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Vietnam: Dalat Hasfarm's 14ha expansion on schedule

The 14 hectare expansion at Dalat Hasfarm Vietnam is nearing completion, the expansion will take the total area under production in Vietnam to 190 hectares and the total area within the Hasfarm Holdings Group to 227 hectares. ​"We commenced the expansion in January and despite Covid-19 we have managed to…

Hivos

Collaboration between Tanzanian flower farms and Hivos

Mount Meru Flowers collaborated with Hivos and their Women@Work Campaign on the implementation of new policies to strengthen the voice of their employees. As part of the Women@Work Campaign the farm implemented a sexual harassment policy. Adoption of the policy has created awareness on what sexual harassment entails…

US: Walters Gardens introduces 'Virtual Cultivate Video Series'

Since they won't see as many of you in person this year as they would like, Walters Gardens made a series of videos covering key plants, programs, and the general operations at Walters Gardens. "Learn more about Proven Winners' National Perennial of the Year, the buzz about Summerific Week, and watch in…

Perennial

UK: Perennial provides help with cost of school uniform for hard-hit families working in horticulture

With the latest government figures showing that 30% of all children in the UK living in relative poverty, the need to support our most vulnerable families has never been…

Blühen Acres Flower Farm joins Certified American Grown

In rural New York, a flower grower discovers her joy

When it comes to flowers, Kate Lindhorst has come a long way in a very short amount of time. Lindhorst is the owner of Blühen Acres, a flower farm in Nichols, New York, that specializes in bouquets that Lindhorst makes herself. But a few short years ago, flowers were not even part of her life.…

"It is great to be in a position whereby we can confidently look forward"

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company is looking forward to 2021 and the future, following the most turbulent few months the nursery has ever had to navigate in its 60-year history. As with the whole of the horticultural industry, Bransford Webbs has witnessed an unprecedented few months and have had to make…

Lockyer Cut Flowers

Flower market back on track in southern Queensland

A Southern Queensland flower grower says the flower market has stabilised after a turbulent start to the year — but the implications of tightening coronavirus restrictions in Victoria are still unclear. Lockyer Cut Flowers owner Stephen Spierling produces cut flowers, including roses, ranunculus, and…

An interview with Mohan Choudhery, CEO Black Tulip Flowers

Kenyan floriculture road to recovery from COVID-19 crisis

Black Tulip Flowers is one of the largest growers and exporter of fresh-cut flowers from Kenya. Black tulips have their farms at various locations in Kenya and employ thousands of people. They have their presence in all verticals of floriculture business from farms, wholesale, retail florist shops, and…

Colombia: Flores del Este awarded 'Best place to work 2020'

Flores del Este is pleased to announce they won the prize: Best place to work 2020. It was awarded by Asocolflores during the National Assembly this year in the presence of the Colombian President and they received the award last month. "We are so happy that our farm has been awarded the best place to…

North Pole Peonies

How one family accidentally became peony farmers

Ron Illingworth and his wife Marjorie have been interested in Peonies since the early 2000’s. The couple says it started as a fluke. “It seems that our peonies bloom at a totally different time than anybody else’s around the world.” Marjorie said. Almost 20 years ago the two had met several tourists at…

Arend Roses debuts on TikTok

With this video, Dutch rose grower Arend Roses made their debut on TikTok. "We are already very active on Instagram and Facebook, so we had to get on TikTok as well, a platform that is growing rapidly", says Annemieke van Loon, Manager Marketing and Communication at Arend Roses. And as you can see, the team had a lot of fun,…

Dendrobium cultivation in India: The bumpy road to success

The Indian culture is always associated with varied flowers like marigold, jasmine, tuberose and high value cut flowers like gerbera, carnation, rose, chrysanthemum etc. However, over the last years, the dendrobium, once supposed to be an exotic/imported flower, has taken a center place in every…

Florverde interview with Flores Aurora SAS

FSF standards as an unexpected way of facing COVID-19 in the flower sector

The coronavirus has strongly affected the world and the vast majority of economic sectors, where the flower industry is no exception. In the first weeks of the pandemic, sales decreased dramatically, with the added concern of being in one of the most important seasons for the industry: Mother’s Day.…

Colombia: Verdissimo joins Asocolflores

Verdissimo is one of the largest producers of preserved plants and flowers and they have different production plants distributed in different countries. One of the most…

Home Grown

British grower manages pests naturally using IPM

In its large scale production of ornamental plants, Lovania Nurseries uses Integrated Pest Management (IPM), managing pests naturally, which is a bio-friendly approach to growing that focuses on managing insects, weeds and disease through a combination of cultural, physical, biological and chemical…

