Grower in the spotlight

"Future is bleak"

New Zealand lily grower forced to destroy crops

Companies everywhere are dealing with loss of income but for the flower industry, it's a double hit.As a non-essential business, they have to destroy their stock, meaning some businesses may close for good.  Now packing boxes lie empty as the mower grinds away. At one company, it means $40,000 of lilies are being…

A visit to Van der Arend Roses:

How to stay ahead of the competition as a Dutch rose grower

The Netherlands used to be a large rose producing country, but over the years, the rose acreage decreased sharply and shifted to Kenya and Ethiopia. "Dutch roses still outperform the African roses on year round quality, but since techniques in Africa are also enhancing, more is needed and particularly in…

Australia: Will there be flowers for Mother's Day?

Vaughn Kemsley is kept busy at this time of the year putting the finishing touches to his crop of Chrysanthemums flowering in time for mums across the state. The Tamar Valley…

Roelof Nugteren of Luxaflor Roses, Zimbabwe

"We still receive orders and have cargo flights"

"Fortunately, we are allowed to continue business, our clients are still ordering and cargo is still being picked up in Zimbabwe", says Roelof Nugteren of Luxaflor Roses, a 16ha rose farm in the Zimbabwean town Concession. Roelof Nugteren at the IFTEX 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya.  Agricultural businesses can continueIn…

US (CA): 30,000 flowers will be given away for free in San Luis Obispo

The California Cut Flower Commission is teaming up with Avila Valley Barn, Connected Communities, and Ocean Breeze Farms to give 30,000 Gerbera Daisies away for free. The flowers will be Donated by Ocean Breeze Farms in Arroyo Grande, this Thursday, April 2nd, at 3 p.m. Due to the current COVID-19…

Niagara Grown

CAN (ON): Supporting the local greenhouse floriculture industry

Niagara Grown is a non-profit website supporting local growers. Their job is to highlight what products are in season and where consumers can find them – direct from the farmer. Currently they are focusing on locally grown flowers. With the current global pandemic, many stores in Canada and the U.S. are…

US (CA): Westerlay Orchids brightens up nurses and doctors with orchids

"Here at Westerlay Orchids we’re struggling to get our product to market. But with so many nurses and doctors on the front lines were sending out some orchid appreciation to local hospitals and clinics. Pictured here is Los Robles Medical in Thousand Oaks. Thank you for everything you do to keep us…

Ecuador: How to keep a farm running in coronavirus times

Flower farms around the world are taking a huge hit as flowers are going unused due the coronavirus. As a result, the industry is suffering greatly as events have been cancelled worldwide, and many businesses have seized production. Boutique rose farm Jet Fresh Flower Growers, S.A. in Cotopaxi, Ecuador…

Costa Rica farmers destroy flowers as coronavirus spoils exports

Costa Rican flower farmers have started destroying lilies, roses and chrysanthemums they have lovingly tended for months after the coronavirus outbreak led to the suspension of flights to markets in the United States and Canada. “This was our work. We have grown and cared for them since they were seeds,”…

Victor Omuga, Bella Flowers, Rwanda:

"We can't wait to pick up from where we left off"

Usually, 100,000 stems on average are being produced a day at Rwanda's only rose farm, Bella Flowers. Established in 2016, starting with 20 ha, they quickly grew to 40 ha by the end of 2019, exporting at least 85 percent of their production. In the coming years, plans are even in the pipeline to grow to…

Johnsons of Whixley sends UK Government letter for support

Group Managing Director at one of the UK’s largest commercial nurseries and BALI Registered Affiliate member, Johnsons of Whixley has sent out a template letter calling for government support for ornamental horticulture in the coronavirus crisis. Pre-approval for consideration was received with…

Former Connecticut arborist refocuses on plant sciences career and benefits from HRI funds

The Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), the AmericanHort Foundation, has selected first-year University of Connecticut student, Felicia Millett, as its 2019-2020 Timothy S. and Palmer W. Bigelow, Jr. Scholar. Felicia has been awarded $3,000 to pursue a plant sciences degree with concentration in…

Industry stresses health benefits of flowers and plants

Not everyone considers flowers to be a primary necessity and that´s why floriculture has suffered so much during this crisis. Now, more and more initiatives are being undertaken to stress the importance of flowers during this period. "Flower and plants are good for your health." It is a sentence that is…

Marten Barel still going strong:

"The transition that horticulture has seen is truly impressive"

Last year, we started our series 'Andere Tuinbouwtijden' featuring industry veterans. Many a seasoned worker reminisced on times long gone, and most are still very active, even after their retirement. Marten Barel is one of them, and after reading all his colleagues' stories, he knew he has even older stories.…

US (CA): Torrance flower producer once supplied gardenias and orchids nationwide

The lot near the corner of 190th Street and Western Avenue, on the eastern edge of Torrance, isn’t much to look at now. The paved vacant lot has only an empty restaurant…

US growers find alternative distribution channels

Cindy Bench is a co-owner with her husband, David at Bench Farms on Route 2, and they say they're doing things a little differently this year. Something they've never done before: an online ordering process. Opening day is April 1st. Cindy tells 13abc, "We always open up April 1st which is April Fool's…

Australia: Coronavirus sees flowers dumped as events and florists closed down

Australian flower growers have destroyed tens of thousands of flowers since the coronavirus shut down events and closed florists. Joe Oliveri from Oliveri Flowers on the NSW Central Coast said he dumped 50,000 gerberas last week because nobody would buy them. "Those flowers have just gone straight in the…

The success story of Mr. Sangappa Thangadi

Indian gerbera grower thrives again after massive investment was gone in water

What does it take to be a successful farmer? We often hear the stories of farmers who work hard in their fields slogging day and night; mainly for their livelihood and to feed the world. But is that enough for him to sustain and survive? Are dedicated efforts enough to achieve the success? The answer is…

A Hill and Sons

UL: North Yorkshire grower reaches 100 year milestone

At the beginning of the Roaring Twenties, 1920 was ground-breaking in many ways: Middlesbrough won the Northern Victory League,  Rupert Bear first appeared in the Daily Express and The Crown on Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough originally opened as a cinema. And in a small corner of Loftus between Saltburn-by-the-Sea…

"UK horticultural sector could be wiped out by shut down in just weeks"

A major part of the UK’s gardening industry worth £1.4 billion, which includes hundreds of family businesses up and down the country, could be destroyed following the UK coronavirus shutdown, claims the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA). Peak season has only a matter of weeks left for the…

Fibrex Nurseries delivering pelargoniums via mail order

UK: "Challenging times ahead, but so far so good"

"It is all mail order that we are sending out at the moment and, surprisingly and fortunately, we are about the same regarding turn-over compared to last year - which was our best ever year", says Heather Goddard-Key of Fibrex Nursery. Since last week, they and all other "non-essential" businesses in the…

Economic impact of Covid-19 on South African flower industry massive

Two Dolphin Coast flower farmers, amongst the largest producers of cut flower in South Africa, are staring at disaster if disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic…

US: Flower farming in the time of COVID-19

Flower growers in the United States are facing challenging times, but they keep soldiering on despite the crisis. Let's take a look at how some growers are dealing with the situation. Kitayama Brothers: Continuing to growAt Kitayama Brothers, the mantra is “our tradition is growing”; it highlights the…

A Journey from localg.a.p. to GlobalGAP in Chile

The seed company Benary was founded in Erfurt, Germany by Ernst Benary in 1843. After World War II, the family business was shut down by the socialist government of East Germany. So in 1946, Friedrich Benary moved to West Germany. The family business began to rebuild in Hannoversch Münden in Lower…

"Buy your flowers at shops"

Donations, no direct sales from the nursery: Danish grower PKM supports partners

March, April and May are some of the most important months for Danish nursery Gartneriet PKM A/S, but like almost all other industries, they are struggling due to the COVID-19 crisis in Europe and therefore need to discard many of their plants. They are touched by the friendly calls and emails they…

Challenging times for U.S. industry, but "this too shall pass"

As everywhere, the COVID-19 crisis has also hit the flowers and greens industry in the United States hard. Growers, propagators and traders are feeling the impact of decimated demand, event cancellations and shop closures, but amidst all this, there are also feelings of hope, in the knowledge that we're…

The gift of flowers

Passion often leads to purpose, and this month, that purpose came in the form of giving the Gift of Flowers. by Diana Roy, Resendiz Brothers We love flower farming here in California, especially in the springtime when there are so many varieties to choose from and the colors are amazing. Our farm's shipping department was…

Florsani’s resilience

A brief history of the 2011 crisis versus the current situation facing the world in 2020

