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Cedi Nsereko, production manager Floritec Uganda

"I give people as much knowledge as possible"

Floritec has posted a video interview with Cedi Nsereko, production manager at their production location XClusive in Uganda. In the video, Cedi talks about the system he works with at the location, with which he can quickly look at where there are problems. "I also make a round in the morning to see what's happening in…

Brandkamp presents 2019 Chrysanthemum catalog

German breeder and propagator Brandkamp just launched its 2019 Chrysanthemum catalog. In this catalog, all kind of Garden mums, pot-chrysanthemums, ajanthemums, cut-chrysanthemums, outdoor cut chrysanthemums and cut flowers seedlings are presented. Click here to view the 2019 Chrysanthemum catalog. Garden Mums Brandkamp was and is…

Cut hydrangea for tropical growing

The hydrangea grows best in the mild climate of the European continent. During the IFTF, however, Kolster presented a series of cut hydrangeas specially bred to grow in tropical temperatures. This generated a lot of visitors from South America, but also from Kenya and Asia. The Magical Temptation is one…

Nostalgic rose types for heated greenhouses

Warm days and cool nights. Those are the perfect conditions for big headed roses. The nostalgic roses of German breeder Rosen Tantau used to grow outside in the open field. But two years ago they came up with several varieties that are specially bred to grow in heated greenhouses. They have a garden type…

New Zealand: Esplanade rose trials yield winning new blooms

The hybrid tea blooms are a glorious pinky-red, growing on long stems with glossy dark green foliage. But what has clinched the Gold Star of the South Pacific annual award for "Ladies Night" is the rose's extreme good health. Tauranga rose breeder Rob Somerfield's win was announced by New Zealand Rose Society trials committee chairman Trevor…

Optimara's "Filantherless" African Violet makes headway

How removing a trait can add value to a plant

Have you heard about the "filantherless" African Violet yet? It is a Saintpaulia that has flowers without the filament and anther, and is the result of more than 10 years of breeding by Optimara. They introduced the so-called Optimara “LooXo” Saintpaulia aka African Violet series for the first time at…

"Wouldn’t it be nice that they would lift the bouquet sales?"

Succulents on a stick

The demand of succulents has increased significantly over the recent years. “In peak years, it has been growing about 25-30 percent a year. Now it is a bit less, but the demand is still high”, says Wim Braam of Dümmen Orange. However, so far only potted plant sales are benefiting from this growth. Wouldn’t it be nice that it…

In praise of plant breeders

Now 92, David Austin introduced his first rose variety in 1961 (“Constance Spry”). His goal was to combine the fragrance and appearance of old-fashioned heirloom roses with the repeat-flowering and color range of modern roses. He calls them English roses, but we mostly call them David Austin roses. His roses usually have lots of petals…

Rosa Eskelund, Roses Forever:

"Breeding a good fragrant pot-rose is a whole new ball game"

Fragrant flowers are popular, but shelf life often is a challenge. Also for pot-roses, as flowers tend to drop fast. But after years of breeding, Rosa Eskelund of Roses Forever succeeded, and at the IFTF in Vijfhuizen earlier this month, she presented her first large flowered fragrant pot-rose varieties.…

Agriom selects promising hibiscus varieties for South Europe

Breeding company Agriom from De Kwakel selected 12 hibiscus varieties from the cloning trials at Piante Keicher in Italy for the Hibiscus Group at the end of November. After a second, extended test phase, part of the new varieties will become available to South European growers in 2020. Agriom is conduction clone tests…

Awards boost sales of Hydrangea Runaway Bride

"This new variety blooms remarkably rich, is easy to produce, and has a good name. It also blooms twice a season." Jos de Jong is enthusiastic about the Hydrangea Runaway Bride, and so are his customers. The grower from Boskoop in the Netherlands will bring the hydrangea to the market for the first time…

"Internode cuttings are more suited for the modern grower"

Apical cuttings are the conventional practice in the floriculture industry; this is due to the fact that apical cuttings are younger than internode cuttings, which increase apical cuttings uniformity in rooting and growth rate as well as increased success rates. article by Danziger Internode cuttings are more resistant to environmental…

Gé Bentvelsen, ABZ Seed

"Sales Summer Breeze strawberry exceeded our expectations"

