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Special Starting Material

Good quality starting material is very important in the horti- and floriculture sector. The quality of the crop is inextricably linked to the quality of the starting material that has been used. Therefore, this month we are focusing on the best possible materials that will guarantee a successful cultivation. Globally speaking,…

Neil Alcock, Seiont Nurseries

UK: "The market has changed for good"

"The first week of the lockdown was horrible with orders being cancelled everywhere", says UK plug and liner producer Neil Alcock of Seiont Nurseries. However, as internet sales skyrocketed and van deliveries started up, they were able to gain back sales. "All in all, April has been very good for us and…

For mother stock location in Ethiopia and rooting facility in the Netherlands

Beekenkamp obtains Fairtrade certificate for poinsettia

Beekenkamp Plants Ornamentals officially obtained the Fairtrade certificate for their poinsettia mother stock location in Ethiopia and their rooting facility in the…

"Ready to harvest and ship"

Guatemala: Take a peek at the Dümmen Orange Antigua facility

Dummen Orange Guatemala is also dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, but the good news is that they, from their Antigua and Oro propagation facilities, are able to operate and export, delivering the cuttings to the grower's doorstep by FedEx. "We take utmost care of our people, but also of our production…

Olav Boenders, Wagagai, on the lockdown and the importance of Fairtrade

Uganda: "We tried to see it all as a big sleepover party"

After a five-week complete lockdown, Uganda is gradually opening up, enabling several companies to pick up business again. For cutting farm Wagagai, the timing of lifting the lockdown is a blessing in disguise, as it is just in time for their busy poinsettia cutting season. "Over the last weeks, the…

from propagation to the grower to the consumer

The journey of dracaena marginata

Houseplants are hot and the demand is stronger than ever. But how did the trend start, how did it develop, and how are the plants propagated, distributed and grown? In an article published recently, Michael Perry, a.k.a. Mr. Plant Geek describes it all and puts special focus on the dracaena, the dragon…

Jeroen Ravensbergen, Floritec

Lockdown major concern for Xclusive in Uganda

Floritec is, for the supply of cutting material, dependent on the production location of its partner Xclusive in Uganda. Although there are only 54 officially registered infections in the country and nobody has been known to have succumbed to the coronavirus*, the two-week overall lockdown has been…


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