Discovery and characterization of novel fertile triploids and a new chromosome number in Caladium

Cultivated caladium (Caladium × hortulanum; 2n = 2x = 30) is an important ornamental aroid for the environmental horticulture industry. A better understanding of its genetic diversity is needed for the continued improvement of caladium. The caladium germplasm maintained in the University of Florida’s…

Terra Nova Nurseries:

'Nearly 1,200 new varieties added to global perennial flowers in 30 years'

From July 16th to 19th, 2022, the Cultivate exhibition, which has been stagnant for two years due to the pandemic, was back as an in-person event again. Cultivate is the largest and most comprehensive ornamental horticultural exhibition in the United States, formerly known as OFA. A major feature of OFA…

Darwin Perennials looks back on Cultivate 2022

"We had four main messages on display"

"AmericanHort's annual Cultivate tradeshow is an important show for us where we put on display our new products that hit the market the following year. While we do our first introduction at the California Spring Trials, it is often difficult to get some of our products bulked and in bloom. (Exception is…

Hans Hettasch, Arnelia Farms:

“European market hungry for newer waxflower varieties”

“We could see the European market was hungry for newer varieties of waxflower”, says Hans Hettasch of Arnelia Farms, a 60-hectare flower farm based at Hopefield – which is located 130km north of Capetown, South Africa. Waxflower is their largest crop and connecting with Helix Australia gave them a much…

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Home gardening still going strong

Home gardening has blossomed as more people have remained at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wang Hui, a home gardening enthusiast in her 40s living in Kunming, Yunnan province, started growing plants in her yard in early 2020. A view of Dounan Flower Market, the largest fresh-cut flower trading…

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Yunnan makes China rose industry bloom

Horticulturalists working on developing proprietary varieties of the China rose, or Rosa Chinensis in Latin, in Yunnan province have overcome technical bottlenecks with the help of independent research and development, allowing new variations of the native plant to blossom around the country. A worker…

Pop Star Hydrangea receives Retailers' Choice award at Cultivate'22

The Bailey team was thrilled to accept the Retailers’ Choice Award for Pop Star® Hydrangea at AmericanHort Cultivate’22. Sponsored by The Garden Center Group and AmericanHort, the Retailers’ Choice Awards are peer-determined and given to unique and innovative products that have the potential to make a…

Poinsettia: Poinsettia Mosaic Virus (PnMV)

Poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) with distorted growth and light green mottling amongst leaves and bracts were observed. This Alert describes and provides photos of…

Dümmen Orange completes North American Product Management team, announces new roles

Dümmen Orange has named a new department leader, added new personnel, and repositioned team members to redesign its annuals, perennials, and potted plants (APP) product management team in North America. The Dümmen Orange North America product management team now includes (left to right): Arnetia Jackson,…

Milena Bäurle on Selectas new Calibrachoa Fancy Francy

"Growers and marketers are reacting very positively to the coloring of the variety"

"Selecta has a new story to tell. It’s about a lovable, crazy cockatoo with a bright personality and fancy, unique plumage. Its color perfectly matches the new Fancy Francy Calibrachoa with its magnificent flowers and interesting array of colors. Quite simply, it is a popular figure and the ideal brand…

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Controlling stem length and time to flowering of chrysanthemums with far-red light

In recent years, interest in LED lighting among chrysanthemum growers has increased considerably. Initially, they were interested in hybrid lighting systems, where LED supplements the existing HPS lighting, but now they are also interested in full LED. In the choice of the LED lighting system, growers…

Fryer’s Roses to launch a new rose at RHS flower show Tatton Park 2022

This new and exclusive rose is named "Elizabeth Ashbrook" in memory of the late Elizabeth, Viscountess Ashbrook of Arley Hall, Cheshire, and the mother of the present Viscount Ashbrook. This rose will replace a rose of the same name launched at RHS Tatton in 2018. "Elizabeth, Viscountess Ashbrook, was born…

Analysis of differentially expressed genes in the mutant and normal capitula of Chrysanthemum morifolium

Background Chrysanthemum morifolium is one of the most economically important and popular floricultural crops in the family Asteraceae. Chrysanthemum flowers vary considerably in terms of colors and shapes. However, the molecular mechanism controlling the development of chrysanthemum floral colors and…

