Breeding

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…

Chrysanthemum Bacardi grower, Ed van Paassen:

"It's become our specialisation"

With a flower head easily reaching 10 centimetres across, subtle multi-layered ray flowers and excellent dye ability, Bacardi is a cut chrysanthemum that's become one of Dümmen Orange's bestsellers. It's also a variety, according to Bacardi grower Ed van Paassen, that's being continually developed. "We've been producing Bacardi…

New Zealand: Rose breeder Sam McGredy passes away

International rose breeder Sam McGredy has died in Auckland. Born in Portadown, Northern Ireland, Sam was only 2 when his father died leaving him heir to the family rose nursery, established by his great-grandfather, the first Samuel McGredy, in 1880. The nursery was requisitioned during World War II for…

Founder of Syngenta's Impatiens walleriana Imara series Ton Groot:

"A piece of art in team effort"

As a breeding team, you go for a product with heart and soul, Ton Groot knows. As a breeder, Ton is the founder of the Impatiens walleriana Imara series. The team effort was rewarded at the end of June, when Imara was awarded a Horticulture Week Business Award in London. Ton receives an Imara cake on behalf of the Imara team to…

De Ruiter Innovations presents Premium Rhodos 3.0

De Ruiter Innovations launched a new variety: Premium Rhodos 3.0. This new variety has a vase life of minimum 14 days and an expressive flower opening. On top of that, it has a bud size of 6+ cm and has, just like the other family members (Rhodos, Lovely Rhodos and Pink Rhodos), no thorns.  The grower is PJ…

September 10-12, Nantes

Selecta One shows competence in Chrysanthemum at Salon du Végétal

From 10th to 12th September 2019, Selecta One exhibits at Salon du Végétal. At the fair in Nantes, Parc des Expositions de la Beaujoire, at Grand Palais on stand number 552, the team of Selecta France will present the current assortment for the French market. The highlight will be the new Chrysanthemum assortment.…

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…


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