Grower in the spotlight

Greenhouse complex Novaya Gollandia

Russians set records in greenhouse rose productivity

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

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

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

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

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

17 Farms join forces under G8

"Uniting the best of Colombian floriculture"

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

US: Greenhouse growers asked to complete water survey

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

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

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

The march of tropical foliage

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

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

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

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Kurtz Farms

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

December 10-12, Grand Rapids

Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo tour highlights local growers

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

Ecuador: Florists visit the first link in the chain

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

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

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

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

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

Checking out the Colombian diversity of flowers

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

Bay City Flower Co. will shut down Nov. 10

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

A tour of Beyond Chrysant

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

British Florist Association announces Industry Awards finalists

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

Kenya: Black Tulip Group grows product range and global presence

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

Wim-Jan Paauw, Paauw Lilies:

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

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

KFC doesn't feel industry being taken seriously by government

Road blocks deal financial blow to Naivasha flower farms

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

Cal Poly horticulture major is second recipient of CalFlowers Floriculture Scholarship

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

Vietnamese delegation visits Dutch bulb exporter

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

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

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

"a safer alternative to potentially toxic home fragrance options"

Scented blooms lasting months without care

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

Video: Colombian growers pay tribute to New York

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

Kenyan agro-firms adopt data technologies to mitigate climate risks

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

Germination and propagation at De Kruidenaer

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

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

Colombia: Yasa joins Florverde Sustainable Flowers community

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

Australia has fifteen new Green Leaders

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

Nursery Karl Bückers to celebrate 50th anniversary with new Ilex

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

Tessa Corp adds 12 ha

Fastest growing Ecuadorian farm expands to 114 ha

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

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

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

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

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

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

US (NY): Farming twins move into flower business

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

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

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

US (CA): Nursery celebrates 100th anniversary

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

US (WI): Hollingsworth Peonies expands with legacy nursery

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

Floricultura obtains MPS-GAP certification

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

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

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

Salm Boskoop

"We have the best topped lavender on the market"

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

UK: Travel with the Ball Colegrave Sponsored Scholarship

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

Russia: Flower production in Orenburg continues to grow

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

Metrolina Greenhouses keeps on growing

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

Combating prison recidivism with plants

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

Russian grower makes clever use of greenhouse space with tulips

A vegetable grower expanding into tulip cultivation - it may sound like an unusual combination, but for GH Botanica it makes perfect sense. The greenhouse complex “BOTANICA” plans to produce tulip cut flowers in the new propagation, which will be opened in 2020. 3D impression made by Bosman Van Zaal. The…

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

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

US: Funding awaits student horticulturists

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

Hunger for green city parks keeps East European grower busy

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

CAN (ON): Fernlea Flowers celebrates 80 years

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

Newcomer Succulents Unlimited:

"Each new sale and customer feels like a rush”

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

Russian rose grower expands thanks to generous investments

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

US (IL): Greenhouse demolition invokes bittersweet memories

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

Germany: Multifunctional foil greenhouse doubles production facility

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

UK: Couple leaves nursery after half a century

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

Belgian laurel nursery's show programme branches out

Belgian laurel nursery Laurica Plants are getting ready for the Autumn Sales period right now. High temperaturesLaurica Plants have faced very extreme weather conditions this year, including recent high temperatures. The irrigation techniques employed at their Jabbeke nursery have ensured the highest…

Chrysanthemum Bacardi grower, Ed van Paassen:

"It's become our specialisation"

With a flower head easily reaching 10 centimetres across, subtle multi-layered ray flowers and excellent dye ability, Bacardi is a cut chrysanthemum that's become one of Dümmen Orange's bestsellers. It's also a variety, according to Bacardi grower Ed van Paassen, that's being continually developed. "We've been producing Bacardi…

Young plant propagators pleased with Philips LED toplighting

Three North American growers recently shared the news of excellent results growing under Philips LED toplighting. After successful trial installations in 2016, Kalamazoo Specialty Plants, Lucas Greenhouses and Jolly Farmer all completed significant expansions of their Philips LED grow lights lighting for…

Frans van Dorsser, Shipherd Nurseries, about 30MHz sensors

"Digitizing a couple of climate variables limits crop loss”

Shipherd Nurseries is a cut flower nursery specializing in roses and gerberas located in Pukekohe, New Zealand. The family-run business has been around for over 30 years and consists of over 19,000 square meters, where roughly 50 different varieties are grown. Frans van Dorsser has been the owner and…

Bodil Clara Johansen on Campanula season:

"It took us more work to get them on the market"

