Bull Breeding goes West, entering North America

German grower makes headway with own-bred summer and fall varieties

“Breed from a grower point of view”, that is Hartwig Bull’s general slogan in breeding. This German grower initially started breeding for his own use, but soon realized that he could not meet the demand for his own-bred summer and fall varieties, which are Rudbeckia ‘Sunbeckia’, Echinacea ‘SunMagic’ and…

Bred by United Selections

"Speechless is a gamechanger in the Intermediate category"

Zena Roses Ltd-Asai farm is located in Eldoret, Kenya at an altitude of 2242M, with a total of 22 ha, covered with both standard and spray roses. The farm supplies 100% direct markets, in Russia, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, and some parts of Europe. From United Selections’ early client involvement program, Zena…

"For the 1st time in 21 years, our reservoir's thread algae-free"

In March, the Dutch company, Ultramins placed a USAF ultrasonic transmitter in a water reservoir. That was at Dekker Glascultures in the Netherlands. "So far, there's been no sign of any algae. That's unusual. We've had that reservoir for 21 years now. And thread algae are a problem every year," says…

Belgian grower presents non-alcoholic flower-based beer

Belgian bedding plant grower Fleurig is presenting a special novelty; an non-alcoholic flower-based beer named 'Boer Bloem'. Leen van den Bulcke and Patrick Naudts of Fleurig Boer Bloem is brewed in a trialbrewery of Dirk Naudts, the brother of grower Patrick Naudts. The undertone of the flavor is fruity…

Father's Day at Flores El Capiro

Last Sunday, on June 20, Father's Day has been celebrated in many parts of the world. Just like for Mother's Day, Colombian chrysanthemum grower Flores El Capiro made a video in which they ask their workers at the farm what the word 'Dad' means to them. See the video below and appreciate their beautiful words and the farms…

Anastasios Kalantzis, Kalantzis Plants, on high demand, expansion and digital marketing

Greece: “Our plants are about the senses: vision, smell, touch and sometimes even taste”

With the cancellation of in-person events, Kalantzis Plants, a Greek growing company focused on breeding, young plants and finished products, has been able to improve their digital marketing. Anastasios Kalantzis, Production Manager, explains that the demand for their plants is so high they are currently…

Royal Magic and Pink Blossoms grown by Mzurrie Flowers-Bahati Premium

'We are always keen on spray roses with special traits'

Spray roses Royal Magic and Pink Blossoms are currently being grown by Mzurrie Flowers-Bahati Premium and are supplied to the the auction and direct markets. This Nakuru Bahati area based grower, being a new farm in the Mzurrie Flowers group, decided to sort special spray roses to distinguish themselves…

Sawyer's

US (MI): Record spring for nurseries, but not without its challenges

Nurseries in West Michigan are having a record spring. This was presented in a YouTube video posted on the YouTube page of Wood TV 8. Reporter John Domol visited Sawyer Nursery in Blendon Township, a company that is growing 6.5 million plants this year and they are planning to sell all of them. 2021 is…

US (CO): Apple Valley Greenhouse keeping up with demand

Apple Valley Greenhouse owners say they were really worried when the pandemic first hit wondering how they were going to make it through a season. Now, they're looking back at a strong may in which they had a hard time keeping up with demand, they told KOAA 5. See the entire the video that was posted on…

Dr. Judson LeCompte, Spring Meadow Nursery

US (MI): “Production innovation is necessary to reduce demand for labor”

Innovation in both production and their plant assortment is key for Spring Meadow Nursery, a US wholesale shrub liner nursery that is based in Michigan. Dr. Judson LeCompte, Product Development Assistant Manager, discusses the necessity and benefits of innovation and the importance of taking risks. Dr.…

UK: Flower grower picking 65,000 blooms a day stars in M&S campaign

A Norfolk flower firm which has picked 18.5m blooms for Marks and Spencer over the last 20 years is starring in the retail giant's latest television campaign. Collison Cut Flowers, based at Terrington St Clement, near King's Lynn, is one of the largest seasonal stocks producers in the UK and is now…

Gevers Planten

Gevers Planten

A look inside a Dutch nursery that grows 15 different plant species

Gevers Planten is a special grower who cultivates 15 different plant varieties. The nursery has 5.5 hectares of land where they grow various bedding plants, such as pelargoniums, impatiens and cyclamen.Gevers Planten has regular cutting suppliers from different countries, like Afrika and Vietnam. They’ve…

NL: Rosa Plaza introduces flowers from new farm in Ethiopia

Monday June 7, 2021 Rosa Plaza will start with the sales of roses from their new production location in Ethiopia. This farm, located in Debre Zeit, will be taken over from Dummen Orange. In the meantime they will start receiving flowers from this location. The farm has 12 hectares in production and is…

