Grower in the spotlight

UK: Winner of 2020 Student Garden Design Competition announced by Provender Nurseries, Capel Manor College

Now in its 9th year, the collaboration between Provender Nurseries and Capel Manor College continues to go from strength to strength despite COVID-19 restrictions.  Due to social…

Pipley Flowers,

Liz, Pipley Flowers:

"Reflections on 2020 and how it's changed my business"

"We all know what a year it’s been and I think everyone has had personal struggles of one kind or another over the last 12 months. I’m sharing my reflections on how Covid-19 has impacted my business and what I have done to adapt, and leaving the personal side out of it," says Liz, owner of Pipley…

Family build eco-friendly dome in Norway

Life goals: Living in a greenhouse

Ingrid Marie Hjertefølger, 38, and her partner Benjamin, 34, used to live a perfectly normal life in a perfectly normal home. But a few years ago, the vegan family decided to make a change – and they put in plenty of hard work to make that happen. Ingrid, who works as a nurse, was on the hunt for an…

UK: Virtual rep visits from The Bransford Webbs Plant Company

At The Bransford Webbs Plant Company, they want to support their customers in every way possible during this difficult and unprecedented time. "During this most recent lockdown period, our reps are unable to travel around the country to visit centres and meet customers in person, as they normally would."…

Indigo Rain Flower Farm.

Canada: Indigo Rain Flower Farm to provide local, ‘grown not flown’ cut flowers

Marni Martin-McTavish has been working as a professional artist in the Huntsville community for more than twenty years and is excited to announce her newest project: Indigo Rain Flower Farm. After obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University, Martin-McTavish was introduced to the world of…

Arie van den Berg, Berg RoseS:

"2020 has been a challenging year to sell white roses"

"2020 has been a challenging year to sell white roses. For the reds, however, it probably was the best year ever," says Arie van den Berg of Berg RoseS, who grows roses in the Netherlands, Kenya and China. In the Netherlands, the year has been the most challenging as half of their 16ha greenhouse was…

Van Paassen Chrysanten

Netherlands: A look inside this high-tech chrysanthemum greenhouse

Things can go fast. The end of 2019, it was decided and exactly one year later, the first round of Pina Colada was harvested. Dutch grower Fred van Paassen is very happy: "The heavy stems and green foliage till the end. There's no better." The end of last year, our Dutch colleagues of BPnieuws.nl visited…

Netherlands: VDE plant in the spotlight at OZ Planten

OZ Planten has visited the modern green plant grower VDE plant with its well-known Intenz Home line. This month, they are OZ Planten's grower of the month. The grower is known for its creative and innovative hydroponics concepts. In addition, the grower runs a wide botanical assortment of green plants,…

Dutch entrepreneurs start new tulip nursery in Poland

In the Polish city Kargowa, Dutch entrepreneurs Bert de Graaf and Marcel Muster started a new tulip nursery: Flora Tulips. This month, the first flowers will be harvested, the perfect moment to put the project in the spotlight. We talk with Flora Munster, Marcel's daughter and responsible for the quality…

US: Interview with Tammy Sons of Tennessee wholesale nursery

Mountain Ornamental Nursery started in 1938 when the founder, Roscoe Tate, started the nursery on 12 acres on what is now called Main Street in Altamont, Tennessee. Mr. Tate…

American dream blooms at Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers

Growing a passion for flowers

Growing up in Mexico, Ismael "Mel" Resendiz was the middle child among 13 working on the family farm. Today, he owns Resendiz Brothers Protea Growers, which sells more than 200 varieties of flowers and foliage. A video was published on California Bountiful and they made the following article. Click here to see the video and…

Aris Horticulture Inc. celebrates 100 years in business

Ira and Menno Yoder established the company as Yoder Brothers located in Barberton, Ohio. They purchased the business from an agricultural industrialist, O.C. Barber who captured a leading position in the world’s match business, with an idea to bring industrial methods learned in agriculture to…

Up to 30,000 workers for next year's harvest

Expansion of UK migration scheme to support 2021 harvest

The number of workers permitted to travel to the UK to pick and package fruit and vegetables will be increased for the 2021 harvest, as the UK government yesterday announced…

Ethan Littler, West Coast Floral

CAN (BC): "Commitment has only grown stronger"