Just a few more weeks left before the Campanula season comes to an end. Danish breeder and grower Thoruplund looks back to a challenging season. However, the new variety of Midnight Campanula had a running start. Jacob Andersen, Bodil Clara Johansen and Jorgen Andersen of Gartneriet Thorupland presenting…

No special prices for Russian Knowledge Day celebration due to rose oversupply

In September, the schools will start again in Russia. Students start a new year of studying with Russian Knowledge Day celebration. That day, flowers play a major role. Roses are traditionally very popular, but this year the demand was lower than the previous year due to an oversupply. The weather in…

Harry Boers & Maurice van Tuijl

"Best lighted Santini grower in the Netherlands" has high expectations of new Santini Maverick White

Nursery Monnikenwaard recently started with the supply of the Santini Maverick White, a new variety from the Floritec breeding stable. "We both put a lot of time and energy into it and the result is a beautiful fresh white flower with a green heart, with unparalleled cultivation characteristics and,…

US (MO): Still a family business after more than a century

Just like it was more than 100 years ago, Steinert's Greenhouse & Gardens is still a family-owned and operated business, although it was recently listed for sale. Clarence Steinert started working for his uncle after returning from World War I. Since William and his wife didn't have any children, the…

US (CA): A sweet spot for spray roses

At Neve Bros. in Petaluma, Calif., spray roses are a year-round greenhouse crop. Family-owned and operated with more than 60 years of growing experience, Neve Bros. helped pioneer commercial hydroponic rose growing. More than 450,000 square feet of greenhouses, with climate- and feed-controlled systems…

Virgin Farms

Ecuador: A visit to a flower farm in Cayambe

Virgin Farms ventured out to the flower farm in the north region of Cayambe, Ecuador. Cayambe is a zone characterized by its surrounding highlands and mountains, with mild weather ranging from 60°F to 68°F. It is also known for its flower production, especially roses. In this adventure, they visited a…

Belgium: 10 hectares of garden azaleas and euonymus

Inge de Clerq visited the OZ Planten office. This passionate lady represented VDW Plant from Lokeren (Belgium). At this nursery of no less than 10 hectares, garden azaleas and euonymus are grown with passion for the profession. Inge said that they can offer a wide range of garden azaleas year-round, in…

US: Illinois blooms for Midwest vases

One might think it’s impossible for supermarket shoppers to find truly “local” flowers during all four seasons of the year, especially in the Windy City. But those who frequent several Whole Foods Market floral departments in Chicago have Jeanie McKewan, of Brightflower Farm, to thank for a high-quality…

US (CA): Carbajal staffers visit Ocean Breeze Farms

While flower farmers make a visit to Washington, D.C., each year to connect with policymakers, a recent meeting with staff from Congressman Salud Carbajal’s office brought policymakers to the flower farm. Last week, Jeremy Tittle, chief of staff, and Erin Sandlin, agriculture legislative assistant,…

Colombia: Why are growers still investing in their hydrangea crop?

Colombian hydrangea sales are decreasing compared to the last 4 years, according to the statistics of Asocolflores, so why are growers still investing in this type of flowers? According to Estefania Garcia, Sales Manager at a 14ha Colombian hydrangea farm named Flowers Ryg, this is because there is a lot…

CAN (ON): Flower grower keeps carbon footprint low

Rosa Flora Limited opened their doors this week to the Fern Show and the Doctor for a special tour of their flower farm. Fernando and Edwin traveled north to Ontario. Jet Fresh Flower Distributors is an authorized distributor of Rosa Flora Limited’s fresh-cut flowers. They carry a selection of products…

Netherlands: "Perfect alstroemeria thanks to ideal greenhouse climate"

Each year, Bernard Zuidgeest and Fedor van Veen cultivate, together with their team, 35 million stems, divided over 3 locations and 7.6 hectares. Together2Grow has 26 varieties of Alstroemeria in their assortment and adds a new, exclusive variety every year. To cultivate Alstroemeria of the perfect quality,…

CAN (MB): Farm opens sunflower expo for selfie takers

Local business A Maze in Corn has opened a new sunflower expo, after farmers complained about hundreds of people trespassing in their sunflower fields last year. "When we heard about all the farmers getting their yards ravished or their fields ravished by people looking at sunflowers, it kind of gave us…

Netherlands: Van der Wilt Gerbera’s back in business after tornado

In December 2018, a tornado left a trail of destruction at Van der Wilt Gebera's. The following six months were all about repairing the greenhouse. That resulted in the replacement of 7,000 panes, 19 km of drainage gutters, 16,000 m2 of cultivation system, 110 km of wires, 16,000 m2 of screens, and 2,000…

