Breeding

Fulfilling the demand for filled chrysanthemums

The demand for cut flower chrysanthemums is increasing year by year and particularly the filled varieties. Also, German breeder and propagator Brandkamp sees selling numbers increasing and therefore, decided to set their breeding more and more on these variety types. At the IFTF, that took place earlier…

Open days from November 22-23 in Sabaudia

Italy: Lazzeri opens doors of their 10ha nursery

From November 22-23, Italian breeder and young plant supplier Lazzeri will open its doors of its 10ha greenhouse in Sabaudia (LT), Italy. During the open days, they will present their complete series of poinsettias including future varieties, a new series of interspecific pelargonium and a new series of…

Exploring floral evolution in Pelargonium

For flowering plants, there are multiple drivers of shape change that effect the process of speciation. In the background, species are constrained by their phylogenetic history, i.e. evolutionary changes that were advantageous to their ancestors, might turn out to no longer be beneficial. At the same…

What's in a (plant) name?

Plant taxonomy is the science that finds, identifies, describes, classifies, and names plants. Evolutionary biologist Professor Stephen Hopper considers every plant name to represent a hypothesis on plant relationships. This hypothesis is tested every time someone tries to identify a plant, which makes the field of scientific…

Mr. Plant Geek visits Danziger’s NovemberFest

Michael Perry, a.k.a. Mr. Plant Geek, joins growers, young plant producers, retailers and brokers, during Danziger’s flagship event, NovemberFest. Throughout this month-long event, Danziger is presenting more than 1000 flowering pots, 500 varieties, 50 different crops and 60 flower series. NovemberFest…

Aster buyers get red carpet treatment

The Showmakers group held a major promotion among the aster buyers this year in the run-up to the aster season. The biggest buyers of the asters from Showmakers were able to win a Hollywood package. This includes a star on the ‘Walk of Fame’ during the Trade Fair, cinema tickets and a beautiful glass…

HandPicked Vegetables

New microsite targets vegetable growers and fresh market farmers

PanAmerican Seed announces the launch of a new micro-website devoted to its HandPicked Vegetables -- a collection of high-quality vegetables and herbs bred especially for those who supply fresh market farmers and home gardeners. The new handpickedveg.com offers product information and resources to meet…

Photo report of the festive day

Morel celebrates 100th anniversary by opening new greenhouse

Morel is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and yesterday, they celebrated this centennial of breeding and selecting big by opening their new trials facility in Frejus, France. In the attendance of over 200 customers, growers and friends (out of 19 countries), owners Guy, Paul-Henri and Olivier…

HilverdaFlorist partners with American Takii for CAST 2020

HilverdaFlorist will present as one company during California Spring Trials in March 2020 on the location of American Takii in Salinas California. Florist Holland has presented itself at Grolink Plants in Oxnard for the past years. During this period Florist Holland has made itself visible as the gerbera…

Dümmen Orange announces Vitamum

New garden mum brand promises "vitality, innovation, and perfection"

Vitality, innovation, and perfection – these are the top traits that Dümmen Orange breeders and product managers had in mind while developing the new Vitamum garden mum brand, now available for the 2020 retail season. The Vitamum brand of garden mums features a refined assortment, new mutation-bred families,…

Horticulture professor names new white rose after comfort women

Han Tae-ho, a professor of horticulture and bioengineering at Chonnam National University, recently dedicated a new variety of rose titled “Sonyeo” (“Girl”) to the “comfort women” drafted as sexual slaves to the Japanese military.  “This newly bred white rose was similar to the lives of those women,” said…

"Rose breeder David Austin left £18.4million in his will"

Roses king David Austin — who created 200 varieties — left £18.4million in his will, The Scottish Sun reports. David died aged 92 last December - after becoming world famous for his roses. Austin left his estate to daughter Claire, who owns her own plant nursery, son David, who works in the family…

Could a gene bank save endangered plants from extinction?

