lighting plan and installation has been designed for Deliflor Chrysanthemums for its 13,000 m2 breeding greenhouse, in consultation with installation partner Enthoven and light suppliers Philips and Agrolux. New varieties of chrysanthemums are…

A peek into the production of greenery from Dutch soil

WBE imports green from all over the world, but they also sell a number of products from Dutch soil. Especially towards the Advent period, this trade company see that these products are becoming increasingly popular. For this reason, they asked some of their suppliers for behind-the-scenes photos and…

"Easily add LED fixtures to your HPS grow light system"

In the coming years, many growers will be adding LED grow light to their existing HPS grow light systems, creating hybrid grow light systems. There are a wide range of reasons for beginning to use a hybrid grow light system. They are often related to new cultivation and production goals, or to the…

NL: Laxsjon Plants report record sales across Europe

This has been one of the busiest summers for Laxsjon Plants with record deliveries all across Europe. "The delay in projects during March-May that were delayed by the Covid-19, were delivered in the summer and early autumn, so we are happy that this level of service now been restored," commented Henk Huijsman,…

UK: Finalists announced for BFA Industry Awards

This year the BFA once again saw a record number of votes with 13,675 people having their say, resulting in the following nominees for the BFA Industry Awards. IoPF FLORISTRY…

Flores El Capiro

Colombia: How did this flower company survive the COVID-19?

Colombia is the second country with the largest export of flowers in the world, and when this quarantine began, the fear was enormous. Gloria Yaneth Pérez Ramírez tells Florverde her experience with flower production in the midst of a pandemic. She has worked at the Flores El Capiro Company for 20 years.…

Marcel van der Lugt, Lugt Lisianthus:

"Where we used to be able to grow 5 flowers per branch, we are now at 15 flowers per branch"

With a combination of HPS and 25% LED lights with a light level of 364 µmol/m2/s on 5.8 hectares in Monster, the Netherlands, Lugt Lisianthus is able to grow more flowers and firmer stems with a shelf life of 14 days. “We chose Signify because of the quality and reliability they provide. In addition, we…

NL: Floricultura launches the Phalaenopsis AromorA series

Floricultura launches the Phalaenopsis AromorA series. It is an eye-catching series of Phalaenopsis varieties, all of which have a delightful fragrance. The AromorA series will be put in the spotlight at the Home Fair of Floricultura in Heemskerk, held this year from 26 October to 13 November.   The extra dimension of…

"Temperatures inside dropped to under 0 Degrees Celsius for over 2 hours"

Ecuadorian rose grower loses stems due to dramatic climatic event

Climate is changing and growers are experiencing it first hand. Two weeks ago, in one of the greenhouses of Flowers House Group in Lasso, Ecuador, temperatures inside dropped to under 0 Degrees Celsius for over two hours in the night. Consequently, they lost some stems. "The damage was 90% in white and…

Belgium: Relocation to enhance landscape sales

Boweco are delighted to confirm their relocation in Schellebelle, Belgium. One of the original members of the Boweco Group has retired and their former premises now provide a new headquarters for this leading collection of plant nurseries. Existing landscape clients and wholesalers in Austria will be…

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Russia: New rose nursery launched in Mordovia

A new phase of the greenhouse complex Mir Tsvetov has been launched in Kadoshkino regional center. New greenhouses with the acreage of over 3 ha would allow enhance productivity up to 8 million pieces per year. As of today, Mordovia occupies 15% of the Russian market of cut flowers: the fragrant produce…

Flowerwood Nursery hosts U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and local farmers impacted by Hurricane Sally

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue toured Flowerwood Nursery as well as other local farms to learn more about the devastation from Hurricane Sally, which made landfall in South Alabama on September 16th. Perdue, along with U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne (R) AL-1st District, Alabama Agriculture…

New Zealand flower grower to cultivate cannabis

Pharmaceutical company Rua Bioscience has secured one of New Zealand’s largest flower producers as its first major cultivation partner. Medbloom was established by Frans and Suzette van Dorsser, owners of Pukekohe nursery, Blooming Hill Flowers, to focus on greenhouse cultivation of medicinal cannabis.…

US: California rose grower unveils the real cost of shipping flowers

What are the real costs of shipping flowers? In a blog, Californian rose grower Grace Rose Farm unveils the real costs of shipping flowers. "We consider part of our duty here…

UK: Provender Nurseries grow lavenders in peat free compost at Hadlow College.

