Grower in the spotlight

Denmark: Butterfly Garden goes ahead in sustainability without any plastic waste

The first All Natural paper pots and trays will be put on the market commercially soon by Danish campanula grower Butterfly Garden / Gartneriet Tvillingegaarden. Over the last year, they tested these pots in cultivation as well as in sales and they were so satisfied with the reactions that they will put…

US (OR): Bower & Branch welcomes Oregon Pride Nurseries to its network

Bower & Branch, the e-commerce brand consisting of a network of independent growers and garden centers across the United States, expanded their grower network with the…

US (MI): Horticulture alum runs 12-acre greenhouse

Susie Raker-Zimmerman graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Horticulture in 2003. The university asked her a few questions about her time at MSU and her current industry position. Why did you choose to study Horticulture and why MSU? Most people would probably expect me to say that I choose Horticulture because I…

Success in ultrafiltration pilot Arend Roses and WaterQ/Litree

“We now fully rely on the Goalkeeper”

Dutch rose nursery Arend Roses supplies 40 to 45 million roses per year in 8 different varieties. Besides the quality of the roses and the service for customers, Arend Roses also takes care of the environment. They therefore opt for green, innovative technology to make rose cultivation more sustainable.…

'Dream Team' helps Thiel's move into hydroponic lettuce

CAN (AB): Ornamental plant grower opens hydroponic lettuce greenhouse

Thiel's Greenhouses is a household name in the horticulture industry. Serving the Lamont, Fort Saskatchewan, Bruderheim and Vegreville areas in Alberta with ornamental plants since 1958, current owner Nadine Stielow has taken the business to new levels. The next phase in the grower's career is the…

Aleia Roses about rose cultivation in Spain

"Spain is an optimum"

Aleia is one of a few ultra-modern rose nurseries in the world. A number of these are located in the Netherlands, where the infrastructure, logistics, buyers, technical suppliers and research institutions are all just around the corner. In Africa there's less of that, but there they have a different way of modern rose…

Andy Koch, Eufloria:

"Mixed bouquets — that is who we are"

Eufloria Flowers, based in southern San Luis Obispo County, is one of America’s premier growers of premium cut roses. The award-winning company’s beautiful blooms have graced such prestigious events as presidential inaugurations, the Kentucky Derby and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. Founded in 1984 by sixth-generation rose…

Reactions from around the world

Rose growers reflect on run-up to Valentine’s Day

Although Valentine's has yet to get started, for many in the industry, the big rush is over. Over the last few weeks, growers worked around the clock to harvest and ship their flowers, and at the beginning of this week, the final Valentine's flowers left the farm. Also at the FloraHolland auction in…

Australia: Feedback on draft qualifications & units

Skills Impact is seeking industry feedback on draft qualifications and units, that have been developed as part of the horticulture technology review project. These new units…

Cuts of Color joins Certified American Grown

With her roots deep in the soil of Texas, it was perhaps inevitable that Rita Anders would end up a farmer. After all, she grew up on a dairy farm in Weimar, Texas, where her grandfather started farming in 1937. Her family also grew peaches and pecans. All photos courtesy of Cuts of Color. What wasn’t so inevitable was that she would become a…

For California flower farmers, roses aren’t just for Valentine’s Day

While roses (especially red) have long been a go-to for Valentine’s Day, California rose farmers are supplying consumers and florists with roses in an assortment of varieties and colors 365 days a year. by Christina Litchfield After all, today’s on-trend floral designs feature a fluid, airy garden look in a range of hues,…

Fiore and Kwekerij Bosbloemen

NL: Decorum expands with two new members

On April 1 2019, two new members will join the grower's association Decorum, Firore and Kwekerij Bosbloemen. Fiore is a well-known name in cut Anthuriums and Kwekerij B osbloemen will expand the assortment with Celosias. Fiore Anthuriums Fiore grows 12 varieties of Anthuriums, of which they exclusively cultivate 4…

US (MO): Polar Vortex damages flower grower's crops

The growers at Urban Buds were beaming with joy over their Valentine’s Day flower offerings, feeling successful and excited. As urban flower farmers in the heart of St. Louis, their goal is to bring high quality flowers when consumers need them. For the past several years, they have attempted to do just…

India: Soex Flora working around the clock for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is nearing and for many rose growers this means working around the clock. Also for Indian rose grower Soex Flora. For them, Valentine's Day is one of their most hectic days of the year. For two weeks, the site is operational 24/7 in order to ship out all the orders. Millions of roses are…

CAN (BC): 2019 carbon tax relief grants open for greenhouse growers

Applications for carbon tax relief grants for the 2019 production year for eligible commercial greenhouse operators are now open and will be accepted until March 29, 2019. Commercial producers of B.C. vegetables, ornamental flowers and plants, forest seedlings and nursery plants are eligible to apply for the grant,…

US (CA): Mellano & Company achieves BloomCheck certification

Mellano & Company, a prominent presence on the landscape of California flower farming for more than 90 years, has recently achieved their BloomCheck certification for their sustainable practices on their farm in northern San Diego County. Mellano & Company recently received their BloomCheck Certification, recognizing their…