Long-term mild heat causes post-miotic pollen abortion through a local effect on flowers

Crop reproductive success is significantly challenged by heatwaves, which are increasing in frequency and severity globally. Heat-induced male sterility is mainly due to aborted pollen development, but it is not clear whether this is through direct or systemic effects. Here, long-term mild heat (LTMH)…

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New species of Begonia found in Gaoligong Mountains

Begonia is the sixth-largest genus of angiosperms. Yunnan has 117 species of Begonia among the 250 species from China. Among the currently known Begonias in China, only Begonia Yui has paired bracteoles below the ovary.  During the botanical surveys of the transboundary cooperation on biodiversity research and…

The pea R2R3-MYB gene family and its role in anthocyanin biosynthesis in flowers

Pea (Pisum sativum L.) is one of the most important legume crops in the world, and it has attracted great attention for its high nutritive values. Recently, the crop breeding program has been focused on crop metabolic engineering (i.e., color, flavor, nutrition) to improve the quality of crops. As a…

“Waxflower Dawn Pearl will inject pure white joy to summer bouquets”

The choice of pure white filler flowers has now expanded with the release of Waxflower Dawn Pearl. “Our buyers love the pure white color and green center of Waxflower Dawn Pearl and its harvest availability relative to other waxes on the market,” says South African grower Hans Hettash of Arnelia Farms,…

Bart Hayes of Westhoff on their Best Friends Forever series

The dianthus as a grab-and-go gift item

"By most consumers, the dianthus is still perceived as a perennial only, but there are signs that that perception is changing," explains Bart Hayes of German breeding company Westhoff when talking about the Best Friends Forever series, a series that currently includes 6 'gift items'. Dianthus market in Europe…

"a number never before seen in this competition's history"

Kordes Roses takes home 15 prizes at 60th International Rose Trials in The Hague

Last Saturday, on the 2nd of July, the 60th International Rose Trials in the Westbroekpark in The Hague took place, with one competitor ending up head and shoulders above the competition. With a total of 15 prizes won, a number never before seen in the competition's history, German rose grower Kordes was…

Brian Kirkland, Concept Plants:

“We are all ‘plant geeks’ looking for a ‘Market Changer’”

"Is the plant different enough? Are there compelling sales advantages? Will it work for the entire US market or only in specific markets? And so on. All these questions and more need to be answered before we can take a new variety to market", explains Brian Kirkland, Sales Support & Business Developer…

Syngenta's Penny, Freefall and Delta best performers in Cool Season Trials

“Little soldiers in a perfect row,” or Freefall “speaks spring”; in this year’s Cool Season Trials, our Viola cornuta Penny, Viola x wittrockiana Freefall, and Delta have proven to be the best in class. The Cool Season Trails Performance Report 2022 is the 14th annual report from the Colorado State…

Introducing Kalimba: a new orange chrysanthemum

Kalimba Orange is a new color addition to Dekker Chrysanten's spray variety Kalimba. This variety has beautiful and big flowers over 8 centimeters wide and a high decorative value. Kalimba Orange has a lovely soft color and is the perfect addition to any bouquet or arrangement. Kalimba Orange will be available…

The yellow rose Basanti is like a piece of horticultural history

Roses are the most popular flowers in the world. These mesmerizing flowers gave rise to the creation of real stories. And though it is true that the most common roses vary from pink to red and are used to stand out while wearing pure white dresses, the yellow rose occupies a special place in the…

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CRISPR/Cas9 System: a potential tool for genetic improvement in floricultural crops

Demand of flowers is increasing with time worldwide. Floriculture has become one of the most important commercial trades in agriculture. Although traditional breeding methods like hybridization and mutation breeding have contributed significantly to the development of important flower varieties, flower…

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Gardens by the Bay showcased new plant varieties at Southeast Asia's first flower trial

Gardens by the Bay showcased 150 new plant cultivars on Thursday (June 30) in Southeast Asia's first flower trial aimed at diversifying plant sources and showcasing cultivars that can grow well in the tropical climate. The Gardens, as well as local nurseries, were hit by disruptions to the supply chains…

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This New Zealand family has been breeding great roses since 1947

The passion of the Matthews family for roses is evident as you drive south from Whanganui. Here at the side of the state highway, nestled in a sea of maize, sits a gloriously vibrant rose garden. Anyone passing can pull over and enjoy – an invitation, if you like, to take time to smell the roses. The…