West Coast Floral Growers and Distributors is a family owned and run nursery and retail center located in Surrey B.C. Canada, just outside of Vancouver. The company has been in business for over 30 years and specializes in growing tropical plants and succulents. It’s retail center caters to the entire…

Chuck's Greenhouses

US (OH): Owners of North Jackson greenhouse show appreciation for local health care workers

On Tuesday December 22, Chuck and Jen Lehotsky donated 614 poinsettias to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. The two own Chuck’s Greenhouses in North Jackson and grow thousands of the traditional flowers every year. This year, they wanted to do something special with the flowers they had left…

Produce Marketing Association hails passage of COVID-19 stimulus package

Late Sunday night, the U.S. House and Senate leadership reached agreement on a $908 billion COVID-19 stimulus package that will bring a desperately needed financial infusion…

Ecuador: Matter.ngo pledges support to Forever Flowers through the donation of farming equipment

One of the Santiago Partnership strategic partners, Matter.ngo, based out of Minneapolis is donating farming supplies towards the Forever Flowers initiative which will be coming on a container in January or February. The farming supplies will include a tractor and a generator and other small items.…

Torben Ryg, Rosa Danica:

"A smooth and good schlumbergera season"

"The schlumbergera season was smooth and good, and that's positive," says Torben Ryg, Sales Manager at Rosa Danica. This Danish potted rose grower supplies European countries with 6,9,12 and 14 cm schlumbergeras (Christmas cactus) from October till Christmas. "Our aim is always to be sold out before…

Dutch minister Schouten meets Florensis online

Friday afternoon 18th December, Florensis facilitated a digital work visit from minister Carola Schouten (Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food quality) to talk about the consequences of Brexit. Florensis already started two years ago to be prepared for the new regulations. Minister Schouten:…

Daniel Ewings, Andreasens Green

AU: Supporting business growth through formal education

Daniel Ewings knows a thing or two about managing a production nursery. His formative working years were spent doing an apprenticeship at Andreasens Green and despite working in the United Kingdom and in other roles within the horticulture industry, he has twice returned to Andreasens. Today, Daniel is…

Environment Secretary George Eustice raises annual seasonal worker ceiling

UK ministers to treble number of foreign fruit and veg pickers to counter harvesting problems

UK ministers are set to treble the number of foreign workers allowed into the country to pick fruit and vegetables, hoping to ease fears of rotting harvests as a result of…

no up-front capital expenditure

Light supplier and capital partner provide funding solutions for growers

GE Current, a Daintree company, has today announced a partnership with Aquila Capital, to provide funding solutions for growers looking to install low-energy LED lighting, through funds managed or advised by Aquila Capital. "The partnership will allow growers across Europe who are designing new indoor…

Flowers from the farm

Kate Norris, Northumbrian Flowers

UK: "My flower farming year, and what a year"

In this article Kate Norris of Northumbrian Flowers is looking back at the strange and challenging 2020. She explains her experiences  month by month.  January 2020The New Year starts with 2 weddings. I enlist hubby to help create a hanging bauble canopy on New Years Day - it takes 2 hrs to set up and hang hundreds…

Everde Growers

TreeTown USA announces rebrand

Jonathan Saperstein, CEO of TreeTown USA, announced Thursday, December 17, that the company has rebranded and will now operate under a new name: Everde Growers. The rebrand follows nearly six years of strategic acquisitions to expand the company’s footprint nationwide, with farms operating in Oregon, California, Texas, and…

United Selections’ varieties grown at Rift Valley Roses

"Our culture has enabled us over the years to produce and deliver quality roses"

Rift valley Roses (RVR) is a farm located in Naivasha, at the Great Rift valley. Since its inception, the farm has tremendously grown to command substantial attention in the flower market. It is easy to understand why roses perform so well at this altitude; the farm is sandwiched between the two rugged…

Vietnam: Jerusalema Challenge by Dalat Hasfarm

Dalat Hasfarm is setting the trend in Asia and has performed the Jerusalema Challenge. "We have overcome the challenges we faced thanks to the passion and energy of our employees as you can see in the video clip." "We would like to thank our loyal customers and suppliers for their ongoing support in such…