Three new red pot rose varieties added to the assortment

Denmark: Reds through the roof at Rosa Danica

It's the time of the year again when Rosa Danica is adding new varieties to their pot rose assortment. While this in itself isn't that remarkable, they did add three new reds - a difficult color in breeding. And with Valentine's Day around the corner, Torben Moth Madsen is happy with some extra reds.…

Kenya: Oserian announces scholarships, job plan for students

A fortnight after being crowned the world’s cut flowers growing champion, Oserian Development Company has announced a series of scholarships for the best students in the schools it manages while introducing a scheme where priority to work in the farm will be given to former students of the schools. The new scholarships…

"LED lights allow us to economically extend the growing day to 14 hours"

Fairweather's Nursery are completing the installation of LED lights into their second propagation greenhouse, to enable them to expand the weaning of tissue culture plants…

Russia: Kaliningrad greenhouse to deliver 7.5 million tulips for March 8

Nursery Kalinkovo is planning to grow 7.5 million tulips for Valentine’s Day and International Women’s Day. The flowers will be delivered to various regions of the Russian Federation, reported the local government press service. The first batch of three million tulips will be sent to the Altay area. The rest of…

Orchids in history

A blast from the past

“It is difficult to realize that one of these tiny plants may well eventually prove to be a champion and worth a small fortune.” Greenhouses filled with orchids as we know them now are actually the result of orchid hunting by curious botanists in the past. One of them is David Sander who is making his appearance in this old…

"Roses for Autism grows roses, careers and love"

Tucked away on Route 1 in Guilford is one of Connecticut’s hidden gems. Roses for Autism is many things; it’s a farm, a florist, a career training program, a sensory garden, and most importantly, a true community resource for individuals with autism. Within 12,500 square feet of greenhouse space, Roses…

NL: 1,000 participants for greenhouse run

In greenhouses the climate can be hot & humid. Everything except the ideal climate for running. Still, this is what almost a 1000 people decided to do last Saturday in the annual greenhouse run, organised by the Dutch plant propagator Plantise.   John Ammerlaan participated in the 10 km and, as if it was nothing, biked the 5 km as well as the…

US (CA): "Valentine's Day is not a very big holiday for us anymore"

Valentine’s Day is traditionally all about red roses, but not anymore for this Californian grower. While in the mid-nineties 75 percent of his production was red roses, now it is only about 10 percent. To California Farm Bureau Federation Chris Neve of Neve Bros explains: “The import pressure in reds and…

CAN (BC): Clearview on growing in the cold

Last weekend, the cold also hit B.C. in Canada. "Even though we live in Canada, we are usually relatively warm here in B.C., however, last weekend we had cold temperatures and some snow",  says Robbie Wein of Clearview, one of North America's leaders in clematis propagation, production and breeding . "Also…

Philippines: In Benguet, flowers make Atok men bloom

The flourishing cut flower industry has changed not just Atok’s economic landscape but also the farmers’ lifestyle. As a customary livelihood of women, growing and selling flowers have crossed gender barriers. Men are increasingly getting into the business, Cherry Sanos, the municipal agriculturist, said. Profitable market and less…

Netherlands: Switch from carnations to pot roses paid off

The De Lange family started the family business Nolina in 1966, in Woubrugge as a grower of carnations. They left the carnations behind them in the 90’s and focused on growing Pot roses. And with massive success. What started as a grower on 1 acre of land, quickly grew to be a grower of proportions on 20…

Jacco Vermeer, Kwekerij Leekade:

NL: "My childhood dream has come true"

On January 1, 2019, the childhood dream of 24-year-old Jacco Vermeer became reality. He joined the family business and will eventually succeed his father. "From an early age I already said that I wanted to do it, but then you obviously don't know exactly what's involved," says Jacco. Third generation At Kwekerij Leekade, mini cymbidium…

Growing in the Vortex - part 2

North America under the spell of the cold

With extreme the cold holding on, not only maintaining the temperatures inside the greenhouse is a challenge, continuing cultivation is too. With growers preparing for spring, many should be planting, but shipping the cuttings to the greenhouse worries some. Growers update us today again on how they keep…

Kenya: Good start to the year for Oserian

Oserian Development Company Limited, one of Kenya’s largest growers and exporters of cut flowers, has started the year on a high note by winning a coveted prize at this year’s International Grower of the Year awards held in Germany. Oserian was the only African grower nominated for recognition at this year’s awards ceremony.…

Netherlands: "Sustainable cultivation of quality roses"

Arend Roses currently grows 8 different varieties and 40 to 45 million roses per year. The roses need about 7 to 8 weeks to grow into a ‘mature’ rose that is ready to be picked. The plants that produce these roses last for about 8 to 10 years and are of fundamental importance, which is why Arend Roses takes very good…

North American growers coping with the polar vortex

"It definitely costs a lot more to operate a greenhouse"

"This is the number one reason why indoor farming makes sense," says Robert Colangelo from Green Sense Farms as he shows us the difference between dozens of centimeters of snow outside and freshly growing veggies inside his farm in Portage, Indiana. Temperature hits a minimum of -19F and there's a…

