Breeding

Breeders are racing to develop plants that flower again and again

Robert “Buddy” Lee has been a grower of wholesale plants and a registered nurse over the years, but his one abiding preoccupation has been his need to find a spring-flowering azalea that blooms through summer and fall. More than 40 years ago, from his fields in southern Louisiana, this was a lonely…

Netherlands: New colors and concepts at Cyclamen Open Days and Retail Week

From week 43 up to and including week 45, Schoneveld Breeding organizes its annual Cyclamen Open Days. Visitors from all over the world come to the brand new PlantXperience, where they are included in the story of Cyclamen Super Serie. In addition to their Cyclamen range, the breeder shows novelties, new…

Decor Breeding

New cyclamen variety couples heat tolerance with early flowering

Creating a cyclamen that is heat tolerant. That was the idea when Israeli grower Amir Drori got in touch with Gideon Scovel, 12 years ago. They joined forces, established Decor Breeding and started breeding and testing for many years and recently, they have succeeded in creating not only a heat tolerance…

Miscanthus used for biomass research

Luisa Trindade, professor at the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Wageningen, is currently researching fiber crops and the use of their biomass as a raw…

Denmark: New Hydrangea variety named at 20th anniversary of Odense Blomsterfestival

Odense Blomsterfestival celebrated its 20 year anniversary this year and the grand opening was Thursday the 15th of August at 5:00 PM. The Crown Princess Mary of Denmark is Official Protector for the festival, and this year she came to open the 4-day event. The whole city was covered in flowers, all of…

New rose named at Danish Rose Festival

The “knee setting” of Danish Jim Lyngvild’s own rose

A new rose has been baptized at the Danish Rose Festival (Rosenfestival), that is annually held in Bogense, on Funen, in the first weekend of August. The theme for this year’s festival was Nordic mythology and the guest of honour was Danish designer and Viking Jim Lyngvild. Here he named his own rose…

Evanthia

All breeding activities in one location

Evanthia has become much more efficient this year by moving all of the breeding activities in the Netherlands to one location. Part of the seed production used to take place in the greenhouse in 's-Gravenzande, but this has been outsourced to a third party abroad. The rental greenhouse in 's Gravenzande,…

UF/IFAS plant geneticist named Fellow of American Society for Horticultural Science

If you savor the sights of caladium, gerbera and other ornamental plants, you can thank Zhanao Deng for developing better varieties. In his three-decade career, Deng beams with pride over new types of caladium and gerbera he’s bred that are more resistant to diseases. He’s also happy with his lantana…

collaboration Stars-Plant - Ceraco Bulbi

Italian growers treated to double Lisianthus flowering trial

Together with the Italian trading company Ceraco Bulbi, Stars-Plant has organized a lisianthus flowering test in Naples, southern Italy. The aim of the trial was to familiarize local growers with the existing and new assortment, and also to see how the different varieties are doing under the…

New double flowered hydrangea series

US: Double petal flowers take hydrangea to new heights

Hydrangeas are booming in the USA and Ball Ingenuity is therefore very pleased with their latest introduction; a new series of double flowering hydrangea macrophyllas. "It is a new level of what is currently popular. Most retailers want pink and blues, but with the double petal flowers, we take it to…

Lavandula ‘Blue Spear’ scoops second, Geranium ‘Macarda Pink with Purple Eye' third place

UK: Petunia ‘GlacierSky voted as favorite at Ball Colegrave Annual Summer Showcase

The Ball Colegrave Annual Summer Showcase is one of the UK’s premier trade events. With over four acres of seasonal plant displays and variety trials, set in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside, this event attracts an audience of over 3,500 Growers, Independent and Multiple Retailers, Parks and…

Germany: Pink Kisses conquers garden centres

With its Pink Kisses DIY tour 2019, the breeding company Selecta One gave targeted support to specialist retail this summer. The tour in 20 owner-managed garden centres over a period of five weeks was a complete success for both sides. Review video of the Pink Kisses® DIY tour 2019. In the third year of…

US: This year's most in demand Proven Winners Perennials

Predicting what plants will be popular can often feel like trying to bowl a strike using a crystal ball. Fortunately, in the data age insights can come from more than just sales. This list summarizes the most popular perennials on Provenwinners.com by page view. Basically, what plants are consumers most…

