Grower in the spotlight

Texas A&M AgriLife Research donates hibiscus plants to help beautify Vernon

The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Vernon, through a joint effort with Vernon’s Chamber of Commerce and the Tourism and Main Street Program, recently donated approximately 500 hibiscus plants to local organizations and businesses. Members of the Lion’s Club in Vernon help with…

Sea Waltz season in Southern California

Sun Valley reports they have received great feedback on their Sea Waltz Delphinium. "These deep blue flowering spikes grow wonderfully on the Oxnard Plain, just south of Ventura, in Southern California. This flower is both beautiful and versatile, adding line and texture to bouquets, and having enough…

A visit to Rosa Flora Limited

CAN (ON): 1.9 million square feet of greenhouses and growing

On April 12, 2019, Jet Fresh Flower Distributors paid a visit to Rosa Flora Limited in Ontario, Canada, where they were given a tour of their state-of-the-art facility. Jet Fresh recently became the authorized distributor of Rosa Flora's flowers including Gerbera Daisies, Lisianthus, Snap Dragons, Stock…

Oserian named Kenya’s best company in Renewable Energy

Oserian Development Company's goal of creating a carbon-free environment by 2020 has received a major boost after it was recognized as a renewable energy champion last week. Investment in geothermal energy to power operations, use of electric tugs (cars) to transport flowers and use of sheep to mow grass…

UK: Taylors Bulbs celebrate 100 years with Daffodil Day

Bulb buyers from Ayletts, Notcutts and Hillview garden centres joined over 500 Daffodil enthusiasts at Taylors Bulbs in Holbeach last week for their Daffodil Day to celebrate the centenary of the company. Organised in conjunction with the RHS Bulb Committee the event was probably the biggest gathering of…

UK: Daffodil producers enjoy bumper harvest in fields

Exceptionally mild weather meant more than 71 million stems were picked on farms owned by Grampian Growers members and sold into bumper markets in just 51 days. Mark Clark, managing director of the Montrose-based co-operative, said the concentrated harvest finished 28 days earlier than in 2018. “The last…

UK: Tulip grower stockpiling bulbs over Brexit

Uncertainty over Brexit has led a Norfolk commercial tulip grower to begin to stockpile bulbs imported from the Netherlands. Belmont Nurseries, based in Terrington St Clement, the largest growers of outdoor tulips in the UK, produces about 75 million bulbs a year, growing 37 varieties of tulip and other…

Dutch partnership raises scadoxus profile

Back in 2018, a remarkable niche product - scadoxus - was looking for a grower . That is, breeder Könst Alstroemeria saw opportunities for the potted plant production of this flower. This opportunity is still there, but in terms of cut flower production they lift things to the next level themselves.…

US (DE): Willey Farms begins rebirth after fire with garden center, greenhouse opening

Willey Farms, a beloved Townsend marketplace, reopened its greenhouse and garden center Friday as the family store continues its rise from a devastating fire in November. Built up into a market complex over 43 years and burned to the ground in a single night, the loss of Willey Farms was a blow to locals…

UK: SWGS Scholarship spots student talent

Student, Kobus Stander, has won a £2,000 South West Growers Show (SWGS) Sponsored Scholarship. Part of the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) Scholarship Season, this award supports commercial and production horticulture by spotting and encouraging talent that is passionate about the industry. Originally…

US (CA): Springtime is tulip time in Modesto

Springtime is tulip season at Dutch Hollow Farms, a flower farm which originated in the garden at John Bos' mom's house. "I told my mom years ago her tulips were beautiful, and she said in her thick Dutch accent, 'Yes, why don't you grow them for cut flowers?' And I said, Ok," Bos said. Today more than…

US (AK): Peonies take couple from the ocean to the farm

After 40 years of running a charter fishing business in Homer, Alaska, Gerri Martin and her husband, Sean, have embarked on a retirement plan that really isn’t very retiring. They decided to start a completely different business. Photos provided by Diamond Ridge Peonies They’re in their sixth year of…

US (NH): Fire tears through greenhouses in Concord

After an early-morning fire destroyed the main building at Murray Farm and threatened his greenhouses, David Murray knew there was no time to panic, reports Concord Monitor. He couldn’t afford to – the building housing the business’s water pumps, boilers and generators was nothing more than a twisted…