US: AFE awards more than $42,000 in 2019 scholarships

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) has awarded 15 students with scholarships totaling $42,300. Seventy-four applications were received for this 2019 scholarship cycle. "We had many outstanding students apply for scholarships this year, which is why some scholarships were awarded to two recipients," said…

Ethiopia: Flower company looking to expand from 60 to 100 hectares

Hansa Flowers, the second biggest flower producer and exporter company in Ethiopia, says it has been engaged in various corporate social responsibility activities that benefit the local community. The company manager Franklin Thomas said Hansa Flower has invested $200,000 birr [7,000 USD] and built an…

UK: Cornish alstroemeria grower delivers direct to consumers

Kernow Alstroemeria was born out of Lanoyce Nurseries, the UK's largest Alstroemeria grower who supply national retailers and the UK wholesale market. For over 20 years Lanoyce has been supplying nearly 4 million stems annually to the market. In fact, the site has been owned and farmed by the same family…

Bangladesh: Gerberas bring boon for youth in Faridpur

A Gerbera flower garden in Godadhordangi village under Aliabad union of Faridpur Sadar upazila brings bright prospect for Liaquat Hossain. The twenty-eight-year-old first planted 7,000 seedlings on 60 decimals of his own land by collecting those from India in August 2018. Upon completing his…

US (CA): "Perfect growing conditions for hydrangea"

Summer in Arcata, California brings foggy mornings, dry afternoons and chilly evenings, the perfect growing conditions for hydrangea. Sales Rep. extraordinaire Laura Wright poses with some freshly picked Sun Valley hydrangea This season Sun Valley is focusing on two varieties: Amethyst and Opal. With well over…

German grower becomes a member of Decorum

As of September 1st, a new member will join the Decorum growers' association, namely Eurofleurs-Elbers from Kevelaer, Germany. This grower is specialized in growing Calluna and Erica Gracilis. Eurofleurs-Elbers has just started delivering these popular autumn products.  The Calluna and Erica are grown in various…

Ecuador: Fall colors popping in Arbusta's lily greenhouse

We are still in the middle of the summer season, but at Grupo Arbusta, fall colors are popping in their lily greenhouse. On 70 ha in Cayambe, this Ecuadorian farm - one of the country's oldest - grows roses (35 ha), carnation (20 ha) and lilies (10 ha), that they mainly export to the US. Fall is one of…

cooperation Griffoen Wassenaar and Modiform

Dutch grower to supply plants in pots & trays made from recycled refrigerators and consumer waste

From spring next year onwards, Dutch plant grower Griffioen Wassenaar will be supplying perennials in pots and trays made of 100% recycled plastic. This avoids new plastics to get into the productionchain. Due to the Modiform´s ‘designed to recycle’-principle both pots and trays will be fit for re-use.…

UK: What it's like to run an ethical flower farm

Tiff Corbett, aged 45, and Emily Westall,42, have set up The Shropshire Flower Company to champion British blooms. From their flower farm in Leebotwood, near Church Stretton, they offer a homegrown and ethical alternative to imported bunches. “There is a growing desire for local provenance in food and…

US (TX): Pick-your-own tulip field coming to San Antonio

Texas Tulips' newest field is currently underway at 15122 FM 775 in La Vernia, about 30 miles west of downtown San Antonio. The operation allows patrons to stroll through massive rows of tulips and cut their own flowers from a field of thousands of blooms. According to owner Pieter Koeman, Texas Tulips…

US (CA): Cal Poly Pomona partners with TreeTown USA for internships in SoCal nurseries

How important are internships in shaping students’ future endeavors? This summer, three students from the Cal Poly Pomona Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture participated in a rotational internship program developed by wholesale nursery giant TreeSap Farms, doing business as TreeTown USA. The interns…

CAN (ON): Call for donations after 30-40 migrant workers displaced by greenhouse fire

No one was injured in all the destruction resulting from Saturday's greenhouse fire in St. Catharines, but the flames spread to four of five residential buildings that housed migrant…

Kenya: Equinox gives neighboring villages access to clean drinking water

The residents of the Gachuiro area, at the foot of Mount Kenya, get their clean drinking water from the Ontulili River. Water pipes bring the water from this river to several villages in the area. However, when drought strikes the water taps run dry and when the drought persists, even the river can run…

Growing edible flowers in Ukraine

A couple of years ago there appeared dishes with edible flowers on restaurants’ menus. Some Ukrainians have used this trend to build a new source of income, they grow edible flowers for sale. Manager of TM Zelen Mr. Yuriy Roman (Kamenka of Cherkasy region), has shared the details of the business…

