Grower in the spotlight

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…

India: Flowers fight back pollution, bloom under LED lights

Desperate times call for desperate measures. In the farms of Panskura, Pakuria and Khirai, which send ornamental flowers like chrysanthemum and karen to the rest of the country and abroad, the desperation shows in the form of thousands of LED bulbs that light up the fields at night.

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…

Scott's Nursery

CAN: Fire in electrical room damages New Brunswick nursery

A well-known business in Lincoln, N.B., near Fredericton, is closed Saturday due to fire. Firefighters from nearby Oromocto, Fredericton and New Maryland responded to a call at Scott's Nursery at 7:30 a.m. George Scott, one of the owners, discovered the fire when he arrived at work. He could see flames…

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…

Rosa ApS debuts at FloraHolland Trade Fair

Roses Forever will be traveling to the Netherlands with a double amount of roses next week. For the first time, they will attend two trade shows at the same time. At the International Flower Trade Fair IFTF, they will show their best selling products and novelties, as they used to do, while at the Flora…

Welsh growers recognised in industry awards

Tyfu Cymru sponsored a category at the 25th ‘Gwobrau Lantra Cymru Awards’, which were celebrated in style at a glitzy gala dinner at the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells. The awards ceremony hosted by Rachael Garside and Aled Rhys Jones, brought together key partners, organisations and individuals to…

UK: Funding for horticultural research students

There is a scholarship available to students pursuing a research career in the horticultural industry. As part of the David Colegrave Foundation Scholarship Season, £2,500 is available to support applied research within the horticulture industry. The Horticultural Research Scholarship is open to…

How a farm in New Zealand keeps its daffodils blooming

Hadstock Farm near Springston has been in the Chamberlain family since 1878. They've been growing daffodils here for more than 50 years, so it's safe to say they know everything there is to know about this perennially popular flower and symbol of springtime. A growing part of the Chamberlains' business…

Nepal: Floriculture attracts youths in Tanahun

When he tried his hands at horticulture a few years ago, Madan Poudel of Shuklagandaki Municipality was not very sure about its success. Although he knew there was a huge demand for flowers in the market, finding buyers while the flowers were fresh seemed to be a challenge. But with time, his business…

Central American growers kick off training program

Dümmen Orange's Central American team of growers kicked off their new bi-annual training program in Amatitlán, Guatemala under the guidance of Professor Paul Fisher from the University of Florida. Goal of the program is to help the growers in their personal and professional development and at the same time…

Arendcactus growing steadily

Dutch cactus grower operation doubled

In the last few years, Arend Cactus has experienced significant growth. At the end of 2017, the grower took over the cactus cultivation of Gebr. v.d. Burg. Then a second location was acquired, a more than 2 ha greenhouse around the corner in Berkel en Rodenrijs. A large assortment of plants in pot sizes…

NL: Christmas cut flowers growing in the 'Green Heart'

On October 24, Hamifleurs paid a visit to Kwekerij F. Kuiper & Sons, where they were welcomed by Sietse. Together with his brother Ron, he runs a 6-hectare Skimmia nursery in the middle of "het Groene Hart" (the green heart): Boskoop, the Netherlands. F. Kuipers & Sons was founded in 1962 by the father…

Ricardo Samper, Flores de Serrezuele:

Colombia: Growing flowers ánd durable working conditions

Flores de Serrezuela was founded in 1985. Ricardo Samper is the current owner & director, taking over from his father a few years back. Starting with two hectares of Chrysanthemums, now the company occupies 80 hectares of land, with 54 hectares of actual greenhouses producing carnation, spray carnations,…

Steef de Lange, Peter van den Ham

Nolina and the rise of the large-flowered potted rose

It is a development that has been progressing steadily for the past couple of years and one in which Nolina can be called one of the leaders. Recently, the nursery from the Dutch town of Woubrugge introduced the large-flowered 10.5 cm The Victory Collection that by now is available in many colors and can…

US (LA): Mums are popular for All Saints’ Day

Fall is a time for cooling temperatures and changing colors, but it’s also a time when many people remember their deceased loved ones in a special way. On this edition of Get It Growing, LSU AgCenter horticulturist Heather Kirk-Ballard travels to a Lacombe nursery to find out how abundant mums fit into…

UK: Nursery expands, reporting "exceptional demand for British-grown stock"