River Bend Blooms

US (KY): Flower farmer continues business throughout pandemic

A local flower farmer has been finding new ways to bring beauty to South Central Kentucky even through a pandemic. Michelle Wheeler, of River Bend Blooms, has traditionally…

US (CA): 365 days of Spring at Sun Valley

Nestled amongst California’s giant redwoods, in the foggy town of Arcata (CA), Sun Valley is creating 365 days of Spring with their sustainably grown tulips, lilies & iris. They are one of the largest growers of fresh cut flowers in the United States and got its start when head grower and CEO Lane…

3 hectares available for large-scale plant nursery

UK farmer offers disused land to growers following COVID-19

Since the dawning of COVID-19 many UK fruit and vegetable growers are investigating new growing methods such as vertical farming to increase outputs and ensure supermarkets a healthy supply of produce. However, it’s not just the existing growers that are looking to contribute to the security and…

Rainforest Farms & Bouquets supplies Patriotic themed bouquets since their inception

US: "Flowers are a great way to honor our nation"

Independence Day in the U.S., which is celebrated on July 4th and is also known as the Fourth of July, is right around the corner and how better to celebrate this patriotic holiday than with flowers. Patriotic themed bouquets have always been in strong demand in the U.S. and even this year with all the…

Downtown Development Authority of Casper Wyoming

US (WY): Local greenhouse helps keep downtown Casper vibrant

The Downtown Development Authority usually asks Galles Greenhouse to finish the downtown flower beds by the middle of June for rodeo week. Galles' staff markets and designs what they are going to do for the beds each summer. Thousands of petunias, lantana flowers and others fill the beds. Anything that…

Ruigrok Flowerbulbs

Harvest season at Ruigrok Flowerbulbs

"In June it’s all hands on deck"

Due to the beautiful weather in Spring, the harvest season at the Ruigrok Flowerbulbs nursery started quite early this year. They began digging the first crocus bulbs on June 3rd, and continued harvesting tulip bulbs on June 8th. Depending on the weather, they are working with 1 to 3 digging machines at the same time, in both…

UK growers seek views on ‘outdated’ compulsory levy body

A group of professional growers based in Lincolnshire is organising a ballot to obtain views on the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). The three growers collectively grow potatoes, vegetables and flowers across 2,025 ha (5,000 acres) of land, and 5.6 ha (14 acres) of glasshouses;…

"We hope that people will remember us and keep buying flowers from Kenya"

Richard Fernandes, CEO and co-founder of Marginpar, shares the following story of hope about the Marginpar group and their actions when COVID-19 entered the stage. Kariki meets MarginparRichard: "We grow flowers in Africa for Europe, the Middle East and Asia. I started Kariki in 2002, growing niche…

Kenya: How Flamingo Horticulture dealt with ensuring the safety of their 4,500 employees

All kinds of companies all over the world had to response on the COVID-19 outbreak, including farms. So, also at Flamingo Horticulture in Kenya, where they grow flowers on 114 ha and vegetables on 250, they had to deal with the consequences of the outbreak. In this video below they share their experience…

UK: No hiccups with plant supply with Provender Nurseries and Hadlow College

At the start of Sept in 2019 Hadlow College and Provender Nurseries started working together involving students in growing stock in line with the college curriculum and for…

KF Bioplants proud of their grower

India: "A classic example of brave efforts and die-hard attitude"

"It is a classic example of brave efforts and die-hard attitude not to bow down to any situation", says Rohan Jadhav of KF Bioplants when talking about one of their growers Mr. Dnyaneshwar Zurange from Pune, India. Despite the grave situation of lockdown due to the COVID-19 situation, he showed his…

Oleoflor about to harvest first roses

Mexico welcomes new rose grower

The State of Jalisco in Mexico, where tequila is distilled, is now the place where roses are grown too. Last year, after 9 months of repairing, new life was blown into a 25 ha abandoned rose farm, and it was named Oleoflor. It is part of the family business group Oleomex and currently grows roses in a 2 ha renewed greenhouse.…

Marginpar says goodbye to one of their Clematis Amazing members

"Bye bye Toronto"

"Although beautiful, and very exclusive, the Toronto was just a bit too exceptional - even for us", Marginpar says in an article published on their website. Usually, new varieties are being introduced and being put in the spotlight; however, now they give center stage to a clematis variety to which they now say goodbye. "All of…

Duarte Poinsettias

US (CA): Poinsettia growers try to gauge an uncertain market

With six months to go until Christmas, nursery growers are looking at a world much different from the one in which they placed their orders for poinsettia cuttings. "That's why people in the nursery industry don't go to the casinos a lot," producer Bill Eisley of Auburn said. "We gamble every day." The…