UFO Supplies makes light plan for Irish plant grower's propagation greenhouse

What kind of light is needed to get a higher rooting percentage and a faster rooting was the question of Fitzgerald nurseries, from Ireland to UFO Supplies. UFO Supplies started to make a light plan. With the input of Erick Westerman (Fitzgerald nursery), together with Eric Jansen (Signify), UFO Supplies…

Belgian nursery sees surge in baytree popularity

One of Europe's leading nurseries for Laurels and Bay Trees report a surge in sales during 2020. The increased demand for baytrees in all shapes and sizes is due mainly to the effects of Covid-19. Improving home environmentLaurica's Marian Maenhoudt elaborates further: “2020 was not quite as we expected due…

Tuscany Growers

"There's a Claus (e) in their contract"

Tuscany Growers are the only All-Female managed Nursery in Italy. Based in Pistoia, this innovative team of ladies have connected right now with the Festive season. They have branded themselves 'Santa's Elves' as they sort their pre-Christmas deliveries! Clients are requested to ask for their gift on…

Ecuador: Forever Flowers receives its first physical good donation

Forever Flowers, a new alstroemeria farm that will be established in Cayambe, has received a Pickup Truck to be used for the work from the NWCC Development fund. It will also be used for various ministries of the Santiago Partnership project in Cayambe. What's not pictured is the Thermo King cooler that…

Barco Sons

US (OH): Poinsettias in bloom are a sure sign of Christmas is coming at Barco Sons

For Paul Barco, it’s not the evergreen tree that signals the turn of the holiday season. Instead, it’s the radiant color of a poinsettia. Paul, the production manager for…

Holland Ridge Farms

Growing greenhouse tulips at Holland Ridge Farms

Holland Ridge Farms is known for their u-pick flower seasons, sunflowers in the fall, and tulips in the spring. What many do not know is Holland Ridge Farms was born from parent company Holland Greenhouses Inc. Holland Greenhouses Inc was started by founder, Casey Jansen Sr when he was just 17 years old.…

Netherlands: Ko Kolk Hortensia starts using new greenhouse

The first plants are in the greenhouse, and at this moment the last things are being done at the building of Ko Kolk Hortensia's new nursery. The sustainable nursery in Amstelveen, the Netherlands is two blocks away from the current one and equipped with the most modern techniques for the growing and…

Stanley's Greenhouse

US (TN): Family-owned greenhouse in Knoxville grows holiday cheer

With Christmas just a few weeks from now, one family owned greenhouse in Knoxville aims to spread some holiday cheer with the bright blooms of poinsettias and a special weekly event on Sundays. Stanley’s Greenhouse grows thousands of poinsettias each year to get ready for the holiday season as they’re…

"When you think of a potting machine, the first thought is Mayer"

In its third generation and with more than 65 years of experience, it is the goal of Gartenbau Rath to cultivate top quality as well as a varied, interesting and consumer-friendly assortment. From the small vegetable garden of his parents, Rudolf Rath, as a trained gardener, has built up a successful family…

Certified American Grown

Pyramid Flowers and B-Fresh Floral give a boost to Certified American Grown

For Fred Van Wingerden, the Certified American Grown organization has provided the strong voice that flower growers need in order to address the barrage of challenges they face. From competition from foreign growers to government regulation, American flower growers need the organization to represent…

Lennon Farm Greenhouses

"There are other holiday plants that can be grown but we only grow poinsettias"

The emblematic Christmas flower, the poinsettia, is grown by the thousands at the family-owned and operated Lennon Farm Greenhouses. The farm, located in Tabernacle, New Jersey, grows over 40,000 pots of poinsettias every holiday season. "Poinsettias are the traditional holiday plant. There are other…

Australia agrees to let seasonal workers in

Fruit farmers have been forced to destroy their crops or leave them to rot, given a severe labour hole blown open by the pandemic. The government estimates the industry requires an injection of 26,000 fruit pickersThe Prime Minister confirmed national cabinet had made a bilateral agreement to “unlock”…

Dutch grower wins Royal FloraHolland Benchmark Award with cyclamen Picola Shine Mix

On Friday November 20th it was officially announced that Euflorie had won first prize at The Royal FloraHolland Benchmark Awards with the Picola Shine Mix in the mini Cyclamen category. The idea behind the RFH Cyclamen Benchmark Award is to identify the cyclamen with the best shelf life. All the Cyclamen…