Provender Nurseries work with students of crop production at Hadlow College continues to go from strength to strength with the addition of 1500 lavender plants having been potted in peat-free compost and kerbside recyclable pots.  The 9 varieties of British grown lavender have been planted in peat-free compost with…

Rik Reinink reflects on unusual year

US (OH): Green Circle Growers expands with 6 acres of greenhouse space

It has been an unusual year, but it did not bring Green Circle Growers' expansion plans to a standstill. Currently, they are adding 6 acres to their 106 acres of covered greenhouse space, which is planned to be finished by March 2021 and will be filled with foliage and succulents. In this article, Rik…

Vanillian inc.

Random question planted seeds of Bangkok couple’s orchid empire

Pariya Junhasavasdikul was preparing to pop “the big question” to Viluda Pornputhasri in Europe when a much smaller, random one came up. It was during a long train ride from France to Switzerland that one of them wondered, “where does vanilla come from?” “It turned out neither of us knew. So we googled…

Costa Farms

What is your plant personality?

Want to have a little fun? Answer Costa Farms' profile questions made to reveal what plants best match your personality. They categorize five plant personalities, namely Decorator, Nurturer, Sharer, Optimist and Joker.  Click here to learn more at Costa Farms' Blog.

Kenyan flower farms back to full operations

Flower farms across the country have now resumed full operations and all workers have been recalled after closure caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The employers have honoured an agreement with Cotu to recall all the workers who were sent on unpaid leave. The Kenya Plantations and Agricultural Workers…

NL: New management team at Aardse Orchids

Starting mid-September 2020, Aardse Orchids welcomes a new management team consisting of four experienced managers. The family business has grown substantially over the past years, which has made dividing up responsibilities and disciplines more and more important. For this reason, a new, young and…

Germany: Prime Minister Armin Laschet visits Pellens Hortensien

The two black limousines caught one’s eye even with the blue lights turned off, as they stopped in front of the company Pellens Hortensien in Geldern, Germany, this Tuesday (22.9.2020). Out of the car stepped Armin Laschet, Prime Minister of Nordrhein-Westfalen. Due to an invitation from Silke Gorißen,…

A look at the Italian lisianthus flowering trial Stars-Plant

"Even with the corona crisis, we received a lot of visitors at our flowering trials last monht", says Gert-Jan Valstar. In collaboration with the Italian trading company Ceraco Bulbi, the plant grower set up a comparison test in southern Italy, where a wide assortment of lisianthus was set up. "Despite…

NL: Kwekerij de Opstal is broadening digital sales channels

With the arrival of Floriday, growers see an opportunity to further professionalize their trade channels. Because the payment of orders is directly linked to the digital platform Floriday, buyers can order digitally based on the supply determined by the grower. This reduces the chance of errors, which…

Royal FloraHolland

How to strengthen your sales position

With the Sales Management service, Royal FloraHolland's sales professionals are relieving the burden on various growers' in terms of sales, marketing and contact management. They give growers advice on their sales strategy and look together at how they can strengthen it. Teunis Versteeg and Jelle Pippel…

SV.CO:

"Just like the bakery, fresh products every day"

SV.CO produces a collection of potted plants all year long. "We like to compare ourselves to a bakery that offers a fresh, colourful and versatile product range every day. Produced with traditional craftsmanship and with a special product for every season or holiday", says Sander Vebeek of SV.CO. "We have…

UK: Johnsons Garden Centre celebrates record-breaking year

The firm's Garden Centre Sales Division, which is run by Retail Sales Manager, Mark Reynard has had a turbulent year to say the least when garden centres were forced to shut leading to postponed and cancelled orders of thousands of perishable plants. The division which relied heavily on online plant…

Royal FloraHolland

Stolk Flora:

“Participation in the Greenovation Award gave a huge boost to the introduction of ‘Your Natural Orchid’”

‘Your Natural Orchid’ in Kokodama pot by Stolk Flora was one of the nominees last year for the Greenovation Award. Sustainability is much more than a buzzword to Stolk Flora. “This award is a way of showing the world who really does operate sustainably.” "We do everything we can to ensure that all…

Azerbaijan: AzRose Greenhouse expands rose assortment

The AzRose Gabala project, launched in 2018 and known as one of the leading producers of roses in Azerbaijan, started out with growing 8 varieties of roses and due to the increasing demand and interest in new varieties, they increased their assortment to 20 varieties. Since August 2020, they are…