Luis Flores is a leader who lived a powerful change after a crisis he faced in 2011. Florsani posted an article to encourage readers that resilience involves restructuring resources based on new circumstances and needs. "For resilient people, there is no hard life, but difficult times. And it is not…

A happy little miracle in dark times: The plant nursery business is booming

After an economic week so bleak, with thousands out of work and businesses teetering on the edge, a happy little miracle has happened in the world of plants. People are clamoring to plant vegetable gardens, and Southern California nurseries — deemed an essential service by state and local officials —…

US (NC): A flower farmer innovates; a farmers market opens with caution

This is the time of tulips.  This is the time of coronavirus, and Emily Copus, the grower behind Carolina Flowers, has a crop of about 8,000 tulips she needs to sell. Tulips are hardier than you might think, said Copus. They have a personality. "They feel substantial — they have a presence among flowers that…

CAN (ON): Flower greenhouse loses all Easter orders

Last June, like every year, European Planters began the long process of getting their hydrangeas ready for sales this spring. Up until a few weeks ago, everything was fairly normal for the Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) greenhouse. Then, the novel coronavirus hit. “Everything was ready to start getting…

A message of hope: Eufloria Flowers

Wednesday Morning, March 18, 2020, J Schwanke got a text from his friend Chad Nelson at Eufloria Flowers, sharing their decision to close down Eufloria Flowers due to the current situation with COVID-19 and additional challenges both personal and industry based. "It was a very sad day", J writes, "and I…

American Horticultural Society honors Dan Heims with Luther Burbank Award

Dan Heims, president of Terra Nova Nurseries in Canby, Ore., has been named the 2020 recipient of the American Horticultural Society’s (AHS) Luther Burbank Award, which recognizes extraordinary achievement in the field of plant breeding. The accolade is one of the Great American Gardeners Awards that the…

Inside South Africa's biggest orchid business

Frieda Duckitt says the orchid bug bit her after she bought four of the plants at the South African Orchid Council Show in Cape Town. Venturing into orchid production came naturally to her, as she has green fingers and was already growing Anthurium and vegetables, and raising poultry on a small…

Kenyan flower exports drop by 50 percent

Kenyan flower exports to the EU market have dropped by fifty percent in the last couple of weeks due to the financial crisis caused by the Coronavirus. This has forced farmers in Naivasha to start disposing of flowers worth millions of shillings for lack of a market while casual workers are being sent…

UK: Provender Nurseries and Hadlow College growing stock with student support

Provender Nurseries and Hadlow College are collaborating on a new venture involving students and learning in line with the college curriculum. Students of all levels of horticulture are learning real commercial experience of growing ornamental crops for sale with Provender Nurseries.  Resulting from a discussion…

J Schwanke’s Life in Bloom, season one recap: Flower farms

J Schwanke’s Life in Bloom is a half-hour lifestyle series that’s all about flowers, and the positive impact they make on daily life. The show has been airing on public television station (PBS) nationwide in the U.S. market since April of 2019. The show included visits to 9 flower, foliage, or plant…

André Knoppert & Zn. joins Decorum

From this week André Knoppert & Zn. will start delivering their Ranunculus. At the start of the season it is announced that they will become a member of Decorum. RanunculusOwners André and Martijn Knoppert have been growing the colorful spring product Ranunculus for years. The orange variety Azur is first…

UK: Fairford grown flowers head for Chelsea

Dreams have come true for Flowers from the Farm members Beth Bruce-Gardner, Fi Passey, Ruth Robinson and Tess Wardman who, working together as The Fairford Flower Collective, have been selected to exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year. The collective was formed after this mix of florists and…

Matt Hutchins celebrates 5 years with Millcreek Gardens

Matt Hutchins joined the Millcreek team in the Spring of 2015. He learned about Millcreek by watching a live tv segment with Tom Wood of NBC4 in Columbus on an early Saturday morning. He began working in the Quart Perennial Department where he pulled orders. In the summer he was promoted to Section…

US (MN): Len Busch Roses preparing for spring tulips

At Len Busch Roses in Plymouth, staff members are always preparing for the next big holiday. In Minnesota, the end of winter may not be an official holiday, but it’s always cause for celebration. “People are just clamoring to get outside, into their yard, do some planting and that kind of thing,” said…