Winners Glazen Tulp Award 2021 announced

In a different setting than we are used to, namely through an online broadcast, the winners of the Glazen Tulp Award were announced during the Royal FloraHolland Cooperative Day. Starting from April 2020, growers were able to submit their novelties for the Glazen Tulp, and the audience could vote for…

Ontario greenhouse grower opens U.S. southwestern distribution center

Mastronardi Produce, the greenhouse fresh fruit and vegetable company sells and markets produce under the SUNSET® brand, today announced the opening of a new 185,000-square-foot facility in Laredo, Texas near its current distribution center. Customized to the company's needs, the warehouse was designed…

MSU

US (MI): MSU alum combines business and horticulture to make a difference in the community

George Van Atta started Van Atta’s Greenhouse and Flower Shop on a small budget in January 1980 in his hometown of Haslett, Michigan, near Michigan State University (MSU). He was 26 years old. Van Atta didn’t always want to study horticulture, though he was exposed to the field early in his life. His…

PMA virtual town hall

Finding, recruiting and maintaining talent in the produce industry

This week’s PMA virtual town hall featured three young individuals at various stages of their careers in the produce industry, who discussed what attracted them to the industry, what company culture means to them, and what companies can do to attract and maintain the best talent for the industry. Megan…

Australian growers arm themselves with new information on DIY green wall projects

Living in urban environments can make it challenging for Aussies to engage in traditional gardening projects. A new suite of resources is now available, exploring how green walls and other vertical gardens could be used by the community to increase greenspace in the urban environment. Led by the…

BellaRosa

Ecuador: President visits BellaRosa to announce GSP inclusion

On December 2, the President of the Republic of Ecuador, Lenín Moreno, the Minister of Production, Foreign Trade, Investments and Fisheries, Iván Ontaneda, and other authorities, visited BellaRosa, for being an exemplary floriculturist for its outstanding agricultural, social and environmental practices,…

Ball Horticultural Company into business with Mprise Agriware

"The ability in Mprise for custom programming serves our unique requirements"

Ball Floraplant and Darwin Perennials, separate divisions within Ball Horticultural Company, in search of an ERP system to support their growing business, decided to follow the recommendations from others in the horticultural sector. The journey led them to the Dutch-based IT company Mprise Agriware. An…

Metrolina Greenhouses expands its production areas in NC, SC

US: "We anticipate strong growth in the next few years"

After three hectic weeks, Metrolina Greenhouses is heading towards the end of their poinsettia season. So far, demand has been positive and they see significant increase in sales and store traffic when comparing to last year. This is explained by Mariah Holland, Head of Marketing at this wholesale plant…

Dutch grower Wouter van der Harg, Leo van der Harg, presents Adele

New Kordana mutant opens perspectives for 2021

"Despite the current prices and demand, due to the second wave, not being optimal, we will end the year on a positive note," Wouter van der Harg said during a visit to the 3.5 ha potrose nursery Leo van der Harg in Vierpolders, the Netherlands. The cultivation is fully focused on the Kordana pot roses of…

Fair Farms scheme

Australian program intended to stop worker exploitation has only 30 certified farms

Only 30 Australian farms have completed a government program designed to ensure workers are not exploited, despite job seekers continuing to be led into the industry. The Fair…

Ecuador: Santiago Partnership's Forever Flower Initiative donations will be doubled today

If you have been considering donating to the Santiago Partnership's Forever Flower Initiative, today is the day. Today up to $9,000 in donations will be doubled on Giving Tuesday, December 1st, 2020.   Click here to give: Forever Flowers Cayambe As you are probably aware, the Santiago Partnership seeks to transform the…

US (NE): Two live reindeer draw a crowd at Omaha greenhouse

After an incredibly difficult year, many are ready for a healthy dose of Christmas spirit. And while many holiday events will look different this year, local nursery and…

Virginia farmers grow millions of poinsettias for the holidays: $10.3M business

Besides fresh Christmas trees, few florae exemplify the holiday spirit like poinsettias—and local growers are ready for the season. Poinsettias are cultivated in all 50 states…

Ilonka Ekelmans, Kwekerij Sensation, about white cut Chrysanthemum "Ilonka":

"This variety has the potential to become one of the biggest of its kind"

"This chrysanthemum is white as snow and it really shows when putting it next to other white varieties. Furthermore, it has a very green heart, a lot of volume, it's very uniform, easy to dye, and very durable, allowing it to be transported over long distances". This is what Ilonka Ekelmans of Kwekerij…