It was 2013, and botanist Seana Walsh had a pollen problem. She was working at the National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kaua’i, trying to breed a severely endangered Hawaiian plant. Brighamia insignis is known as the ‘ōlulu in Hawaiian; in English, it’s jokingly called “cabbage on a stick.” But when…

Egypt accedes to the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants

Egypt deposited its instrument of accession to the UPOV Convention on November 1, 2019, and will become the seventy-sixth member of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) on December 1, 2019. The purpose of UPOV is to provide and promote an effective system of plant…

The 'Lotz of Roses' brand completely reimagined

The brand Lotz of Roses has been completely reimagined in collaboration with rose breeder De Ruiter. The new product line offers a spectrum of intense colors, with a minimum of ten flower buds per plant, and is available at Plant nursery Valstar year-round. From February until October, the five-hectare garden…

Roses Forever going large in 2020

Roses Forever has a series for all pot sizes – from tiny 6 cm pots up to the largest pot sizes. Many of the new varieties, which will be available from spring 2020, are specially developed for larger pots and a longer culture. The production of rose varieties in larger pots fits both nurseries that…

Florigene introduces new blue carnation variety in Europe, holds seminars in Russia

Blue genes fit the global market like a glove

A blue carnation does not occur normally in nature. To get them blue, genetic modification is needed. By using this technique, breeding company Suntory Flowers created a collection of blue carnations, including seven big carnations and four minis. According to Cory Sanchez of Florigene Flowers, there is…

Iconic and relevant: 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…

Rosa ApS debuts at FloraHolland Trade Fair

Roses Forever will be traveling to the Netherlands with a double amount of roses next week. For the first time, they will attend two trade shows at the same time. At the International Flower Trade Fair IFTF, they will show their best selling products and novelties, as they used to do, while at the Flora…

Selecta One

Chrysanthemum catalogue showcases colorful autumn blooms

Many different colours and numerous flowers make Chrysanthemums popular colourful flowering autumn plants. Selecta One presents their new catalogue with their complete Chrysanthemum assortment for your planning 2020. You will find the appropriate variety concerning colour, flowering time, growth habit…

Danziger becomes exclusive Montiplanta Gerbera distributor

Danziger will become the exclusive worldwide distributor of Montiplanta Gerbera varieties, and the supplier of plant material worldwide. The agreement was signed between Danziger and Rise and Shine, an Indian Biotech company that acquired Montiplanta’s genetics as a part of their floriculture activities.…

Virginia Tech researchers follow in Darwin’s footsteps

Understanding the plant evolution of florist’s gloxinia

More than 150 years ago, Charles Darwin’s fascination with genetics and domestication catapulted the scientific world into new territory as scientists started to ask: How did a species evolve to be this way? In a study published in Plants People Planet, a team led by Virginia Tech researchers discovered…

Helleborus Christmas Carol celebrates 15th anniversary

This Helleborus Christmas Carol season is a very special one; the winter flowering plant from grower Syngenta Flowers kicks off its 15th season. The Christmas Carol variety flowers weeks before Christmas with bright white, sparkling flowers.  Special anniversaryHelleborus Christmas Carol is celebrating a special…

The untold story of Edith Rebecca Saunders—’mother of British plant genetics’

Throughout the late 19th and early 20th century, renowned geneticist William Bateson worked closely with Edith Rebecca Saunders—one of the first women to pursue a scientific…

webinars, November 14 & 15

Technical examination of plant varieties in the EU plant variety protection system

In cooperation with the EU IPR Helpdesk, the CPVO will organise two webinars on 14 & 15 November 2019 focussing on the technical examination (DUS tests) of varieties applying for Community Plant Variety Rights. The…

Florists inspired at Fleurex 2019

Deliflor was present at BFA Fleurex 2019 in Hinckley-Birmingham last weekend. At this exhibition for English florists, Deliflor inspired visitors with their chrysanthemum assortment. The exhibition attracted a lot of visitors and the company had the chance to meet a lot of florists at their stand. The novelties…

Dreams come true for Suntory

Rising to the challenge of breeding blue flowers

It all started nearly 30 years ago with the desire to introduce a blue-colored rose. It seemed like a mission impossible. Or not? After years of research and overcoming obstacles, Suntory not only managed to create a blue rose (Applause), but also a blue carnation series - the first genetically modified…

Spectacular number of cyclamen at Syngenta-Varinova flower trials

Last summer, Varinova and Syngenta Flowers agreed on a joint cyclamen future. A recipe for a spectacular flowering trial, which the breeders traditionally organize around this time of the year. The entire assortment can now be admired at two locations, both in Andijk and Bleiswijk. Marleen van Balkom and…