HORTIA education figures prove: Grower remains the largest agricultural profession

The current survey of the Federal Institute for Vocational Training shows an increase in the number of new contracts for the profession of 'grower'. Within the framework of…

CAN (ON): Flower grower helps families and children

A local flower grower in Melancthon is raising money for children and families in Dufferin County. Petals Flower Company has their annual "Have a Heart" fundraising campaign underway in partnership with Dufferin Child and Family Services. The campaign started by Petals owner Amber Swidersky, is a way to give back to the…

Bill Prescott, Sun Valley Group:

"A 'cheat sheet' of the varieties we are currently harvesting"

The 2019 tulip season is off to a good start at Sun Valley Floral Farms in California. Over the years, the assortment of Fancy Tulip varieties increased and currently, they hold quite a broad assortment. But how many varieties are they currently growing? The high number surprised Bill Prescott, Marketing…

Ruud van der Hoeven, Qualily:

“Our cooperation sounds like a fairy tale”

The owners of Qualily are not related, but they do lead a company together. How is it possible that they only need half a word to get things done? The age difference of fifteen years is not a problem. On the contrary, it is the reason why Ruud van der Hoeven (51) and Raymond Vijverberg (36) complement each other. Ruud…

Mike Furlong, Ocean Breeze Farms, on inventory management software SMARTSystem

US (CA): “It is basically our interface to commerce”

Growing a good quality product requires a grower's full attention. However, what happens afterwards, like managing the inventory and customer base, shouldn't be forgotten either. "Not many growers give a lot of credit to what it does for their business", says Mike Furlong, Sales Manager at Ocean Breeze…

Video: Valentine's roses from farm to vase

Around the world, Rosaprima roses are offered on Valentine's Day to dear ones to show love and appreciation. After months of hard work in anticipation of one of their favorite seasons, Rosaprima have a compilation of roses to convey the emotion of love. Watch the video below to see the journey taken by…

How plant retailers reinvented themselves to survive the West Cape drought

The Western Cape's drought affected a lot of businesses, particularly businesses that relied on water to survive like nurseries. One of those businesses was Stodels, a gardening and plants…

US (UT): Russian student cultivating special projects at greenhouse

Utah’s climate isn’t exactly hospitable to foreign tropical plants. However, the top floor of the Pope Science building is home to a greenhouse which houses dozens of tropical and arid plants. Vlad Orlov, a student majoring in Healthcare Administration and staff member at the greenhouse, spends most of his time…

Australia: Program helps growers improve leadership skills

The Green Leaders program has been funded by Hort Innovation using nursery and turf industry levies and funds from the Australian Government. The program awards scholarships…

Kenya: An adventurous road to flower and bullet chilli export market

In Kyumbi, the township not far away from the Machakos junction on Mombasa-Nairobi highway, most residents are farmers. Some grow sukuma wiki, maize and beans at the backyards while others keep chickens, goats and sheep in small pens behind their palatial homes. Lilly Nduku Mwanzia’s backyard, however, stands out as it hosts…

The growers feeding Britain’s houseplant habit

In the past year, the RHS has reported a 50 per cent rise in houseplant sales, with an 80 per cent increase in fern sales and 150 per cent rise in sales of the monstera – or Swiss cheese plant – as health-conscious millennials have embraced houseplants for their health benefits as much as their ability…

Marcel van Tol chair of Royal FloraHolland Members' Council

On 17 and 18 January 2019 the newly formed Members' Council had its first meeting during a two-day session. Besides a personal introduction, the Members' Council discussed the detailing of its tasks, the structure of its committees and ways in which the dialogue with the cooperative members can be conducted. Furthermore, an…

Nziyonsenga keen to introduce a culture of flower growing and use in Rwanda

In the Rwandan traditional culture, flowers were never of significance as they are becoming today, as gifting cows was the norm then. With globalization however, the culture of giving and decorating with flowers today is being adopted. François-Xavier Nziyonsenga, who has been growing and exporting flowers for four years now, wants…

Testing new varieties paid off for Global Bouquet

With over ten varieties of Raffine, nine varieties of Solomio and all three of Star, Global Bouquet is the largest supplier of the Sparkz series of breeder HilverdaKooij. Steve Rosenbluth and Juan Pablo Montoya of Global Bouquet tell us about their decision to grow them. Steve: “We are based in Colombia for 35 years now. Next…

Increase in market share Swedish tulips

Swedes love tulips, and the local tulip cultivation grows each year. In 2017, 151 million tulips were harvested in Sweden, and next year it will be around 160 million. The days when Dutch imports dominated the market are gone, as 80 percent of the tulips on the Swedish market are locally grown. But the…

CAN (ON): Provincial government helps young growers start business

Ontario's Government for the People is committed to reducing red tape and easing regulatory burden, to lower business costs and improve competitiveness for young farmers and new entrants in the agri-business sector. The Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman, hosted a roundtable to hear…

US: Seed Your Future launches free horticulture career exploration tool

Seed Your Future, the horticulture industry-wide effort to promote horticulture and inspire more people to pursue careers working with plants, has launched its new free online horticulture career exploration resource. Much more than a basic alphabetical list of the almost 100 careers in the horticulture…