NZ: Family lavender farm flourishing

When there’s a will there’s a way.  That would just about sum up things for the Zeestraten family when they first came to a bare paddock in Wanaka about eight years ago, and began…

running from December till Easter

UK: Taylors Bulbs' daffodil cut flower season about to take off

At Taylors Bulbs, the first daffodils left the cold store and are put into the glasshouse. This fourth generation UK family business is growing and supplying flower bulbs and associated products since 1919 and is forces over 80 tonnes of daffodil bulbs each year for flower production under glass, from…

Andrew Wambua, Molo River Roses, looking back at 2020

Kenya: "Swimming in uncharted waters"

The year started quite well for most of flower growers in Kenya, with good weather in January leading to a good production over Valentine's Day. The Valentine prices were also good and everybody was looking forward to a better year compared to the previous ones. However, it all went very different than…

Bradenton Herald

US (FL): Orban’s Nursery open house set for Saturday

Orban’s Nursery shipped 16,000 poinsettias to its single largest customer, Publix Super Markets, on Monday. That’s out of 194,000 that Tyler Orban and his crew grew this year, a blazing red crop that seems especially vivid, brilliant even, this season. On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the public will…

The greenhouse at the Southern Highland Community Mental Health Center":

We start growing them again so the greenhouse’s workers could work all year"

Carefully cultivation including 10 hours of darkness a day for 10 weeks went into growing the poinsettias filling a local greenhouse just in time for the holidays. The…

Josef Heuger on the hellebore season:

"A high demand across the board"

"The demand has been excellent. At the moment, we are holding back plants for firm orders that we committed to, everything else is gone," says Josef Heuger, owner of Heuger-Gartenbaubetriebe when talking about the hellebore season. In Glandorf, Germany, he grows young plants, pre-finished and finished hellebore as well as…

Felipe Villamizar, Maria Flowers:

'Looking back on the rollercoaster that was 2020'

Although summer and fall were good in terms of sales and they will end the year on a positive note, COVID-19 left an emotional scar at Maria Flowers, a company that supplies mainly roses from Ecuador to supermarkets in the US. In early August, they lost one beloved member of their team, Omar Neira, to…

Flowers from the farm

by Aizel Finch, Yalham Hayes Farm

UK: "My long journey to becoming a flower farmer"

"In March this year, we started our flower farm. I have been longing to get to this stage in my life for a very long time. This place where I am today wasn’t even in my consciousness a few years back and it definitely was never my plan to run a flower farm with my family let alone manage a farm holiday…

Santini grower Hans Hendriks on the new 3ha expansion

NL: "The old greenhouse is removed and the ground is prepared for construction"

In a new episode of Havecon's column "Client speaks ...", they had an interview with Hans Hendriks. Together with his brother Ruud they are santini-growers in Baarlo in Dutch (North) Limburg. Havecon will be responsible for the new expansion of more than 3 hectares, for which construction will start…

Funding campaign is in full swing

Ecuador: New alstroemeria farm to be established in Cayambe

A new alstroemeria farm is about to be established in Cayambe. It is an initiative from Santiago Partnership, a non-profit organization that aims to support and empower Ecuadorians. They’ve set up a medical clinic, opened a children's home and did much more to support the community. Now, it is time to…

NL: Esudo newest potanthurium of HouwenPlant

Recently, HouwenPlant, Hoek van Holland, introduced Esudo - a new large flowered red potanthurium. Esudo is a valued addition to the current assortment of the grower, both in color as in application. Esudo The attractive red color of the flowers - which is present in large quantities all over the…

Green Works

Netherlands: Ranunculus growing in the trial greenhouse

Green Works' trial greenhouse in the Westland in the Netherlands is completely filled with Ranunculus again. An impressive sea of flowers and colors will appear in just a few months. Then it truly will be a magnificent sight to behold. Check out the pictures to see for yourself. For more…

Mellano & Company

Mellano & Company takes center stage on HBO Max's "Full Bloom"

The latest floral design competition show is set to 'bloom' into people's homes by way of HBO Max's newest reality show Full Bloom. Launching on November 12th with eight full-feature episodes, the show will feature some of America's top florists and designers from all around the nation. Each contestant…

