Counting the cost of labor shortages in Australia and New Zealand

The decision by the nations of Australia and New Zealand to shut their borders to non-residents during the pandemic has helped suppress COVID-19 and enabled economic growth…

Certified American Grown lauds American Grown Act

Certified American Grown (CAG), the voice of American cut flower and foliage farmers is excited to announce the introduction of the “American Grown Act.”  The Act has been introduced…

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Floral industry insight 2021: results presented

Have prices increased for your floral business? Floranext surveyed 311 florists to get a sense if industry prices are increasing and affecting business. Here are the top 4 things things you need to know! Florists have seen flower prices increase over the past 6 months – Over 98% of florists are reporting…

US: Weddings suffering from massive flower shortage

There is currently a massive flower shortage as a result of the pandemic and it seems to be having lasting impacts on the wedding industry. Of course, some people might be wondering how a viral illness can affect flowers. But, what a lot of people don’t realize is that just as airlines shut down and…

HTA reiterate the call to 'Let Britain Grow' - a response to Lord Frost’s statement

Following Lord Frost’s announcement today that the UK will be maintaining a “standstill period” for current grace periods for goods traded in Northern Ireland while the…

India: Horticulture and floriculture production hits record high

According to the second advance estimate of horticulture production released by the Ministry of Agriculture today, India is expected to have the highest ever horticulture…

"Government causing the demise of the Irish horticultural sector"

Officials from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Department of Enterprise, Climate and Communications addressed the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture today on the impact of peat shortages on the horticulture industry. The Departments put forward no workable solutions…

AIPH:

Plant Health Survey identifies promising investment in plant health and biosecurity

The survey was initiated and conducted by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) in early 2021 as part of the International Year of Plant Health 2020 and in response to growing concerns about biosecurity worldwide and the ornamental horticulture industry’s duty to sustainability.…

AU: Business blooming for flower exporters

Morrison Government support has helped Australia’s largest wildflower exporter to weather the COVID-19 storm and support local jobs and businesses. Christian Porter MP and Craig Musson. Wafex provides about half of Australia’s national flower exports. It employs 150 staff, owns four large grow farms and…

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US: "Thanks to pandemic, local florists are flourishing"

April 9, the opening day for Tiny Hearts Flower Shop in Hillsdale, N.Y., was a long time coming. Buckets of crimson ranunculus and towering boughs of pussy willow lined the walls, brightly anticipating local shoppers. Pails of blue anemones, grown a few minutes away in Copake, ranged from deep indigo to…

NL: Limburg horticulture keeps greenhouses dry

By far the majority of greenhouse horticulture businesses in the Dutch province Limburg escaped by the skin of their teeth last weekend. The water came very close at times, but the (emergency) dykes held. Over the course of the week, more will become clear about damage and other issues, although the…

Carnation grower Mauricio Briceño, Turflor:

Colombia: “Because of pandemic we gained the US market as new customers”

“We had to trash our flowers as the demand completely died down when the pandemic just started in 2020. While the start of the pandemic was challenging, we gained a new market in the summer of 2020 in the US market, which was not very important for us in the past, but demand has been increasing strongly…

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New business takes off between Dubai and India's Madurai city

 A new pathway to business development between Dubai and the South Indian city of Madurai has opened up with the export of a consignment of Geographical Indications (GI) certified traditional local flowers from this ancient Indian city to the emirate. India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry announced that…

Russia: working group on floriculture has been established

A working group on the development of floriculture has been established in Russia.  Pursuant to the instructions of the Chairman of the Federation Council V. I. Matvienko, at a…

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Pick a beautiful blossom from Shinjuku Station’s flower vending machine

This ephemeral vending machine lets you buy a floral gift right in the heart of the Japanese capital. Isn’t there something magical about flower shops? Personally, I get a spring put in my step whenever I pass by a florist tending to potted plants and succulents. It’s the kind of everyday delight that…

First half of 2021:

Record export value Dutch flowers and plants: € 4.1 billion

The Dutch flower and plant industry closed the first half of the year with a record in export value; 4.1 billion euros. This was announced by the VGB (Association of Wholesalers in Horticultural Products) based on the export statistics of Floridata. The export value of cut flowers increased by 30% and…

US: Kitchen Minis tabletop vegetables collection receives 2 awards

PanAmerican Seed is proud to accept two recent industry awards for its new tabletop vegetables collection Kitchen Minis™ during the Cultivate’21 tradeshow and educational event in Columbus, Ohio. The compact potted edibles program received a Retailer’s Choice Award during the show, which recognizes the…

Khabarovsk region: evaluation of the region's potential for greenhouse construction

Marketing substantiation of the commercial feasibility of greenhouse projects with forecasts of changes in market capacity, competition, and prices. Vegetable production in…

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Northern Ireland: Lady Ashley banned from entering the country

Brexit has been over for over half a year. In order to protect the EU internal market, there has been a regulatory limit in the Irish Sea since then. This causes some…

UK: July’s market update shows sustained garden center sales

The latest market information suggests the beginning of a new normal, with garden centre sales for June 2021 down just 3% from June 2020, when sales rocketed due to the national lockdown. This is up 40% from June 2019, pre-pandemic, so it appears the high demand is here to stay, perhaps as those who took…

Marty Star, My Peony Society

NL: “The demand and offer of peonies keep contradicting”

When the demand for their peonies was at its highest, they were struggling to keep up due to the cold weather. Now that the demand is slowing down a bit, the supply is finally increasing. Marty Star, owner of My Peony Society, discusses the challenge of keeping up with the changing demand, recent weather…

Melbourne Florist tells which flowers bloom in winters

AU: "2020 saw a devastating 76% downfall in the floral industry, but 2021 is already on a rebound"

Melbourne Fresh Flowers has been a part of the research and growth of floriculture in Melbourne for over two decades. Being one of the most trusted Melbourne Florists they have a thorough knowledge and specialization in understanding of the soil, growth patterns, variety of flowers supported by the…

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Professor Green launches bouquets for men proving that "flowers are not just for girls"

Online flower company FunnyHowFlowersDoThat.co.uk has partnered with rapper Professor Green and Urban Flower Company to create a range of beautiful bouquets, designed for men to send to men. The limited-edition 'blooms for bros' collection aims to tackle outdated stereotypes of flowers being feminine,…

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Ireland: Horticultural growers protest over damage caused by peat restrictions

Horticultural growers will hold a protest outside the Convention Centre in Dublin today to highlight the challenges around the harvesting of horticultural peat and the central role it plays in the sector. Growers will build a 50sqm display with their produce outside where the Dáil is sitting. It will…

Kenya mulls promotion of horticultural produce in new markets

Kenya has embarked on the promotion of its horticultural products in non-traditional markets to boost foreign exchange earnings and cushion the sector from pandemic shocks, an…

Asocolflores invests in vaccinating workers

"Health first, business second”

Following the approval by the health authorities of the legal requirements for private companies to acquire and import the COVID-19 vaccine, the President of Asocolflores, Augusto Solano, announced that their members have purchased 48,000 doses. Solano pointed out that the acquired doses will be available in over 30 towns of…

New complete package program helps Pleasant View Garden retailers

Since opening its greenhouse doors in 1976, Pleasant View Gardens has worked hard to help its customers become more successful – introducing new genetics, plants, and programs to give its customers a competitive edge. And in 1992, this mission crystallized in the formation of Proven Winners, a…

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India: Madurai’s jasmine spreads its fragrance abroad

Jasmine from Madurai, celebrated by the Tamil community as ‘Madurai Malli’ and highly rated for its mesmerizing fragrance, is going global. In fact, Madurai has emerged as the jasmine capital of India — its fragrance as popular as the Meenakshi Amman temple. The scent of this premium variety of…

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Daniela Contreras, Expoflores:

'Despite earlier financial losses, Ecuadorian floriculture industry is getting stronger'

Over the last years, the Ecuadorian floricutlure industry has been facing different obstacles, but fortunately, the industry is improving, explains Daniela Contreras, Communication Coordinator of Ecuadorian export association Expoflores. "From October 2020 to April 2021, the FOB increased by 12.1 percent…

Victor Omuga on the challenges and opportunities

Rwanda: New lockdown not holding back Bella Flowers expansion plans

Now that the government has issued another lockdown in Rwanda, work is challenging again for Rwanda’s only rose farm, Bella Flowers, as some employees are not able to get to the farm. On the upside, exports are finally improving again, after a year of not being able to export almost any of their usual…

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Traditional Indian flowers exported to USA and Dubai for Indian communities

Consignments of traditional flowers were exported from Tamil Nadu to the USA and Dubai so that the Indian community living there could offer fresh flowers to deities. Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry said that the flowers including button rose, lily, chamanthi and marigold for the consignments…

New bill introduced for U.S. grown flowers at federal events

Considering that less than 25 percent of the flowers used and loved in the U.S. are domestically produced, a bipartisan bill called the American Grown Act (AGA) is being introduced to Congress this month to encourage some official government events to gather beautiful blooms solely from American farms.  The…

Colombian flowers bid farewell to “La Bachué”

“Art and culture are fundamental elements of social and economic development around the world. Consequently, we decided to decorate with the emotional power of Colombian flowers, the farewell ceremony, on its way to Europe, of one of the most significant sculptures paying tribute to the creation myth of…

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Canada invests in greenhouse research projects

“Canada’s horticulture sector relies on the high-quality, original research being conducted by the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Federal investments such as these are crucial to ensuring the VRIC can continue to advance its work and position our horticultural sector for a brighter tomorrow,'…

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Sri Lanka: Floriculture export revenue could double with proper assistance

“Cut leaves, which accounts for over 50% of the local exports, were the worst affected and saw an immediate decline in exports. Though the rooted plant sector also saw its costs escalating due to high freight, it survived the initial impact through negotiated price revisions and other productivity…

"In the midst of Lebanon’s financial crisis, farmers are struggling to survive"

Originally from Damascus, Syria, Salim Alazwak fled to Lebanon at the start of the civil war in 2011. He settled in Marj, a village in the Bekaa Valley. In this fertile region…

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Zimbabwe: horticultural farmers hit by frost

Several horticultural farmers across the country are counting losses running into thousands of dollars after frosty conditions affected their crops following a cold spell at the weekend. Temperatures fell significantly in some areas which caused damage to tomatoes, peas, butternut, and potatoes. The…

The economic importance of Indian floriculture

Floriculture is an age-old farming activity in India having massive potential for generating gainful self-employment among small and marginal farmers. In the recent years, it has emerged as a profitable agribusiness in India and worldwide, as improved standards of living and growing consciousness among…

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Improved cognitive function and emotional condition measured in the elderly during horticultural activities

The aim of the study conducted by Konkuk University was to compare the physiological and psychological effects in the elderly during horticultural and non-horticultural activities as leisure activities. A total of 58 participants aged 65 or older (29 men and 29 women; average age, 74.0 ± 4.7) whose…

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Record heat scorches North America

Highways are cracking, roads are buckling, and railway tracks are being warped by the record-breaking heat searing the Pacific Northwest. Flights have been canceled and…

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UK: South Holland growers want to boost district's £250m horticulture sector

Struggling South Holland, UK, growers want the government to cut trade barriers to boost the £250 million horticulture sector. Employers in the industry say new ‘green tape’ is adding to problems they are facing with shortages of staff and transport. From June 1 new fees were added to import inspections…

Developer Lannes will remain closely involved

Diamantina Dipladenia/Mandevilla moves to Florensis and Ball Horticultural Company