UK: Travel scholarship for young commercial bedding plant growers

Ball Colegrave is offering young commercial bedding plant growers the opportunity for a travel scholarship. The Scholarship, which is part of the David Colegrave Foundation Scholarship Season, awards up to £1,500 to fund travel to Europe in order to develop knowledge and experience in bedding plant production and marketing.…

Boreal Peonies is Certified American Grown

"You can’t really have a farm without doing research"

Farming and science have always gone hand in hand. But when two biology professors took a summer teaching gig in Alaska, the last thing they expected was to become flower farmers. “We’re geek farmers,” says Jill Russell, who owns Boreal Peonies, a Certified American Grown flower farm, along with her husband, David Russell.…

Photo report AIPH, IPM Essen

Gediflora named International Grower of the Year

Gediflora has been awarded the accolade of International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) 2019 by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH). Yesterday, this prestigious award was presented at the IPM Essen, in the presence of nine nominated companies, sponsors, as well as representatives…

Australia: Hort industry seeks your say on new strategic direction

As Hort Innovation leads the way into a new age of horticultural research and development, they have called out to industry stakeholders to get involved and provide their input on the direction of the new corporate strategy. Under the leadership of CEO Matt Brand, a national roadshow of consultation workshops will kick…

US: AFE accepting applications for two floriculture/horticulture internship programs

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) is accepting applications for two floriculture/horticulture internship programs. The application deadline is March 1st.    Vic & Margaret Ball Intern Scholarship Program The Vic & Margaret Ball Intern Scholarship Program provides the opportunity to gain experience at a…

NL: A look behind the scenes at Fresco Flowers

The journey of the rose from a Kenyan grower to the consumer is all about efficiency, getting as quickly as possible from one cold store to the other to keep the quality of the flower as good as possible. In that regard Fresco Flowers is located in a top spot: under the roof of FloraHolland with the…

Erin Benzakein, founder of Floret

"Instagram connects people in a personal and authentic way"

Sometimes moving to a new house leads to unexpected opportunities. In the case of Erin Benzakein, founder of Floret Flowers, it led to starting a business growing flowers. She and her husband, Chris, wanted to be able to raise their family surrounded by nature, so they moved from Seattle to the Skagit…

US (CA): Growers showcase floral bounty at Rose Parade

A record nine entries in the 2019 Rose Parade earned California Grown Certification – a distinction that recognizes entries decorated with over 85 percent of cut flowers and greens from the Golden State. From left to right: Peter Samek, Trish Duggan, Janet Justus stand alongside Keith White, lead designer for all…

2Plant goes to Costa Rica

"The facility impressed us with their professionalism and attention to detail"

In December, Pieter van der Lans and Frank Riteco of 2Plant International, along with Brian Kirkland of Concept Plants, visited Innovaplant de Costa Rica S. A., a representation of Kientzle rGmbH & Co KG of Germany.   Pieter said, “What we found was a facility that impressed us with their professionalism and…

How this New Zealand lavender farm makes essential lavender oil

In this video, the process from harvesting till the making of essential lavender oil is captured in just 1 minute. This video below, was posted by Jon Steinberg, Founder and CEO of Cheddar, on his LinkedIn page .  In the video below, one can see how the lavender at Christchurch Lavender Farm in New Zealand is raked into…

US (CA): Flower grower expands in vegetables with new greenhouse

Seventh generation farmers, the Aschbrenner Family began its legacy back in the 1800s in Old World Prussia, and today their thriving farm in Encinitas, CA is entering a new and exciting time. To create food for its new farm-to-table division, Gene Aschbrenner and his entire family are poised and prepared…

US (FL): University of Florida ag department welcomes new research dean

My new right-hand man for Florida agriculture R&D has been shopping at the UF/IFAS poinsettia sale for years, so he’s a green industry customer as well as its new…

India: University training youth to cultivate, export flower bulbs

To grow flowers on a commercial scale and reduce their import, the SK University of Agricultural Science and Technology, Kashmir (SKUAST-K) is training and employing youth on farming of minor temperate bulbous crops (flower bulbs matching Kashmir climate). An official of SKUAST-K said the University, under Indian Council…

"Top 10 ways to leverage your American Grown Certification in 2019"

Certified American Grown is only as successful as the farms that are engaged, leveraging and promoting their affiliation with the campaign. So, the organization compiled a list of the Top 10 ways you can leverage your certification for growth and success in this new year. Label Your Flowers and Greens Promote the Celebration of American Grown Flowers Month…

US (ND): Blaze destroys building at greenhouse business

A fire in Sheldon destroyed a building at Sheyenne Greenhouse. To help out her parents, who own the business, Amy Schobinger has started a crowdfunding campaign on GoFundMe . "Less than 36 hours ago, my parents Lee and Judy Schobinger experienced a devastating loss due to an electrical fire at their business Sheyenne Greenhouse…

British Flowers at The Oxford Real Farming Conference

When Fiona Haser Bizony (Electric Daisy Flower Farm) initially approached the ORFC about taking British Flowers to their 2019 event, the response was: “No one wants to hear about that.” Fiona pursued it and how wrong they were! by Wendy Paul, Organic Blooms Along with Fiona, Jan Billington (Maddocks Farm Organics) and Jo and…