Australia: BGPA secures European plant breeding rights

Kings Park-bred waxflower (Chamelaucium) varieties bred by Kings Park have had plant breeding rights secured in the European market for the next 20 years. Botanic Gardens and Parks…

Craig Scott, East Coast Wildflowers:

"Australian native flowers provide a true seasonality and florists love this variety, variability in supply”

Locally grown products are hot, also in Australia. “From very tall and structured banksias to the wide color range of waxflower and the soft delicate blooms of flannel flower, Australian native flowers provide a true seasonality and florists love this variety and variability in supply,” says Craig Scott…

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Black Sheep Flower Farm: Flowers, glamping, and community sanctuary all in one

Black Sheep Flower Farm, located in Lewistown, about 40 miles from Peoria, is much more than an average flower farm in a rural small town. Established in 2018, owners Ben Moren and Dennis Monn have transformed the space into a beautiful, naturalistic escape for flower lovers, glamping enthusiasts, and anyone…

US (SC): Blooming school gardening project flourishing with support from house builder

Kitted out in new hi-vis vests and armed with watering cans, spades, and trowels, the pupils at the Cove Bay school couldn’t wipe the huge grins from their faces after housebuilder Stewart Milne Homes kindly donated £1,000 to their Eco Gardens initiative. Wasting no time getting their hands dirty, the…

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Phylogenetic analysis and flower color evolution of the subfamily Linoideae (Linaceae)

The taxonomy of the subfamily Linoideae at the intergeneric and section levels has been questioned throughout the years, and the evolution of floral characters remains poorly…

New greenhouse lighting helps researchers’ urgent need for speed

As a plant breeder, Milcah Kigoni faces enemies every season. Pests. Disease. Weather. But her most relentless nemesis is time. New lights in the University of Illinois Plant Care Facilities give her, and other researchers leverage to develop better plant varieties faster to help feed the world’s growing…

Chinese market embraces new hydrangea

"Simply irresistible!" That was the response to a beautiful new hydrangea Suntory Flowers introduced at the Beijing Florascape Co. Ltd. (BJFC) tradeshow last month, explains Munenori Inagaki, manager of Suntory's Asian business development team. The new variety, '无尽星河Wu Jin Xing He,' means eternal Milky…

Budgam farmer’s business blooms as he transitions into floristry

Mir is an agri-entrepreneur who switched from paddy cultivation to cutting flowers. He is so engrossed with the de-weeding of wild grass from a crop of commercial Lilium, a herbaceous plant of the family Liliaceae grown from bulbs that trip traps of heavy rains splashing covering the playhouse don’t…

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Eco Bank and pollinators

Grasses and sedges are often overlooked when it comes to pollinators. But many of Hoffman Nursery's native species provide food and nesting material for butterflies and native bees. Their bunching habit and extensive root systems boost their ecological value by slowing stormwater, reducing erosion, and sequestering carbon.…

Scientific Reports

Elevated light intensity compensates for nitrogen deficiency during chrysanthemum growth

Identifying environmental factors that improve plant growth and development under nitrogen (N) constraint is essential for sustainable greenhouse production. In the present study, the role of light intensity and N concentrations on the biomass partitioning and physiology of chrysanthemum was…

New HBA cut hydrangeas Royal Supreme and Royal Highness in production

Richard, Jeffrey and Stefan Olyerhoek of the Rith Flowers nursery and director Jaap Stelder of breeder HBA raise their glasses to the new cut hydrangeas Royal Supreme and Royal Highness. The family business Rith Flowers from Amstelveen is the first nursery to take the two new HBA cut hydrangeas into…

Koppe

An Interview With André Vreugdenhil

All you want to know about the world of Begonias

The commercial director of Koppe Begonia, André Vreugdenhil, is always looking for new ways how to make it easier for begonia growers. In this interview, Andre gives an insight into the world of creating, selecting, and marketing begonias globally. He also shows the three introductions of Koppe, which…

University of Florida releases 4 new caladium varieties

Caladium lovers owe Florida a debt of gratitude. The Sunshine State serves as the sole source of caladiums for the world, satisfying the needs of growers and consumers. “Caladiums love summer rains and heat and thrive in our climate,” said Zhanao Deng, a UF/IFAS professor of environmental horticulture…