Rift Valley Roses on their recently installed floating solar power generator

Kenya: "It is already more efficient and generates more power"

“The farm is now running 60% on average on solar power generation. It is a big step into sustainable and environmentally correct flower growing and it makes us very proud”, says Peterson, farm manager at Rift Valley Roses. This Naivasha based rose farm recently added a floating solar power generator,…

Gerard Schouwenaar, Orchard Park Growers

CAN: “It’s a ‘plantdemic’, everybody is searching for plants and hungry for more”

“While the high demand of the ‘plantdemic’ is still going strong, last year’s labor issues have luckily been resolved”, says Gerard Schouwenaar, owner of Orchard Park Growers, a Canadian propagator and finished plants grower in Ontario. In this article, he discusses how to maintain the current demand,…

Mike Mooney, Floral Union Farms:

US (CA): “We were unknowingly preparing for this high demand five years ago”

Unknowingly, their expansion plan made five years ago prepared Floral Union Farms, a grower and bouquet maker located in Southern California, for the recent high demand for flowers. In addition, the demand for new and unique flowers, which stalled in 2020, has been rising again. Mike Mooney, Product…

Mother's Day 2021 at Flores El Capiro

Mother's Day is an important holiday for many growers, also for Colombian chrysanthemum grower Flores El Capiro. For this holiday, thousands of flowers are leaving the farm, brightening up Mother's all over the world. How do the preparations look like at the farm and what does Mother's Day, or better say…

Karl Batschke on meeting the unexpected demand

20 million new US gardeners leads Darwin Perennials to increase supply by 30%

As a result of about 20 million new US gardeners in 2020, Darwin Perennials, which supplies growers worldwide with a comprehensive range of bareroot perennials from Colombia, was able to increase their supply by 30%. Karl Batschke, General Manager at Darwin Perennials, reports on the surprising sales,…

Olivia Lee, Hermes Orchids, on the benefits of the pandemic

Taiwan: “We now have a stronger connection to our customers, thanks to the pandemic”

Not only does Hermes Orchids, a Taiwanese cut flower orchid grower, have a stronger connection in every segment, from producers to customers, they have also been introduced to a new, younger generation of customers. Accordingly, despite the challenges that the pandemic brought to their orchid company,…

NL: A look at breeding roses at Frank Coenders Kwekerijen

How does Frank Coenders Kwekerijen ensure that the rose varieties of the future are even more sustainable? In the short video (in Dutch) below, grower Frens explains what is going on in the breeding rooms in the Netherlands and Serbia at this time. "In addition to more beautiful flowers and branches,"…

Facebook page Blueberry Hill Farm Greenhouses

US (PA): Greenhouse helps veterans camp blossom

John Moustica, owner of Blueberry Hill Farm Greenhouses, says "Whatever beds they have, I trust them and I just tell them whatever they need, we will supply it to them." The camp sits on 1,800 picturesque acres outside Carbondale.  It's described as an outdoor paradise complete with a cabin, trails, and an…

US: Skagit County small flower farms blooming during pandemic

When the COVID-19 pandemic began last year, many people bought flowers to send to loved ones and frontline workers or to brighten their homes. Amid an increase in demand, small-scale Skagit County flower farmers say they have gained new customers and expanded their businesses.“I think (demand) is here to…

US (SC): One Wild Acre puts the spotlight on local flowers in Charleston

From her one-acre flower farm, Peachey Trudell is working to get people in Charleston, South Carolina, to embrace local flowers in the same way they’ve embraced local food. In Charleston, the local food movement is well established in the restaurant scene, farmer’s markets and beyond. “There are a lot of school…

NL: Chrysanthemum nursery R&A van Kester joins Qualily

In January 2022, lily nursery Qualily will start producing odorless lilies at the location where Chrysanthemum Nursery R&A van Kester is currently located. The forces are bundled here, because the 2nd generation Bart van Kester participates as co-owner at the new location of Qualily. "Qualily has grown…

Chinese flower grower sees business blossom

Chai Jinfu, farmer and flower grower in Miaojia village in Jiaxing, was the first in Dayun town to start growing fresh flowers as early as 1998. Although his business expanded…

Sue Lamb on labor shortage in horticulture

UK: "We are seeing a real shortage of seasonal labor"

Sue Lamb, owner of Lambs Flowers in Lincolnshire, discusses her opinion on the shortage in seasonal labor in the UK in her column.Columnist Sue Lamb "Our industry is entering a huge period of change, automation is not where the government thinks it is and is both costly and time consuming to develop."…

Bas Lagerwerf advocates for an 'ASML with green fingers'

"Carts? There's Formula 1 technology in there"

When Bas Lagerwerf became director at Berg Hortimotive in 2007, he was surprised that it was often about the greenhouse, but much less often about the suppliers, who nevertheless play a vital role in the greenhouse. That had to be done differently - products and services had to be more prominent. An…