Aleia Roses presents Aleia Máxima

On Friday January 18, Aleia Roses starts auctioning the new Premium Selection Rose: the Aleia Máxima. Aleia Máximan is the extra heavy sorted Red Naomi with a minimal bud height of 5.5…

American Grown lobbyist Jumana Madanat Misleh:

"Flower farmer participation in upcoming fly-in is critical"

When Jumana Madanat Misleh was hired in May to be the voice for Certified American Grown in Washington, D.C., it didn’t take her long to get up to speed on the issues facing America’s flower farmers. Jumana Misleh (far left) attended this year’s First Lady’s Luncheon along with Certified American Grown representatives shown…

US (MA): Marijuana grower to take over perennial greenhouse

Marijuana in Deerfield is one step closer to becoming a reality after the town’s Selectboard voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a special permit for Suns Mass Inc. to cultivate medical pot at 198 Mill Village Road, land currently owned by Pioneer Gardens. Suns Mass, an affiliate of Arizona cannabis company Harvest…

AmericanHort HortScholars program now accepting applications

The 2019 AmericanHort HortScholars program is now accepting applications through March 1, 2019 from enthusiastic students in horticulture-related degree programs of any degree level. Students wishing to apply may do so online at AmericanHort.org/Scholars . HortScholars is a seven-day program that sets students in horticulture…

UK: Tristram Plants raises nearly £600 for Perennial

In December, Tristram Plants held their first joint annual Christmas Party, with over 70 staff dressing up for the occasion. To raise money for Perennial, staff were very…

Dutch Tulip Awards awarded

The winners of the Dutch Tulip Awards were announced during a festive meeting in the Studios of Aalsmeer. The Dutch Tulip Award, an initiative of Royal FloraHolland, is awarded to the most successful market introduction of 2018. The entries in the four categories were judged by the expert jury on the following aspects: commercial attractiveness, quality,…

Kenyan small-scale farmers take up flower farming

Flower farming in Kenya for years has been the preserve of the big local and foreign farmers and companies, mainly situated in Naivasha, northwest of the capital Nairobi. While big players produce the bulk of flowers, in particular the highly sought-after roses, which are exported to Europe via the Netherlands, small-scale farmers…

European florist panel for LG Flowers

Which new variety of mini gerberas has the wow-factor? With which varieties in the assortment would a florist like to stand out? And which varieties offer the most creative possibilities? LG Flowers, breeder and grower of mini gerberas, asks European florists to help in their selection process.  With so many new varieties…

Taiwan: Mentor sows love of foxtail orchids

Foxtail orchids can be used for decorative purposes and in skincare products, Kung Tai-wen (龔泰文), director of a Pingtung-based orchid association, said. Kung, who advises the orchid and vanilla research club at North Pingtung Community University, said that he has over the past 18 years helped about 300 students develop…

US (OH): Varieties, events are ever-expanding at Red Twig Farms

At Red Twig Farms in New Albany, Ohio, old-fashioned farming has met the Instagram age. But it didn’t start out that way at this Certified American Grown flower farm. In 2010, the McCullough family opened the farm as a place to grow willow and dogwood branches for the family’s landscaping business. But that was…

US: AFE YPC member receives second-place at ASHS

Thanks to the generous support of the American Floral Endowment and the Gus Poesch Fund, I had the opportunity to present my research at the 2018 American Society of Horticultural Science Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities this meeting has provided to my…

NL: Fachjan pot first plants in new 4ha greenhouse

The first plants are potted in Fachjan's new (additional) 4ha large company in 's-Gravenzande, The Netherlands. This year, step by step, they will fill up the greenhouse and more employees will be employed. "A nice start to a challenging and beautiful plant year", the company states on their website. Due to the strong…

Video: Millions of bulbs grown vertically

Borst Bloembollen is currently the featured grower at Hamifleurs. The video below provides a glimpse into the operation of this Dutch tulip grower, where they produce more than 40 million bulbs a year, grown on water and soil. The bulbs, of which they have more than 150 varieties, are grown vertically,…

Valeria Lobato Jarrín, Florpaxi:

Ecuadorian rose grower goes beyond roses

Ecuadorian rose grower Florpaxi will expand their assortment with different types of flowers soon. In 2018, they planted sunflowers and harvested their first batch in December. At the moment, they are still trialing different varieties and this year, they will be ready to export them. On top of that,…

Russia: Orchids from Buryatia enter Siberia and the Far East

The growers of a greenhouse complex built in 2016 in the village of Bryansk in the Kabansk region of Buryatia, with the help of foreign investments, produced almost 60 thousand orchids in 2018. The greenhouse complex is the biggest in Eastern Siberia, with an acreage of a thousand square meters, and works year-round. The…

Azerbaijan: First roses planted in new greenhouse

Who was thinking the Fruit Logistica in Berlin was only a trade show for fruits and vegetables, Bosman van Zaal is proving wrong. At that trade show, Bosman Van Zaal met AZ Rose, amongst others, a rose oil producer from Azerbaijan. Now, less than a couple of years later the first roses have been planted…