Florensis and Ball Horticultural Company have acquired the Dipladenia/Mandevilla breeding program from the French company D.H.M. Innovation (DHMI) as of 30 June, 2021. Since 1985, DHMI has been active in the breeding of Dipladenia (Mandevilla), Lagerstroemia and Hibiscus. In recent years, ground-breaking…

HTA:

UK: Focus on reducing contamination in food and garden waste collections to help transition away from peat-use

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has called for a greater focus on reducing contamination in food and garden waste collections to help the industry transition away from the use of peat – that was the message they delivered in response to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’…

Houseplants webinar reviews how the industry can sustain the current 'plantdemic'

In a recent webinar (June 30), ornamental growers, traders, retailers, and suppliers from around the world discussed how the industry can capitalise on the recent global houseplant popularity trend. It sounds like a good problem to have. Demand for all kinds of plants – but particularly houseplants – was…

BizVibe presents platform for floral business

Doorstep delivery services are gaining popularity with flower and gifting retail stores. These stores are partnering with delivery apps to facilitate the delivery of flowers…

MAPA will finance 50% of the 920,000 euro investment allocated to participate in fairs in 2021 and 2022

Agreement to promote Spanish fruit, vegetable, flower, and plant sectors abroad is renewed

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food, Luis Planas, and the president of Fepex, Jorge Brotons, have renewed the agreement to promote the fruit, vegetable, flower,…

US: "Some of those tall, beautiful sunflowers are no friends to bees"

The year of the sunflower, as decreed by the National Garden Bureau, is upon us, and the big summer bloomers are seemingly everywhere. Even the shortest suburban walk provides…

Stephanie Vanegas, FlorControl:

“Quality control of flowers is becoming more important”

“As there is such a rush for orders to be fulfilled quickly, the lack of quality control is becoming more of an issue in floriculture,” says Stephanie Vanegas, Sales and Marketing Administrative Assistant at FlorControl. As a result, the demand for FlorControl’s quality control services has increased…

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Instagram star She Grows Veg to create edible garden at RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival 2021

For the first time ever, an entirely edible garden will feature at the RHS Hampton Court Garden Festival 2021. The Get Up and Grow edible allotment garden will be displayed in the Grow Your Own area. Created by Lucy Hutchings, better known as She Grows Veg, the garden will feature edible treats including…

UK: London's rare orchid discovery spotlights importance of city greening

Earlier this month, some extremely rare orchids (Serapias parviflora) were discovered growing in the 11th-floor rooftop garden of a Japanese investment bank in London. The 15-plant small-flowered tongue orchid colony—the species is native to the Mediterranean basin and the Atlantic coast of France,…

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Germany: Continuing severe weather causes millions in horticultural losses

The German Weather Service (DWD) announced the weekend of 19 and 20 June as offering "heat, lightning and tropical nights". In large parts of Germany, the heat and tropical nights ended on Monday, June 21. What remained was a stable thunderstorm situation - especially over the southern half of Germany.…

SAF’s survey:

US: More than 85 percent of the florists saw a sales increase for Mother’s Day 2021

With all the changes in the floral industry this past year, it was anticipated that Mother’s Day sales would be high. And everyone was right. The National Retail Federation expected overall Mother’s Day spending to hit a record $28.1 billion this year, increasing $1.4 billion from 2020 (click here for…

Flora Toscana's ordinary' shareholder's meeting

Italy: Flora Toscana reaches €50 million of consolidated revenues, in line with the 2019 results

Flora Toscana's financial statements were closed with a profit of approximately 270,000 euro, the cooperative's turnover amounted to approximately € 35.8 million (down by 6.08% compared to the previous year), while at the consolidated level the cooperative group reached € 50 million (in line with what…

Dalat Hasfarm donates 250 mil VND to COVID solidarity fund

On the 23rd of June, Mr. Aad Gordijn, General Director of Dalat Hasfarm has handed over 250.000.000 VND to the Committee of Vietnam Fatherland Front in Lam Dong to contribute to the Vaccine Fund for the prevention of Covid-19. Starting early last year, Covid pandemic has caused bad effects to people all…