British Flowers Week

"We have to support farmers in the UK to see the next generation of growers survive"

Last week was British Flowers Week, and as part of that, the organizers of the event interviewed various British flower growers. In this article, they spoke with Bella Butler, owner of West End Flower Farm, Hampshire. Tell us about West End Flower Farm and how you have had to adapt your business over the past few months.The farm is…

Mads Bang Olsen, Gartneriet Lundegaard ApS

Europe: Plant sales increasing across the board

It depends on the crop and the market, but in general over the 2 months, sales seem to have been on the rise for many growers in Europe. Also for Mads Bang Olsen of Gartneriet Lundegaard ApS, a Danish grower known for his Happy Plants, the last weeks have been good. In his 0.5ha greenhouse in Odense, he…

US: Costa Farms acquires Bromeliad and Orchid grower DeLeon’s Bromeliads

Costa Farms acquires Florida grower DeLeon’s Bromeliads, one of the largest growers of bromeliads and orchids in the United States,  DeLeon’s Bromeliads has been providing its customers…

KG Greenhouses is building three high-tech tulip nurseries

Sky’s the limit for Dutch tulip growers

The production of tulips has been growing for years and, apart from the recent corona headache, there are no notable signs that this development will be slowing down. Although they are decreasing in number, the big companies are getting bigger and they invest heavily. Furthermore, that largely happens…

British flowers in the spotlight

It's British Flowers Week, and the event's organizers aren't letting it go by unnoticed. On the website, they've highlighted several aspects of the British flower business to celebrate this special week. Because this year's theme is 'healing', they decided to take a look at Lady Carnarvon’s gardens at Highclere Castle, which…

Floriday

WPK on 100% Digital:

“Go along with this development and make time for it!"

A number of growers have been preparing for some time for 100% Digital. WPK is working hard as well to meet the requirements of 100% Digital by the end of 2020. In this interview, WPK discusses the process, the challenges, benefits and their experience. Can you give us a little more information about…

Florensis fully up and running in multifunctional greenhouse

“What would be necessary in order to optimize the cultivation process?” That question formed the starting point for the discussions about the new-build project for Florensis in Dinteloord (Netherlands). Now, just 18 months later, the first part of the high-tech greenhouse complex in the Nieuw-Prinsenland…

Pipley Flowers

The benefits of buying locally grown flowers - Part 2

In the blog last week I explained some of the reasons why buying locally grown flowers can help your environment. These benefits are relevant to all types of customers whether you are looking for a retail or wholesale supplier. Here are some other great reasons to buy locally grown flowers, and how you can find…

Cycle Farm (Pascale Malilo)

Blossoming business in Brussels as urban farms offer sustainable flowers

Creating a biodiversity heaven for pollinators was one of Malilo van Clooster's goals when she started her sustainable flowers business four years ago in Linkebeek, a green suburban area on the outskirts of the Belgian capital. Malilo van Clooster's orchard is part of Cycle Farm, an urban garden that…

@wildwoodmoth

"British flower growers are rekindling knowledge"

It’s British Flowers Week and three Flowers from the Farm members are in the July edition of the RHS magazine so I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and bang the drum for British Flowers, because there’s no doubt that what we can grow in this country in terms of scent, shape, freshness…

How Four Star responded to the COVID-19 outbreak

"Employee safety is job #1"

The threat of COVID-19 hit Four Star right at the peak shipping weeks. Quick response and real teamwork brought about dramatic changes to ensure employees continue to be safe and healthy. The ideas they share in this article can help any grower make the workplace safer for years to come. Just as Four Star and other small plant…

Holland Ridge Farms

Holland Ridge Farms looks back on 2020 season

"Spring still sprung"

In the beginning of 2020, the team at Holland Ridge Farms was working hard and gearing up to make the third annual Tulip Festival the best one yet. Sadly, all planning came to a screeching halt within a matter of weeks, as they waited to see how COVID-19 would unfold. As a small, family business that runs seasonally, they…

Billy Green, Green Circle Growers:

"I love having interns come through because they help me up my game"

Renata Goossen is the first-ever recipient of the Paul Thomas Intern of the Year Award, created to recognize an outstanding student who has successfully completed a Vic & Margaret Ball Internship. As the Paul Thomas award recipient, Goossen will be provided with free registration, paid hotel and airfare…

Colombian flower grower catches up with pro cyclist

Colombian pro cyclist Rigoberto Uran had to look twice when someone was on his tail. While out for some time trial training, reaching speeds of up to 45 kilometers per hour, he was followed for some time by a local flower grower. At 60 years of age and dressed in full farmer's 'uniform', he was able to keep…

Canadian Nadine Stielow, Thiel's Greenhouses, checks it out

Hydroponically grown edible ornamentals, an untapped market?