Wyevales Nurseries says it is investing in the future and has seen exceptional demand for British-grown stock. The company says it’s able to supply British-grown plants from its extensive production facilities in Herefordshire into a market struggling to secure its supply-base for the next season and…

Frans Buzek, La Gaitana Farms:

Colombian carnation grower expands with ranunculus

Let the cobbler stick to his last, is a saying that does not apply to La Gaitana Farms in Colombia. Even though they have been growing carnations for many years, they are not afraid to expand their assortment with a completely new product: ranunculus. Frans Buzek at Proflora 2019 in Bogota, Colombia.  “We…

Azerbaijan: President Aliyev visits AzRose greenhouse

President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has familiarized himself with the production process at the floricultural greenhouse of AzRose in Vandam settlement, Qabala district. The head of state was informed of the works carried out in the greenhouse. Special types of roses to be cultivated here will…

New Zealand: Beautiful blooms at tulip exporter's open day

Rain showers didn't deter thousands of people from taking the ultimate southern selfie in fields of tulips on Monday. Southland tulip exporter Triflor NZ opened its gates so that people could visit the company's blooms, and thousands of people showed up, operations manager Rudi Verplancke said.…

CAN (AB): Holes sell greenhouse business after 68 years

A remarkable era is ending, with the Hole family getting out of their farming and greenhouse business after an inspiring 68 years run. The era started in 1952 when Ted and Lois Hole bought a 80 hectare farm with no gas, phone or running water at the end of a dirt road near St. Albert. It ends with Ted…

Open house on November 2

CAN (ON): Van Geest Bros celebrates 60th anniversary

Van Geest Bros. Limited is celebrating their 60th year of business. They grow cut gerberas at their 300,000 sq.ft. greenhouse in Grimsby and St. Catharines and on November 2, there is an open house at their St. Catharines location. Dutch heritage The business was started by Cor and Adrian Van Geest in 1959…

Who will be the winner of the Greenovation Awards 2019?

More than 16,000 visitors from all over the world. Blooming and fascinating stands. Challenging speakers, the latest trends and last but not least; the presentation of the Greenovation Awards. Once again this year, this coveted award will be presented during the Trade Fair Aalsmeer. International…

US (CA): Marigold harvest blooming for 50 years

The Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside hosts its 19th annual Dia de los Muertos Festival, where visitors can stroll past dozens of altars honoring the dead. Mexican families honor their departed loved ones with altar decorations like sugar skulls, candles and personal mementos. But one thing common to all…

Expert panel assembled for judging AIPH IGOTY Awards 2020

To recognise the very best ornamental growers around the world, it’s only logical to look to the judgment of those who know best. To judge the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) Awards 2020, a panel of prestigious growers and experts has…

Peony producer reflects on three decades as Tasmania's leading flower grower

As the flower world enters the short but vibrant blooming period of the peony flower, a Tasmanian grower's 30-year venture is coming to a close. Peter Botting from Forth, northern Tasmania started growing peonies in 1987, as he wanted a perennial plant that did not need to be replaced often. He has since…

NZ: Southland tulips in bloom for open day

If previous years are anything to go by, the tulip farm open day in Edendale on Monday is set to stun. Southlanders will have an opportunity on Labour Day to view more than 30 varieties of vibrant and colourful tulips at Triflor NZ's open day. Thousands of people are expected to attend.  Operations manager…

UK: Fletching Flowers to close down

After six years of growing and selling seasonal flowers, the decision was made to close Fletching Flowers to concentrate on their main plant gift business.  Pale Green Dot Food will be taking over the land and growing pesticide-free veg and salad for local restaurants and over the next few weeks, they will…

20th anniversary for "Cultivemos la Paz en Familia" program

Colombia: "Workers become one family"

“What you learn in floriculture is to take care of a flower, sow it well, water it, fertilize it, give it daily love, and is the same with people”, Lucie de Vélez of Asocolflores. She is the creator of the "Cultivemos la Paz en Familia" program that this year celebrates 20 years since its implementation.…

German rose growers stay afloat with the next generation ready to take over

With 38,000 rose bushes in his 6,000 m2 greenhouse, Wolfgang Weniger from the German town of Eberingen never has a dull moment. Each day, between 2,000 and 2,500 roses get cut, with a total of 45 varieties. Rosen Weniger has been around since 1964 but has been entirely focusing on the cultivation of…

Andres Olier, Don Eusebio:

Tinted carnations: 'the market is asking for more'

44 million stems are processed every year at the post-harvest area of Don Eusebio. This Colombian farm has been growing carnations for 30 years and three years ago, they started supplying tinted carnations. Since then, the demand is growing. “The competition is hard, but I think the market is ready for…

Young plants grower opts for biological alternatives

Based in Lochristi, Belgium, Microflor is increasingly choosing biological products to protect its young phalaenopsis plants. To prevent the fungal disease Pythium, the breeding and propagation company uses Asperello T34 Biocontrol. Arne Steelandt, Quality and R&D Coordinator at Microflor, shares his…

CAN (BC): North Okanagan nurseryland celebrates 60th by going seasonal

Swan Lake Nurseryland has been a staple for North Okanagan families, supporting North Okanagan farmers, since 1959. “Dad and mom started it in the late ’50s and my brother in law and sister were with them. And then I joined a few years later. I was probably around 25,” said Mike Kowaluk, 86, sitting in…

José van Egmond, Egmond Lisianthus:

"The young plants are much stronger now"

The Egmond Lisianthus Nurseries in the Dutch town of ‘s-Gravenzande near The Hague have been using insect parasitic nematodes since 2015. It has reduced their use of chemical agents by no less than 90% and the young plants are more vital than ever. Although their home market in the Netherlands is important, much of their…

Ethio Agri-CEFT starts producing essential oils at Holleta Agri-Flower farm

Agri–Flower and Agri-Lake Flower farms, divisions of Ethio Agri-CEFT, are dedicated to the export of rose cut flowers for markets across the world. The topography and optimum climate of the farms provide suitable conditions for production. The farms have been producing about 40 million stems per annum.…

US (NM): Floriculture coordinator wins NMSU staff award

The Stephen W. and Robert E. Roberts Memorial Staff Award is presented annually to a member of the New Mexico State University staff who has exhibited positivity and made a great impact on the college and community. Sabine Green is this year's recipient. A ceremony in her honor will be held from 3 to 5…

Turkish carnation grower finds export market in Europe

Deregumu village in Isparta, a city located in southwestern Turkey, grows carnations and other cut flowers in greenhouses. Producers export them to Spain, Bulgaria, the UK, the Netherlands, Russia and Ukraine. They grow 120 million branches of carnation per year and most of them are exported to Europe.…

Kyle Ross, Wyevale Nurseries:

"I would highly recommend growers in the UK to have a representative on the Plant Health Professional Register"

Kyle Ross from Wyevale Nurseries has successfully completed a competency exam to become an Associate on the Plant Health Professional Register. He joined the register organised by the Royal Society of Biology, which aims to develop plant health skills and create a community for plant health…

Icon Selections debuts at Proflora

Colombian chrysanthemums: "100% of breeding process done in Rionegro"

Patience is a virtue, that applies to much in life, especially for setting up new businesses. At Proflora 2019, a few weeks ago, debuting Icon Selections could finally present their company logo and varieties to the international public after several years of preparatory actions. Jan Haaksman and Juan…

Even larger project in the pipeline

Dutch freesia grower opens country's largest solar thermal system

That Pip Tesselaar, freesia grower, had the premiere, was already known. On a piece of land just over one hectare, Tesselaar Freesia installed sufficient solar panels to make 'a very large step in sustainability'. The official opening took place earlier this month. At the beginning of 2019, the project was…

Jose Enrique Gutierrez, Inverpalmas:

Colombia: "Making bouquets has become one of our strengths now"

At 40 ha farm Inverpalmas, roses, carnations and spray carnations are being grown on two locations (30 ha and 10 ha), both in the Savanna Savannah of Bogota, near Colombia's capital. They've also been making bouquets on request for quite some years, but over the last years, they've started to promote it…

Tulip farmer successfully experiments with cover cropping

Table Cape Tulip Farm in north-west Tasmania came alive in Spring. Not just with the colourful blooming flowers but with thousands of tourists hoping to snap a picture or walk among the many coloured rows. The Roberts-Thomson family began growing tulips in the 70s to diversify away from traditional…

Discovering the quality control process of Ecuadorian roses

Virgin Farms had the opportunity to visit one of their suppliers in Ecuador: Florícola Ecoroses, located in the city of Machachi. This region near majestic volcanoes such as the Illinizas, is surrounded by incredible rose plantations. The region of Machachi is considered to be a blessed region thanks to its…

