Less to none PGR needed in growing Primula Mitra and Mitra Late

Sustainability starts with the right genetics, which is why Syngenta Flowers puts a lot of emphasis on breeding tolerant varieties that can be grown with little to no Plant Growth Regulators (PGR) without compromising quality. "Our Primula series Mitra and Mitra Late are two very good examples," they…

A talk with Ben Braam, who grows spray roses in Ethiopia

The spray rose: from wedding to year round product

Braam Roses, a Dutch family owned company in Ethiopia, was not only one of the first growers who started to grow spray roses on a large scale, they were also one of the first who discovered the advantages of harvesting the sprays at a more open stage. Since the very beginning, they are cooperating…

EU commission pressed to regulate new plant breeding techniques

A large coalition of NGOs, campaign groups, farmers, and business organizations have written to vice president of the EU Commission, Frans Timmermans, calling on him to ensure…

A peek into the yellow rose assortment of United Selections

"Brighten your Easter with these yellow roses"

While heading up to Easter, it’s nice to share and explore the breeding journey of new rose varieties; yellow roses specifically. United Selections has a wide portfolio of rose varieties which are available in different countries around the world. Of course, all starts with breeding and getting good seed…

Hem Genetics presents new genetics in Pansy and Viola series

Yet again, Hem Genetics managed to introduce lots of both new and improved varieties into its Pansy and Viola series. Sales representatives Marco Laan and René Knijn present you the highlights in their Corina series and Cello series. Pansy F1 CelloIn recent years, the Pansy Cello series has built a solid…

Ecuador: An impression of Latin Selections annual Open Day at Denmar Farm

Last week United Selections held its annual open day in Ecuador; at the premises of Denmar farm. The 2-day event was received very well by clients from different farms. With proper safety precautions in place there was a safe and nice get together thought-out the days. Significant number of new standard…

Comparative transcriptome analyses reveal genes related to pigmentation in the petals of a flower color variation cultivar of Rhododendron obtusum

Rhododendron is an important woody ornamental plant and breeding varieties with different colors is vital research goal. In this study, a flower color variation cultivar ‘Yanzhi Mi’ (pink petals) and the wild-type (WT) cultivar ‘Dayuanyangjin’ (white petals with pink stripes) were used as research…

Three new members join the Hollywood Hibiscus cast

Three new members are joining the Hollywood Hibiscus cast of tropical characters. Welcome Earth Angel, Glamour Gal and Pop Star. In this video, the breeder of Hollywood Hibiscus, Mr. Jim Berry, President of J. Berry Nursery, personally introduces his newest stars to hit the market this year. For more information:J. Berry…

First 'Danziger Live' session increases interest for gypsophila among designers

Last Wednesday, ‘Danziger Live’ took off and the first event took place. Alison Bradley interviewed designers to discover why they have been so successful and exactly how they did it. The main focus was on gypsophila, Eager to learn more about it? Below is the recording of the event.  And the webinar seems to…

Ebbing-Lohaus expands primrose rang with new varieties

As always, the breeding of new facets in the primrose range takes centre stage at Ebbing-Lohaus. Besides focusing on compact growing series, which can be cultivated without any growth regulators, the assortment is broadened by new colourful and bright highlights, that bring joyful accents to the darker…

March 23 and 24 at Wildfire Farms, Naivasha

Kenya: Red Robin and many more varieties on show at WAC's open days

WAC is having open days at the show/trialhouse at Wildfire Farms, Naivasha on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th of March. This year, WAC presents Red Robin and several other interesting varieties. ”We have many interesting colours, new and old, and you can see many varieties that we feel would interest you…

New collaboration in research on non-coding DNA influencing gene expression

Annogen, the Amsterdam based biotech company behind the SuRE™ technology for the functional annotation of the non-coding part of the genome, and KeyGene, the Wageningen-based…

AmeriSeed presents Torenia “Vertigo” series

New Torenia series that will survive the hot summer garden conditions

Historically, Torenia varieties prefer shady conditions, however, AmeriSeed breeding has produced a Torenia variety with the ability to tolerate heat, disease and humidity enabling plants to survive hot summer garden conditions. The series named Torenia “Vertigo” was launched in 2021 and is available in…

Swedish Rose Society names 'Friendship Forever Plant’n’Relax' Rose of The Year

The garden rose Friendship Forever Plant’n’Relax of Danish Breeding company Roses Forever has been chosen as the Rose of The Year 2021 by the Swedish Rose Society. Friendship Forever Friendship Forever is developed by the rose breeder Rosa Eskelund and was named on July 1 at the World Rose Convention…

From March 1-5 in Colombia and on March 9 in the US

Experience Dianthus Week from different perspectives

Dianthus Week in Colombia has almost come to an end. Today is the last day of this 5-day event where nine breeders are presenting their varieties at their open house. Selecta Colombia is one of the breeders and they are very pleased with the responses they've got this week. However, it is not completely…

A chat with the only North American breeder of Clematis

"There are several reasons for the ongoing increase in demand"

The clematis is hot and a lot is happening in the industry. Over the years, there has been a bit of a consolidation with respect to the main players for the clematis liners. Clearview, for example, recently purchased the stock of one of the breeders, Spring Valley Growers and together with Donahue’s of…

Queen Genetics creates double-flowered kalanchoes grown without PGR

"They didn't get any PGR at all"

Reducing the use of plant growth regulators (PGR) is something the market is more and more looking for. Therefore, it is becoming an increasingly important characteristic to consider when breeding and introducing new varieties - also at Queen Genetics. At this Danish breeding company, they strive to breed and select more…