UK: BPOA & Peter Seabrook seek to fund young talent

The British Protected Ornamentals Association – Peter Seabrook Bursary is seeking to reward young horticulturists with £1,000 to support their study of commercial horticulture. The scholarship, which is part of the David Colegrave Foundation Scholarship Season, is also available to schools and horticultural colleges to…

CAN (ON): Grower trades diesel tractor for electric

An Uxbridge, Ont. producer is pleased with his decision to purchase an electric tractor. Tony Neale, owner of Wheelbarrow Farm, a 10-acre fruit, vegetable and flower operation, has used one of Solectrac’s 10 eUtility tractor prototypes since August. Once commercially available, the electric tractors will retail for about C$54,000…

US (CA): Kitayama Brothers’ Farai Madziva joins CCFC Promotions Committee

Farai Madziva, vice president of sales and chief of staff for Kitayama Brothers, has joined the California Cut Flowers Commission’s (CCFC) Promotion’s Committee. Before joining Kitayama Brothers, Madziva was CEO and director at The New Forests Company in East Africa. Prior to that he spent 16 years in the flower business…

India: Jamshedpur's gerbera lady to train farmers

The New Year is expected to bring glad tidings for some East Singhbhum farmers, thanks to steel-city farmer-entrepreneur Sudipta Ghosh. Ghosh (46), who started farming gerbera flowers in 2016 in her five-acre plot at Khuntadih village in Ghatshila subdivision of East Singhbhum, is planning to make local farmers aware…

Kenya: Oserian’s Sh13 million school feeding programme rolls out

1,500 students of Oserian Primary School, a public school, will now benefit from the flower farm’s feeding programme that has kicked off in Naivasha. A cup of nutritious uji (porridge) for breakfast and a plate of food for lunch is a big relief to students and parents who no longer need to struggle for…

Vietnam: “King Daisy” helps improve farmers’ lives

Fields of Chrysanthemum flowers, locally known as “King Daisy”, in the Hung Yen province are blossoming in yellow over the New Year holiday, offering a stunning scene for visitors while helping to increase income for local farmers. Read more at Vietnam+

A million red roses from Vyborg

Representatives of agricultural enterprises of the Vyborg region in Russia have discussed the results of 2018. The meeting was held at the greenhouse complex Agroaliance Sever (previously Severnaya Mechta). The enterprise is 10 years old, said the head of the greenhouse complex, Mr. Vladimir Volkov. Once this place was a wild field, and…

Waste transformed into flowers with greenhouse powered by recycling

The "Zero Waste" project which was initiated by Turkish first lady Emine Erdoğan continues at full speed. The Solid Waste Recycling and Energy Production Facility in Eskişehir uses the energy produced after recycling to power a greenhouse. The facility, which cost TL 70 million ($13.23 million) and was inaugurated in…

Daniel Pass, Double H Nurseries:

UK: "Still an appetite in demand for phalaenopsis"

It has been an interesting year for the Phalaenopsis. Due to oversupply the prices all over Europe were low. However, Daniel Pass of Double H Nurseries in the UK isn’t complaining.  Glitters and innovation “There is still an appetite in demand”, says Daniel Pass. “It is driven by more innovation into the product. In recent years orchids…

US: Three students named beneficiaries of 2019 Spring Meadow - Proven Winners HRI scholarships

Spring Meadow Nursery and the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) announced the recipients of 2019 Spring Meadow - Proven Winners Endowment Fund scholarships. Dale & Liz Deppe established…

A greenhouse filled with flowering, vegetable plants

In the era of dwindling green cover, a family from Mysuru is working to retain green space amidst the concrete jungle. The family of CS Sudarshana, the principal of Pramati Hill View Academy in Mysuru, is growing some greenery on the terrace of their house, which they feel, is a pleasurable and rewarding…

First cut flower hydrangea grower in Brazil chooses HBA range

Brazilian grower Adriano van Rooyen will focus on growing hydrangeas for cut flowers chosen from the Tropical series offered by Hydrangea Breeders Association (HBA) in De Kwakel. Van Rooyen has been breeding roses in Holambra and Andradas for many years but is taking a new direction by shifting the focus…

"Help make the floriculture survey a success"

The national USDA survey of flower farms that provides the industry with vital information about production and trends, and gauges its economic impact, will be conducted again this year beginning in December. The survey was not conducted for the last two years due to budgetary constraints at USDA’s NASS program. Leaders…

China: Master of flowers shares his passion while making a profit

In November, Fu Zhenglin retrieved two boxes of flower cuttings that had been shipped from the Netherlands and took them to Luoyang, Henan province. They contained a new species of peony, which he aimed to plant and study in his garden. As chairman of Luoyang Shenzhou Peony Co, a major flower growing enterprise, Fu has…

US: SNA announces 2019 award recipients

The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced the recipients of the 2019 SNA Awards. The awards will be presented at the 120th Annual SNA Business Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at the Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Md., during The SNA Conference. The SNA Awards Program began in…

"Brazilian growers see future ahead for Kalanchoe selections from Perfecta Breeding"