Plantinova's Fruit Me trees show upward trend

Consumers become fruit tree growers

Although fruit growers were scratching their heads at first when they were introduced to the small fruit trees that Plantinova put on the market 7 years ago, ornamental growers were immediately enthusiastic. Since then, sales figures of the Fruit Me trees are showing an upward trend. Originally, Plantinova…

International consortium of researchers generates gene sequences from more than 1,100 plant species

Gene sequences for more than 1,100 plant species have been released by an international consortium of nearly 200 plant scientists, the culmination of a nine-year research project.  The One Thousand Plant Transcriptomes Initiative (1KP) is a global collaboration to examine the diversification of plant species, genes…

HilverdaFlorist:

"Visit our colourful world of strong genetics and endless combinations"

Within a few weeks, the biggest cut flower events in the Netherlands will take place. The FloraHolland Trade Fair in Aalsmeer, the IFTF in Vijfhuizen together with HilverdaFlorist's House Show.  "We invite you to visit our colourful world of strong genetics and endless combinations with Cut Flowers and Pot-…

November 21, Millstadt

US (IL): Heimos hosts 12th annual poinsettia trial and open house

Millstadt Young Plants and N.G. Heimos Greenhouses will host an open house on Thursday, November 21st, from 8 AM to 4 PM. The open house will be showcasing a comparison trial of hundreds of Poinsettia varieties from six different breeders: Beekenkamp, Selecta, Dummen Orange, Lazzeri, Rinehart, Syngenta,…

Researchers discover the ‘KARAPPO’ gene

How plants reproduce through cloning

The mechanism by which liverwort (Marchantia polymorpha) asexually reproduces via the development of clonal progenies (gemmae) has been revealed by a cross-institutional research group. They discovered the gene ‘KARAPPO’, which is essential for initiating gemma development in liverwort. These findings…

A peek inside BallSB Colombia

This is what goes into breeding a flower

"There is a lot of research done behind a flower, but not everyone knows it. Therefore, we are eager to show the world", says Carmen Lucia Marquez of BallSB. They recently launched their new promotional video that tells the story behind the flower and earlier this month, FloralDaily got the opportunity…

Icon Selections debuts at Proflora

Colombian chrysanthemums: "100% of breeding process done in Rionegro"

Patience is a virtue, that applies to much in life, especially for setting up new businesses. At Proflora 2019, a few weeks ago, debuting Icon Selections could finally present their company logo and varieties to the international public after several years of preparatory actions. Jan Haaksman and Juan…

Fransen Orchids joins with Thai breeder Suphachadiwong Orchids

Dutch Dendrobium breeder Fransen Orchids has started a partnership with breeder Suphachadiwong Orchids. Half of the Thai company will partner up with Fransen Orchids, which will continue their activities under the same name. Thai company Suphachadiwong Orchids is owned by Thamlong and Heike…

Belgium: CRISPR-based tissue-specific knockout system to help generation of specific plant mutations

A team from the VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, led by Drs. Thomas Jacobs, Moritz Nowack, and Tom Beeckman has devised a CRISPR-based tissue-specific knockout system, CRISPR-TSKO. This system enables the generation of specific mutations in particular plant cell types, tissues, and organs. The…

World Federation of Rose Societies prepares for conventions

The September issue of the World Rose News focuses on the next Regional Convention coming up in three months in Kolkata. The Heritage Rose Conference in Belgium is coming together as well. Also included in this edition an update on the 2021 World Rose Convention in Adelaide, and three WFRS Vice…

Various trials on display at Cyclamen Open Days

During the Cyclamen Open Days of Schoneveld Breeding, visitors can view three different trials. It concerns a potting soil trial, fertilization trial and an inhibitor trial. The progress of the trials and advice on this can be discussed during a visit to the Cyclamen Open Days in week 43 up to and…

Schrama Nurseries presents 'Cherry Bush'

Cherry in the form of a bush remains low but is high in brix

Until now, only sweet cherries were available as tree grafted on a rootstock which quickly grew to 4 to 4.5 meters high when mature. Schrama Nurseries now presents a cherry in the form of a bush. "We now have the first cherry in the form of a bush, which will only become 2.2 meters in height. A product…

Dümmen Orange and GARES sign sales agreement

Worldwide introduction of South Korean succulents

Dümmen Orange and South Korean government agency Gyeonggi-do Agricultural Research & Extension Services (GARES) signed an agreement, granting Dümmen Orange the exclusive sales rights for a series of succulents developed by GARES. The agreement was signed by Pieter Koen (Product Manager Tropicals at…