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Open houses from March 1-5, Virtual panel on March 9

Dianthus Week is on and more to come

Dianthus week Colombia is on. From March 1-5, nine breeders come together to show new trends and varieties of this species. At several locations, the breeders are organizing an open house that can be visited on appointment. Next week, on March 9, a virtual panel will discuss the prospects for the…

Haakman Flowerbulbs participates in FlowersExpo webinar

Learn more about Dutch bulbs

Eager to learn more about the Dutch company Haakman Flowerbulbs, their bulbs and processes? In a webinar, organized by FlowersExpo, they give more information. The questions are in Russian, but Dirk-Jan Haakman en Dick Haakman answer them in English. Also, they give more information on their new varieties and the 2021…

A brief history of De Ruiter in Colombian floriculture

Colombia's rose industry in figures

The flower industry began in Colombia in the early seventies and the first rose crops got into production in the eighties, when red was the predominant color until the main breeders established in the country. De Ruiter started its activities in Colombia as a commercial agency in 1998 offering a large…

Chrysanthemum Valley - bloopers

Have you already checked out Chrysantemum Valley Digital? In a series of videos, breeder Dekker Chrysanten presents the most beautiful and newest varieties in the disbus, spary and santini assortment. The fact that they had fun during the shoot is shown below. As a sort of after party, we hereby present: the Chrysanthemum…

Finn Hansen, Queen Genetics:

"Outdoor concept easily makes Kalanchoe a year-round crop"

10 years ago, Queen Genetics introduced their kalanchoe outdoor concept and after a slow start, sales picked up very fast; increasing 10-15% every year. "The popularity of using kalanchoe as an outdoor plant increased worldwide and growers like the product as they can make it a year-round crop without…

Chrysanthemum Valley Digital

A peak in the most colorful greenhouse of the Netherlands

Usually during this time of the yeawr, Dekker Chrysanten organizes Chrysanthemum Valley. Clients are welcome to take a look in their showhouse and admire their newest disbuddes, spray, and santini chrysanthemum varieties. Due to the COVID-19 regulations, the physucak event could not continue this year,…

Flowerbuzz unveils Finally as rose of the month

"An ideal classic red rose for any occasion, especially for Valentine's Day"

The red rose is still the number one Valentine's Day flower and with this holiday around the corner (February 14), some have been put in the spotlight. Finally, the red rose of United Selections, for example, was unveiled by Flowerbuzz as the rose of the month of February 2021. The breeder even made a…

Park Amaryllis realises & presents big breakthrough in breeding

"Only 1/10 of the usual amount of energy is needed per bulb"

"Since 1988 we have been breeding Amaryllis varieties whose bulbs can be grown outside,” says Ruud Berbee of Park Amaryllis. “Now we have a range available that could revolutionize Amaryllis cultivation, because the product can be grown much more sustainably. Compared to conventional cultivation in the…

Looking back and ahead with Westhoff

North America: "The major challenge/opportunity will be whether we can grow enough material"

With the bulk of ordering season behind them, and as they prepare for the coming spring season, Westhoff is eager to share some of the developments. However, before showing what is happening, they look back at last year and consider the coming season. What a year"It was a hard year, fraught with…

Decor Breeding presents its varieties in new video

Cyclamen varieties selected for outdoor gardening in Mediterranean climate zone

Israeli cyclamen breeder Decor Breeding recently released a new video in where they present their new 20251 Mediterranean Cyclamen varieties. At their greenhouse in Kfar Ruth, Amir Drori, co-founder presents the varieties, which are selected for outdoor gardening in Mediterranean climate zone.  According to…

2021 poinsettia catalog available now from Selecta One

Selecta One® announces the release of its 2021 Poinsettia catalog – a 45-page resource filled with exciting new product launches, production tips from experts, and a closer look at its supply chain network. This year’s catalog focuses on “Only the best, for your success” in which Selecta One outlines its…

Brandkamp introduces new multiflora and pot chrysanthemums

The constant renewal of the assortment in order to pave the way for improvements to existing varieties, to react to trends and to set trends is an important task for every young plant breeder and producer. As a result Brandkamp, ​​Germany's well-known chrysanthemum breeder, is coming up with some new…

Trials for international growers and trade continue

"Year-round Snapdragons with Evanthia"

In a time when many trade fairs and events in the horticulture sector are being cancelled, breeding company Evanthia is once again focusing on a personal approach and sharing knowledge. With well-prepared and extensive variety trials, the Westland-based company involves growers and traders in the latest…

Feb 15 -19, 2021 in Venhuizen:

NL: Benary organises hybrid version of Spring Pansy Trials

Benary welcomes their customers and growers to their Spring Pansy Trials 2021 in Venhuizen, Netherlands. For this year's Pansy Trials Benary has opted for a hybrid version: Growers and customers are cordially invited to visit either in-person - pandemic measures as per Mid February permitting - or take…

PanAmerican Seed announces new pricing structure

The dramatic rise in domestic and global business costs over the past decade have led to a decision by PanAmerican Seed to make changes to its pricing structure and price…

Runaway Bride meets French Bolero

Over the past two years, the Hydrangea Runaway Bride® has received rave reviews in the Germanic countries, the Netherlands and France, leading to rapidly-increasing sales. In 2020, the brand was widely publicized in consumer magazines in these countries for the very first time. An important milestone was…

New red coming to the Dutch clock this Valentine’s

Kenyan farm Everflora will be introducing a new red from the breeder United Selections at the Dutch clock this week. The new red named Gladiator; has a deep red velvet colour, with full and impressive opening with no blackening when fully open. This variety comes with a stem length of between 50-80cm and…


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