"You don't know where your next best idea might come from". With this motto, Thiel's Greenhouses' owner Nadine Stielow started a trial in which edible ornamental plants are being grown hydroponically in her greenhouse in Alberta, Canada, this season. The results of the trial are pleasing, the interest of…

A chat with the supervisor assistant of the rose nursery

Teplichny’s main specialist in roses

The supervisor assistant of the rose nursery, Ms. Svetlana Avdeeva has been working in the collective farm Teplichny for 20 years. Ten of them she grew cucumbers and dedicated the second decade to roses. Ms. Avdeeva recalls the times when she first came to the greenhouse, why she wanted to quit and why…

Greens Nurseries

UK: Garden centre reopening comes too late for specialist growers

Specialist plant growers fear the reopening of Scotland’s garden centres has come too late to save them from overwhelming losses that are putting their businesses at risk. The wipe-out of 2020’s bedding plant market has already cost Nairnshire farmer Donald Green around £1 million and he is now…

Video case study series shines light on Australian nursery industry

Video is becoming an increasingly important medium for the levy-funded Nursery industry communications program (NY18001), to share information to equip growers and production staff with the latest levy funded information and resources to help grow their businesses. Project provider, Cox Inall…

Happy new mothers at Florensis Kenya

In Kenya it is not common for most new mothers to pump with a breast pump. A hand pump quickly costs 20% of a monthly salary. In order to ensure good health and well-being for our employees, Florensis Kenya completed a project in January for its female employees. In line with the requirements of the Kenyan Health…

Kwekerij Groenhof introduces three new Hibiscus varieties

Kwekerij Groenhof introduces four new Hibiscus varieties in pot size 13.  The Hibiscus Aura, Bonbon and Kandy. Each with special characteristics, colours and properties.The Hibiscus Aura has large flowers and a beautiful deep yellow colour. Thanks to the many branches this is a plant with a full shape. And…

Kneppers Rozen

Naivasha flower farms back in business

Flower farms in Naivasha have recalled more than 90 percent of their workforce as exports to various European Union markets picked up in the last one month despite the Covid-19 pandemic, The Star reports. According to the farmers, exports have risen from 15 to 60 percent as demand for the flowers…

Intervale Farm

US (MA): Making the turn from starts to crops

As the weather continues to warm, field crop season is beginning to hit full stride across the Valley, and Maureen Dempsey is battling to keep up. “We’re very behind this year on growing veggies because we’ve been so busy with plant sales,” Dempsey explained recently. Dempsey runs Intervale Farm in…

From the PDI archive - the emergence of screening for orchids

“The beauty of the system was that it required little maintenance”

In the 1970s, one did not yet see any screen installations with orchids, but as soon as new greenhouses were built in the 1980s, it might be possible that a screen from Peter Dekker Installations would be installed in the greenhouse. “A number of cymbidium growers at a certain time had a PDI screen,” a…

Arif Fazlani, Soex Flora:

"Tough times don’t last; tough people do"

We met many people in the course of life but very few have a huge impact on our life. Managing Director of Soex Flora, one of the largest exporter of roses from India, Mr. Arif Fazlani is one of the leaders having a great influence on people. A man with vision and conviction of doing the right thing no…

How the distribution of preserved flowers works

Verdissimo is a producer and distributor of preserved products, trees and plants, as well as flowers, and other types of greens. In this article, they will tell more about the distribution of all their products and the logistical advantages of their company. By Verdissimo Transportation of preserved productsPreserved…

Ken Klotzbach, Post Bulletin

US (MI): Pandemic forces flower farmer to pivot

Allie Kuppenbender had a plan to launch her Bleed Heart Floral flower farm in Mazeppa, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced her to take a different path to get her bouquets to customers. No matter how dark or difficult a day, Allie Kuppenbender is certain that the beauty of fresh flowers can make things just…

Sadowski's Produce

US (OH): Blooming business for local greenhouses during pandemic

Business is blooming for the Toledo area’s greenhouses and nurseries amidst the coronavirus pandemic as some local retailers have run out of popular flowers and vegetables, an odd sight this early in the year. Local gardening companies are seeing very high demand for popular flowers, such as impatiens…

Kenya: How PJ Dave Group is adapting to the new situation

Flowers are God's most beautiful creations and the multi-billion dollar  industry is hit hard during the COVID-19 crisis. Shabistan Khan has conducted a series of interviews with major Kenyan flower growers to get an insight into the corona hit floriculture industry. PJ Dave Group is one of the largest growers…

webinar, June 3

Women in Horticulture: An interview with Jennifer Moss

AmericanHort is presents an educational and inspirational interview series with accomplished women from the green industry. Hear their stories of accomplishment, challenges…