The tasty strawberry - the plant that offers both delicious flavor and good looks - can count on worldwide attention. "The FlowerTrials were really great for us in that respect,” says Gé Bentvelsen of ABZ Seeds. “Everyone came to see and taste, and since then the sale of the Summer Breeze seed has really…

"The story of a rose the public does not recognise as a rose"

Looking for something completely different in a rose – well you’ve found it. ‘Eyes for You’ is certainly unusual and has caused great excitement in the rose world. It is so different the general public does not yet recognise this variety as a typical rose cultivar, despite the fact it was bred 14 years…

Morel's seed production certified MPS

Morel announces its seed production is now certified MPS. The cyclamen breeder obtained a score of 103.7 points out of 110 possible. That is an MPS-A+ qualification: a grade that rewards Morel's eco-attitude, set up for several years. "This reflects our commitment to sustainable production at all levels: water management, optimized climate management,…

Flower Science Café at BaseClear, Leiden

"Newest DNA technologies are going to bring major changes in floriculture"

We regularly hear about new breeding techniques and about the large accelerations that are going to be made. For most of us an unfamiliar matter, but also an exciting demand on our industry. Will I be left behind, will my neighbor soon have varieties that outshine mine? Reason for Flower Science to dive…

UK: Chrysanthemum breeder wins cup in memory of son

When Darren Pugh died 22 years ago, his father Teifryn had to look after his flowers. Darren, who was 25 when he died while on holiday in Ibiza, loved gardening and, in particular, chrysanthemums. Now, Teifryn, from Skewen, also loves these flowers as they bring him closer to his son. Since 1997, Mr Pugh has been taking part in the…

Video: Recent developments in orchid breeding

In the video series, “The Next Step with”, Sion highlights the breeding team in a new episode. Ed Moor tells you everything about assortment choice, and Dietrick Hanemaaijer notifies you of recent developments on breeding For more information: Sion www.sion.eu

Spain: Plants with greater resistance to drought and no impact on growth

Researchers led by Ana Caño-Delgado, scientist of the Center for Research in Agrigenomics (CRAG), have managed to develop plants with a greater resistant to drought by…

G-Rose's variety Bounty Way grown by a Dutch grower

"This is a big step for us"

How to continue after a great success? That can be a challenge. G-Rose, a Korean rose breeder seem to succeed. Their variety Deep Purple – pronounced just like the band – was a big hit. They sold over 4 million plants of the thornless rose. Last year they presented Bounty Way, a classic, lilac rose with a lot of potential as…

Go virtual in the Florist show greenhouse

The Florist show greenhouse is now even closer than ever before. The breeding and propagation company has launched a virtual tour, through which you can check out their range from the comfort of your own desk chair. Get your tour through novelties, proven performers, and customer favourites in Standard,…

Researchers discover novel “to divide or to differentiate” switch in plants

Scientists from VIB and Ghent University under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Jenny Russinova uncovered a novel mechanism in plants that controls an important decision step in stomatal lineage to divide asymmetrically or to differentiate. This is a decisive step for the formation of stomata, tiny pores on the…

Rosen Tantau's Freedom story

The importance of a good variety name

Have you ever heard about the Freedom story? If not, this perfectly indicates the importance of a good name. Freedom is a rose variety of German rose breeder Rosen Tantau and is currently one of their best red rose varieties. Rosen Tantau’s Sebastian Donoso tells us the story. Sebastian Donoso at the Expo Flor Ecuador.…

CPVO highlights EU plant variety protections at IP Key SEA conference

Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) President Martin Ekvad briefed officials from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam on the EU plant variety protection (PVP) system at the IP Key SEA ‘Conference on the Benefits of the International Union for Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV)’ on 8…

USDA rejects biotech blue chrysanthemum request

Chrystanthemums genetically engineered to produce blue flowers cannot be freely imported into the U.S. and traded as non-regulated crops under a new USDA decision. Most requests for non-regulated…

Morel Diffusion, Schoneveld Breeding, Syngenta, Varinova

Four cyclamen breeders cooperate to improve shelf life

In addition to showing their new, improved and existing cyclamens, Dutch breeder Varinova also showcased something different at their Varitrials this year: a trial with the focus on improving shelf life. Special about this trial is that it is a mutual cooperation of four breeders, namely Morel Diffusion,…