Salk scientists use machine-learning algorithms to help automate plant studies

Machine learning helps plant science turn over a new leaf

Father of genetics Gregor Mendel spent years tediously observing and measuring pea plant traits by hand in the 1800s to uncover the basics of genetic inheritance. Today, botanists can track the traits, or phenotypes, of hundreds or thousands of plants much more quickly, with automated camera systems.…

HilverdaFlorist grand champions of outstanding varieties contest Proflora 2019

Six products of HilverdaFlorist won prizes during the varieties contest of Proflora 2019: Dianthus Raffine Elea Alstroemeria Noa, Limonium Pearl Wings, Standard Gerbera Mandala, Piccolini Micro Gerbera Piccolini Assisi and the Standard Gerbera Atlanta. Gerbera: Place 1, 2 and 3During the variety contest,…

Next step: "move those varieties to the gardening sector"

A peek in the creation of heat tolerant cyclamen varieties

Creating new cyclamen varieties that will have flowering pot-plants with winter quality, in the summer. This was the aim of cyclamen breeding company Decor Breeding, 12 years ago. After years of breeding, they recently introduced their first heat tolerant varieties (click here to read the article). Now,…

Webinar: the name of a plant variety in the Community Plant Variety Right system (CPVR)

In this webinar, recorded at the EUIPO Academy in May 2018, Bénédicte Legrand, Denomination Expert at the CPVO, explains the process in which names are given to newly protected plant varieties in the European Union. This webinar also outlines how this CPVR "naming" process fits with the rules and…

Polish clematis ‘Maria Skłodowska Curie’ claims second place in People's Choice Awards

Clematis ‘Maria Skłodowska Curie’ took second place in this year's People’s Choice Awards competition organized by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in Great Britain. As many as 28 new cultivars of ornamental plants from around the world entered the competition and were presented at Garden Harlow…

High‐efficiency CRISPR/Cas‐based editing of Phalaenopsis orchid MADS genes

Phalaenopsis orchids are popular potted ornamental plants around the world due to their beauty, floral diversity, and long indoor blooming period. Orchids are also important in plant research, having tiny, dust‐like seeds, crassulacean acid metabolism photosynthesis, complex deletion of the genes…

Checking out the Colombian diversity of flowers

Colombia is known for its diversity of flowers and this week, they are put in the spotlight during the Proflora, held in Bogota, Colombia. But what's the story behind these flowers? We got the opportunity to visit a breeder and a handful of farms that contribute to the creation of this broad range of…

Designer Pieter Landman of Blooming Vision:

"Dried flowers are back in fashion"

"Dried flowers were popular in the 80s and 90s, but in the last three years, I've seen the use of these types of flowers increasing again", says designer Pieter Landman of Blooming Vision. For this reason, he decided to put the dryable flower varieties of BallSB in the spotlight at their booth during the…

Sant Open House welcomes 350-400 guests

Last week Darwin Perennials attended the open house event at George Sant & Sons in Ontario. This annual showcase welcomed 350-400 guests from all over the U.S. and Canada. It’s a fantastic event that introduces the newest plants to the industry, along with great hospitality of catered lunch and music. by…

Florensis Kenya sponsors Smiles for Change

Recently, Florensis Kenya sponsored its long-term partner ‘Sarakasi’ in an initiative themed “Smiles for Change”, which was able to offer personal development training to over 3,000 children and young adults across 4 schools. Over the last decade, Florensis Kenya has established a continuous partnership with…

Germany: Comparing callunas at Gardengirls Variety Show 2019

On September 21, 2019, one of the market leaders on the Calluna market, Heidezuechtung Kramer held a variety trial. In Geldern-Walbeck - one of the main Calluna growing areas - sales managers of wholesale companies and Gardengirls growers were invited to the site of licensee Thomas Hönning. They were…

The story of the Infinity Rose series

Setting a new standard for mini pot roses

In 2012, Danish Rose breeder Rosa Eskelund of Roses Forever introduced her first pot rose in the Infinity Rose series and over the last 7 years, demand for these mini-roses grew quickly and is now one of her top-selling varieties all over the world. "The large flowers, the long shelf life, the short…

Summer recap: PanAmerican Seed showcases highlights

During Summer, the gardens of PanAmerican Seed were filled with flowers. Many people walked through the gardens and admired the colourful areas. For those who did not visit one of the breeder's locations, they shared some of the highlights. In multiple gardens, the Impatiens Beacon series showed its high…