Gediflora

Belgian Queen Mathilde pays a company visit to Gediflora

Belgian Queen Mathilde recently paid a company visit to Gediflora. She talked to several female entrepreneurs in the horticultural sector. Then she got a tour from Elien Pieters. At 10 am Her Majesty the Queen arrived at Gediflora. She was welcomed by the Mayor of Staden Francesco Vanderjeugd and…

Available on Costco.com through June 21

US: National Audubon Society and Bower & Branch team up to bring native plants to Costco

The National Audubon Society and Bower & Branch have released a special selection of Audubon-certified native oak trees online at Costco.com. Gardeners can order the eight to…

GlobalGAP / Anne Welsing

A bed of roses at Mount Meru

If there’s a perfect place to grow roses, it may well be at the foot of Mount Meru in Tanzania, East Africa. Mount Meru Farms, at around 1,400 meters above sea level, is at the ideal intersection of latitude and altitude for producing roses. The farm is within reach of three international airports for easy export. They ship…

Why does this Russian greenhouse need so many rose varieties?

Thousands of hybrid tea roses originating from the Netherlands are boosting with vitality in this Russian greenhouse of 10 thousand square meters. White Avalance bushes abundant in flowers resemble snow heaps recently fallen from the top of the mountain. El Toro’s red flowers resemble a skirt of a…

Spain: "Before the housing bubble, there was a cut flower bubble"

Miguel Lázaro, a flower grower from Cádiz, predicted the consequences that the health crisis would have on the flower sector, and switched from ornamental plants to watermelon cultivation when the coronavirus was giving its first blows. However, many other flower growers in the province who continued…

Hibiscus breeder and growers Alexandro Bock, Diem, explains

Positive vibes arising in Italian ornamental industry

The ornamental industry in Italy has been hit very hard by the pandemic. During the lockdown, many growers discarded up to 90% of their finished plants. Fortunately, since Italy is easing the lockdown, ornamental sales are increasing and positive vibes are arising. This is explained by Alexandro Bock of…

Nini Flowers

How the crisis affects both ends of the supply chain

Famed for its vibrant roses, carnations and summer flowers, Kenya is one of the biggest flower exporters in the world. So with global transport networks at a halt, UK florists like Tanith Fix-James have been left to trade on limited supply. But what of the 70,000 flower farmers in Kenya whose livelihoods…

Gediflora

Gediflora invests in a greener future

"Dream, discover, dare, do, go on and do better." These key words of the Gediflora slogan equally apply where sustainability is concerned. Gediflora has succeeded in reducing its ecological footprint by a good 40% over the past three years. As a result, the company’s impact on the environment has been…

Sachin Appachu, Bliss Flora

Kenyan growers looking to broaden transportation horizons

"Luckily, the Dutch auctions have opened up, but due to the high freight rates, we cannot increase volumes", says Sachin Appachu, general manager at Kenyan rose farm Bliss Flora. Currently he can send 25 to 30% of his flowers to the auction and about 5-10% to the direct market. As the airfreight…

VanWingerden International

"We consider our agribusiness workers to be critical no matter what"

The greenhouses at VanWingerden International (VWI) in Mills River are nearly empty, but it’s not because business has fallen off. “Right now, we’re shipping all our ornamental flowers to Lowe’s and Ingles,” explains Range Manager James Cantrell. “This is one of the few times of year when you can…

Rowe Farming

Why daffodils were left to rot in Cornish fields during lockdown

One of the most striking sights in Cornwall during the coronavirus pandemic has been the fields full of daffodils that have been left to rot. At the very beginning of lockdown, farmers in Cornwall voiced concerns that their crops could end up ‘rotting in the fields’ due to a shortage of pickers as travel…

Every tree counts at Ellenby Tree Farm

After thirty years in the nursery industry, it is safe to say that Craig Woodroffe, Sales Manager at Ellenby Tree Farm, knows how to produce premium quality trees. But if his experience has taught him one thing, it’s the importance of customer feedback and ensuring the successful establishment of trees…

Poul Graff, GRAFF, on the impact of COVID-19

Denmark: "It looks like, in the end, it will be a 'normal' bad year"

The hibiscus season at GRAFF starts in March, and after having had some terrible weeks at the end of that month till Easter, demand got better and they are now running as normal again. "It looks like, in the end, it will be a 'normal' bad year", says Poul Graff, owner of this Danish hibiscus breeding and…

Chenier's Greenhouse

US (MI): Greenhouse continues to be proud of family heritage

Several people know Chenier’s Greenhouse as the largest greenhouse in the U.P. But the history of how the family business started is something Nick Chenier holds dear. “The history of Chenier’s Greenhouse is pretty special because my grandma and grandpa started it in 1976 with their six children,” said…