US (MA): Pioneer Gardens sells greenhouse, land for $3M

Pioneer Gardens, owned by Arjen Vriend and Jaap Molenaar, sold to GOGRIZ, LLC a 114,000-square-foot greenhouse, two houses at the front of the property and additional parcels of agricultural land expected to be leased back to Pioneer Gardens for agricultural use. The plan is for GOGRIZ to lease the…

CAN (BC): Greenhouse worker's flower dye mistake turns water pink

It was a non-toxic flower dye from a local greenhouse that made a Chilliwack waterway turn pink last week. Leo Quik, owner of Quik’s Farm, including the greenhouses on McSween…

US (IN): Kingsbury-based greenhouse grower prepares for spring rush

On April 13, Blooms Greenhouse Grower Outlet is prepared to welcome spring time and reopen for a new season of business. This will be the fifth spring that the Kingsbury-based greenhouse has offered retail options to the community. Bloom’s roots started in 1907, when the Angelo Bernacchi family came to…

Aardam serves up both coffee and tea

Besides palms, nolina, strelitzia, and coffee, Dutch seed trader and nursery Aardam started nursing tea plants some time ago. Arthur Spruit, who regularly goes on business trips to tropical places many can only dream about, was recently in Indonesia to talk with the seed suppliers. Arthur Aardam among…

US (WA): Family brings flowers to Greenbank Farm

Greenbank Farm, currently known for its retail stores, pies and dog park, is getting back to its roots with some good, old-fashioned traditional farming. The fertile soil is being painstakingly plowed and sifted through by a farming family who think Greenbank Farm can use a good pop of color. “Finally,…

US (MD): Nursery & garden center to shut down after 89 years

Stephanie Fleming, VP at Behnke Nurseries, announced that this 2019 Spring season will be their last. "My family has been discussing what to do with our aging property and, for many reasons, the ultimate decision was to close the nursery", she writes in a statement. "The Behnke family and I would like to…

US (MN): After 100 years, Costa Farm & Greenhouse still growing strong

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Costa Farm & Greenhouse, which grows flowers and vegetables across about 150 acres in Washington County. Amidst urban sprawl and competition from big-box retailers, owners Ron and Karin Costa have kept the family farm thriving into its third generation. Costa…

Ethiopia Cuttings receives Gold award for social standards and environmental performance

The Syngenta Flowers cuttings production location Ethiopia Cuttings is awarded with a gold level for social standards and environmental performance in the sector. The site is running business that meets the standards of the Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association. The Ethiopian Horticulture…

UK: Grower shows youngsters where tulips come from

More local farmers are being urged to get involved in a ‘FaceTime’ scheme educating school pupils on where the food they eat comes from. Ian Collison, who grows tulips for major brands like Sainsbury’s and M&S from his family-run cut flower business at Tuxhill Farm at Terrington St Clement, near…

US (WI): Greenhouses ready for busy spring

A cooler than normal spring in Wisconsin so far has greenhouses eagerly awaiting warmer temperatures and “green thumb” customers. Todd Maas from Maas Floral and Greenhouse in Sturgeon Bay says the demand for geraniums, the most popular plant sold, has fallen nearly in-half as other options have become…

American farm creates its own niche in fern-rich Florida

The company that is now Sutton Ferneries got its start more than 30 years ago in the back of a Honda hatchback. It was in that Honda that Michelle Sutton was going door to door to Miami’s florists selling ferns that her former husband’s family was growing on a farm in central Florida that they had…

Notes from the Road: Open House

Last week I had the opportunity to attend an open house at Swift Greenhouses, where I grew up. Swift is a big supporter of Darwin Perennials and Kieft Seed genetics, so I was proud to be there to support their program. by Chris Fifo, Product Representative at Darwin Perennials Me and Hans Stokes, my successor at Swift…

Farmer Fridays celebrate American flower farmers

Every Friday across social media channels, American Grown Flowers celebrates American flower farmers with Farmer Fridays. These stories on Facebook and Instagram highlight Certified American Grown flower and greens farmers, the varieties they grow, the sustainable methods they use and why they love to…

Eva Forlani, NipponTree

EU: "More challenging to get old Japanese bonsai trees"

The Japanese bonsai tree (niwaki) becomes more beautiful when it ages and in the last 10 years it has become a popular item in Europe. However, it seems to become an increasingly challenging task to get such old aged trees to Europe. "The younger generation of growers in Japan does not wait until the…

Debbie Foisy of Debs Greenhouse

CAN (AB): “We've never had a flood like this before”