UK: Reducing energy costs by maximizing revenue from CHP

A combined heat and power (CHP) plant could, thanks to a smart connection to the electricity grid become a lucrative investment. In this video, David Schellingerhout of Glen Avon Growers in Yorkshire explains how their CHP generated more than £ 300,000 in the past decade. Glen Avon Growers purchased the…

Shaping the future of high value horticulture in Ethiopia

With an ever-increasing demand for cutting edge innovative technologies in horticultural crops production in Ethiopia, Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) and Ethiopian Biotechnology Institute (EBTI) are jointly moving ahead to establish a win-win partnership. With a projection…

US: Spring Meadow Nursery and Deppe Family recognized for commitment to HRI

The Deppe Family and Spring Meadow Nursery were given a milestone recognition for commitment to Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) at Cultivate ‘19 on Saturday, July 13, 2019. HRI has been progressing the horticulture industry by funding scientific research for almost 60 years. HRI states they,…

Jose Azout, Alexandra farms: "October is our biggest month now"

Wedding season moves from summer to fall

The wedding season is on! Or not? According to Colombian garden cut rose grower Jose Azout of Alexandra Farms, more and more weddings are being moved to fall and also this year, it has been a bit slow so far. "No longer the 20% increase we had seen in the past", he says.  October the biggest month nowThe wedding…

US (CA): Pioneering orchid grower brings beauty to the world

Imagine 64 football fields of thriving orchids — millions creating a colorful kaleidoscope. Matsui Nursery, headquartered near Salinas, Calif., sells more than 3 million orchids annually, making it one of the world’s larger potted orchid growers. In California, their greenhouses in production encompass…

UK: Nursery already preparing for Chelsea 2020

Submissions for gardens for Chelsea 2020 were submitted to the RHS selection panel at the end of June, and all of the potential designers are now anxiously awaiting the RHS’s decision as to “who’s in” and “who’s out”. Kelways currently have been asked to grow for 10 potential gardens, but when the selection…

This year farmer Ms. Yulia Shelemekh is planning to expand berry production and start growing cucumbers in the greenhouse

Russia: Karelian farmer is expanding strawberry and tulip production

The entrepreneur has planted 45 tulip bulbs of 23 varieties for the season. She also grows garden strawberries. This year Ms. Shelemekh is planning to expand the berry production to 12 ha and 35 varieties. When warmer weather sets in, Ms. Shelemekh is going to plant cucumbers on the acreage of 400 square…

South Central Growers switches to HydraFiber

"We are able to keep the greenhouse cleaner"

South Central Growers, established in 1979, currently has 1,030,354 sq.ft. of environmentally controlled space and 700,000 sq.ft. of outdoor growing space. They grow flowering annuals, hardy mums, and poinsettias for mass merchants and home improvement retailers. Looking for an alternative to perlite,…

UK: Growing 100 percent peat free

Being peat free has been one of the highest priorities for Allwoods, but it has taken them much longer than they thought it would. The company first started moving to peat free composts over 10 years ago when they changed growing their young plug plants, they trialed various plug products and found the…

Piet Kelderman, Finlays

Kenya: Bouquets packed at source add value for growers

"With the rose production in Kenya having increased, growers need to make sure they won't become interchangeable. Making bouquets is a way to secure their position", says Piet Kelderman, Commercial Manager at Finlays. This Kenyan rose farm that produces a large variety of flowers at their three farms…

US (KS): Greenhouse business rebuilding after tornado wipeout

Rebuilding is underway at Free State Growers more than two months after a devastating tornado ripped through Leavenworth County. The EF-4 tornado wiped out most of the greenhouse business on May 28. Owner Mark Illausky estimates they lost almost 10 acres of greenhouse space. “We probably lost about 90%…

Spring Meadow’s Dale Deppe receives Horticulture Industries Leadership Award

Dale Deppe, owner of Spring Meadow Nursery, was presented a Horticulture Industries Leadership Award (HILA) at a special dinner and presentation ceremony, Sunday, July 14, during the Cultivate 2019 conference in Columbus, OH. Dale accepting the award. Photo credit: Kimberly Rottmayer, Picture the Love…

UK: Newcastle Emlyn flower farm stages open day

A Newcastle Emlyn flower farm is hosting an open day as part of the Flower Farmers’ Big Weekend. Sara Redman will throw open the gates to her gardens at The Flower Meadow, Llain Manal, Penrhiwpal, on Saturday, August 17 from 10am-4pm as part of the scheme. Sara has been at Llain Manal since 2015 and…