Greenhouse complex Novaya Gollandia

Russians set records in greenhouse rose productivity

An absolute record of greenhouse rose productivity has been set in the greenhouse complex Novaya Gollandia, located in Syasstroy town in Volkhovsky region – 450 flowers per square meter. The press service of the Leningrad regional government reported the fact. The members of the flower association of the…

US (MI): Perdue makes stop at flower farm on listening tour

U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue got a chance to stop and smell the flowers in Michigan last week as he toured the state to take the pulse of farmers and listen to their concerns. Perdue’s tour included a stop at Summer Dreams Farms in Oxford, Michigan, where owner Michael Genovese showed him around and…

"£1.3billion industry is always an 'after thought' in Brexit negotiations"

"Difficult times – I think the phrase is. Weather, Labour requirements and Brexit", writes grower Sue Lamb in a column for Spalding Today. "Labour is a huge problem and one that I believe the powers that be just pay lip service to in relation to the Ornamental sector." She further writes: "In 2018 the…

17 Farms join forces under G8

"Uniting the best of Colombian floriculture"

Fifteen years ago, a group of friendly growers belonging to Asocolflores and who shared similar business values, decided to join forces to achieve economies of scales from a procurement basis. This group of farms has been consolidating over the years and today, 17 different Colombian growers are together…

US: Greenhouse growers asked to complete water survey

A U.S. Department of Agriculture funded project seeks to understand how greenhouse growers use water, including recycled water, in their greenhouse operations. If you are involved in a greenhouse growing operation, complete this brief (5 to 10 minute) water use survey: http://tinyurl.com/UConnWaterSurvey…

US (FL): 'Cool Products' awarded at 2019 Landscape Show

At the 2019 Landscape Show, which was held by the FNGLA in Orlando in September, 17 plants and products garnered 'Cool Products' awards. Here's an overview of all the winners: Vriesea Volcano - Bullis Bromeliads (Princeton, FL) White Ghost - Garden Industries (Loxahatchee, FL) Wood Stone Mulch - Euro…

The march of tropical foliage

Lately, tropical foliage became a major trend triggered by prints in fashion and home accessories, led by the iconic leave shape of Monstera deliciosa. "The tropical foliage are increasingly part of bouquets”, says Matthias Haudenschild of Agrotropic Switzerland. “Nowadays we deliver a lot of bespoke bouquet templates from…

UK: £100,000 given to horticulture students by David Colegrave Foundation

In the last ten years, the David Colegrave Foundation has awarded almost £100,000 through scholarships, trip bursaries and other educational initiatives. Applications for…

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Kurtz Farms

Loading these beautiful Select #mum planters for delivery to our Home Depot stores tonight. We continue to see strong mum sales and #NewEngland finally looks to have "Fall Like" weather for the weekend! #mums #planters #fallcolors #Fall2019 pic.twitter.com/slbkHpTGUj — Kurtz Farms (@KurtzFarmsCT) October 2, 2019

December 10-12, Grand Rapids

Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo tour highlights local growers

During the Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo, visitors can join MSU Extension Educator Heidi Lindberg for a tour featuring four greenhouse producers in west Michigan. Learn about how the crops are propagated, grown, and finished for wholesale distribution. The tour will highlight technology and…

Ecuador: Florists visit the first link in the chain

This spring Mayesh hosted their first international workshop in Quito, Ecuador at the Hacienda Cusin. There were over 20 attendees and three instructors, and over the course of a week there were two full days of design, two flower farm tours and they explored the city of Old Town Quito. After two full…

Australia: Plant Breeder's Rights Act and 'Qualified Person' Leanne Gillies

Thinking about applying for protection for your new variety under the Plant Breeder’s Rights (PBR) Act? Greenlife Industry Australia speaks to Leanne Gillies from Fleming’s Nurseries to find out more about what the role of a Qualified Person in the PBR process entails. The Plant Breeder’s Rights (PBR)…

US: Michael Kraft of Nanz & Kraft Florists awarded Tom Butler “Floral Retailer of the Year”

The floral delivery service Teleflora today honors the late Michael Kraft of Nanz & Kraft Florists in Louisville, Kentucky, with the fifth annual Tom Butler “Floral Retailer of the Year” Award. David Kraft, co-owner of Nanz & Kraft Florists, accepted the award on his behalf. The Honorary Award recognizes…