Spring is around the corner and that means busy times for greenhouses. However, Debs Greenhouse in Morinville, Alberta had to give the workers a day off. A flood resulted in a layer of water in the greenhouse. “We expect to get some water from the snow melt but this amount was more than we are equipped…

China: Villagers plant orchids, and 'harvest gold'

It is still early spring in southwestern China's Guizhou province, but the forest in Zhegui village is already filled with vitality: oak trunks covered with orchid-like stalks, with branches swaying in the breeze. "They're the tiepishihu (dendrobium officinale), a valuable Chinese herbal medicine," said…

UK: Daffodil grower says Brexit fears leave his flowers in the ground

Mother’s Day is the most important date in the calendar for Britain’s daffodil growers, but it arrives today with much of their crop still in the ground thanks to a shortage of pickers. Brexit uncertainty and the fall in the value of the pound have left growers struggling to recruit enough migrant…

Dutch gerbera grower strives for ambition and perfection

With a 7.5 ha nursery and 103 types of gerberas, Gerbera United can truly call itself a specialist in gerberas. Origin In 2009, Willem Peter van den Berg and Dick Kooij decided to merge two companies into one business called: Gerbera United. Range Gerbera United currently has 103 different varieties in…

The OptiCept process in use in Kenya

In January 2019, OptiFreeze visited Syngenta’s farms in Kenya together with Josef Fisher (Syngenta’s Global Innovation Manager) and Marten Denekamp (Innovation R&D Manager). Syngenta has four farms in Kenya, and the visits were focused on two of them: Kenya Cuttings and Kenya Polen. Both farms are…

Gediflora

BE : Operating as efficiently as possible on a very large scale

After breeding and propagation, the Belgian ball-shaped chrysanthemums are shipped back from Kenia and Brazil to Oostnieuwkerke (Belgium). There is no sign of colour or smell at this stage, because the cuttings are barely three centimetres tall and each one of them is green. Michiel Declerck and Astrid…

South Africa: Cape Flora invests in emerging businesses

Not being blinded by the size of operations, Cape Flora is finding innovative ways to help small-scale fynbos entrepreneurs realise their business dreams. “Since our funding is quite limited, our strategy is aimed at unlocking these entrepreneurs’ full potential by empowering them with knowledge and…

Australia: Growers meet minister to voice business concerns

Sydney growers met recently with The Hon. David Littleproud MP, Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources , to voice business concerns, including the costs and red tape associated with importing plants. by Gabrielle Stannus Approximately twenty growers attended, by invitation from Julian…

Plant grower André den Drijver on the start of the bedding plant season

Netherlands: "Pansies are always difficult"

In February, the turnover in pansies was 235.5% higher than last year, according to Royal FloraHolland figures. Also, 137.5% more pieces were sold and these were, with an average price of 50 euro cents per piece, 40% higher in price than the year before. So far the good news. And that's logical, because…

US (NJ): S and R Farms earns Certified American Grown status

If you’ve ever wondered why New Jersey is called the Garden State, S and R Farms will provide an answer. All photos courtesy of S & R Farms Located in central New Jersey in Allentown just off the New Jersey Turnpike, the 350-acre Certified American Grown flower farm lies in the shadow of some of the…

Interview with Geert van Geest LVG Plants in South Africa

LVG Plants in South Africa is a customer of Anthura. The owners, who are originally Dutch and have lived almost all their lives in South Africa, have made enormous developments with their company. The brothers – Ivo, Bart and Geert – all have their own roles within the company. In the latest edition of…

Australia: Growers prepare for Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

A Phillip Island grower will be taking centre stage at this year’s Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show with a striking design. Michael Van Der Zwet — owner of Maxiflora — will use an array of his locally grown flowers, including hydrangeas, to design the show’s centrepiece inside the Royal…

US (WI): Make-a-Wish recipient's greenhouse roof collapse

It all started with a "wish" by then 9-year-old Lucas West of Turtle Lake who, in 2008, was diagnosed with bone cancer. The young horticulturist was given his first greenhouse, which kick started his business, “Growing Wishes.” More than a decade later, a severe season of winter weather is placing a…

Dutch bulb grower presents Fall Wholesale Catalog 2019

In their new Fall Wholesale Catalog 2019 Ruigrok Flowerbulbs have listed their assortment of bulbs, which consists of more than 400 different varieties, that they supply to the United States and Canada. Ruigrok Flowerbulbs is located in De Zilk, which is the heart of the bulb district in the Netherlands.…