US (NC): Student builds greenhouse to protect Venus flytrap

Biology major, Jessica Roach, is fascinated by the Venus flytrap and she has taken action to protect this vulnerable plant species indigenous to southeastern North Carolina. The flytrap is frequently poached in the Cape Fear area — a federal crime — and Roach decided that she had had enough. Last…

"It's not the type of product that you can breed in one year and then auction the next"

“Gloriosa is a flower that you often see in bridal bouquets, funeral floral arrangements and everything in between”, says grower Wim Brouwer. He cultivates this beautiful flower in Nootdorp, in the province of South Holland. He took over the nursery from his father, who started with the cultivation of…

NL: Caparis nursery 90 years

In Drachten, Friesland, one can find the remotely situated (for a greenhouse horticulture company) nursery Caparis Hederaculturen. Since 2002, dozens of varieties of hedera are grown at this location, by employees who face difficulty on the labour market. There is a party this month as the plant supplier celebrates its 90th…

US (MN): Duluth couple's flower farm a blossoming family biz

Derek Hoffbauer grew up growing vegetables on his family’s farm. As an adult, he traded the sweet corn, beans and potatoes for dahlias, sunflowers and peonies. He and his wife, Brook, run Duluth Flower Farm. What started as a cut-flower business has evolved into a year-round florist and wreath operation.…

UK: Celebrating over 100 years of service at Ashwood Nurseries

Husband and wife team Tony and Barbara Cartwright are celebrating over 100 years of combined service at Ashwood Nurseries. Both have been honoured with a Long Service Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) for 50 years of service to horticulture. Nursery owner John Massey VMH presented Barbara…

Jet Fresh Flower Growers’ 2019 Kite Contest

On August 7, 2019, Ecuadorian rose farm Jet Fresh Flower Growers, S.A. hosted our first 2019 Kite Contest. A summer Ecuadorian tradition, their team shared a fun team-building experience making and flying kites, competing for the titles of Highest Flight and the Most Creative. Twenty teams were given about…

Georgia-based company is one of fewer than 100 North American growers to receive MPS-ABC certificate

US (GA): McCorkle Nurseries receives international certification for sustainable growing practices

​McCorkle Nurseries’ commitment to sustainable and environmentally-responsible growing practices has been recognized by MPS (More Profitable Sustainability) with an MPS-ABC certificate, one of the first awarded in North America. This environmental certificate is recognized as the international standard for…

Eternal Flowers produces own pest control products, fertilizers:

Ecuadorian grower goes for 100% organic

"If we can do it, why can't chemical suppliers?" says Adrian Moreno of Eternal Flower. This Ecuadorian Gypsophila and Hypericum grower invested years in producing their own organic fertilizers and pesticides. "I think it is good that everyone in the industry sees that it is possible to be a 100% organic…

Montis automates again with WPS

NL: Making shipping orders more efficient

Montis has chosen again for WPS to automate their greenhouse at a new location in Moerkapelle, the Netherlands. Left to right: Nico van de Berg (Montis), Niels van de Berg (Montis), René Zoutendijk (WPS), Maarten van der Gaarden (WPS). Being raised in a grower family and dealing with a variety of crops,…

Tambuzi Roses featured in Phillipa Craddock's podcast

"Maggie’s story will undoubtedly change the way you think about buying flowers"

In a series of podcasts, Philippa Craddock - the florist who created flower arrangements for the British royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - talks with several people with design, flowers, plants, fragrance and well being at the core. Her latest guest is Maggie Hobbs of Kenyan farm Tambuzi…

US (NC): "Vigilance keeps Kawahara Nurseries on top"

Kawahara Nurseries spans 1,500,000 square feet of controlled environment agriculture at its two facilities in Northern California. The company is highly regarded for reliably producing more than 10,000 varieties of premium annuals, perennials and edibles in quart and gallon sizes. Grower Assistant Amanda…

SandPro Growers new at Alkemade International

Since a couple of months ago, a new grower from Kenya: SandPro Growers is offering its line of products at the major Dutch auctions. Unpacked and processed for auction by Alkemade International, the crop consisting of Gypsophila Xlence, Trachelium, Asclepia and Delphinium has been well received by…

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Sun Valley hosts farm tour during Fun N Sun Convention

As part of the CalFlowers Fun 'N Sun Convention, Sun Valley hosted a farm tour of their Channel Islands property in Oxnard. Owner Lane DeVries led the groups around the farm answering questions and explaining the intricacies of flower farming. As a special treat, they brought down a pop-up tulip garden…


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