Shailesh Kumar Rai, Heritage Flowers, reflecting on the farm's first year

Kenya: "We even gained more direct clients"

After working in the flower industry for 25 years, Shailesh Kumar Rai was ready to dive into a new adventure and started his own rose farm. He bought a 60 ha land plot in Rumuruti, Kenya, on which he built 12ha of greenhouses and named the farm Heritage Flowers Ltd in 2019. It has been a challenging…

Green Works

Fields full of flowering CannaSol

Have a look at the Green Works fields full of flowering CannaSol. A colorful and truly beautiful sight to behold in Limburg, the Netherlands. The growers took their drone and flew over the fields. The result: a really nice and lovely video. As you can see for yourself in the video below. Available from mid…

AFE

AFE awards more than $38,500 in 2020 scholarships

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) has awarded 15 students with scholarships totaling $38,500. Fifty-nine applications were received for this 2020 scholarship cycle. "We had many overachieving students apply for scholarships this year, which is why some scholarships were awarded to more than one…

Middenweg Flowers and Van Noort Hyacinten

Decorum expands with flower members

Two new members will soon join the Decorum growers' association. Both are specialists in forcing products from bulb to flower. Middenweg has several types of irises and Van Noort has been growing the spring flower hyacinth for years. With the arrival of these two specialists, the counter for the number…

UK: Hillier Nurseries joins fight against climate change with The Planet Mark

This is the first year of Hillier’s business carbon footprint reporting and certification to The Planet Mark. From September 2018 to August 2019, the carbon footprint of…

Flowers from the Farm

From HR to flower farmer

In 2018 I bought a book – ‘The Flower Farmer’s Year’ by Georgie Newbury. I read it from cover to cover and by the time I had finished a seed was sown. by Debbie Richards, Nature's Posy, Cambridgeshire I used to work in HR. I worked hard in my career, gradually climbing the ladder to Head of HR. I thought I’d made it and I’d be happy,…

Lawrence Hopman, Hopman Flower Farms:

North America: "Mass market urged to order now for Spring 2021"

Mother's Day in the US and Canada has been a huge a success and it hasn't slowed down since. North American growers have had months with record number of sales. Demand spiked and it is expected that pandemic created a new habit of buying flowers and plants. Therefore, orders for next year are rolling in…

Grace Rose Farm

US (CA): Rose grower raising funds, awareness for Alzheimer's

During the month of September, Grace Rose Farm in Santa Ynez will donate 25% of all proceeds from the purchase of Love Song roses to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. Husband/wife duo and Grace Rose Farm owners Ryan and Graci Poulson announced on Sept. 1 the reason behind their monthlong fundraising…

US (CA): Westerlay finishes its 100k challenge

Westerlay Orchids celebrates its final 1,000 orchid donation in the “100,000 Orchids Challenge,” in Partnership with Santa Barbara based Dream Foundation. Last Wednesday, September 16, the Westerlay team completed their mission to uplift and inspire with a generous donation to the elderly residents of…

@AllwoodsPlants

Allwoods

More Zonal's added to our range this autumn are 'Banstead Village' rather love this one with it's flower heads of different shades of pink or if your want something with a bit more "Oooh!" then try 'Chelsea Morning' it's a real stunner. pic.twitter.com/QRi4xaxmxI — Allwoods (@AllwoodsPlants) September 21, 2020

UK: Ravensworth Garden Centre to expand thanks to £1.1m investment

Ravensworth Nurseries in Richmond, North Yorkshire is investing £1.1m in developing an upmarket retail garden centre to enhance its already successful plant nursery with funding from Reward Finance Group. Having been established for more than 50 years, the family-run business, which is the largest grower…

Holland Ridge Farms

US (NJ): Sunflower grower opens fields for pickers

In less than two weeks Holland Ridge Farms will be welcoming visitors back to their flower fields for the first time this year. They’ve been working hard over the last few months to add new and exciting things. Bring your own food and drink during the weekdaysThe first change they decided to introduce…

Flourish Flower Farm

Growing tulips, narcissus & other fall-planted bulbs

Spring flowering bulbs are some of my most favorite flowers to grow! They are planted in the fall before the ground freezes in cold climates, and in the late autumn/early winter for the rest of us. Often these bulbs show the first signs of life in the early spring, and it’s a much needed reminder that…