Selecta one's new varieties don't need supplementary light

New varieties make chrysanthemums an attractive crop to grow in Kenya

With the increase in market demand for bouquets packed at source ready for market consumption, Selecta one breeding has risen to the challenge to increase the choices available for bouquets in Kenya with chrysanthemums that need no supplementary light, just 12 hours of sunlight per day, and deliver…

India: Tissue culture laboratory resumes functioning

After being dormant for over five years, the tissue culture laboratory of the horticulture department in the Nilgiris is back to functioning at full capacity, with hybrid banana plants, strawberries and orchids being developed at the facility over the last few months. Officials said that the laboratory…

Echinacea Sombrero Baja Burgundy, Rudbeckia x American Gold Rush

Two herbaceous perennial varieties earn AAS winner designation

All-America Selections, North America’s oldest and most well-known non-profit plant trialing organization is thrilled to announce the first winners from their three-winter Herbaceous Perennial Trial. This trial, in partnership with the Perennial Plant Association (PPA), was launched in 2016 with five…

US: Calibrachoa Callie Eclipse Raspberry top favorite at Plantpeddler Variety Day

Plantpeddler held its annual Variety Day, Friday August 2, officially opening the newly expanded trial site. This space represents an investment in grower success by “Testing the Best in the Midwest”. The event showcased nearly 1,200 varieties of vegetative annuals in large containers, hanging baskets…

US: Westhoff asks for deregulation of GE petunias

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is inviting public comment on a petition from Westhoff seeking deregulation of a petunia…

Zabo Plant introduces faster and genetically shorter variety

An Easter lily that's never late to the party

Finishing Easter lilies on time. It is a challenge for many US growers and for the upcoming reason, Zabo Plant is therefore very pleased with their new Lily Looks longiflorum ‘Miracle'. This Easter lily is faster and genetically shorter, which ensures growers to have their product ready on time. Not only…

Malaysian school pioneers orchid in-vitro propagation

Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM) Kuching is the first school in Malaysia to have an orchid in-vitro laboratory to propagate local orchid species to ensure its species posterity. Sarawak Orchid Society (Saroso) president Zurenawatte Zaidel said that for a start, over 20 local orchid species are being…

Breeders comment:

Respecting IP rights, still an issue in China

Illegal propagation is still a major issue for breeders and distributors in China. Even though, China officially ratified the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (“UPOV Convention”) in April 1999, growers who share or exchange propagation materials in violation of the…

Downey Mildew resistant Impatiens get awards

How the Impatiens recovered

A new, Downey Mildew resistant Impatiens variety must ensure a recovery of the collapsed Impatiens market. PanAmerican Seed recently introduced the Impatiens Beacon™, and they not only get a lot of interest from growers. On top of that, during Cultivate the product won the Greenhouse Grower’s Medal of Excellence Industry’s…

Dümmen Orange's future Breeding Technology Centre reaches highest top

Dümmen Orange reached the highest point of their future Breeding Technology Centre in De Lier, Holland. Together with all the builders, representatives of the construction firms and colleagues, they celebrated this ‘topping out ceremony’ over a nice lunch. After lunch, they continued working on the next…

New genetics dipladenia from Syngenta:

New markets open up thanks to Mandeville breeding advances

At the FlowerTrials, hundreds of new varieties were introduced. This abundance is enormous, but as long as growers and ultimately consumers ask for more, breeders keep on innovating. That even goes for a relatively small crop like Mandeville, wherein Syngenta introduced no less than twelve new varieties,…

August 15-16, Chicago

U.S. and European IP focus of CIOPORA Academy Workshop

This summer, CIOPORA will partner with its U.S.-based member Ball Horticultural Company to bring a CIOPORA Academy Workshop on Intellectual Property (IP) for plants to the Chicago area. With five lectures on various aspects of IP protection for plant innovations on August 15 and a tour of the Ball…

Combining quality with sustainability

During a period of instability and concern for the environment, the world of horticulture continues to provide a high degree of well-being for a troubled planet, albeit one carbon credit at a time. Novelty fades Growers and nurseries worldwide have always searched for new plants to produce. Now they need…

