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Auctioneers hold the flower auction's reins

He exclaims, "Going once, going twice, sold!" And, pointing toward a buyer, he bangs his gavel, sealing the deal. That is, in essence, still what an auctioneer does. But, it involves so much more. To maximize products' value, auctioneers not only need to know everything about them. In this case, flowers…

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Uganda: Brightening farmers’ incomes with sunflowers

Santo Obita is a member of Akemkwene Farmers Group in Alyek village, Otaka Parish Agago District. He is one of the thousands of smallholder sunflower farmers in Uganda. For four years, he has been growing sunflowers on a commercial level after being frustrated by dwindling harvests from groundnuts,…

Latest Vlog from the Greenhouse 2021: Continuing to grow in glasshouse horticulture

Barri has been working in glasshouse horticulture since she was 13. First at tomato grower CombiVliet, now at pot plant grower SV.CO. She started at SV.CO as an intern, writing a communication plan to improve the internal communication. She now works on the implementation of this plan during holidays and…

Colin Squire awarded Dean Hole Medal for life long rose promotion

Colin Squire OBE, Chairman Emeritus of Squire’s Garden Centres, has been awarded the prestigious Dean Hole Medal by The Rose Society UK in recognition of his work with, and love of, roses. The award was presented by John Anthony, Chairman of The Rose Society, at Peter Seabrook’s rose bed exhibit for BBC…

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US (CA): A day in the life of starting your own dahlia farm

Last year, flower farmer Meagan Major took over the former Aztec Dahlias outside Petaluma, changing the name of the four-acre property to The Happy Dahlia Farm, and planting 25,000 new blooms this year in anticipation of creating a summer wonderland. “I’m the owner and the crazy visionary lady,” Major…

Agriom Veronica

"There is a sharply increasing demand not only in Europe, but also in America"

Since COVID-19, consumers pay more attention to a greener living environment. This is also reflected in the interest in Veronica, notes Jaap Stelder of breeder Agriom. “There is a sharply increasing demand not only in Europe, also in America.” The company in De Kwakel is currently conducting clone tests…

Mike van Steekelenburg, CosMic Plants:

Canada: “We are now using our full 240,000 sq ft expansion of orchid production”

When CosMic Plants first acquired their second location, an existing, modern 240,000 square feet greenhouse in June 2016, they initially only used half of it for their own Phalaenopsis production. “That was the plan all along, as we wanted to do everything in steps. When we felt comfortable with the…

Future Fynbos on growing protea after a challenging year

A pandemic, frosts, and dropped prices, but South African protea sales picking up

“Last year COVID-19 created much uncertainty about the Proteaceae season, and then we also had to deal with severe frosts and prices that dropped by 12%. In total we had to throw away approximately 30,000 stems of Ayoba® Arctic Ice in 2020,” says Caroline O'Brien, Managing Director at Future Fynbos.…

Martijn Roos, Green'05

"Ornamental plant companies need to innovate more in plant protection"

"If we don’t do anything, we will inevitably run aground with our plant protection. The number of chemical agents available is quickly drying up and its use is becoming more and more strictly regulated. We growers need to move forward with biological plant protection. We have to innovate more – there’s…

Roman Ferenčak, Ocean Orchids:

Slovenia: “Our orchids are produced with the lowest carbon footprint in Europe”

“We use geothermal energy as well as solar power to heat our orchid greenhouse. As a result, our carbon footprint is almost zero, “ says Roman Ferenčak, CEO of Ocean Orchids, a Slovenian orchid grower. Ever since he established the company with his business partner Tomaz Jevšnik in 2003, being…

"Further growth opportunities for peonies"

The last peonies of the season have been cut at Dictus Flowers. The Dutch family company added the flowers to its range a few years ago and is seeing the market grow year after year. "It's an emotional flower," says Mirjan Dictus. In floriography, peonies are known as the flower of riches and honor. It's…

NL: New 7.1 ha greenhouse for Linflowers

On Monday July 26, the first cuttings will be planted in the new greenhouse of Linflowers in Nieuwaal, the Netherlands. In 10 weeks time, 20 million chrysanthemums will be planted and in September they are planning to harvest the first stems.  Leendert in the new greenhouse With this new 7.1 ha greenhouse,…

Jack Zwinkels, Nursery Vicini:

NL: "We are the auction"

In a series of portraits, members of Royal FloraHolland are portrayed. Entrepreneurs, thinkers, and innovators who enter into dialogue with each other and with the management of Royal FloraHolland. About the issues, they face as a co-operative. Special people with their own ideas and a common dream: a prosperous future for…

Nir Nursery

"Take a look at our fourth generation Israeli nursery where we breed, propagate and cultivate"

Nir Nursery, located in Kfar Hess, Israel, deals with the breeding, propagation and cultivation of plants, especially wax flowers, from the southern hemisphere, Australia in particular. The Nir family started growing flowers in 1965. Since then, four generations of the family have been breeding and…

NL: New greenhouse of Ammerlaan Orchids takes shape

In Pijnacker, the Netherlands, Havecon is working on the expansion of a Havecon customer from the first moment, Ammerlaan Orchids. The family business, which started in 1977, will have access to a completely new greenhouse of 8000 m2 for scaling up the cultivation of their Cymbidiums and pot Orchids..  The foundation and…

Dutchman put Dool France on the map

Jacco de Graaf is a Dutchman who knows the French horticulture like the back of his hand. Jacco has been living and working in France for 20 years now, at the moment in Angers. He has been in touch with TC van den Dool for years through his former employer at a horticultural supplier and greenhouse…

Gary Neels, Qualitree:

“Without having this fog unit, temperatures would have soared to crop damaging amounts”

“As it appears that nobody in Canada has ever experienced these temperatures before, there was a lot to observe and learn,” says Gary Neels, Director of Growing and Research at Canadian perennial propagator Qualitree. The company has been using a microfog installation  and according to Gary, the use of fog…

Supplier in the spotlight: Plantex in Costa Rica

Aralia, Cat Palm, and coffee. That is how Diego’s day looks like. And no, he is not only drinking the coffee but is producing it as well. Diego Berrocal is the operations and projects manager at Plantex. He also works as the general manager on the coffee farm and coffee production side of the company.…

OK Plant

NL: Take a look at this nursery where almost everything is automated

OK Plant, which has just introduced his umbrella label Kolibri Company, is OZ Planten's grower of this month. Here you can feast your eyes on the beautiful orchids of Kolibri Orchids, the fresh green plants of Kolibri Greens and the trendy home accessories and ornamental pots of Kolibri Home. Marketer…

Laura Salmerón, Nursery Las Fresas:

Spain: "We are in a great moment, we need to meet with customers and suppliers to talk about the future"

Nursery Las Fresas is a company located in Almeria, Spain with more than 25 years of experience specialized in the production and distribution of ornamental plants. The nursery has a wide range of plants both indoors and outdoors, thanks to its own production and a careful selection of the best farmers…

Armitage’s Garden Perennials, second edition, is back in print

Allan Armitage shares perennial knowledge with new gardeners and pros

It has been seven years since horticulture icon Dr. Allan Armitage’s popular book Armitage’s Garden Perennials, Second Edition, went out of print. In that time, gardeners and professionals alike have been asking if it will be reprinted. It is with pride and delight that Dr. Armitage announces the book…


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