British researchers map daffodil’s chloroplast genome

Gardeners might end up never planting the wrong bulb again after the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and Reading University successfully mapped a daffodil’s chloroplast genome for the first time. When sold as dry bulbs daffodils are impossible to tell apart, with 1,766 different cultivars - including pink, green,…

Trials till November 10 in the Netherlands and from November 13-24 in France:

Special varieties steal the show at Morel's cyclamen trials

Everyone is looking for something new and special. Also for Morel Diffusion, "What are your  special varieties?" is a more often heard  question. Again this year, at their trials there was a good amount of interest in their special varieties and particularly the new Indiaka cyclamen caught the eye of many. According…

"World’s largest laboratory for flower research"

NL: Construction starts for Breeding Technology Center of Dümmen Orange

Yesterday the first pile of the Breeding Technology Center (BTC) of Dümmen Orange was ceremonially struck into the ground in the presence of the mayor of Westland, vice-president of major shareholder BC Partners, board, employees, construction partners and the press. This new center will centralize all…

KeyGene SNPSelect

Selection technology broadens possibilities in plant breeding

KeyGene scientists have recently published in the scientific journal PLoS ONE, detailing a flexible and scalable technology named SNPSelect for faster and more effective plant…

Taspo Award 2018 for Pink Kisses campaign

Selecta One won the Taspo Award 2018 for their Pink Kisses campaign in the category “best offer for the next generation”. On Friday, 26 October 2018, the Taspo Awards ceremony took place in Berlin. Richard Petri (Director Marketing and Product management) and Marrin Twisselmann (from the marketing agency for the Pink Kisses campaign)…

Brandkamp's new spray variety Lhasa:

Filled white flower adds new option for chrysanthemum lovers

The cut chrysanthemum is a flower with a wide variety of meanings all over the world. Not only the flower itself, but also the color carries different meanings in different countries. White is a 'color' that is important in many countries, and German breeder and propagator Brandkamp is therefore happy…

HBA opens trial greenhouses for cut hydrangeas in Kenya and Colombia

Hydrangea Breeders Association (HBA) breeds cut hydrangeas for production in different climate zones. In addition to breeding varieties such as Royal Kiss and Royal Benefit for temperate climate zones, there is an emphasis on plants for production around the equator. Due to the huge difference in…

Echinacea Cara Mia Yellow, Terra Nova Nursersies:

How awards can boost a variety

Winning an award. First of all, it is a recognition that you have bred or are producing a good product, but it can mean much more to the winner. It can increase the popularity of the product and in turn result in higher sales. A living proof is the variety Echinacea Cara Mia Yellow from Terra Nova Nursersies. This variety has…

Improving plant breeders' rights in Ecuador

During the fall industry trade fairs 2018 in Ecuador, CIOPORA’s legal counsel Micaela Filippo joined Dean Rule and IRBA members in Quito with the goal to explore opportunities for improvement of the Ecuadorian PBR regime. Along visiting CIOPORA members and several growers at the Expo Flor Ecuador 2018,…

Germany: Kientzler / Innovaplant opens new laboratory

The German plant breeder and producer Kientzler with its subsidiary company Innovaplant Germany which is active in breeding, product development and production opened a new laboratory at their modern production facility in Gensingen, Germany. Kientzler/Innovaplant is known for their innovation in new ornamental products and…

Tropical plant exploration, introduction and evaluation for the 21st century

If you missed Monday’s Horticulture Section seminar,  Tropical Plant Exploration, Introduction and Evaluation for the 21st Century  with Chad Husby, Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, it is available online . Source: Cornell University

US: Doug Holden receives AAS Breeder's Cup award

All-America Selections recently honored a horticulture luminary at their annual Awards Banquet, held this year at the LSU Ag Center’s Burden Botanic Garden. The banquet was a closing night celebration where industry representatives, judges, breeders, growers, retailers and resellers gathered to visit All-America Selections Trial…

Kees Gram and John Damen, Royal van Zanten:

"Ecuadorian growers broaden scope"