Checking out the Colombian diversity of flowers

Colombia is known for its diversity of flowers and this week, they are put in the spotlight during the Proflora, held in Bogota, Colombia. But what's the story behind these flowers? We got the opportunity to visit a breeder and a handful of farms that contribute to the creation of this broad range of…

Bay City Flower Co. will shut down Nov. 10

The Bay Area’s hot economy claimed another casualty this month when Bay City Flower Co. in Half Moon Bay said it will shut down Nov. 10, laying off 195 workers. “It has become increasingly difficult to run a flower farm and compete nationally while operating in the costliest place in the nation,” Bay…

A tour of Beyond Chrysant

A part of the Hamifleur team visited Beyond Chrysant on 18 September. Wouter Duijvestein warmly welcomed them to the nursery that he and his brother run together. It quickly became clear that this isn’t just any chrysanthemum nursery. This is a place where everything is considered in great detail in order to grow the best…

British Florist Association announces Industry Awards finalists

The British Florist Association has announced its nominees for the 2019 Industry Awards. Finalist categories include Grower of the Year, Flower Supplier of the Year and…

Kenya: Black Tulip Group grows product range and global presence

Supplying countries with Kenyan flowers all over the world is an aim of Black Tulip Group, and by taking over Batian farms and its Marketing arm Upendo last June, and the partnership with Fontana Flowers, they take a big step closer to achieving their aim. "With these takeovers and strategic…

Wim-Jan Paauw, Paauw Lilies:

“We filled our roof with as many solar panels as possible thanks to SDE+”

On the Trappenberglaan in the Dutch town of Rijnsburg, they might know it already. Enthusiastic people with drones could have already seen it. In Poeldijk at SolarNRG, they know about it already. But Paauw Lilies has not been spreading the word about their investment in 1100 solar panels on the roof of their…

KFC doesn't feel industry being taken seriously by government

Road blocks deal financial blow to Naivasha flower farms

One of the most important roads for the Naivasha flower industry have been blocked for two days by protestors, who demanded rehabilitation of the road, causing millions of Kenyan Shillings in losses for the industry. We spoke about this matter with Clement Tulezi of the Kenya Flower Council (KFC). KFC…

Cal Poly horticulture major is second recipient of CalFlowers Floriculture Scholarship

Helene Dondero, a senior at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly), has been selected to receive the second annual CalFlowers Scholarship. The…

Vietnamese delegation visits Dutch bulb exporter

An agriculture delegation of the northern provinces of Vietnam has visited the Netherlands Vietnam Horti Business Platform on Friday 20 September 2019. Onings Holland, member of NVHBP, received the delegation at their headquarters in Poeldijk. Presentations were given by Paul Onings about Onings Holland –…

US (MI): Horticulture undergraduate student awarded two industry scholarships

The American Floral Endowment awards Caleb Spall, a senior in Horticulture, the Ball Horticultural Company Scholarship and Edward Tuinier Memorial Scholarship. A senior majoring in Horticulture with a minor in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, Spall is interested in the use of LED lighting fixtures…

"a safer alternative to potentially toxic home fragrance options"

Scented blooms lasting months without care

An innovation in floral design and all-natural home fragrance. Natural Fragrance Rose offers something entirely new in floral that is both natural and long-lasting, they announce in a press release. "It is an intuitive, eco-friendly home fragrance collection made of luxurious, organic roses." At the PMA…

Video: Colombian growers pay tribute to New York

Three Colombian growers recently went to the US to pay a tribute to New York. Rose grower Jose Azout of Alexandra Farms, hydrangea grower Catalina Arango of Flores Del Este and alstroemeria grower Daniel Velez of Sausuque brought the extraordinary selection of Colombian flowers and foliage to Kelsea…

Kenyan agro-firms adopt data technologies to mitigate climate risks

At Magana Flowers in Kikuyu, North West of Kenya’s capital Nairobi, hundreds of flowers, mainly roses, thrive inside huge greenhouses and in the open field. The farm grows three varieties of roses broadly categorized as sprays, intermediates and T-hybrids. The flowers are sold majorly in Russia, Japan,…

Germination and propagation at De Kruidenaer

The benefits of multi-layer cultivation... in a greenhouse

The germination and propagation of herb plants is done in a vertical set-up on the concrete path (just before the ponds) at Christ Monden's nursery in Etten-Leur. What once started as a cautious test has now become standard practice there. Christ Monden and Bas Dirven A number of years ago Christ asked…