Michel van Rijn, XL Bloom Youngplants

"Better root hairs and cleaner water with OxyBull aeration system”

Agrona's OxyBull aeration system ensures optimum oxygen content in the water and root environment. XL Bloom Youngplants in De Lier has been using the device since March of this year. A strong pump with a capacity of 60 m3/hour blows a lot of air into the water, so there is plenty of movement. "We believe…

"We are ready for it"

NL: Helleborus time at Hoogeveen Plants after new steps in efficiency and sustainability

After a busy spring, it is time to take a step back for Hoogeveen Plants and take the time to find the right balance again. Salesman Colin Kok: "This spring was of course different than any other spring, there simply was no brake anymore and we just kept on rolling." Focus back on HelleborusThe fall has begun…

NL: Take a look at the fields full of flowering CannaSol

A colorful and truly beautiful sight to behold in Limburg, the Netherlands. Green Works took their drone and we flew over their fields on Limburg, the Netherlands. The result: a nice and lovely video. See below. The CannaSol is available from mid November until early March. For more information about our…

Agrivaldani

Ecuadorian rose grower expands assortment with summer flowers

"For a long time, we have wanted to offer more than roses, and now it's a reality", says Daniela Lobato Jarrín , Project Director at Agrivaldani. Besides roses, they are now also producing and exporting scabiosas and limonium at their farm that is located in the North of Ecuador. Soon they will also…

From grower to sales consultant

"Because I have been in the same position, I can support others in making the right choices. In the end, the intention is that the client is so pleased that he will choose to work with Bosman Van Zaal!" That is said by Martijn Vernooij. Before he was a grower, nowadays he works as a Technical Sales Consultant. He shares what he…

Decorum organises digital Autumn Fair

As of today Decorum organises a digital trade fair: the Autumn Fair. All growers of flowering plants present their assortment and novelties at the event. Especially with the month of December in sight, Decorum gives a festive touch to the small-scale fair. The Autumn Fair was set up this week at Richplant…

US: Costa Farms presents popular philodendron types

Since the explosion in popularity of houseplants a few years ago, it’s been interesting to see (and try to predict!) which varieties catch on. Costa Farms is always watching trends and testing new varieties so they can bring you beautiful and interesting houseplants for your space.  In a blog post, they present…

Florabundance becomes Certified American Grown Wholesaler

To Joost Bongaerts, choosing to go into the flower business shouldn’t be taken lightly. “I like to joke that once you’re in the flower business, you never leave,” he said.…

Case Study

AU: IPM driving sustainability at azalea Grove Nursery

Developing and implementing a rigorous and robust Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program into nursery production businesses is critical to ensure business continuity and…

Flores El Capiro shares the stories of 3 women celebrating their 30th anniversary at the farm

Colombia: 30 years growing flowers with love

The Colombian flower industry employs many women. Also at chrysanthemum grower Flores El Capiro, in Antioquia, many women are working and they are proud of them. Recently, they have been sharing three stories of three female employees that have worked with them for 30 years, nearly since the inception of…

88 crowd investors contributed to realization of the 120 kWp solar system

Kenya: Second solar project for Zena Roses

For the second time in less than a year, Zena Roses decides to harness the power of the sun. After a first solar plant for the farm in Asai was financed by crowd investors* in 2019 and started producing solar power in March, a solar plant with a capacity of 180 kWp is now to be realized for the farm in…

1500 Australians registered for farm work, but none are being hired

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown Australia’s fruit and vegetable picking industry into crisis, with an expected worker shortage by March of 26,000, and billions of dollars of produce at risk of being wasted if it can’t be picked. Despite this, a growing group of locals are struggling to get work and…

Villa Gerbera joined on the 1st of november

NL: Decorum expands gerbera assortment with new grower

Due to an increasing demand for high-quality gerberas at growers cooperation Decorum, Villa Gerbera joined on the 1st of November. With the grower's new membership, the collective offers a wide range of both large and small flowered gerberas. André and Mike Zuidgeest of Villa Gerbera. A wide range of…

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US (HI): Local nursery owner hopes poinsettia sales boost business

Like many other businesses during the pandemic, farmers and nurseries have been struggling. Now with the holidays rapidly approaching, plant nursery owner, Glenn Miyashita, is hoping to bank some green. Miyashita is the owner of Glenn’s Nursery in Waimanalo. The plant nursery is home to thousands of…