Ecuador is known as a land of roses. Still, Ecuadorian companies are broadening their scope and alstroemerias and statice are good potential newcomers in the assortment, according to Kees Gram and John Damen, Royal Van Zanten Breeding. During the Expo Flor Ecuador conference in Quito, Ecuador, last…

Fragrant garden roses: an interesting growing market

“If the garden roses are big-headed and both fragrant and healthy, it is easy to sell them”, says Rosa Eskelund of Roses Forever, who sees the market for fragrant garden roses growing. For several years, this Danish breeder has been working on developing fragrant garden roses with the above mentioned…

HBA opens test locations in Kenya and Colombia for cut flower hydrangea

Hydrangea Breeders Association actively develops cut flower hydrangea for various climatological areas. Apart from the moderate North-Western European climate zone for which varieties like Royal Kiss and Royal Benefit were introduced, HBA is specifically developing varieties for production areas around…

Super Purple Sinuatum Limonium wins golden medal

“The patented way Colombian grower La Plazoleta grows brings the best in its genetics. Their variety Super Purple Sinuatum Limonium shined in Russia", says Lourdes Reyes BallSB marketing Director. At the Russia Flower Show held last month in Moscow the purple Limonium won the golden medal in the flower…

Colombian carnation breeder spreads wings in Kenya

Kenya is one of the biggest growers of cut flowers in the world, but mainly focused on roses. It is always risky to put all your eggs in one basket, therefore some Kenyan growers are looking for new alternatives that allow them to diversify their risk; carnations is one of the options. Along with Celiar Norena (general…

Danziger & ToolGen sign MOU for joint research and commercialization

On September 30, 2018, Danziger Innovations and ToolGen, a Korean genome editing technology company, signed an MOU to promote a technological alliance for development of genome edited plant crops on September 30, 2018. ToolGen is a biotech company with fundamental CRISPR/Cas9 technology IP. Toolgen and Monsanto recently reached a global…

A visit to the new show and trial location of De Ruiter Ecuador

Testing brought to new heights to better match farm conditions

For two years now, De Ruiter has been trialing their varieties at Anniroses in Tabacando. They moved to this location because of the altitude. "We wanted to bring all varieties to the conditions most farms are in", says Juan Pablo Rengifo, Sales Manager at De Ruiter Ecuador Roses. Currently, they are…

A visit to Plantec Ecuador

An insight in the selection and propagation of roses in Ecuador

Selecting and propagating rose varieties: It's a tough job, and Plantec Ecuador has been doing it for nearly three decades in Ecuador. They were the first to select rose varieties in Latin America, and over the years, they have grown to be the largest propagator of rose plants in Latin America. Nowadays,…

KeyGene paper in Genetics:

"Mendel was actually looking for innovative crops"

Gregor Mendel, the monk who became famous for his pioneering work in plant genetics, initially wanted to create new, better crops. Only at a later stage did he become fascinated by how plant traits are inherited. This is the conclusion of a study published by plant breeding researcher Peter van Dijk in…

UK: A year in the life of Coreopsis Walberton’s Flying Saucers

Since its launch in 1997, a whopping 300,000 Walberton Nursery’s own bred Coreopsis Walberton’s Flying Saucers have been sold to the UK garden centre market. Reaching thousands of UK homes each year, its ongoing success is in no small part thanks to the attention to detail of staff – from Walberton…

Lourdes Reyes of BallSB on Delphinium Sea Waltz:

Ecuador: "They really got the potential out of the variety"

“Wow, how a grower can exceed the expectations of a breeder”, says Lourdes Reyes of BallSB when seeing the Sea Waltz delphinium shown by Ecuadorian growers Florisol and Valleflor at the Expo Flor Ecuador in Quito. “With the growing cultivations that these growers are developing, they get these tall,…

Damien Cabaret, Meilland:

“Scented garden cut roses: an opportunity for Russian growers”

A lot of flowers sold in Moscow are imported from countries like Ecuador, Colombia and The Netherlands. But there is a high potential for local growers, according to Damien Cabaret of Meilland. At this year’s FlowerExpo the French breeder showed only scented garden type cut roses. “These are challenging…

Indonesia: Researchers find 160 orchid species in Bengkulu

A group of researchers from Bengkulu University's school of agriculture has found and documented 160 orchid species in the region. "Many orchids were discovered through search expeditions conducted…


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