Russia: Sea of flowers from Krasnodar

One cannot miss the greenhouse complex in stanitsa Elizavetinskaya as the flower aroma reaches one on the highway. From here, the flowers are delivered to Krasnodar, Anapa…

Yuki Nakamura

Sunflowers at night:

Japanese chrysanthemum farmer grows 50,000 sunflowers as a secondary crop

At Sunset Farm Okinawa in Gima, Yomitan, 50,000 sunflowers planted in artificially-lit chrysanthemum fields have blossomed, bringing new scenery to the farm. To make use of the farmland after the chrysanthemums have shipped, sunflower seeds were planted between the chrysanthemums. When the artificial…

Russia: In this greenhouse begonias bloom

Once you step over the threshold of the MBU Mahachkala-1 in Kirov region, you see an endless field of flowers, bushes and even trees. Here it is always eternal spring; the temperature is maintained at the level of 20 degrees. Watering and heating systems are installed around the walls here, positive…

Russia: 20,000 Dutch petunias accommodated in Sakhalin

A large batch of perennial, ampelous and annual plants arrived from the Netherlands by plane to Teplichny. Bakopa, mecardonia, petchoa, fucsia, balsamine, salvia, begonia, buddleja, scabiosa, helianthus, phlox, hosta, ivy and others, in all over 25 varieties. Among them there are over 20,000 surfinia,…

Swenson Gardens

The story of the "world's largest chemical-free peony farm"

The story of Swenson Gardens began with a passion for peonies. Wright County award-winning farmers Becky and Keith Swenson inherited their fondness for the flower from grandparents. When the couple bought their first house in Delano in the ‘90s, they agreed that peonies should be planted in the front…

UK: Take a peek at the 12 acres farm of Real Flower Company

The Real Flower Company was supposed to present their flowers at the Grand Pavilion of the @RHSChelsea flower show this year, but as we all know, COVID-19 threw the spanner in the works of many events including this one. So to still show their flowers to the world, they got online and in a 3-minute video…

Gerard Schouwenaar, Orchard Park Growers, on the impact of COVID-19

Ontario grower expects higher May sales, prolonged season

With demand stronger than ever, less staff and already planting for the next season, they're working overtime at Orchard Park Growers, a Canadian propagator and finished plants grower in Ontario. After a horrible April, owner Gerard Schouwenaar is relieved with this uplift, and he and his employees are…

COVID-19 leaves Gaza flower farmers struggling to survive

"I used to feed my six children from the flower trade. Look at me now. Heavily indebted," Maher Abu Daqqa, a farmer from the southern city of Khan Younis, told Anadolu Agency.…

CJ Van Bourgondien Greenhouses

US (NY): Pandemic uproots business for Long Island greenhouse

For Bob Van Bourgondien, president of CJ Van Bourgondien Inc., a wholesale greenhouse on the North Fork of Long Island, sales or lack thereof this time of year can either make or break his third-generation business. "We're looking at how to cut back hours to keep payroll down if we couldn't sell the…

KP Holland starts implementing Agriware

KP Holland, multidisciplinary grower from Naaldwijk (The Netherlands), started implementing Agriware’s ERP business software in May. The company was looking for horticulture-specific software with more functionality. With Agriware, KP Holland expects to make progress on space planning, registration at…

360 degrees of tulips

As coronavirus began its relentless march across Washington state and the rest of America, Governor Jay Inslee issued a sweeping stay at home order. That directive forced Skagit Valley’s 36-year-old Tulip Festival to be canceled, and Tulip Town was simultaneously shut down to visitors. “If tulip lovers weren’t able to…

Greenlife Industry Australia

Oasis Horticulture on how they've learned from major fire

Learning from the past and preparing for the future

The nursery industry is vulnerable to natural disasters. Locations on the outer fringes of cities, on flat land near rivers means that the risks will always be present. But there are some steps that nurseries can take to mitigate the risk to their operations. Oasis Horticulture, with sites in New South…

Not enough freight capacity

Mother's Day floral sales not so booming for Colombia this year

Mother’s Day floral sales exceed expectations in the US. However, in Colombia, they did not seem to have felt this boom. Grower Diana Cristina Henao Osorio of Uniflor explains that their flowers could not be shipped as there was not enough air freight capacity.  "The Colombian flower market is receiving this…

Adene's Farm Flowers

Covid-19 disrupts African flower producers

On her company’s farm in the fruit-growing Breede River Valley in the Western Cape, Adene Nieuwoudt’s usually neat dahlia plantations resemble a small jungle. The soft pastel and deep burgundy blooms have become too heavy for the thin stems, and they’ve fallen over. "We’re not picking flowers any more,"…