Perfecta Breeding, the cooperative partnership of Lankhaar Nursery in Bleiswijk and breeding company Agriom in De Kwakel, is expanding the growing area in Brazil with new Kalanchoe selections. "Our genetics are supremely suitable for cultivation in South America’’, says Agriom's Jaap Stelder, who visited…

Flemish "Farmer Wants a Wife" TV show looking for single Flemish growers

Farmer Wants a Wife (Boer zoekt Vrouw) is incredibly popular in both the Netherlands and Belgium. The originally British show has been on Flemish television since 2004. Since this year they changed the format slightly and are calling the show Boer Zoekt Vrouw - De Wereld Rond (Around the World). Five Flemish farmers who…

Norwegians warm up to Christmas tulips

Christmas is coming and that means a big demand for poinsettias, red and white roses, but red tulips too. At least for Norway, where Schouten produces tulips in a 7000m2 greenhouse in Lierstranda, Norway. Annually, they grow 20 million tulips that are supplied all over the country and Christmas is one of…

UK: Scholarships available for students of commercial and production horticulture

Students studying any aspect of commercial or production horticulture can get their hands on £1,500 to help with their education. The South West Growers Show (SWGS) Sponsored Regional Scholarship is available as part of the David Colegrave Foundation Scholarship Season which is open until 31 January 2019. Preference will…

UK: Sector panels welcome new members

Nine new panel members joined AHDB for a three-year term in January. They will help to represent growers’ view and interests and support the delivery of work to boost productivity in horticulture. The new members of the soft fruit, protected edible and mushroom, hardy nursery stock and field vegetable panels will also…

Vietnam: Mekong Delta ready to supply flowers for Tet holiday

Farmers in the Mekong Delta are now focusing on flower and ornamental plant care for the Tet holiday which will fall in early February this year, and they're expecting good crop because of ongoing advantageous weather. Mr. Nguyen Van Be Ba, chairman of Tan Khan Dong commune People’s Committee, said that…

Video: Poinsettias from farm to consumer

The video below, uploaded by Lufthansa Cargo, gives a nice overview of how poinsettia plants are grown in Uganda and shipped to the consumer in Europe. The video was partly shot at Selecta One's Wagagai Farm.

‘Tis the season for Hoffman Market

Hoffman Nursery turned their shipping building into the 3rd Annual Hoffman Market for an afternoon. From furniture to clothing, books to electronics, employees donated hundreds of items to the market. Instead of cash, everyone at Hoffman Nursery received “Hoffman Bucks” to spend. For every Hoffman Buck…

"It is chronically underestimated how technical horticulture is nowadays"

On the Dutch television channel RTL Z, a program called 'How it's done' features entrepreneurial stories which are shared to inspire other entrepreneurs. Recently it was the turn of the greenhouse horticulture to show how the sector is doing. In almost twenty minutes a 'round in greenhouse horticulture'…

Natascha van Santen, Van der Arend Tropical Center

Tropical plant grower finds sustainable solution with coconut

At a stone's throw from the old office, Van der Arend Tropical Center recently moved into a new building. Right behind it is the equally new two-hectare greenhouse, where the newer assortment (Alocasia, Monstera monkey leaf) is cultivated. "This greenhouse perfectly meets the conditions in which we want…

Video: Christmas at a British plant supplier

Farplants put together a video to give you an overview of the hard work that goes into producing their festive planted containers and wreaths. The team also sort and dispatch potted Christmas trees for garden centres across the UK. They offer 9 different potted Christmas trees, which includes Serbian…

Assessing training needs for Ontario’s flower growing industry

Many of Ontario’s greenhouse flower growers are struggling to find employees. They’re also in need of a training program that will give their staff the industry-specific skills they need around growing and managing potted and cut flowers. The Ontario flower industry exports 30 to 40 per cent of its production to the…

Cactus garden with Dutch touch opens in Thailand

Recently a large cactus garden, which is part of Nong Nooch Pattaya tropical garden, was opened in Thailand. Gert Ubink attended as representative of Succulent Valley, the company of Ubink in Tenerife, that supplied the plants for the cactus garden. From left to right: Kampon Tansacha, Miss Netherlands…

How IAEA support is benefitting Ghana’s floriculture industry

Ghana and the IAEA have worked together for several years to develop national capacity in plant mutation breeding and tissue culture technology. Through its technical cooperation programme, the IAEA provided fellowships and scientific visits to build capacity, and also trained scientists in the skills…

Ethiopia: Environmentally aware grower recruits help from fish, sheep, bees and worms

'We live on this globe, and we need to take care of it.' With this in mind Ethiopian company Ethio Agri-Ceft Plc decided to make their two rose farms more environmentally friendly, and started to focus on integrated farming, several years ago. They now have 30 bee hives, 150 sheep, fish in their ponds,…

Dümmen Orange awards Dr. P. Allen Hammer Scholarship

The recipient of the Dr. P. Allen Hammer Scholarship was announced as Karen Schneck, an undergraduate student studying horticulture and entomology at Kansas State University. The $5,000 award is presented in recognition of exemplary academic achievement in the field of horticulture, and is intended to…