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Philippines: Tissue culture lab for ornamental plants to rise in Guiguinto

The Innovative Tissue Culture Laboratory for Ornamental Plants (iLAB), a joint project between the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Office 3 and the local government of Guiguinto, Bulacan, will become fully operational by the fourth quarter of this year, Science Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña…

HTA:

UK: "Plant health agreement could turn £multi-billion horticulture industry into Brexit success story"

Previously classified alongside weapons of mass destruction plants still face excessive UK trade restrictions costing the sector up to £30m The annual extra cost to the trade-in plants is estimated at £25m-£30m with small businesses bearing the brunt. Plant health agreement is essential as 78% claim a…

Reopening hotels gives new opportunity to green sector

Summer arrives, the vaccination process is going at a good pace and after a year in which we have barely been able to enjoy the hospitality industry, the restoration, and a good holiday, we really want to enjoy on terraces, hotels, cottages, etc., with friends and family for a few more relaxed days away…

heatwave driving peak hourly demand to new records

CAN: B.C. sets new Canadian record for hottest temperature ever recorded

Several unofficial all-time and monthly records have been broken in Western Canada, including the country's warmest in June, as the intense heat wave continues.As the extreme…

US (SD): Options abound when it comes to wedding flowers

There is a lot that goes into planning a wedding. A guest list must be created, a venue booked, and meals catered. Travel plans must be organized and lodging for guests must be considered.And then there’s the flowers. An ubiquitous presence at weddings for centuries, the tradition of the bridal bouquet…

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How B2B FinTech empowers florists to bloom into new business models

Cash management and business operations remain a pain point for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in creative, events-based verticals like the floral and catering arena. While revenues can be strong, margins remain thin, often thanks to supply chain disruptions and supplier management issues.It’s…

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Brexit has turned into a blooming disaster, say flower sellers

Two of the borough’s longest-serving flower sellers say they are struggling with massive price hikes post-Brexit. John Atkins, who runs the stall in Pond Street, South End Green, and Harry Patel, who runs Harry’s Flowers in Fitzjohn’s Avenue, Hampstead, spoke about how leaving the EU has impacted their…

New Zimbabwe

Flower growers important for Zimbabwe's economy

On the outskirts of the Zimbabwean capital Harare, Tilda Mahuni, a school dropout, forged an unlikely rags-to-riches story by growing flowers on a piece of land. Mahuni, 34, said that she amassed her wealth by growing and selling flowers over the past 10 years. “I’ve done a lot of things through growing…

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Irish-grown flowers gaining popularity

The number of “flower farmers” cultivating their passion for beautiful fresh flowers and growing their own flowers and foliage on Irish soil has grown in popularity. This is important news for businesses in the Irish flower market across the country. As mentioned in the release, “over 95% of cut flowers…

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US (IA): Beautifully Bloomed florist in Cedar Rapids planting seeds for next year’s weddings

Kathryn Miller had a rare weekend off two weeks ago. “Then I don’t get a weekend off until November,” she said. Miller expected to work most weekends this summer, but making up for 2020’s disruption of large social gatherings has her Beautifully Bloomed even busier than planned. “This year is really…

Strategic partnership Marginpar & Zami (L&M Groep)

As of the June 28th, Zami and Marginpar will enter into a strategic partnership. The shorter lengths of certain volume products - such as Solidago, Hypericum, Limonium and Astrantia - will be offered directly via Zami and will no longer appear on the auction clock. F.l.t.r. Sven Aertssen, Jan Willem…

Cocaine trafficking through Dutch flower auction; Criminal gang busted

With the arrest of three men (24, 37 and 52), the police and the Public Prosecution Service think they have rounded up a criminal organization that would have been active at the flower auction in Aalsmeer, The Netherlands. The men are suspected of international drug trafficking, money laundering and…

PMA's researchers reveal the answer and much more

US: Will consumers continue buying flowers and plants in 2021?