Barendse Freesia innovates with high tech three-tier cultivation

In 's Gravenzande (the Netherlands) two brothers, Lex and Matthieu Barendse, established a climate chamber in which, under LED lighting and fully conditioned circumstances freesias are grown in a three-tier system. The brothers are past the experimental phase, the first stalks have been harvested.…

US (NC): Flowers, vegetables grown in place of tobacco in greenhouses

Three greenhouses used to produce tobacco transplants were left empty when the Blake family stopped growing this crop on their farm off Hunting Creek Road in southeastern Wilkes County about seven years ago. Wanting to utilize the 35-foot-by-100-foot greenhouses instead of tearing them down, the family…

UK: Shropshire rose growers hoping business will bloom after floods

Staff at Black Birches Garden Centre in Hadnall, were lamenting the weather long before the February storms due to ongoing wet weather delaying the harvesting and lifting of more than 30,000 rose plants. According to managing director Jon Jinks it created a logistical nightmare and gave sales figures a…

Flower farmers at work in east China's Anhui Province

Xinhua has posted a photo report featuring farmers at work at a cultivation base in Huagang Town, Feixi County, east China's Anhui Province. If you're curious about how they're growing over there, check out the photos here.

Who run the world? Girls!

Beyoncé made it into a catchy song. We all sing it with ease, don't we? But she touches a sensitive point. Gender equality is a hot issue these days. A battle that started over 100 years ago. On March 8, 1908, the first women's strike took place in New York. It was the very beginning of women's emancipation and the fight against inequality. On March…

US (NC): High school students explore horticulture at New Event

Last weekend, students from seven high schools, four community colleges, and one university joined a group of horticulture industry professionals for a new event. The inaugural North Carolina High School Landscape Competition (NCHSLC) was modeled on the annual National Collegiate Landscape Competition…

Waxflowers shine on Australian TV

Helix Australia was recently featured on Australian television show Garden Gurus.The segment discussed new developments in Helix Australia’s waxflower breeding programme. In addition advice was provided to home gardeners how best to manage Waxflower plants in their garden as well as some recommendations…

Calathea grower Teun Valstar implements new process computer

"Controls have become increasingly intelligent and they increasingly ensure optimal growing conditions"

In modern horticulture, everything is geared to finding a good balance between maximum return, maximum production and optimum crop quality. Nowadays, most people would agree that a process computer is an indispensable tool for finding and maintaining this delicate balance – and pot plant grower Teun…

$300,000 each for Den Haan and Forest Glen

Canadian government invests in Nova Scotia greenhouse businesses

Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Keith Colwell, Nova Scotia Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, announced $600,000 in investments for two greenhouse businesses in Nova Scotia to position them for accelerated business growth. Through Nova Scotia's Agriculture Business…

Anthura nominated for ‘Koning Willem 1’ Award

On Monday, March 2nd Anthura was nominated for the biennial Koning Willem I Award SME (King William I Award SME, named after King Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands) at the nomination event of the Koning Willem I Foundation. A total of twelve companies from all regions of the Netherlands are…

COVID-19 brings losses to Vietnamese flower growers

The days before the International Women’s Day (March 8) are often the best for flower sellers at Tay Tuu Flower Village in Hanoi, but the continuing COVID-19 epidemic has cut sales of flowers in half this season. Nguyen Cong Cuong and his wife have prepared 1,000 roses to deliver to customers. Unlike in…

These French women grow flowers for Dior for a living

“Banana! Today, it’s banana,” Carole Biancalana declares, pressing a star-shaped bloom to her nose. A basket swings from her freckled forearm. Her hair is the colour of a wheat field. From July to October, the flower grower’s land is speckled white with jasmine — these précieuses étoiles (precious stars)…

Diego Espinosa, General manager Agrocoex

Ecuador: "Cupido impresses any woman"

There are many ways to celebrate International women's day, but the most beautiful way to encourage, acknowledge and appreciate the superwomen in our life is to give them “the second-best thing God has created after them, a rose”, Christian Dior famously said. Cupido, a variety bred by De Ruiter, is a…

US (FL): April Showers bring May Flowers, but this grower has flowers year round

Florist shops can be found in just about every city and town, but where those florists get their flowers is not. KB Farms Cut Flowers is one of only a handful of flower farms known in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. "There's plenty of wholesale people, but there's not a lot of people that grow flowers so…

UK: Daffodil growers mean business

Wales is a small nation, but growing its national flower is big business for some farmers. According to the NFU, daffodils in the UK have a retail product value of £71.5…