NL: Holstein Flowers celebrates 75th anniversary

Gerbera grower Holstein Flowers is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Over the years, Holstein Flowers has grown into a well-known gerbera player with more than 140 exclusive gerbera varieties. As of this month, the special anniversary logo will be displayed on various expressions of the company. “The…

Danish grower Christian Schwartz, Gartneriet Rønbæk:

"People are craving for orchids again"

The phalaenopsis industry has gone through some tough years and Danish grower Christian Schwartz of Gartneriet Rønbæk is, therefore, extra pleased to see that people are craving for orchids again. Currently, he is busy with the Mother's Day shipments, and this year, the demand is surpassing the supply.…

Russia: New Holland is aiming at breaking the 32 million record

The governor of Leningrad region, Mr. Aleksander Drozdenko has visited the greenhouse complex New Holland, located in Volkhovsky district, reported the press service of the governor and the government of Leningrad region. Mr. Drozdenko has noted that every rose in the greenhouse is special and reminded…

3-kilometre lineup for eager Boston fern buyers

CAN (ON) : Westland Greenhouses sells 2,500 ferns in six hours at drive-by sale

A three-kilometre lineup of vehicles formed at a Grand Bend greenhouse on Saturday, with people queuing for an unlikely product: a Boston fern. Within six hours, staff at…

Zuurbier adds patio roses to its assortment

Cut flower grower ventures into patio roses

Zuurbier has more than 50 years of experience in the production of cut roses - the company has been growing them on 48 hectares in Kenya since 2001 - and is now adding patio roses to its assortment. Last August, Zuurbier started the production in their greenhouse in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands, and they…

Leon Ammerlaan, geothermal energy pioneer:

"Growers can help make the Netherlands more sustainable"

Pleasant living, sports and learning with warmth from greenhouse horticulture. That is possible, those in greenhouse horticulture are convinced. As part of Earth Day (April 22), Greenhouse Horticulture Netherlands gave the floor to Leon Ammerlaan, award-winning geothermal energy pioneer with his company…

Kenya: Uhuru Flowers shifts to 100% recyclable paper flower sleeves

At Uhuru Flowers in Kenya, they have been wanting to reduce the amount of plastic they use in their packaging for some time now. They are happy that they have found a great alternative, paper flower sleeves. However, finding paper that is fully recyclable and still looks presentable after being packed in…

Jeff Yanes, Pure Beauty Farms:

"Automation enabled us to stay in the game"

Pure Beauty Farms, located in Miami, Fl is the fourth-largest supplier to Home Depot in the USA. "From plant cuttings, filling, transplanting, irrigation, and a fully automated RFID shipping system; a turnkey project keeps Pure Beauty moving at the speed of business," reveals Derek McLaughlin. He is with…

A peek inside the greenhouse of Dutch orchid grower Stolk Flora:

"From the very start, we are focusing on sustainability"

At Dutch orchid nursery Stolk Flora, 3.5 million plants are being produced annually. Since the very beginning, in 2000, sustainability is of great importance. Four years ago, it was time to communicate this approach to the market, under the name Your Natural Orchid. Besides the fact that they achieved…

CAN (AB): Salisbury at Enjoy - a new venture in gardening

Rob Sproule knows a thing or two about plants. For three generations, his family built Salisbury Greenhouses and Landscaping in Sherwood Park from the ground up.  But this year,…

IPL Summerflowers and Seeds BV will represent Odie Farms in Africa

Interplant Group (working through Interplant Summerflowers and Seeds B.V. – incorporated in the Netherlands) will represent Odie Farms in the African region, with immediate effect, for its broad range of summer flowers, such as Asters, Alstroemeria, Gypsophila, Lysimachia, Solidago and Veronica. Odie…

Alex van Hoekelen of Van Hoekelen Greenhouses

US (PA): "Easter 2020 was terrible. This year, it is completely the opposite"

Last year, they were worrying about dumping, now they are working overtime to fulfill the orders. However, the most concerning this year are the high freight prices. "The pandemic affected the supply chain and it hasn't come back to what it should be. For about two months now, freight costs are very…

Montreal: Out-of-season tulip supply made possible by LEDs

It’s springtime in Montreal and while tulips won’t be blossoming outdoors for another month, tulips are already blooming inside a small indoor farm, La Ferme Nomade. La Ferme Nomade is a small-scale indoor farm located in Montréal, Québec and produces tulips under specialized LED lighting. La Ferme…

Andy Burton, Double H Nurseries, explains why

UK: "This year is still challenging, but for different reasons"

Easter is around the corner and for growers like Double H Nurseries in the UK this means that there is no time to rest as it is quickly succeeding UK Mother's Day this year. Fortunately, the sales for UK Mother's Day, their biggest peak of the year, was much better compared to last year - even in the…


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