Meet the man behind the peony

It’s the season for peonies, those sweet-smelling flowers with their abundant layers of petals. Most peonies are solid-colored, but one type, Paeonia suffruticosa subspecies rockii, has dark purple splotches at the centermost tips of its petals, adding a violet ring to the otherwise white blossoms. Austrian-American botanist…

Morel Diffusion celebrates 100th anniversary

2019 is a memorable year for French breeding company Morel, as they celebrate not only the 30th anniversary of their F1 hybrids, they also celebrate 100 years of cyclamen breeding. Pierre Morel and Charles Morel In 1919, Pierre Morel began growing cyclamen. He passed on his passion to his son Charles…

July 18 in Morinville (AB):

'New Blooms' brings new plants to Canadian nurseries & retailers

"It might be the start of an annual event." This is what Debbie Foisy said right after the first edition of New Blooms last year. And her prediction came true. On July 18, Deb’s Greenhouse, in Morinville, Alberta will host the second New Blooms which is dedicated to bringing new and exciting plants to…

Orange: The new trend in flowers

"We've heard from several large US retailers that orange is becoming a more important color year-round", says Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Executive VP at GR Chia SAS- a system for the production of flowers that covers 950 ha of cut flower cultivation in South America. They mainly supply to the US market and are therefore happy with…

Danziger creates a local sales & marketing division in China

“Expanding our activity in China is a part of our global strategy,” says Ori Danziger, Deputy CEO. “We are proud to welcome Liya Donde to our global team as the Market Manager…

Italy: Hibiscus sales hold up in challenging season

Weather has been the main challenge for the sales of most outdoor plants in Southern Europe. "In Italy, for example, we had good weather from March till half April. Then till the end of May it was quite cold and rainy and temperatures quickly shot up and doubled at the beginning of June", explains…

New Zealand: Plant Variety Rights Act review

Public consultation is now open on a review of the Plant Variety Rights (PVR) Act 1987. The plant breeding industry has changed significantly over the last 30 years, and this…

Danziger highlights solutions for small and medium growers at Cultivate 2019

"New genetics and customized programs can increase profitability"

Flexibility, efficiency and profitability will be hot topics at Cultivate 2019. If you’re a small or medium size grower, a visit to booth #235 will help you find the answers to help grow your business. Danziger’s North American team is focused on providing solutions to this key group of growers. “Our…

Festive opening of Royal van Zanten in Uganda

The symbolic ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the two new greenhouses at Royal van Zanten in Uganda was conducted by Sjoukje Heimovaara, Managing Director. And to make things even more festive, one of the two greenhouses is already in production, and the first harvest is expected in the second greenhouse…

A peek inside United Selections show house in Naivasha

Market-focused breeding, side by side with growers

Focusing more on their low altitude crops and to be closer to where the majority of their rose growers do breeder visits. These were the main reasons for rose breeder United Selections to set up a show house in Naivasha, besides their high altitude location in Nakuru (2,150m). The first plants went in in…

Cara Mia

Terra Nova's new yellow enriches Echinacea industry

Compared to the chrysanthemum industry which has been commercially active for over a century, the Echinacea industry is rather young. The newest at this Echinacea market is the yellow Cara Mia that was introduced by Terra Nova in July 2018. Echinacea CARA MIA™ Yellow Breeding history “Modern Echinacea…

"Could breeders benefit a bit more often, please?"

This article addresses one of the topics of the upcoming Madrid (Oct 20-21) and Amsterdam (Nov 4-5) Workshops on IP for Plants in the framework of the CIOPORA Academy project…

Variety descriptions of parental lines and hybrids now publicly available on CPVO website

In order for the CPVO to respect its commitment to openness and to better address public access requests, including in cases where the subject matter is a parental line or a…

Selecta One looks back at FlowerTrials with new plants and tech

"Where plants meet people“ – under this motto Selecta one presented its assortment of pot and bedding plants at FlowerTrials 2019. In total, more than 2600 visitors convinced themselves of new varieties and highlights at both locations of Selecta one. Selecta one FlowerTrials location Germany at nursery…