Colombia: Yasa joins Florverde Sustainable Flowers community

A new FSF certified company has been announced: Yasa is a floricultural company in the municipality of Funza, Cundinamarca. It has more than 14 hectares in production of Chrysanthemum and Fuji. Yasa employs 182 flower workers. For more information:yasacisa.comflorverde.org

Australia has fifteen new Green Leaders

Fifteen nursery industry participants have successfully completed the 2019 Growing Green Leaders program, a professional development course that equips young people with the skills and knowledge to accelerate their careers and businesses. Run by management consultancy firm, The Right Mind, the 2019…

Nursery Karl Bückers to celebrate 50th anniversary with new Ilex

"This year, our company is 49 years old and six years ago we took the business over from my parents," explains Carolin Bückers, who runs the nursery together with Andreas Jaspers. In the new ‘supplier in the spotlight’ video, Veiling Rhein-Maas focuses on the ‘Gärtnerei Karl Bückers’ located in Goch,…

Tessa Corp adds 12 ha

Fastest growing Ecuadorian farm expands to 114 ha

"We were even thinking of expanding even more, but we couldn't find the land", says Carlos Naveda of Tessa Corp, one of the fastest-growing farms in Ecuador. They started on 4.5 ha in 1997 and grew to 102 ha in just 22 years, and now they are expanding even further, to 114 ha. The greenhouses are…

US (MI): Luxembourg "glasshouse people" immigration to Chicago

In the second half of the 19th century and the early decades of the 20th century, many Luxembourgers emigrated from Luxembourg to Chicago. While Luxembourgish immigrants to Chicago worked in a variety of occupations, from saloon keeper to jeweler, Luxembourgers were most famous for being the so-called…

Peter Stuyt, Total Energy Group, reflects on the US's glasshouse history:

"As a Dutch-American, I like to combine idealism and capitalism"

A sea of glass. That is what the young son of a horticulturist, Peter Stuyt, used to see from his bedroom window on Vlietweg in the Dutch town of Naaldwijk. At the age of 22, he left for California. There he was met with an ocean of a different kind - the Pacific Ocean. Peter found himself in the glasshouse cultivation…

US (NY): Farming twins move into flower business

The Ten Eyck family of Indian Ladder Farms has long been among the local land-use vanguard in its stewardship of 300 idyllic acres of earth nestled just below the Helderberg escarpment. Since the farm chose to retire its development rights, “instead of installing an 18-hole golf course,” as Peter Ten…

US (CA): The San Diego Cactus and Succulent Society tour Resendiz Brothers facility

Every September, Resendiz Brothers commemorate the start of gardening season with a bountiful nursery, farm tours and protea workshops. Autumn is the best time of the year to plant perennials, shrubs and even seeds. Plants established in the fall grow faster in the spring and require less water when…

US (CA): Nursery celebrates 100th anniversary

Alladin Nursery & Gift Shop, 2905 Freedom Blvd. in Watsonville, was founded in 1919 by Niels Peter Jensen of Denmark and was purchased by Ben and Dorothy Roth in 1946. The Roths grew wholesale bedding plants for coastal retail nurseries while still being a retail nursery. A second generation of Roths…

US (WI): Hollingsworth Peonies expands with legacy nursery

Juergen Steininger, owner and operator of the famous Hollingsworth peony collection, hosted a press conference on September 5 with several renowned breeders in attendance from the midwest as he announced the acquisition of the peony seedling program and a cross-section of the commercial program from…

Floricultura obtains MPS-GAP certification

In August 2019 Floricultura obtained MPS-GAP as well as GlobalGAP certification in the Netherlands. ‘Not only does our production process require a great deal of meticulous care and attention, so do our employees. Through this certification we wish to emphasise that Floricultura guarantees quality and…

US (CA): Guests dine in fields of waving stock

Two thousand acres of blooming flowers. Two hundred guests. One 200-foot dining table. Thousands of stems of stock, dahlias, delphinium, larkspur, Bells of Ireland and Queen Anne’s Lace.  That’s just a hint of what guests at the Sept. 7 American Grown Field to Vase Dinner at Ocean View Flowers in Lompoc enjoyed.…

Salm Boskoop

"We have the best topped lavender on the market"