The pandemic boosted the floral sales in 2020, but will consumers continue buying flowers and plants in 2021 when coming out of the pandemic? This is one of the main questions the industry is asking itself, and the short answer is yes. PMA conducted several types of research that confirm it, and during…

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Sweden: “It is a challenge to get chrysanthemums for Midsummer celebrations”

“It has been a struggle to get a hold of certain imported flowers for this year’s Midsummer celebration, which will be widely celebrated in Sweden on the weekend of June 25,” explains Adam Muhr, Assistant Manager of APH, a Swedish importer of flowers. “On the other hand, the weather has been very…

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US: Greenhouse fire in Utah County causes $600K in damages

A fire in Utah County caused an estimated damage of 600,000 and climbing, Utah County Fire Marshal reported on their Facebook page. On Monday, June 21, the firefighters went to the commercial greenhouse business in Palmyra who had a fire in their operations building. Damage extended to several…

Covid outbreak at Chinese ports further hit global shipping operations

Global shipping has been interrupted for several months due to the epidemic, and demand for Asian goods from western countries has exceeded exporters’ ability to ship containers overseas. But at Yantian Port in Shenzhen, one of the world's major container ports, the recent Covid outbreak has made the…

Dutch flower exporter gets sustainable cart wrappers

Verdel is a Dutch flower exporter. They used to seal their trolleys with plastic. Soon, the covering on their carts going to Denmark will be replaced by a sustainable, protective strip. This is another Dutch company, Horti-Innovations' product. It was designed in Verdel's Bart & Bastian retail brand's…

Strategies for post-pandemic hiring in the horticulture industry

Rethinking hiring in horticulture

Are you excited at the prospect of increased demand for our industry over the next few years? But, on the other hand, are you concerned that we will struggle to supply material to meet consumer demand? You are not alone in these thought processes. Most companies are identifying areas to invest increased…

UK: HTA react to plant import IT system delay

James Clark, HTA Director of Policy and Communications, said: “Defra must commit to getting this right as soon as possible. This is the second delay and there cannot be…

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Alexandra Farms, beyond all its roses

Jose "Joey" Azout has been working in the industry for over 25 years. His experience is tremendous and his passion for flowers and people is his drive. He started out as sales manager of a small farm in Bogotá called and went on to start Maxima Farms in Miami. Now, he is the president of Alexandra Farms,…

Jason Alden

Selfridges launches in-store garden centers

Selfridges has launched garden centers at its stores in London, Manchester, and Birmingham in an attempt to capitalise on the pandemic-driven gardening boom. The luxury department store said the new garden centres form part of a creative theme for the year called Good Nature and are a response to recent…

MNP/Suntory and Florensis launch exclusive branding for Sundaville

A unique collaboration between MNP/Suntory and Florensis: the companies have joined forces to promote together the world's number 1 mandevilla brand Sundaville. Through a new, striking, and exclusive branding for customers of Florensis, together they will market Sundaville even more strikingly. Special…

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North American exporters having difficult time scheduling ocean transportation to Far East

For at least now in the COVID Era, North American exporters are having a difficult time scheduling ocean transportation to the Far East. Industry sources indicate that shipping lines are thriving with huge Asian cargo volumes bound for the U.S. West Coast. Melanie Stambaugh, of the Northwest Seaport…

Neil Alcock, Seiont Nurseries:

UK: “We can’t ship certain plants to Europe because of Brexit”

“Our export to the EU has gone down from 18% to 2%,” says Neil Alcock, Managing Director of Seiont Nurseries in Wales. “Now that the UK is considered a ‘third country’, we cannot ship certain plants to EU countries as they are considered to be high risk. And when we are able to ship the plants, it is…

Australian growers to reach out to Asia for laborers

As the pandemic and a new free-trade deal with the UK is amplifying labor shortages in Australia’s US$51 billion-a-year agriculture industry, the country is looking to recruit…

Selecta’s Drums Verbena now includes Drums Red White

“We are extending our Verbena range that far exceeded our expectations”