ForemostCo begins process of MPS-ABC sustainability certification

ForemostCo production facilities have begun the process of acquiring MPS certification (Ornamentales Sapo Verde, Phoenix Foliage, Vita Farms, Primeros en Follaje). MPS is the worldwide partner on sustainability for growers and demonstrates to what extent operations are ecologically sound. ForemostCo…

Philadelphia Flower Show helps New Jersey juvenile offenders blossom

It’s a Tuesday morning and Julian, 17, is at his favorite class: horticulture. Inside a greenhouse near Burlington County’s Smithville Mansion, he carefully transplants rosemary from a small container into a larger decorative pot. “This is another one of those things that’s teaching me patience,” says…

Waldor Orchids blooming at Philadelphia Flower Show for over 90 years

One family started showing off their work at the Philadelphia Flower Show nearly 90 years ago. Bill Off says he got turned on to orchids at an early age. He followed in the footsteps of his father, a florist who delivered to a hotel in Atlantic City. "And they decided to start growing orchids because he…

Florensis shares results

Push for sustainability picks up steam

Over the past five years, Florensis has made a major effort at its six production locations in the Netherlands and abroad to meet its sustainability objective that was formulated in 2015. This objective was a reduction in the use of environmentally harmful crop protection agents by 50% in 2020. The…

Russia: Morshansk greenhouse boasts Dutch tulips

It is already visible how beautiful the flowerbeds of Morshansk will look like in the coming summer. The first buds have sprung out in the greenhouse, delivering produce for town decoration. Primroses are the first ones to start blooming. The growers produce primroses of all sorts of colors here. Even a…

Hivos to present first Producer of the Year Award

Hivos in collaboration with flower sector stakeholders will convene the first ever “Producer of the Year Award” (POYA) as a platform to demonstrate the role of front runner…

A look in the greenhouse of Middenweg Flowers

Sky is the limit for this Dutch iris grower

"Can you make a living with irises? We cannot speak for others of course, but we are doing very well. We are growing in numbers every year and the customer is happy to pay a few extra cents for our stems." Father and son Kaya are the men behind Kwekerij Middenweg Flowers. From the first day, more than 15…

20 ha of greenhouses damaged

Colombian rose farm hit by a hail storm

Last Tuesday, Jaroma Roses, now part of Sunshine Bouquet, was hit by a hail storm, which is very rare in Colombia. The hail damaged 20 ha of their greenhouses, that are located in the North of Bogota, but fortunately no employees were hurt as it occurred in the afternoon, when most left the farm. Having such…

HRI Mugget scholar aims to improve sustainable solutions and greenhouse management practices

Annika Kohler, a first-year graduate student at Michigan State University, has been selected as the recipient of the 2019-2020 Mugget Scholarship, presented by the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI). “By being awarded the Mugget Scholarship, I can continue to carry out the legacy of the ‘mugget’ and…

Villa Curcuma becomes a member of Decorum

From March 1st, Villa Curcuma from Honselersdijk will join Decorum Plants & Flowers. Owners André and Mike Zuidgeest are specialized in growing Curcuma cut flowers, making the company the only one in the Netherlands to do so. André Zuidgeest: "We strive to cultivate high quality and long shelf life for…

Growing wax flower in the Israeli desert

"We'll be back"

It is a challenge to grow wax flower and Asclepias tuberosa in the desert, but Israeli farmers Ori Duek and Alon Gibori managed to do it. But after successfully growing these varieties for several years in the Arava desert in Israel, they're now preparing for their last season. "Due to political circumstances between Israel and…

Video highlights new FSF certified farms

Florverde welcomes the companies that obtained the FSF certification in 2019 to its sustainable community, with a video that puts the spotlight on these flower farms. Check it out below. For more information: Florverdewww.florverde.org

Ben Cross featured in The Guardian article on sustainable flowers

Ben Cross grows alstroemerias all year round in West Sussex. Even in midwinter, long beds of these tropical-looking flowers, native to South America and commonly known as Peruvian lilies, rise up defiantly in the energy-efficient greenhouses at Crosslands Flower Nursery, where they are picked to supply…

Dramm Echter Farms moves farm operations to Baja California

Dramm Echter Farms has announced plans to transition their floral production to Baja California. “My desire to continue growing quality flowers competitively has created an opportunity to move our farming operation to Baja California over the next two years,” said Dramm Echter Farms President and Owner Bob…