Australia: Quality breeds success at Touchwood Nursery

Ben Archibald has been in the nursery industry since he was 16. Although both his business and the nursery industry look very different today compared to back then, there has been one constant throughout that time; a devotion to growing, maintaining and selling only the cleanest and healthiest plants.…

Dominik Neisser, Vivero Internacional, on the challenge of growing show plants

LED grow lights help bloom show-stopping plants

Dominik Neisser has horticulture in his blood. His parents had a greenhouse in Germany while he was growing up and maintain it to this day, laying the foundation for a life spent studying and growing plants across the world. “This is how I was born and raised,” Neisser said. “I was always with plants and…

"People always need their vitamins"

Pensa greenhouse continues operations

In the current circumstances, where enterprises are facing certain financial difficulties, it is still possible to help others. The Pensa greenhouse complex supplies free produce to volunteers and healthcare specialists, as well as to animals kept at the zoo.  "We may look a bit unusual now, but the precautions are…

Kispiox Creations

CAN (BC): Flower grower fights for the right to sell at farmers markets

Jim Fowler of Kispiox Creations is growing frustrated with rules governing farmers’ markets and those who make them. Farmers’ markets were declared an essential service by the Government of BC. in March, but were restricted to food sales. Fowler said he has written to the BC CDC and the Ministry of…

Chinese flower grower:

"No layoffs or wage cuts during these hard times"

Even though he is enduring economic losses of more than 500,000 yuan due to the coronavirus epidemic, Li Xiangjun, owner of a flower cultivation base in Dandong, northeast…

Olav Boenders, Wagagai, on the lockdown and the importance of Fairtrade

Uganda: "We tried to see it all as a big sleepover party"

After a five-week complete lockdown, Uganda is gradually opening up, enabling several companies to pick up business again. For cutting farm Wagagai, the timing of lifting the lockdown is a blessing in disguise, as it is just in time for their busy poinsettia cutting season. "Over the last weeks, the…

RoozenGaarde Tulip Farm

US (WA): Worker safety is top concern for bulb farmer

From mandatory masks and sanitization of facilities to social distancing and regular self-checks, farmers, like Washington Bulb Company’s Polly Welch, are putting their employees’ wellness front and center during the COVID-19 pandemic. Shipping more than 70 million cut flowers all over the U.S. each…

Inroses SA rescues dogs for 16 years but now needs external help

Ecuador: Rescued stray dogs affected by low flower sales

"Roses are our specialty, rescuing dogs is our passion." This is perhaps how we can most reflect the inspiring story that Inroses SA, a rose farm based in Cayambe, has been doing for the last 16 years, when the owners, Paola and Giovanna Valdospinos, saved a little puppy that had been hit on the road to…

Masterclass key to continued career success at Australian nursery

A strong foundation of business skills is critical to strategic decision making and effective change management, to drive positive outcomes for Australian nursery businesses. That’s the philosophy of James Edge, National Sales Manager at Humphris Nursery, one of the largest wholesale plant production…

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NL: How growers in the Westland are staying strong

Last time Dutch Flower Group took us to a number of DFG companies in Aalsmeer to learn how they deal with these challenging times, in which we still find ourselves. As promised, this time they traveled to Westland. After the significant sales losses in the past 2 months, various markets are fortunately…

Sun Moon Farm

US (NH): Rindge farm supplies the nation with rare dahlias

Rindge farmers Craig and Megan Jensen scrambled to adapt to pandemic conditions at Sun Moon Farm this spring while interest and sales exploded. As they readied vegetable seedlings in greenhouses and finalized CSA subscriber lists throughout April, a wrenching decision weighed on them: Should they plant…

Pioneer Flower Farms

Canadian flower farm invests in large bulb storage

Pioneer Flower Farms was founded in 1971 in St Catherines, Ontario, Canada. Being a son of a Dutch flower bulb grower, Henk Sikking Jr decided to try his luck elsewhere. And he succeeded well: the farm is now one of the largest with a production of more than 40 million bulbs yearly. Henk manages the…

Jan Willem Bakhuijzen:

"Integrated Pest Management gives me peace of mind"

Dutch skimmia grower Jan Willem Bakhuijzen first got acquainted with IPM (Integrated Pest Management) in the 1990s. Now he uses Anderline Bugline and Anderline Gemini sachets. The first introductions of beneficials are made in mid-May at which point the crop starts to close the canopy. The crop cycle…

China Flower Association

China: Yanqing's bulb flower producer in the picture

Last week, the Secretary-general of the China Flower Association and his deputy visited Yanqing Farm owned by Da Ai Guo Tai Agricultural Technology Co. Ltd. With 380 tulip varieties, they are the largest tulip bulb flower production base in Xinjiang with the largest variety in China. At the 2019 World…

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It's a bird, it's a car... it's... a greenhouse!