Already in the Middle Ages, 2000 kilometers of ditches were constructed in Boskoop in the Netherlands, between long-stretched islands of 15 meters wide. These fields, on fertile peat soil, were very well suited for fruit and tree cultivation. Boskoop breathes ornamental cultivation history and nursery…

UK: Travel with the Ball Colegrave Sponsored Scholarship

Where could experience in the commercial bedding plant industry take you? Bedding plant enthusiasts are invited to find out by applying for the £1,500 Ball Colegrave Sponsored Travel Scholarship. Part of the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) Scholarship Season, this award supports knowledge and experience…

Russia: Flower production in Orenburg continues to grow

The Orenburg region in Russia boasts three flower-growing complexes, the biggest of them being Atena. Over a third of all produce from their greenhouses is sold in the local market through the wholesale and retail chain and the general partner of the enterprise, the Diantus company. The rest of the…

Metrolina Greenhouses keeps on growing

Metrolina Greenhouses keeps on growing. A new 40-acre greenhouse is well underway. “We have our own construction crew so we are able to build it ourselves from the ground up. The new space will increase production by at least 7%”, says Julie Colon, Communications Manager for Metrolina. The greenhouse will…

Combating prison recidivism with plants

A study out of Texas State University attempted to determine the number of available horticultural community service opportunities for individuals completing community service hours per their probation or parole requirements, and whether that brand of community service generates a calculable offset…

Russian grower makes clever use of greenhouse space with tulips

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 tulip cut flowers in the new propagation, which will be opened in 2020. 3D impression made by Bosman Van Zaal. The…

Chrysanthemum grower aims to eliminate the need for chemicals all year round

Anyone who wants to achieve success with biological crop protection will have to invest in natural enemies or other products as well as in a professional approach. This is the experience of chrysanthemum grower Linflowers in Bommelerwaard in the Netherlands. Eight years ago, the company started…

US: Funding awaits student horticulturists

The David Colegrave Foundation scholarship season is open. If you’re a student, who’s passionate about horticulture, you can apply for one of their scholarships.   Nursery work placements. Production and marketing experience. Access to plant research and sustainable horticulture. These career driven opportunities are…

Hunger for green city parks keeps East European grower busy

In East-European cities, city parks are becoming bigger and bigger. Serbian nursery Ned Boske, therefore, have their work cut out for them. “We see more and more demand for decorative trees and roses from ministries”, says Aleksander Javanovic, sales manager at Ned Boske. A new mini park in Kruševac.…

CAN (ON): Fernlea Flowers celebrates 80 years

Fernlea Flowers, a third-generation family-owned and operated company, celebrates 80 years of growing great gardens. Founded in 1939 by Lloyd and Mary Veit, Fernlea took root in 2 greenhouses filled with vegetables and branched out to cut flowers with the opening of their first flower shop in Delhi, ON.…

Newcomer Succulents Unlimited:

"Each new sale and customer feels like a rush”

The succulent industry is not new to Menno and Lidy van der Straten. They have worked for a variety of employers before deciding to start their own company last year, which came to fruition on the 1st of June 2018 under the name Succulents Unlimited. Now they supply to the United States, Canada, and even…

Russian rose grower expands thanks to generous investments

A greenhouse complex specializing in rose growing was opened in the Russian village of Narovchat in 2006. Twelve years later the greenhouse with an acreage of 3 ha was fully modernized with the help of investments amounting to 2.7 million euros. In 2019, financing continued, and the modernization of the…

US (IL): Greenhouse demolition invokes bittersweet memories

The era of the well-known Greenhouse Flower Shoppe in Pekin has come to an end. The greenhouses that were built between 1915 and 1920 were demolished. Owner Marggie Seeyle said this is a bittersweet moment for the shop. The greenhouse was originally built to grow roses for the Rose Bowl in California. A…

Germany: Multifunctional foil greenhouse doubles production facility

With the construction of a new foil greenhouse Köder Gartenbau in Jagstzell, Germany has doubled the size of its ornamental plants production area. This new greenhouse was custom made to be used for multiple purposes. “We can both produce young plants in spring and grow finished plants in the fall, and…

UK: Couple leaves nursery after half a century

Paul Kennett was just 14 when he started as a Saturday boy at the Meadow Grange Nursery at Blean. But he went on to take over the business and run it for the next 53 years. Paul and his team grow about a million bedding plants a year for the local authority and other customers. Now at the ages of 73 and…


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