Bangladesh: Farmer turns heads by growing on coco dust

A farmer in Naogaon (Bangladesh) is growing high yield plants of different variety of vegetables with the coco-dust method where coir dust mixture is used instead of soil in the seedbed. The unconventional seedling growing system drew the attraction of farmers in the region. Amran Ali started growing…

US: Van Hoekelen Greenhouses purchases 6 acre facility in Florida

For several years, Van Hoekelen Greenhouses in Kline Township (PA) has been growing Christmas Cactus liners, Ivy, and 4 and 6 inch foliage in Apopka (FL) in a 6 acre greenhouse, and they recently got the opportunity to buy it. They named it VHG South, and with this purchase they are eager and able to…

Marginpar introduces Talinum 'Long John'

Talinum is a member of the purslane family. Some varieties have edible leaves, but Marginpar, who introduces this new variety called 'Long John', obviously prefers to see these enchanting twigs in a vase rather than on the plate. The branches of the Talinum are packed with small seed pods in red and…

25th participant of Rainlevelr project

NL: A look inside the new greenhouse of van Lugt Lisianthus

The Dutch government and entrepreneurs have found each other in an effective way to deal with sudden flooding caused by heavy showers in the Westland area. It is named the Rainlevelr project and it has turned out to be a success. Last week, the 25th participant, Lugt Lisianthus, joined, which was…

US (PA): Greenhouse is standing strong long after the cut-flower industry's heyday

Third-generation growers in Avondale, Rosazza Son’s Florist & Greenhouses now has a variety of seasonal options, including Easter bulbs, geraniums, vegetable plants, mums and poinsettias. Right now, Ralph is tucking snapdragon blooms into four stacked layers of woven wire racks that keep them growing…

Tulips bloom for the first time in Bangladesh

A little piece of cropland in Sreepur upazila of Gazipur is now abuzz with local visitors after a couple in the area managed to harvest a full bloom of tulips, a plant that has grown for the first time in Bangladesh.  Husband-and-wife duo Shelly and Delwar Hossain from Kewa Dakshinkhan village are now proud…

Valentine's Day helps Gaza flower growers overcome business decline

Palestinian farmer Maher Abu Daqqa from the Gaza Strip took advantage of Valentine's Day to market his first harvest of roses. Abu Daqqa, in his 40s, was overwhelmed by his…

Norwegians celebrate Mother’s Day with pot roses from Norway

Norwegian Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in February and this year, it was celebrated on February 9. It is a very important holiday for pot roses and after two years of patience, wholesaler Blomsterringen Norway is pleased to have Norwegian grown Infinity Roses on the shelves this year.…

Flower sales plunge as South Korean schools cancel ceremonies

In South Korea, February-March is traditionally regarded as the peak and busiest season for flower growers and shops, as graduation and admission ceremonies of elementary and secondary schools and universities are successively scheduled for the month. Flowers are the most popular gift for all those…

Planting Bletilla in the Westland

Ever wondered how Bletilla is planted? Thanks to Green Works, that won't be a mystery anymore. In this video, they give a little insight in planting their Bletilla in the greenhouse in the Westland, the Netherlands.  For more informationGreenworksEd KleijbeukerM: +31 (0)6 24 94 64 05Ed@green-works.nlDaan KneppersM:…

From humble beginnings to one of the biggest brands in the US

Willoway Nurseries, a third generation, family owned business is one of the largest wholesale growers in the Midwest and ranks in the top 40 growers nationwide. Located outside of Cleveland, and just south of Lake Erie, they provide plants to the Midwest and across the US. From humble beginnings, Les Demaline…

Helix Australia celebrates first waxflower harvest in California

The first harvest from Helix Australia’s initial Californian waxflower planting has commenced at Mellano & Co. Wax Dee’s Delight, flowering This waxflower crop was only planted in December 2018 so the quick move into harvest has been very pleasing, according to the company. In addition, the first harvest…

Takao Nursery

US (CA): A family business for six decades and growing strong

Takao Nursery is a third-generation family-owned and operated business that initially began as a small landscape company in Torrance, CA in 1960 when Founders Howard and Fumiko Takao turned the company into a wholesale groundcover nursery after purchasing land in Fresno, CA 19 years later.  by Ed Attanasaio…