"A rose by any other name… just might not sell"

“I don’t care what it looks like or smells like, a bad name can kill the best rose,” said longtime rose breeder Tom Carruth, who is the rose curator at the Huntington Library,…

Syngenta Flowers team welcomes Varinova during FlowerTrials

During FlowerTrials, Syngenta Flowers welcomed hundreds of visitors. The event was also the introduction of the Varinova team, which became part of Syngenta Flowers at the start of June. The Varinova Cyclamen got their own spot during FlowerTrials. This is where Bart Kuijer, Sr. Product Specialist, and…

Party time for 10-year-old Heuchera 'Dark Secret'

Within the assortment Heuchera it is rare that a plant reaches the age of 10 years, but Heuchera 'Dark Secret' really celebrates its 10-year anniversary. Normally a Heuchera becomes 2 to 3, max. 4 years old. This Heuchera is found by Mr. Darques from France and his wife. ‘Dark Secret’ is a seedling of 3…

"The Vanda orchid is a rare and beautiful flower"

The number of orchid species in nature is sometimes estimated at 20,000. This enormous variety includes very exclusive generas. Vanda is one of them. The Vanda originally grows on the southern slopes of the Himalayas and in the region from India to South China. The orchids grow high up there in the trees…

GardenGenetics expands availability of Dahlightful dahlias to meet market demand

GardenGenetics (G2) is pleased to announce the relaunch of its Dahlightful Dahlia brand through the GardenChoice group. These compact growers, with gorgeous blooms set off by deep chocolate foliage and exceptional tolerance to most powdery mildew strains, are now widely available as unrooted cuttings and…

Ball Seed is excited to offer Celosia Intenz Dark Purple

US: No-Fade Garden Celosia available now

Garden Celosia are easy-to-grow showstoppers with multi-season opportunities for greenhouse sales. One of North America’s leading horticultural distributors, Ball Seed, is ready with plenty of availability of the Intenz and Twisted series of celosia, which are claimed to be perfect for mixed combinations…

Festive opening of Dümmen Orange Show Garden in De Kwakel

Dümmen Orange, the world's largest plant breeder and propagator, celebrated the official opening of its new show garden in De Kwakel, the Netherlands, during FlowerTrials 2019. The new show garden located at Hoofdweg 119 in De Kwakel was officially opened on Thursday, 13 June 2019 by Biense Visser (CEO,…

Kenya: Red Lands Roses find new mutants of their best-seller Julieta

Finding a mutant of one of your best-sellers. It is something that excites many growers, also at Red Lands Roses. At this Kenyan rose farm, specialized in spray rose cultivation, they found the first mutant of their best-seller Julieta 2 years ago and recently they found two others, which they are…

US (IL): Darwin Perennials Day 2019 highlights

On June 19, Darwin Perennials hosted vendors, customers, retailers, sales representatives and landscape professionals at the Darwin Perennial trial beds in West Chicago, IL. As usual, the perennial comparison beds were the highlight of the day. Visitors were able to compare and contrast the newest lineup…

Singapore: Dümmen Orange and Gardens by the Bay to broaden collaboration

Dümmen Orange and Gardens by the Bay, a premier horticultural attraction in Singapore, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on May 27, 2019, to develop and broaden their collaboration. Left to right: Biense Visser (CEO Dummen Orange), Felix Loh (CEO Gardens by the Bay), Harry Kloppenburg (CCO…

How the orchid keeps reinventing itself

Few flowers come in as many shapes and colours as orchids. Their versatility is an asset for plant lovers who are seeking a floral eye-catcher to add the perfect finishing touch to their interior. But the broader the range, the more trend-sensitive it is. Do today's consumers like the orchids you are…

Heidezüchtung Kurt Kramer

German calluna breeder extends assortment with two new lines

End of August, the calluna season will take off and just in time for this season, calluna breeder Heidezüchtung Kurt Kramer has extended the Gardengirls by two lines; Rasta Girls and Sunset-Girls. RASTA GIRLS Rasta Girls The "bud-bloomers" with hanging shoots have been an important feature of the…