As e-commerce blossoms, flower business takes root around China

As the chrysanthemums blossom, so does Liu Youjuan’s business, an undertaking whose seeds had not even been planted four years ago. The soil in which those seeds eventually found root was e-commerce. In the past few years it has turned millions of Chinese who previously lacked business experience into…

Behind the scenes at Aleia Roses in Spain

In Soria (Spain), at an altitude of more than one kilometer, Aleia Roses grows the Red Naomi rose. And that's unique. Not only is there there no other grower anywhere in the vicinity, they're also doing something special in terms of vision, scale and technique. Spanish entrepreneur Luis Corella, who…

US (CA): 'The Bulb Guy' opens flower-filled backyard to the public

A San Jose man has his own little super bloom going on right now in his backyard and he is opening it up to the public. "The Bulb Guy," as he is known, has filled his garden every year with thousands of bulbs. It does not cost anything to get in, but visitors are encouraged to make a donation to St.…

New roses and tech at Plantec Ecuador open house

March of 2019 marked the introduction for Plantec Ecuador’s new rose collection. In this year’s open house Plantec hosted approximately 300 producers, exporters, and commercializers from all over Ecuador and parts of the USA at their headquarters, located at 2625 meters above sea level, conveniently…

Claes Bastrup, Gartneriet PKM:

Danish campanulas ready for spring rush

It's spring, and people have plants on their mind. To meet the expected surge in demand, Gartneriet PKM, the largest campanula grower in Denmark, filled up every m2 of their greenhouse. "The weather forecast for next week is very good, and we hope the sales will be equally good”, says Claes Bastrup,…

UK: Commercial horticulture benefits through award of BPOA Peter Seabrook Bursary

Student, James Pike, has won a £1,000 British Protected Ornamentals Association – Peter Seabrook Bursary. Part of the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) Scholarship Season, this award supports commercial horticulture through the recognition and encouragement of talent that works in or will go on to work in…

"Ecuadorian flower companies suffer impact of theft"

In the Ecuadorian province of Cotopaxi, floriculture is one of the sectors contributing the most to the creation of employment, given that it also markets one of the world’s…

US (FL): Still growing after four generations

In the U.S. floral universe, Pierson, Florida, population 1,849, plays an outsized role. For any given bouquet of flowers, chances are pretty good that the greenery came from Pierson. It’s a place that calls itself the fern capital of the world. Families have grown ferns for generations and kids grow up…

Uganda: Take a look inside a cuttings production location

At Floritec's production location they constantly analyse data. From various processes they determine use of materials and energy consumption. Each process is monitored and improvements are initiated where needed. However, it's not only about figures, but it's about people too, as is evident from a look…

UK: Horticulture to benefit from DCF’s investment in students

David Colegrave Foundation scholarships worth £13,000 have been awarded to 10 students with interests that include research, sustainability, crop management, breeding, horticultural therapy and commercial wholesale. Jeff Colegrave comments: “This year we received a record number of applications from…

US (CA): Spring is in the air at Sun Valley

Spring is officially here, after a winter with record rains and record snowfall across California. Air and soil temperatures are warming, longer hours of sun, and plenty of water mean the arrival of what the people at Sun Valley fondly call “The Spring Effect.” "We grow flowers year-round, and honestly,…

US (ME): Greenhouses struggle with weather to prep for spring

Piano music and the earthy aroma of plants drifted out of the open doors of Ledgewood Gardens’ nursery greenhouse on March 8, quickly dissipating in the cold winter air. In the snowy woods of Orrington, the family-run operation was busy preparing for spring, when customers would visit with plant lists in…

Michela Muci, Floricultura Bonato:

Italy: "Wide range gives competitive edge across markets and seasons"

Spring is upon us and this means busy times for many growers. Also for Italian grower Floricoltura Bonato. After International Women's Day (March 8), for which their yellow Zanthedeschia is usually the bestseller, their greenhouse is now starting to become a sea of colors. "It is the most important…

"Green encourages plants and people"

Green Fits All. This theme encourages Plantarium participants to seek cooperation with companies and authorities outside the sector. That way green will provide opportunities for growth. By producing as energy neutral as possible, companies will take steps to a greener world. AllPlant accomplished…

Australia: Roadmap towards a stronger and more sustainable workforce

In partnership with Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA), the Review of Nursery Industry Career Pathways (NY17002) project is delivered by RM Consulting Group (RMCG), and works towards attracting, developing and retaining the right kind of people into our thriving and dynamic industry. The next…