Russia: Don growers getting ready for spring holidays

Primroses, violas and daisies are blooming on Don. The growers of the region are getting ready for spring holidays and assure that they will surprise everyone with the abundance of local tulips. The weather forecast predicts snow and harsh wind. However, severe weather conditions do not bother greenhouse…

US (CA): Westerlay Orchids brimming with expansion plans

Valentine's Day is around the corner and Californian orchid grower Westerlay Orchids in Carpinteria is pleased with the sales. They don't have this year's statistics yet, but it again seems to be higher than last year. Actually, over the last three years, they've seen an increase in demand for their…

How an Indian grower cultivated a floriculture enterprise

By the end of twentieth century when a low ranking employee was desperately thinking about the future of his seven sons, he made a modest investment in creating a flower nursery. Operating from a south Kashmir village, they now grow countless varieties of flowers, vegetables and fruits and hire 25…

Plantpeddler mourns loss of Connie Goodman

"After years of fighting a relentless battle, we lost a long-time team member at Plantpeddler to cancer. Our company would simply not be without her dedication, passion, leadership and knowledge. Connie guided our production, helped create the systems we use, understood plant culture, and most…

Tracing the journey of a rose from farm to vase

Ahead of February 14, Gulf News visited Black Tulip Flowers, the region’s largest floral company, to gain an insight into how they deliver millions of Valentine’s Day roses in 35 countries worldwide. “We are the third largest flower grower in the world and this is the peak time for our business so one…

Australia: Meet a rare breed of staff in Perth this March

Are you a breeder or grower of native plants? If so, don’t miss out on the Perth Production tour during the upcoming Healthy Plants, Healthy People conference. The Healthy Plants, Healthy People pre-conference Production tour will provide participants with a behind the scenes look at five Perth…

"We strive very hard to cater to independent growers and garden centres"

For more than 20 years, A.M.A. has been working closely with George Sant & Sons Greenhouses (Sants), one of Canada’s largest suppliers of plugs and cuttings for the annuals market. Founded in 1947 by George Sant, the four-generation family farm has continued to blossom along with its product – and they…

13 February

Have you heard about Galentine's Day!?  ​   ​

Ladies celebrating ladies—that is what Galentine's Day is all about! "No romance, just a day for the 'gals' who have always been there for each other through thick and thin." This day is celebrated the day before Valentine's Day and Californian grower Stargazer Barn taps into this 'new' holiday by…

Quik's Farm (March 14) and Orchard Park Growers (March 21)

CAN: Petals & Plates goes west

For several years, Petals & Plates has been organizing flower-focused farm dinners in Ontario, Canada, and for the first time, they will go to the west coast of the country. Quik's Farm, based in Chiliwack, British Colombia will be the first grower outside of Ontario that will host a Petals & Plates dinner, on March 14. The week…

US (MN): Growing 5 million tulips in Plymouth

Len Busch will grow five-million tulips this year from Valentine's Day to Mother's Day. An automatic grading machine has revolutionized how the spring staple is grown and harvested.  After they come in from the semi truck they are planted into individual trays and moved into the rooting cooler where they are…

Australia: East Gippsland flower growers face long road ahead after bushfires

Three weeks after her home was reduced to a mound of bricks, twisted metal and shards of glass, Milusa Giles stands among the wreckage when her phone starts to ring. "You're speaking to Jenny, and I'm calling about your electricity bill," the voice on the end of the line says. "Since you always try to…

US (FL): Appeals court rules against orchid grower’s attempt to obtain marijuana license

A state appeals court tossed out a Tampa-based orchid grower’s attempt to enter the state’s medical marijuana market, finding the nursery lacked standing to challenge eight licenses granted by Florida health officials last year. Louis Del Favero Orchids Inc. challenged a settlement agreement between the…

Valentine’s gift that grows under the Spanish sun thanks to Dutch technology

With Valentine’s Day approaching, the Aleia Roses company at Avenida de las Rosa 1 near the town of Garray in Spain has in recent weeks been working overtime again. Because doesn’t a loved one long to give the most beautiful gift of its kind – The Red Naomi – on the 14th of February? The finest red roses…

Meeting the growers of Italy and France

Sourcing the right blooms with the right people is such an important job that each of the departments at McQueens has a flower buyer - dedicated to working with trusted suppliers throughout the year. A special supplier of many years is Dutch-based company Hoek Flowers. According to McQueens, one of the…