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Nursery enters nine new plants for National Plant Show awards

Wyevale Nurseries has entered nine new plants for the New Plant Awards at the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) National Plant Show this month. Among the plants, Wyevale Nurseries has submitted are a new thornless rose, a sarcococca suitable for any soil and a new Festuca, which is hardy down to…

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Exploring the relationship between trichome and terpene chemistry in Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum is a popular ornamental plant with a long history of cultivation. Both the leaf and flowerhead of Chrysanthemum are known to produce diverse secondary metabolites, particularly terpenoids. Examination of three cultivars of C. morifilium and three accessions of C. Indicum, all plants…

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Wyevale Nurseries enters nine new plants for the National Plant Show awards

Wyevale Nurseries, based in Hereford, UK, has entered nine new plants for the New Plant Awards at the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) National Plant Show this month (June 2022). Among the plants submitted are a new thornless rose, a sarcococca suitable for any soil, and a new Festuca, which is…

ABC Illawarra: Sarah Moss

Flower farmers and florists, the Van Der Meers, open up on how to make a family business

The Van Der Meer family works together as a tightly-knit team to plant, harvest, and deliver flowers from their New South Wales Southern Highlands farm to nearby regions. During the pandemic, online shopping and telephone orders tripled, and they were running a prospering roadside stall. As markets…

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Physiological and biochemical regulations confer drought tolerance in pot marigold

Severe water stress conditions limit the growth and development of floricultural crops which affects flower quality. Hence, the development of effective approaches for drought tolerance is crucial to limiting recurring water deficit challenges. Foliar application of various plant growth regulators has…

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Cryopreservation of ornamental plants and fruit crops

Horticultural crops comprise various economic species extending from fruits, nuts, vegetables, spices and condiments, ornamentals, aromatic, and medicinal plants. Ornamental and fruit plants are produced mainly for their nutritional and aesthetic values, respectively. Unfortunately, many tropical and…

Rosaprima

Rosaprima presents their newest exclusivity: RP Moad

"A true nude rose is finally here"

For the last 27 years, Rosaprima has been focused on cultivating and curating a collection of roses, and now they are stepping into a new chapter: growing RP Moab. "It is no quick or easy task to create and plant a new rose variety. It is a project that takes months and even years to accomplish. Acquiring…

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Genomic insights into the important ornamental and stress resistance traits of Prunus mume

Prunus mume is a traditional Chinese ornamental and fruit tree crop with a long history of cultivation and wide use in gardens. With the rapid development of biotechnology, the researchers have completed the whole genome sequencing and resequencing of P. mume. They have analyzed the formation mechanism…

Artemis Flower Farm

300 varieties of annuals and perennials on Artemis flower farm

Helen Skiba and Nelson Esseveld, owners of the Artemis Flower Farm, are at the Nederland Farmers Market every week, although they are based in Longmont. The business moved to Longmont, changed its name to Artemis Flower Farm, and by 2014 became a "full-fledged operational farm and floral studio." Artemis…

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New Impatiens varieties became a focus for breeders

People often hear the mantra 'start healthy, stay healthy.' Choosing plant species and varieties known to be resilient to certain pests and diseases could be one of the best ways to 'start healthy.' That's something that was brought home to those growing protected ornamentals a few years back with the…

Australian grower Jason Scoop on Anigozanthos Celebrations Series

“The unusual flower color is the obvious attraction”

The unusual flower color is the obvious attraction when it comes to the pride and joy of the new kangeroo paw series 'Celebrations.' "The colors cannot be found in nature, nor in any other breeding program." But what goes into making the Celebrations series so unique? Jason Scoop, a grower at Poplar…

Dümmen Orange

Plants with natural resistances and environmentally sustainable on the showcase

Dümmen Orange is showing a range of new products and retail concepts in its German and Dutch show gardens this year. Highlights include Smartunia Windmill, the TMV resistant Petunia series, and the eco-friendly Senecio hybrid series Mandala. Plants powered for a greener future: Smartunia Windmill with…

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National coordinators meet in Sweden to discuss plant genetic resources