US: William H. Preston continues legacy with endowment support

William “Bill” Preston passed away peacefully February 18 after a long, happy, and accomplished life surrounded by family and friends. He was a lifelong resident of the Bowie area and contributed much to the community and environment he loved. He was an alumnus of U.Md., achieving his Ph.D. in…

UK: Bransford Webbs is now a zero to landfill business

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company have achieved the BS8555 accreditation for environmental management for ten consecutive years, having first achieved this certification back in 2008. Their environmental objectives are reviewed and updated on an annual basis. Among other targets, they have reduced their…

Jan de Boer, Barendsen:

"We want to turn interested buyers into genuine ambassadors of the flower industry"

One of the first companies to become a strategic partner of Florint was Barendsen in Aalsmeer. As an organisation, Barendsen goes back even further than Florint: more than 100 years. The company built up an excellent reputation over those many decades, for quality products as well as personal, customised…

Opening on March 18, 2019

Italian grower Eurosa opens warehouse at Royal FloraHolland

"Fulfilling smaller orders with fresh products", this was the idea of Italian nursery Eurosa when deciding to invest in a warehouse inside the FloraHolland site in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands. The warehouse will open its doors on Monday March 18, will remain open all spring, and indoor plants, cactus,…

Australia: Hort funded Fellowships now open for application

Applications are now open for three Hort Innovation funded Churchill Fellowships that will enable recipients to travel the world for 4 to 8 weeks to access industry related…

Healthy plants in store thanks to solar light greenhouse

A second-generation family business is thriving by making all the right moves and working with top companies, including Agra Tech in Pittsburg CA. It's called Matsuda’s Nursery, a company that has refined its artful tradition of cultivating the finest plant material available since 1957. With 160 acres…

US (AK): Stone Circle becomes Certified American Grown

Michelle Morton is an Alaskan peony grower by way of Los Angeles, Australia and Scotland. She was born in Scotland, grew up in Australia and landed in Los Angeles as a young adult where she studied music, percussion specifically, at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. It was, she found, “a very strange…

Australia: Finding the limit for the gardens of the future as summers intensify

The research trials underway at Western Sydney University’s Hawkesbury campus were showcased on popular television program Gardening Australia as host Josh Byrne toured the greenhouse heatwave and drought trials for the Which Plant Where project. The trials are part of five-year project in partnership…

US: Last call for SAF 2019 Awards

The Society of American Florists recognizes excellence in the floral industry with a range of awards and professional designations. March 18 is the deadline to apply for SAF’s Century Award and the American Academy of Floriculture (AAF) designation, and it is the deadline to submit nominations for SAF’s…

Peter van Beurden, Westland Greenhouses:

CAN (ON): "At springtime, there’s never enough space in the greenhouse"

"Valentine's Day is not as important for us as it is for the flower growers. For us, Easter and Mother's Day are the highlights of the year," says Peter van Beurden of Westland Greenhouses, based in Canada. "In spring, there’s never enough space in the greenhouse." For years he has been cultivating…

US (MI): Dale Deppe receives WNLA Western Legend Award

The Western Nursery & Landscape Association (WNLA) recently honored several leaders in the horticulture industry at The Western 2019 trade show in Kansas City. WNLA is a regional trade association whose members represent all specialties within the horticulture industry, including independent…

US (CA): Flower grower prepares for Siblings Day

For the last several years anyone on social media has seen the meteoric rise of Siblings Day, which is celebrated April 10th. The last few years Siblings Day has gotten major attention on The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, The Today Show and other mainstream media sources. 80% of Americans have siblings.…

US (CA): Rain bodes well for The Flower Fields in Carlsbad

Thanks to all of the recent winter storms, The Flower Fields in Carlsbad are as beautiful as ever. “We’re excited to see that the fields have been responding very well with the recent rains in our area. The gentle, steady water, combined with intermittent sunshine bodes very well for germination and the…

Dutch grower specializes in Phalaenopsis and Dracaena

The Piet Vijverberg nursery focuses purely on Phalaenopsis and Dracaena. Mechanisation and the use of technology have always been important aspects of production throughout the company’s history. The Piet Vijverberg Nursery has been a pioneer in many technological improvements and concepts applying to…