Spanish investment company takes over Aleia Roses

The Spanish investment company JB Capital Markets took over Aleia Roses. For 9 million euro, they have become 100% owner of this rose farm. After some startup problems, this new Spanish-Dutch rose farm in Soria, Spain…

UK: Future of daffodil farm saved as workers allowed to live on site

N J McWilliam & Co has been suffering from a dearth of local workers in recent years, and has hired an increasing number of staff from overseas to help at Haughhead Farm near Laurencekirk. The employees have been staying in accommodation across Angus, which bosses of the 130-year-old company say is not a…

Watch the story of the Confetti Flower Field

The Confetti Flower Field is located on the Wyke Manor Estate in rural Worcestershire, England. Their new corporate film will take you on a trip around the estate and you will find out the story of one of Britain's most unusual (and colourful) businesses. Owner, Charles Hudson, explains a little about…

It's always autumn in the chrysanthemum greenhouse

On January 29, Hamifleurs visited the nursery Leen Middelburg Chrysanten (LMC), which is part of the sales cooperative Zentoo Chrysanten. Here they were welcomed by Sander and Edwin, who gave a tour through the nursery. Zentoo offers a wide range of varieties. LMC is one of the initiators of this partnership.…

Run-up to Valentine's Day

Netherlands: Higher rose prices as Kenyan supply lags behind

Over the last few weeks, Kenya has had a lot of rain and this wet weather delayed the rose production. Not good timing in the run up to Valentine's Day (February 14). As a result, less roses are on the market which results in higher prices. The prices of the red and other colored roses are about 10…

Thursday is Bug Day at Peace Tree Farm

Thursday is bug day at Peace Tree. "It’s the day that our Biocontrol team crisscrosses our greenhouses to replenish and maintain our army of beneficial insects", the grower explains. "They distribute sachets, release predators and parasites, and utilize our custom Bugzooka to launch and evenly spread…

US (CA): Orchid nursery proposal fails to take root

Plans for a large commercial orchid nursery on the city’s outskirts wilted in front of the Poway City Council Tuesday night. Property owner Eric Ho submitted preliminary plans to build up to 10 greenhouses, each 16 feet tall and 23,000 square feet in size, on 20 acres northwest of Poway Road and Highway…

Rasmus, BioSund ApS:

Denmark: Rosa Danica subsidiary launches organic pot plant line

Denmark is one of the strictest countries regarding the rules for organic production, but Rasmus Moth Madsen took the plunge and started to focus on the production of organic potted plants. His father is Torben Moth Madsen of Rosa Danica A/S, a potted rose grower, and in his greenhouse, Rasmus started…

US: Just Add Ice launches Valentine's Day product line to provide flower delivery

The average consumer spent around $162 on Valentine's Day 2019, with the largest portion of spending on romantic partners ($93), followed by family members ($30), and finally…

UK growers tackle skills shortage from the ground up

Green skills are in alarming decline in Britain, according to the director general of the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). Despite the horticulture industry contributing about £9bn to the UK economy and employing around 300,000 people, 70% of businesses in the sector say they struggle to fill vacancies…

"Together we are stronger"

Ecuador: EQR and Flores del Cotopaxi merge

Granny used to say "birds of a feather flock together" to teach us, the younger generation, to be wise at the moment of choosing our friends. Just like Granny's wisdom, in business, the network and partnerships matter. With the constant strive for improving the quality of its products and services, EQR…

US (AK): Researcher recognized by peony industry

The Alaska Peony Growers Association awarded its Growers Cup to longtime University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher Bob Van Veldhuizen. Members of the statewide association honored Van Veldhuizen during its winter conference, which ended Saturday in Fairbanks. The award recognizes individuals who provide…

Santosh Kulkarni, General Manager of PJ Dave Flora ltd

In search of the best red

A red rose has always been an integral part of Valentine's Day celebration. It symbolized love, passion, courage, beauty and joy. Something as simple as a perfect red rose makes Valentine's Day very special. This Valentine's we would like to discover the perfect red rose which is loved by consumers, marketers, and growers. A…

What it takes to grow a bridal bouquet

Floral designers are most likely somewhat aware of what goes into the flower growing process, but they can really, truly appreciate the process after witnessing first-hand all of the time, effort and passion that goes into it. During their trip to Quito, Ecuador last year, Mayesh brought 24 designers to…


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