Leveraging IoT, one rose at a time

IoT (Internet of Things) in several markets is still a promise, but for those innovative customers who are willing to invest and explore its potential the benefits are increasingly clear. For one of the biggest rose greenhouses in the Netherlands, Porta Nova, growers of the coveted Red Naomi rose, the…

1 hectare greenhouse completed, old greenhouse thoroughly renovated

NL: Dutch phalaenopsis grower invests in new facilities

It is not totally without risk, NL: Dutch phalaenopsis grower Martijn van Geel readily admits, but he definitely is convinced he made the right choice with his latest investment. A new, 1-hectare greenhouse with cooling has just been completed at Van Geel Orchideeën. "This allows us to cool our plants…

US (FL): Taking FNGLA certification abroad

Angelo Hamilton is a lead-by-example-type of guy. Hamilton, who serves at Nature’s Way, a wholesale and retail landscape nursery and services center based in Nassau, Bahamas, is both certified in horticulture and landscape maintenance (FCHP and FCLMT). In fact, Hamilton is such an advocate for raising the level of…

US (FL): Sarasota nursery has a colorful sea of poinsettias

About 60 percent of the thousands of Christmas plants grown by Albritton’s Nursery will go to wholesale clients like churches and florists and the remaining 40 percent will be sold at the nursery’s retail store. To the untrained eye, it might be hard to spot the subtle differences among the thousands of poinsettias in…

Syngenta Flowers customer trip

Seeing how the cuttings grow in Africa

Africa is home to three of Syngenta Flowers' most important young plant and cuttings farms. So from November 19-24, the company invited 37 of their customers along with 13 employees to visit them. While there, they could network, discover new business opportunities, enjoy typical African hospitality, and…

Ecuador: "Blocking UV leads to less blackening of rose petals"

The Cananvalle rose farm in Ecuador uses ReduFlex Blue against blackening of the petals. This saves a lot of labour. Furthermore, they harvest longer stems and the greenhouse climate is more pleasant to work in. In many countries, red roses have a deeply symbolic value. For this reason, perfect looks are more important for them…

Saffron cultivation in southern Sweden

It started out as a crazy idea, but in three years Silvia Mutlu from the Swedish province of Skåne discovered that it is indeed very possible to grow saffron in southern…

The challenges of growing flowers in Gaza

When Ghazi Hijazi started to grow flowers nearly three decades ago on two dunams (0.49 acres) of land in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, he thought it was the opportunity of a lifetime and a legacy to leave his eight sons. The farmer allocated two dunams of his land to flowers in 1991. By 2000, he had begun using…

Poinsettia takes the limelight on National Poinsettia Day

8 million poinsettias will be sold in the UK this year, and between 105 and 110 million poinsettias will be sold in Europe this year, of which 32 million will be sold in Germany. Plenty of reason for Stars for Europe , the marketing initiative of European poinsettia breeders Dümmen Orange, Selecta One, Beekenkamp and…

Australia: Have your say to help improve ABS collection methods

As a primary producer of horticultural commodities, you will no doubt have been asked to complete the compulsory Agricultural Census and other Australian Bureau of Statistics…

UK: Trainee programme champions next generation of growers

Hillier Nurseries has recruited four trainee growers as part of the company’s ongoing investment in the future and the development of its production team. The trainees, who have all been selected based upon their horticultural skills and passion to learn more about the industry, are now busy working across the entire…

Dutch orchid grower Anco Pure Vanda sends 120,000 Vandas to India

"We've never had such a big order"

Recently Dutch orchid grower Steef van Adrichem received an order he won't soon forget. Anco Pure Vanda from Wateringen had been asked to send no less than 100,000 pink and 20,000 blue Vanda orchids to India for the wedding of Isha Ambani. Photo: India Today She is the daughter of the richest man in India. Her father Mukesh Ambani,…

US (PA): Poinsettia sales blooming for local grower

Traditional red and white and fancy-colored poinsettias in all different sizes and varieties fill Larry O’Malia’s greenhouses in Plains Twp. O’Malia said they grow about 10,000 poinsettias in eight greenhouses. They start planting them at the end of July to be ready for the busy holiday season when demand rises for…

Flower volunteers on a house-building mission in Guatemala

Together with 11 volunteers, OZ Planten colleagues Nathan van der Maarl and Elfrieda Penders worked from 9 to 18 November to build a house in Guatemala, in a project organized for the fifth time by the Dutch Flower Group and Habitat. Nathan: "It was great, a real treat to be able to participate. A week on the road with the…

CAN (BC): Poinsettias becoming a popular fundraising item

There’s only a few major poinsettia producers in B.C., and for one business owner on Vancouver Island the business is strong. Hilltop Greenhouses on West Burnside Road in Saanich started in the early 1970s and while poinsettia producers around the country are rare, business is steady with poinsettias covering a good…

Signify teams up with Dutch gerbera grower for 1 ha toplighting project

Holstein Flowers, one of the world’s largest gerbera growers, is beginning a trial project using Philips GreenPower LED toplighting in a full climate compartment of 10,000 m2. LED toplighting will provide the right light spectrum to optimize cultivation and boost efficiency, while improving quality and…


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