Young plants

Brandkamp takes over neighbor, expanding into hydrangeas

Recently, Brandkamp took over their neighboring company, a breeder and propagator of hydrangeas. It is a 2 ha company with 4,000 square meter under glass and – more importantly – it has its own distinctive assortment of hydrangeas. “For us, it is about the mother plants , the varieties. Martin Wilkes…

Orchids in history

A blast from the past

“It is difficult to realize that one of these tiny plants may well eventually prove to be a champion and worth a small fortune.” Greenhouses filled with orchids as we know them now are actually the result of orchid hunting by curious botanists in the past. One of them is David Sander who is making his appearance in this old…

Uneven seed germination in plug trays

With spring production underway, seedling plug production is in full swing. As with any greenhouse crop, uniformity is key to produce high-quality plants efficiently and economically. For seed-propagated crops, this starts in the plug tray. by Christopher J. Currey - ccurrey@iastate.edu The first step in producing seed-propagated annuals and…

Could a plug replace the traditional soil block?

At Dekker Chrysanten, they are currently investigating the extent to which a plug could be used instead of the traditional soil block used in propagation. "As a company with a keen eye for innovation, we see the investment in a plug-making machine as a great opportunity to give the chrysanthemum sector…

"Save labor with Supernova liners"

“Time is money,” says Brian Bourdon, Product Line Manager and Offsite Manager at Four Star.  “That’s why Supernova liners can benefit both large and small growers.” The Supernova liners were developed more than 20 years ago in cooperation with researchers at Michigan State University to ensure that small container crops have…

February 6-8, Povedniki

Russian nurseries: From formation to development

The Association of Planting Stock Producers (APSP) invites the professional community to the 12th Annual Conference “Russian Nurseries: from Formation to Development Strategies”, 6-8 February 2019. The APSP annual conference is a platform for promoting the domestic nursery sector, demonstration of achievements, new technology, discussion of development…

US (FL): New Sansevieria varieties turn heads at TPIE

Today is the last day of the TPIE in Ft. Lauderdale, (FL) USA. In total 400 exhibitors are showcasing their products and services, and one of these exhibitors is Fleurizon. This US based international brokerage firm is presenting many of their products in their assortment, drawing special attention to…

Ethiopian producers visit Beekenkamp in the Netherlands

The production location in Ethiopia is an important part of the Beekenkamp Group. The whole process of the young plant material for Deliflor and Beekenkamp Plants starts here. Lemma Megersa – president of Oromo (province where the Beekenkamp Group's production facility is situated), Ethiopia – and Niek Bosmans – agriculture consultant in…

Turkish joint venture Queen Tarim expands in size, assortment

Potted plants a big hit in Turkey

Looking to outsource the cutting production ended up in investing in a Turkish joint venture. The company in question is Danish Kalanchoe nursery Knud Jepsen a/s (Queen Genetics). After exploring the possibilities in Turkey, they saw the opportunity to take advantage of the country's developing local pot…

Frank de Greef, Fleurizon:

'Popularity of Asian cuisine drives demand for Asiatic herbs'

"The demand for Asiatic herbs is very good and still increasing", says Frank de Greef of Fleurizon. For several years now, they produce Asian herbal rooted plugs and cuttings at one of their farms in Asia and over the years they have built up a wide assortment. "The popularity of herbal plants…

Sri Lanka: Mike Biotech Asia wins National Business Excellence Awards 2018

For the second consecutive year, Mike Biotech Asia, the Plant Tissue Culture Lab of Mike Flora Group was adjudged a winner of 3 Gold awards in the sectors Agriculture and Plantation, Excellence in Business and Financial results, and Overall Small Category. The awards were presented during the National Business Excellence Awards ceremony on…

"Vanbellelujah"

Van Belle sends out Christmas message with own song

In a couple of weeks, Christmas will be celebrated in many parts of the world and the Merry Christmas wishes are already starting to be spread in different ways. Canadian wholesale and young plant grower Van Belle Nursery, is known for their extraordinary Christmas card videos as they are making them for…

William Samson, Sweet Culture Company:

"We're committed to helping US plant propagation keep itself afloat"

Six months ago, William Samson graduated from Cal Poly, SLO with a Plant Science degree, and he is currently working as a research technician for an organic pesticide company near Sacramento, California. For the past two years William has been growing vanilla orchids ( see our previous interview here ).…


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