Awards and medals for two garden roses from Roses Forever

Two Danish garden roses were honored with a medal and an honorary award at the 67th international Rosenneuheiten-Wettbewerb 2019 in Baden-Baden, Germany. Roses Forever's Rosa Eskelund, who has bred the roses says: “I am very happy and also pleasantly surprised that two entire roses won acknowledgment.…

Nature's Ventures

New company enters rose breeding world

After breeding for 7 years, the new Kenyan breeding company Nature's Ventures is happy to show their own bred rose varieties to the world. This company, which is part of the VP Group – which has 300 ha flower production - showcased their varieties for the first time at the IFTEX 2019 that took place…

Video: Favorites from the FlowerTrials

The FlowerTrials are over again, and a lot of visitors found their way to the stand of Green Works. Elles from the company talks about her favorite peony in the video below, from Hilverda de Boer. Many others are also included in the video. For more information Greenworks Ed Kleijbeuker M: +31 (0)6 24 94…

"The success of the cut roses encouraged other breeders to go abroad"

What better way to find a new market than to just go there? Last week a group of Korean breeders went to the Netherlands to promote their products at Greentech. Lee Jinseong, of the Korea Seed & Variety Service, Kim van Rijssen of Plantipp and Charlie Jeong of Wonwoo Trading. They were joined by a…

Chinese scientists bloom in efforts to save rare flowers

At over 4,000 meters above sea level, botanist Xue Jingqi and his colleagues felt their heads throbbing with altitude sickness. Local Tibetans guided them as they searched carefully in rocks near Shangri-La, southwest China's Yunnan Province. Then their malaise lifted as they found rare wild peonies they…

Sicamus to introduce own-bred classics collection

Classic varieties still king in jam-packed hydrangea market

Over the years, the number of hydrangea varieties worldwide has increased significantly. Growers large and small all started to breed their own, but now a point may have been reached where growers and buyers cannot see the forest for the trees anymore. At the Garden Trials and Trade that took place in…

Dümmen Orange and Kordes Rosen start collaboration

Dümmen Orange and Kordes Rosen signed an agreement to develop and broaden their collaboration by working together in the Dümmen Orange rose show garden in De Kwakel, the Netherlands. The agreement was signed on May 28 by Philippe Veys (IPT Leader Cut Flower, Dümmen Orange), Koen Stigter (Junior Product…

Schoneveld Breeding opens new site PlantXperience

Last Friday, the new location of Schoneveld Breeding PlantXperience was opened. From all over the world - the company is active in about 60 countries - guests were welcomed. The new construction includes a 1 ha production greenhouse, 7,000 m2 business premises (breeding & R&D, cold store, water…

webinar video

Introduction to plant variety protection in Europe

In this webinar recorded for the EU IPR Helpdesk, Ms. Orsola Lamberti, Legal Advisor at the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO), gives an overview of the European Plant…

"Biotech Executive Order vital for U.S. agriculture"

President Trump signed the Executive Order on Modernizing the Regulatory Framework for Agricultural Biotechnology Products this week, announcing measures to further promote…

More compact, more buds

New series of Infinity roses on their way

The first Infinity ‘Double Up’ is now ready for the market. It is white, but soon the other colors will follow. “Over the past 10 years, we have focused strongly on the development of the Infinity series. It is important that we can offer our licensed producers the entire color palette, as the roses are…

Jamie Kitz of Sakata Seed America honored by American Academy of Floriculture

Jamie Kitz, Key Account Manager and Corporate Citizenship Specialist of Sakata’s corporate giving program, Sakata Gives, has received a prestigious American Academy of Floriculture (AAF) designation. The American Academy of Floriculture carries out the efforts of the Society of American Florists (SAF), a…

FlowerTrials, Greentech and more events:

Netherlands: the center of floriculture this week

The FlowerTrials and Greentech kicked off today. At the FlowerTrials, 62 breeding companies in three regions present their latest innovations and future developments in pot and bedding plants. In Amsterdam, at the Greentech, the world of horticulture suppliers (techniques in particular) are gathering.…