Hear the story from the auction, grower, wholesaler and florist

How New Zealand's flower industry remained resilient in a time of crisis

The New Zealand floral industry employs over 10,000 kiwis and plays a vital part within their local communities. So, how did Covid-19 impact the industry in this country and what did they learned from this experience? In a series of videos, Feel Good With Flowers present the stories of different links in…

Dutch rose grower Berg RoseS on Con Amore:

"The world’s most sustainable red rose"

This year Berg RoseS is celebrating 45 years of rose-growing. Over those years they have had the privilege of growing many different varieties, including various red roses. That started as far back as 1975 with ‘Garnette’. Arie van den Berg joined Berg RoseS in 1991. "At that time, we were growing the…

US (NC): A glimpse into growing poinsettias at Metrolina Greenhouses

Even in November it's starting to feel a little like Christmas around  Metrolina Greenhouses in Huntersville, NC, as the poinsettias keep turning more and more red in the greenhouse. Here's a quick look into the journey they go through before they get to their final homes for the holidays. In July, Metrolina Greenhouses…

National Farmers’ Union

‘Farmers can’t rely on UK workers alone’

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is calling on the government to explain how fruit, vegetable and flower growers in the UK will be able to recruit seasonal pickers next year. Its industry-wide survey showed that despite the widely publicised Pick for Britain campaign, UK residents still made up only 11%…

Rose Society:

AU: 2020 Spring Virtual Rose Show results revealed

Due to the Covid-19 situations, the Rose Society in Australia replaces its usual Spring Rose Show with a 'Virtual Rose Show'. Australian growers could send in their entries from October 19 - to Saturday 24th and the results are in.  The growers could send in two photos per stem/cut demonstrating both a frontal view…

BB Plant in Bleiswijk, the Netherlands

How flower grower uses data to improve the cultivation process

Using a sensor to measure the temperature of the leaf or check if you marked the dew point right. Growers can use 30MHz to improve their cultivation process on a detailed…

SMADC

Video series highlights Southern Maryland’s nursery and cut flowers industry

According to the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission’s latest video in the Farms in Focus Series, Southern Maryland’s climate and long growing season aided by high tunnels and greenhouses provides almost optimal year-round conditions for the region’s nursery and cut flowers industry.…

NL: Dutch Flower Group hands out ‘Big Thank You Award' to all their growers

For almost 20 years, it has been a tradition for Dutch Flower Group (DFG) to recognise its growers in early November by handing out Dutch Flower Awards for various categories. Due to the exceptional circumstances in 2020, DFG will symbolically present just one, very special award this year. The ‘Big…

Growers of Premium Group shine in video

NL: "The most beautiful, the newest and the best flowers"

"As you see, no FloraHolland Trade Fair this year, it's a shame but if you can't come to us, then, we will come to you. The Premium Group has a lot of news, the most beautiful, the newest, and the best flowers. A film full of inspiration. Enjoy." This was jointly said by 11 Dutch growers:  Paul Holstein -…

FNGLA

"An eyeful of innovation"

I recently visited a UF/IFAS research center and got an eyeful of innovation. Zhanao Deng of the UF/IFAS Environmental Horticulture Department had arranged an array of beauties, 20 caladiums from his greenhouse at the Gulf Coast Research and Education Center. They are new cultivars for nurseries, garden centers, landscape firms…

Bernard Muthuri, Zena Roses:

"Demand for new varieties still high"

Crisis or not, the market is always looking for new and different products and ease. Kenyan grower Zena Roses limited experiences it firsthand. When the market started to open up in July, the demand for their new rose-varieties as well as recently added other crops was high. This is explained by Bernard…

US (CA): Westerlay Orchids modernizes their logistics to support the growing demand of ecommerce

Westerlay Orchids meets the demand of the expanding & changing national floral market, aiding in Covid relief through their direct to consumer & business deliveries.  “This is an…

Valentine Growers wins International Fairtrade Awards 2020 in Hired labour organizations category

Valentine Growers has achieved a milestone in this year’s Fairtrade awards ceremony held in Berlin Germany on 29th Oct 2020. This Kenyan grower is the winner in the Hired labour organisation category. Fairtrade producers, workers, campaigners and traders have been honoured in the International Fairtrade Awards…


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