Up an average of 5% to 1.4 billion

No end in sight for Seed Valley's growth in sales

If you bought tomatoes or lettuce in the supermarket today, there is an excellent chance the seeds came from a Seed Valley company. This is a region in the Netherlands. A…

Rising to the challenge of the organic standard

Organic products are becoming more popular these days and the demand for Hishtil's Organic herbs is increasing accordingly. "The demand for organic food/products has been on the rise in recent years in most of the developed world", Rafi Gamson, Head of the Agriculture Department at the Institute of…

Vintage colours are trendy, chrysanthemum trials show

Dümmen Orange organized their Open House in Colombia welcoming more visitors compared to previous years. At the trial site at Flores Silvestres, El Carmen, Antioquia growers from Colombia, USA, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Holland and Israel got a nice product presentation of many of the breeder's cut…

International students learn about Dutch plant breeding and propagation industry

The fully booked 10th edition of the Summer School Green Genetics took place from 26 till 30 August. Thirty-three students were introduced to the world of green genetics by attending lectures and excursions given by Wageningen University & Research experts and staff from several Dutch plant breeding…

Schoneveld Breeding introduces Cyclamen Super Serie Crayon

Cyclamen Super Serie Crayon will be shown for the first time during the Cyclamen Open Days of Schoneveld Breeding. Crayon is characterized by its unique colour pattern that is reminiscent of a piece of chalk (or crayon). This year Crayon is still pre-introduction and therefore not freely available, the…

Nanjing Forever - The Sindberg rose

Danish hero honored with statue and yellow roses

After baptizing a yellow rose in honor of Bernhard Arp Sindberg in 2014, last weekend, a statue of the Aarhus native was unveiled by Danish Queen Margrethe II in Marselisbourg Memorial Park, Aarhus, Denmark. The baptized rose of Danish Rose breeder Rosa Eskelund, named 'Nanjing Forever - the Sindberg…

Danziger Colombia hosted open days

Colombia: Burgundy, salmon, coral and peach popular picks for chrysanthemum

Danziger Colombia hosted an “Open Days” event at its site in Vereda Pontezuela, Antioquia. During the event, growers, buyers and retailers were able to explore a wide portfolio of chrysanthemums along with a sneak peek of some other new and innovative crops. The event took place at the Danziger farm,…

Pheno Geno Roses steps into creating rose oil

Edible roses success leads to new ventures for breeder

They've been working on putting it on the market for about 2 years now, and after their demonstrations at the IPM Essen last January, the interest in their varieties increased sharply. The products in question are the ‘really edible’ rose from rose breeder Pheno Geno, a Serbian-Dutch company. Their…

Rob Landreth, PanAmerican Seed:

"This way, insects can never get sucked into the greenhouse"

Research Facility Manager Rob Landreth at PanAmerican Seed Co.’s research facility in Guadalupe, CA oversees a total of 14 Agra Tech (ATI) Solar Light greenhouses that are currently doing their job as this company creates approximately 1,000 different species of the newest and finest ornamental seed…

Australia: Improving plant industry access to new genetics

A new Hort Innovation levy-funded project seeks to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of virus detection in plant genetic material in post-entry quarantine facilities, through the adoption of next-generation sequencing. Utilisation of this sequencing technology will improve current methods and…

Colombia: Royal Van Zanten shows new varieties in La Ceja

Royal Van Zanten displayed over 60 varieties during the open days in La Ceja, Colombia from Monday, August 26th up to Friday, August 30th. A lot of professional growers and trade was interested in the new developments concerning Chrysanthemum. Some of the new varieties are Batman, Porifera and Yellow Molly.…

Why Russian florists are looking forward to meeting this breeder

Florists from Russia and the CIS states are very much looking forward to meeting the specialists from the company Dümmen Orange. It is interesting to ask why that is? The most suitable person to answer this question is the global marketing specialist of Dümmen Orange, Roy van Kester. Currently, this…

Anthony Tesselaar:

"It should be such a good plant that I can sell it to my mother"

“I think the 'plants world' is sometimes looking too much to new and not if it is a good plant that can be sold into the market for 20 years or more”, says Anthony Tesselaar of Anthony Tesselaar Plants, an Australian horticultural management firm. For 25 years, he is looking for distinctively different…


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