UK: Investing in the future of plant health

The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) is a supporter of the Royal Society of Biology’s (RSB) Plant Health Undergraduate Summer Studentship Programme for 2019. The scheme invites plant health researchers to submit proposals for one of nine available funded studentships for undergraduates to run over the…

US (NY): After 64 years, Homeside Florist & Greenhouses closes

This time of year, Kris Olsen and his sister, Andrea Hanulec, are usually going full speed at Homeside Florist & Greenhouses in Riverhead, gearing up for Easter and Mother’s Day. But this winter was a little different. The landmark garden center shut its doors Dec. 31. The Olsen family has owned the…

Federico Martínez Martínez, Plántulas de Tetela:

"No risks for employees or for the environment"

Doing the right things in order to build a solid reputation, even if the buyers don't follow the same path yet: that is the philosophy on which Plántulas de Tetela bases its investment in biological crop protection. The Mexican producer of propagation materials for the ornamentals sector has reduced its…

"Every day is spring at Lilies of Life"

Market – Diversity – Sustainability – Family. Four key words that best describe the company: Lilies of Life located in Rijnsburg, the Netherlands. Lilies of Life grows 9 million LA Hybrid Lilies annually, with the interest of the florist as a starting point. Gerben Ravensbergen - one of the co-owners of…

US: When flower farmers go to Washington, D.C.

Last week, a delegation of flower farmers headed to Washington, D.C., to present the issues and concerns of American flower farmers to U.S. policymakers. These farmers left their farms, committed to the common cause, worked together, and shared their voices and insights on key topics, from immigration…

Wild Lark Farm

First Oklahoma farm Certified American Grown

For Terri Barr, making the leap from civil engineering technician to flower grower was a natural move. She had farming in her blood, a lifelong love for gardening and a desire to work outdoors. The result is Wild Lark Farm in Claremore, Oklahoma, which she started in 2018 and is building from the ground…

US (NC): "It takes the many amazing women to make KB Farms a successful business"

Women’s Day is dedicated to remembering the history of women’s struggle for emancipation along with the continued fight for equality. It is a great day to recognize all the amazing women in our lives and showing support for them reminding them just how much we love, respect and appreciate them. On…

Dutch grower pleased with tulips from Russia

Erik Lommerse, the head of the Dutch company Nord Lommerse Flower Bulb Group, which exports flower bulbs for professional growers all over the world, has visited Ulyanovsk, highly rating the local tulips. The Dutch guest inspected the greenhouse complex at the City Centre for General Improvement and…

3 million flowers in Moscow greenhouses for International Women’s Day

Over 3 million flowers will be delivered for sale by greenhouses in the Moscow region before March 8, reported the Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mr. Andrey Razin. “The growers have a hot season now. In order to make all women happy on this festive day, they harvest about 40 varieties of elite roses…

Simbi Roses

"A business that takes social responsibility beyond the farm"

The Kenyan flower farm Simbi Roses attributes its success to the hard work and support of its workers, but the company’s focus goes beyond economic growth. A deep sense of social responsibility is central to business at Simbi Roses, demonstrated by their motto, “Our farm. Our community.” What does this…

Russia: Roses for Women’s Day grow in “New Holland”

The specialists of the “New Holland” complex in the Leningrad region know exactly what the best present for International Women's Day is, as they have been growing flowers for more than 10 years. Even though the Leningrad region cannot boast the perfect climatic conditions for that kind of business due…

Tulips grow in one of the coldest regions in the world

Dutch tulips will bloom in Yakutia on International Women’s Day. 5,000 pieces will beautify one of the iciest regions in the world. The Lukina family managed to adapt the tender flowers to the severe climate conditions. The growers believe that the flowers grown locally are more durable and last longer…

Dutch nursery builds waterplant imperium

Water plant nursery Moerings is among the largest in the industry in Europe. The history of the nursery goes back to Ronald Moerings from Boskoop, his uncle cultivated aquatic plants as a hobby and Ronald regularly brought some varieties to a few customers of his uncle. They liked it very much, although…

Russia: Growing unusual orchids in Siberia

On the eve of Women’s Day, flower growers in Buryatia (Russia) are aiming to sell over 4,000 pieces of orchids. At Orchidelia, on the shores of Lake Baikal, they grow over 25 orchid varieties: standard, midi, mini, grandi and multiflora, of various colors from classic white and tender pink ones to bright…