A dad decided to make use of his car while it was sitting on the driveway during lockdown -- by turning it into a greenhouse. Ian Hall, 62, is growing three types of tomato…

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Rose grower helps football clubs get perfect pitch

Professional rose grower and football enthusiast, Nico van Vuuren was sick of watching top of the bill football games being played on not so top of the bill pitches. In winter, goalmouths didn't show even a leaf of grass anymore and world class players were slipping and sliding across the pitch. How…

Connecting with customers through the power of marketing

Marketing means different things to different people. It’s a broad discipline which can mean everything from big TV commercials, to search engine optimisation. But one nursery marketer has a much simpler definition: customer relationships. For Carole Fudge, sales and marketing manager at Benara…

Randall's Farm

US (MA): Florists get reprieve from coronavirus shutdown as demand for flowers surges

Flowers say springtime. Flowers say “Happy Mother’s Day." And a Monday night update to Massachusetts’ rules governing nonessential business during the coronavirus shutdown makes it easier for florists to meet demand. The state updated guidance to allow minimal employees into closed facilities — like…

Lilac Hill Greenhouse

US (MN): Lilac Hill preps to open second greenhouse

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and greenhouses are opening back up just in time. Lilac Hill Greenhouse is getting ready to open a pop-up store in the parking area at Super One on West Arrowhead Road in Duluth. “I love plants, I love seeing the color and if we can do this safely, people aren’t at…

Jennie Love

Practical advice on what’s working to replace lost business

Selling hope and convenience

I knew Love ‘n Fresh Flowers for their long-standing farmer/florist work, so I was excited to hear from owner Jennie Love about what has been working for her business through the current COVID disruptions. Since most of her business comes from weddings, it has taken several different strategies to sell the stream of flowers…

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Australian sunflower grower raises $25,000 for cancer research

A Queensland farmer's sunflower crop has become a social media sensation after surprise crowds of thousands flocked there over the recent Queensland long weekend to admire the flowers. Peter Foxwell decided to sell some of the sunflowers he grows on his Alton Downs property, near Rockhampton, to raise…

Wiwcharuk Family Greenhouse

CAN (SK): Family greenhouse has seen many changes

Wiwcharuk Family Greenhouse has seen many changes over the past 27 years and this year has been one of the most challenging with the COVID-19 pandemic. The greenhouse is located approximately a quarter mile west and three miles north of Endeavour. The greenhouse opened to the public for its new season…

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US (NC): Flower farmers & florists navigating uncertain time this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day and flowers seem to go hand-in-hand. This year – despite COVID-19 – that doesn’t have to be any different. Flower farmers and florists are still working and depending on customers to help them stay in business. by Brandon Herring While the doors are closed at florists right now, most are still…

Getting closer to the best environment for plants

Twenty years ago, Forever Plants was one of the first potted plant producers in the Netherlands to switch to integrated plant protection. The grower has experienced first-hand how having the right approach is an important key to success. And in 2020, it is also essential that the entire chain is…

US (CA): Flower farmers rush to move product before they wilt

Michael Mooney runs product development for Floral Union Farms, a cooperative of farmers working to get their flowers directly to consumers. Mooney said he usually looks to…

Fascinated by flowers: A farmer’s dream

Growing up in the tobacco industry, Richard and Emily Currin were raised with a strong love of farming and seeing a plant grow from a seed to a finished product. According to their daughter, Ruth, Richard discovered his calling for the green industry while he was in college at N.C. State University. “He…

US (MA): Farm and garden centers spreading cheer through flowers and vegetables

“Now more than ever, fruits and vegetables, and eating healthy will help us stay well, and I believe that vegetable gardens and cheerful floral gardens will boost our morale,” Paul Gove said. Paul and his wife, Lisa Gove, own and operate Gove Farm which is a seventh-generation family farm owned and…

Bringing tissue culture production into the 21st century

Greg Lowe from Lowes TC is on a mission to automate tissue culture production, making it more affordable to produce high health clonal plants in this country. Find out about his business’ new TC+TM liquid media temporary immersion system bioreactor and automated production systems.   by Gabrielle Stannus   Greg Lowe…

Hivos

COVID-19: Horticulture farmworkers cry out for help

Annabella Nyoni is a 44-year-old mother of three, who works at a horticulture estate just outside Harare. The estate produces mainly roses for export. Hivos interviewed her end of January 2020 and followed up three months later on her journey. Her oldest child is a pre-teen doing grade 7; the middle…


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