UK: Expanding Provender Nurseries team roles to encompass biosecurity

Provender Nurseries prides itself on having stringent procedures in place for managing incoming stock and plant health and to reflect this Provender Nurseries are changing their Nursery managers role to encompass biosecurity procedures now in place through the industry.  Stuart Stuart Tickner has been the…

walk between the flowers and the fixtures

Sande Flowers created virtual trade show booth

As Creative Director for Sande Flowers, Pieter Landman created a virtual trade show booth, through which, you online literally have the possibility to walk between the flowers and the fixtures. "This is a break through in the Floral Industry." The theme of the booth is “ The Flower Factory “, as the booth…

Australia: Townsville Plant Wholesalers forges a path based on reliable data

Management of any production nursery, large or small is something that must be done with robust data-based insights and knowledge. To increase the usage of data on business management, the Hort Innovation strategic levy-funded project Nursery industry statistics 2016/17 to 2019/20 (NY17008) project has…

TTA sorting machine running at full speed

New forest nursery officially opened in Czech Republic

For several years, and particularly over the last three years, Europe has been dealing with the challenges of deforestation. Drought, forest fires, storm damages and insect attacks (like the bark beetle) are the consequences of that - the forest has to endure a lot. Therefore, governments are more and…

Grower uses 'color calendar' to ensure succulents always look good

Amigo Plant supplies not only 60 varieties from the standard assortment of succulents but also dyed versions such as the single-coloured Echeveria as well as various high-end versions decorated with glitter or beaded garlands. Amigo Plant has been dyeing plants now for more than 15 years. The water-based…

At US nursery Cromwell Growers Inc in Cromwell (CT)

It is time to space the poinsettias; watch these robots work!

Christmas may feel far away, but preparations are in full swing at poinsettia growers. At US nursery Cromwell Growers Inc in Cromwell (CT), for example, they were busy with spacing the poinsettias last week - and no, not manually. In this fascinating video, posted on Linkedin by Chris Cybulski, we see…

Tucker Bush Native Thyme wins Australian produce award

2020 delicious. Harvey Norman Produce Awards Gold Medallists were announced late last month and featured 67 producers receiving medals across Australia. One of those winners was Western Australia’s Tucker Bush Fresh Botanicals for their Tucker Bush Native Thyme. In their 5th year, the Awards acknowledged…

Belgium: No show(s) so Laurica produces nursery film!

One of Europe's Leading Laurel growers, Laurica Plants have produced a short film to reiterate to their clients, the continued level of quality plant material being produced at their Jabekke location in Belgium. Director Marian Maenhoudt said 'Because a lot of shows are being cancelled, we want to give…

Star Roses invests in new water managing system

"It will make us one of the pioneering flower companies in Latin America"

Despite the global crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Ecuadorian rose farm Star Roses has decided to invest in state-of-the-art technology that allows greater control and precision in the management and conditioning of water for their crops, which potentiates the production results. The system; Isii…

@LoveOrchidsUK

Love Orchids

Meet Malcolm, he is our head grower for our orchids. Malcolm will be back monthly to show you behind the scenes of our nursery, facts about our plants and how we grow our beautiful orchids ready to be sent to your home. This is the first video of ✨Malcolm’s Corner✨ 🌺 pic.twitter.com/2wdAfvhfZD — Love Orchids (@LoveOrchidsUK) September 11,…

Mayer

Mike Rimland, Rimland's Nursery & Costa Farms:

"Our best potting machine ever. True craftsmanship"

Rimland‘s Nursery, headquartered in plant paradise Miami, Florida was started in 1988 by Mike Rimland. The nursery is specializing now only in Anthurium production. Mike Rimland is the owner of Rimland’s Nursery as well as the VP of Research and Development Indoor Plants & Global Ambassador at Costa…

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Women in agriculture… What are your leadership aspirations?

Women in agriculture….What are your leadership aspirations? What are the barriers to achieving those aspirations? What motivates you to be involved in leadership roles and organizations? Annie’s Project is taking a closer look at agricultural women’s involvement with its new survey, the Agriculture…

Colombia: Alexandra Farms adds 2ha of new varieties

Alexandra Farms, being part of the wedding and event industry and not part of the supermarket industry, was hit very hard by the pandemic. "Weddings and events in our most important market, the USA were all canceled. We were down 90 percent for several weeks in March and April", says Jose Azout, owner of…


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