Netherlands: Peony trial garden is starting to grow

The Green Works peony trial garden in Schagen already looks amazing at this time. The various peonies are growing nicely and later in the spring the garden will truly be a sight to behold. Are you wondering how the trial garden looks up close? Do you want to see our Paeonia varieties with your own eyes?…

CAN (QC): Flower farms lets people pick their own tulips

Tulipes.ca is the name of a tulip farm in Laval, just north of Montreal, where people can go and pick their own flowers. The flower farm recommends visitors to bring a bucket so that they can keep the fresh-cut flowers in water on the way home. They provide everything needed to pick the flowers, and even…

Japan: Flower growers putting the petals to the Olympic medals

Flower growers in northeastern Japan are reviving an Olympic tradition to symbolize the resilience and perseverance of not only the medal-winning athletes but also the disaster-stricken Tohoku region. The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games has decided to award all medalists a…

Transitioning to a new generation

Growers are a special breed, and for many people who grow up in the business, it has a special attraction. As many long-time family business owners start thinking about retirement, some of their children are coming home, taking a larger role and adding responsibilities in the family business. Anyone who…

Floral Fundamentals Growers receive prestigious American award

The flowers of two Floral Fundamentals Partners, Anco pure Vanda and Walter Grootscholten, orchid nursery, have been awarded the prestigious Emile H. Geschick Award for Best in Show Orchid display at the Philadelphia Flower Show in America. The orchids beat off stiff competition including all of the…

René Denis, Denis-Plants:

"We've been recycling the water since 1983"

"We do our best every day to deliver our products in quality, quantity and continuity, at a consistent price. Those are our four Qs, although not always written with a Q." Lochristi in Belgium is home to some state-of-the-art horticulture companies, who are leading when it comes to these four Qs. One of…

Dutch grower has 72 varieties of exclusive orchids

The Anco nursery grows the Vanda orchid, one of the most exclusive orchid varieties in the world. Origins The Vanda originates from the southern flanks of the Himalaya and in the region between India and South China. Anco’s plants come from Thailand. The plants are exported to the Netherlands when they…

JHL Potplants' focus on plant vitality

As ever more plant production moves into greenhouses and growrooms, the issue of plant vitality arises. Growers wish to grow plants that are as strong as possible for superior appearance and better shelf life. Dutch grower JHL Potplants is no exception. This family-run business grows potted gerbera since…

US (CA): Pyramid Flowers achieves BloomCheck certification

For Fred Van Wingerden and Pyramid Flowers, receiving BloomCheck certification was validation of the company’s longtime sustainable practices. Meeting BloomCheck’s rigorous certification standards didn’t mean a whole lot of changes at Pyramid Flowers’ operation in Oxnard, California, where it grows a…

US (CA): Eruption of color is a rite of spring at Carlsbad's Flower Fields

After a wet and wild winter, the Flower Fields in Carlsbad are shaping up for one of the best seasons ever. For 10 weeks each year, the working farm lets the public wander its carefully manicured rows of white, red, yellow, purple, pink, and orange blossoms perched on 50 gently sloping acres overlooking…

US importer Andre Savrmoutou sees good opportunities

Mexico – a new frontier for rose growers

With air transport rates from Colombia and Ecuador to the US skyrocketing, alternatives like sea transport are on the rise. Another alternative to get roses to the US market more inexpensively is by growing them on another location, like Mexico. "Mexico is quickly becoming the 'new frontier' for fresh…

Jet Fresh Flower Growers celebrates first anniversary

Friday, March 1, 2019 marks the one-year anniversary of rose farm Jet Fresh Flower Growers, S.A. in Cotopaxi, Ecuador. To celebrate this achievement, the Ecuadorian team had an anniversary celebration on Tuesday, February 26th commemorating the great moments from the past year. Mike was in Ecuador this…

Dutch vanda grower goes viral in the US

Last Tuesday Steef van Adrichem from Anco Pure Vanda posted a video online of a big order he was preparing for a botanical garden in Chicago (IL). Steef is showing off what he'll be shipping overseas. The video went viral. "On Facebook it has now been viewed over 150,000 times and shared 1,810 times, and…

Video: Late summer harvest on the flower farm

Late last summer, Niki Irving of Flourish Flower Farm had the privilege of meeting husband & wife team Luke and Kristine Porter. "Luke and Kristine are photographer/videographers based in Utah and they were here in Asheville shooting a wedding. They joined me one foggy morning on the farm at harvest…

Paolo Ciccolella, Eurosa:

Italy: "We save as much CO2 in a decade as Oxford produces in one year”