The diversity of plants essential to our food production and bioeconomy is at constant risk of decline and neglect. Immediate action is needed. One important step in a positive direction is the recently launched Plant Genetic Resources Strategy for Europe. On 7-9 June, the European network ECPGR will…

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Protected cultivation of Lilium cut flower in the non-traditional regions

Cut flowers have a lot of potential for commercial cultivation and marketing. The demand for exotic cut flowers is growing day by day. Lilium occupies an important place among cut flowers and is counted among the ten major cut flowers in the international floriculture industry. With the increase in…

Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution

Identification of new stock Matthiola incana

Garden stock [Matthiola incana (L.) R. Br.] is a commercially important horticultural crop thanks to its ornamental effect. Different stock cultivars vary in color and shape. An especially flowered phenotype is an essential index for evaluating its commercial value because double-flowered individuals…

Floriculture research alliance

Recommendations for indoor seedling production

Annika Kohler is a Research Technician at Michigan State University and is investigating the daily light integral (DLI) for indoor seedling production on common bedding plants such as dianthus, geranium, petunia, salvia, and snapdragon. Annika Kohler Previous research has shown that a moderate DLI is sufficient…

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Tropical flowers and plants are easy to grow in Northeast Ohio

Many people in Northeast Ohio don’t realize that tropical flowers and plants are easy to grow in Northeast Ohio and can be enjoyed year-round outdoors in summer and indoors during winter. Fox 8’s Scott Sabol learned more about Flowering Tropicals from AJ Petitti, President of Petitti Garden Centers. The…

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Ukraine: Flowering Lilies in 100 communities

Lilies as a symbol of peace, victory, and freedom were planted on the flowerbeds of 100 communities throughout Ukraine by residents and the refugees who found their shelter in these hospitable villages and towns. Activity, “100 Lilies in 100 Communities for Victory”, was initiated by the company “Silsky…

Ori Danziger on Danziger's Senti roses:

"The roses are a completing product to our gypsophila"

With their goal to become a one-stop shop, Danziger added cut roses to their portfolio in 2021. Senti is the name they chose, and over the last year, a lot happened. They expanded in both assortments as well as show house areas in several countries. There are already some varieties on the market…

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Yale researchers detected schizophrenia in plants

In a study published June 2 in Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, Yale researchers investigated a gene very similar in both plants and mammals and looked at how it affects behavior in each. Tamas Horvath, the Jean and David W. Wallace Professor of Comparative Medicine and senior author of the study,…

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Development and characterization of 20 genomic SSR markers of Weigela

Weigela (Caprifoliaceae) is a genus of ornamental plants popular for its phenotypic variation and hardiness, that includes species hybridized to produce the commercially available cultivars. Despite its popularity, limited genetic resources exist for the genus. Twenty genomic simple sequence repeat…

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Pigeon Family Farm named Benton county farm family of the year

Jim and Michelle Pigeon did not plan on winning County Farm Family of the Year but that is what happened in early May.  County Farm Family of the Year is the first award in the process to win Arkansas Farm Family of the Year. The Pigeons won County Farm Family of the Year for Benton County, according to a…

Sea Change

Ravishing Ranunculus

"It's ranunculus time at the farm. I say this about lots of things, but… ranunculus is one of my favorite flowers," said Samantha, the head farmer and florist at Sea Change Farm and Flower.  "There's nothing quite like taking a bunch of ranunculus home and watching them slowly unfurl their delicate petals over the week. It's amazing to…

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Peony viruses

Just like people, plants have a range of viral relationships and diseases. Plant viruses are ultra-small RNA or DNA-based entities, and they usually can survive only in their plant host and specific vectors. Vectors spread viruses between plants – mainly through insects (aphids, thrips, beetles) that feed on an infected plant,…

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Degermation of mutagenic in the mutant population of Chrysanthemum

Mutation breeding is one of the most important breeding methods for ornamental plants. Chrysanthemum "Bacardi" is the genus that has the richest mutant varieties in ornamental plants. The objective of this study is to create variation by gamma irradiation and improve traits by mutation breeding. For this…

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Slow Flowers Society’s Debra Prinzing ponders

During the pandemic, puzzles and planting took off as we were tethered to our homes. That allowed Debra Prinzing and her followers to bloom. Not coincidentally, Bloom is the name of a second company she started during Covid. Slow Flowers Society is relational and invested in creating experiences and…


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