PanAmerican Seed acquires celosia breeding from Celex

PanAmerican Seed has purchased the complete celosia assortment and breeding research from Celex, a breeder/selection subsidiary under the Dutch cut flower company Fa. Van Der Boog & Van Den Bosch. PanAmerican Seed has collaborated with Celex for more than 25 years on cut-flower celosia series, such…

Netherlands: Product Training for Syngenta Flowers export customers

Export customers from Syngenta Flowers Europe paid a visit to Andijk on the 15th and 16th of May, where a broad range of the breeder's assortment was presented. They met for the annual Business Partner Meeting, to learn more about the latest developments in the Syngenta Flowers assortment. “We organize…

U.S. utility patent granted for Beacon Impatiens

A United States utility patent was granted for PanAmerican Seed's new Beacon Impatiens having a unique form of disease resistance to Impatiens downy mildew. US 10,285,362 covers all 6 colors and two mixes of Beacon Impatiens walleriana. Additional patent applications are pending. “Since its official…

35 years of passion for roses

"We breed roses and don’t work with other cultures," says rose breeder Rosa Eskelund from Roses Forever. "We have decided several years ago to focus on what we are really good at, rose breeding and selection. “But roses range widely, so we have a wide range both within the groups and in the different series. Among other things,…

Seed industry getting down to the nitty-gritty

While there’s a lot of work to be done, the ISF committees are getting down and dirty to find solutions for the seed industry. Communicating, engaging and changing is just a taste of what the International Seed Federation (ISF) is working to achieve this year. They’re also rolling up their sleeves to…

De Ruiter presents new varieties at IFTEX Kenia

A few weeks ago De Ruiter Innovations invited traders, marketeers, auctioneers, business developers and product handlers over for a 'blind variety selection'. The invitees had to judge a number of existing, but mostly not yet commercial varieties, which were lined up without any specifics or details.…

Jeroen Ravensbergen new director Floritec

As of June 12, Jeroen Ravensbergen (51) will be the new general director of Floritec. He will be the successor of René le Clercq, who fulfilled this position on interim basis…

Syngenta Flowers acquires Dutch cyclamen breeding company Varinova

Syngenta announces today, that it has successfully completed the acquisition of Varinova’s Cyclamen business. Varinova is a Dutch company that is fully dedicated to the breeding, production and commercialization of Cyclamen. The combination of technical expertise and the innovative varieties from…

peek at United Selections, Maridadi and Rift Valley Roses

How the Kenyan floriculture industry seeks to meet consumer's demands

Despite a challenging start of the year, Kenyan growers are looking ahead and investing in their crops, facilities and workers. The floriculture industry in this country has been on the rise for many years. Also breeders are investing a lot to bring the best varieties to the market that fit growers' and…

Ronald Karsenbarg, Syngenta

"Delta series improved by 45 percent"

The products in the Syngenta assortment are constantly being examined. Aim is, of course, to continuously improve the flowers. A great example of one such product is the pansy Delta series, which has been improved by more than 45% since 2012. Thus says Product Manager Ronald Karsenbarg. "It sometimes…

Anton van der Zalm, Armada

"Unique genetics guarantee ever more innovation in the chrysanthemum segment"

Amanda Young Plants started its activities on January 1, 2007, and this makes the company one of the youngest breeders in the field. In recent years, the breeder has built up a strong market position and broad assortment with products such as chrysanthemum and aster. They are now active in more than 50…

Savio Ma chief representative for Armada China

By founding Armada China and the assignment of Savio Ma as chief representative, Armada has made an important step in the development of the company. The demand in China for new chrysanthemum varieties and young plants has been growing for many years and is still increasing. Armada’s Dahui Flower…

Companies seek clarity on breeding innovation to stay in EU

Gene editing being outlawed by the European Court of Justice last year made, and keeps on making, for tough discussion between pro and cons. Reason for Euractiv to investigate the possible flight of breeding companies to other parts of the world, thereby trying to valuate the possible set back for the…

Jürgen von den Driesch, Brandkamp:

Lantana: "Bi-colors on the rise"

The lantana is a popular and well-known plant, particularly in Central Europe. Orange and yellow are the traditional and still the most important colors, but over the last years, the interest for the bi-colored ones is increasing. This is explained by Jürgen von den Driesch of Brandkamp. This German breeder put their first…


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