Eurosa production plant of Candela (Puglia) is celebrating its 10th anniversary. This Italian company is one of the pioneers of using waste energy from a power station to heat their greenhouse and they claim to be Europe's biggest energy farm. And over the last decade they have saved a lot on CO2…

Valley Springs to expand hydrangea, seeded products on 100ha

Colombia: "This mega project will enable us to increase production by 200%"

Colombian grower Valley Springs is currently building a new large farm on 150 ha in Mesopotamia, Antioquia. The 100 hectare that they will use for cultivation will allow them to grow their hydrangea and seeded products production by 200%. The 50 ha remaining land will remain a native forest conservation.…

UK: Flower sector fears Brexit could nip exports in the bud

For Sam Taylor, director of a family-run plant bulbs and fresh flowers business in eastern England, fears of post-Brexit delays to imports and exports are growing alongside his daffodils. "It's the same as every business... we're all concerned, we would like clarity," the 41-year-old told AFP Monday as…

Belarusian roses grow all year round

Belarusian roses can be purchased all year round. The country's biggest greenhouse complex grows the most demanding varieties with the assistance of advanced foreign technologies and a robotic sorting system. The ocean of roses is blooming in the greenhouse irrespective of the cool temperatures outside.…

A field trip with Jane Perrone

Last November special guest Jane Perrone joined Thejoyofplants.co.uk on a field trip where they visited the Royal FloraHolland Trade Fair, and also spent a full day visiting a few nurseries in the Aalsmeer area. "With a camera in tow we followed Jane Perrone, freelance writer, presenter and producer of indoor gardening podcast…

Tulip grower Carlo van Schagen:

"In the coming fifteen years, I want to grow sustainably"

Carlo van Schagen (50) is running a tulip bulb company in Egmond-Binnen, the Netherlands, with the poetical name of Garden of Egmond. He also exports his bulbs to a company in Algarve, Portugal, where they flower just a little earlier than in the Netherlands. "What do I want for the coming fifteen years?…

U.S. Botanic Garden and Smithsonian Gardens tend to rare plants behind the scenes

During the recent government shutdown, Smithsonian horticulturist Virginia Thaxton continued to work. She walked into the closed, dimly lit, empty museums once a week. “It was eerie,” she said of walking alone among the artifacts in the usually bustling buildings. Thaxton also kept up her work at the…

NL : Maintening Screen Installation at Gerbera Grower Schouten Opti-Fleurs

Like your favorite pair of shoes need a new sole once in a while, the material in a greenhouse needs the occasional maintenance to keep work running smoothly. More operational security Dutch Gerbera grower Schouten Opti-Fleurs started the renovation of the screen installation last week. Luiten…

The investor decided to carry over the project, receiving assurance in the governor’s support.

New greenhouse complex for tulip and greenery growing opened in Smolensk

The investments amounted to 673,500 Euro. The project is planned to be completed in 2022. The entrepreneur, Mr. Vadim Rogachev has long been engaged in wholesale deliveries of flowers from the Netherlands but last year took a decision to engage in growing them himself. The delivery volume is about 80…

"Independent garden centers are beginning to expand and regain part of the market"

After years of working for other greenhouse operations, Paul Brann and his father J. D. opened Conroe Greenhouses in 1974 which is located just north of Houston in Conroe, TX. However, Paul found that both the quality and quantity of his water supply was decreasing as the population in the area…

US (VA): Grower helps feed public demand for potted orchids

On a recent Friday, workmen were installing a camera on the gas meter outside the office and greenhouse of Color Orchids in Culpeper County. Owner Ben Van Wingerden said the camera will help him monitor gas usage at the business and prevent him from having to come check it in person at 2 a.m. Luckily, he…

Dutch grower planting Bletilla and CannaSol

In their greenhouses in the Westland in the Netherlands, Green Works are hard at work planting the Bletilla and CannaSol varieties. These Bletilla varieties, winter-hardy orchids, have a flowering time in early summer and are available at Green Works from week 49 to week 15. Varieties: Bletilla striata,…

Kenya: Flower firm hits out at State over VAT refunds, fertiliser shortage

According to Primarosa Flowers Limited managing director Bobby Kamani, delay in VAT refunds will impact earnings of sector players while lack of fertiliser could lead to reduced yields of the top foreign exchange earner. Mr Kamani called for intervention from the government, warning that if the situation…

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…

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…

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…


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