“Even in its first year, Selecta One’s Drums Verbena range has been a big hit with growers and demand has far outstripped our expectations,” says Thomas Meise, Head of Product Management. The range currently consists of seven varieties and is now being extended with Drums Red White. “We think this…

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Victor Martinez, La Pacheca Viveros

Spain: "It is a good time to resume personal contact between suppliers and customers"

La Pacheca Viveros is a family business with more than 25 years of experience dedicated to the cultivation and export of ornamental plants located between the provinces of Alicante and Murcia, in an area with exceptional weather conditions. Their specialty is the Mediterranean and Australian plant with…

Turnkey horticulture gets turnkey support for growth in Australia

With the growth of horticulture worldwide, companies are looking for ways to provide the best possible support for growers elsewhere. Since COVID, the term 'local' has been used more often. Setting up an entity abroad is one option. Dutch companies are increasingly opting for it, particularly in the…

The flower, foliage sector of Costa Rica shows its diversity in floral design workshops

The country’s tropical flowers and foliage sector this week demonstrated its versatility and various uses of its products through floral design workshops with buyers from the…

Pacific Plug & Liner to showcase exclusives at CAST 2021, June 23-26th

US (CA): "We already shipped 60% more inventory and are breaking sales records"

“This increased demand for ornamental plugs and liners is strongly related to the pandemic, as consumers are gardening more than ever,” says Marlon Carrera, general manager of Pacific Plug & Liner.2021 has been an exceptional year for the company as they have already shipped 60% more inventory to date as…

How to increase your floral show booth foot traffic

Getting people to your floral show booth can be a hard task, especially since you’re surrounded by various other talented businesses. However, there are many resources that can help you increase foot traffic to your booth, with the most popular one being a flower industry digital marketing agency. The…

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AU: "High demand for waxflowers leads to new varieties and extending harvest season"

Helix Australia, which focuses on Waxflower breeding, licensing, and marketing with licensed growers, is currently working on the strong demand and trialing new varieties. The Waxflower harvest season concluded in Israel and California in April and Helix growers in Australia and South Africa have now…

CAN: Farming paves the way for better days to come for the entire economy

It’s tempting to talk about Canada’s pandemic recovery, but is it premature? Cases of COVID-19 keep making headlines, and the “new normal” Canadians so desperately want still seems remote and uncertain.  One thing is absolutely clear, though. Agriculture and the agri-food sector have gotten back to near-normal…

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IN: The stench of post-COVID bad sales at the Varanasi flower market

Flower seller Bablu, who operates out of Purvanchal’s biggest flower market in Varanasi, was surprised when the seller who sits next to him left his garlands with Bablu and left for home. “Sell these garlands and keep whatever you get. I am tired of sitting here since morning and not selling a single…

Gardening boom creates “an almost unprecedented plant shortage in America”

The Gardening boom of 2020 continues prominently into 2021,” said Tony Avent, founder and proprietor of Juniper Level Botanic Garden and Plant Delights Nursery in Raleigh. “Last year, the boom really started with the existing gardeners. Then, the longer COVID went on, we began to see more orders from Gen…

The Citizen

Tanzania: why horticultural dealers opt for the Mombasa port

Low volumes have forced horticultural exporters to opt for Mombasa instead of the local ports. Ships anchored in Dar es Salaam, in particular, had to wait for days before the volumes were large enough for shipment. “The challenge is the critical mass of volumes,” said Ms. Jacquiline Mkindi, the chief…

Northern Ireland Protocol: 'The plants are dead when they arrive here'

From sausages to supermarket supplies, the disruption caused by the Northern Ireland Protocol has been a recurring theme over the past number of months. The protocol means certain products must be checked and controlled as they enter Northern Ireland from Great Britain. It avoids a hard border on the…

Spring Hill Nurseries

US: Survey reveals the most popular flowers grown in each state

To find out which flowers are the most popular per US state, Spring Hill Nurseries shared a list of 20 flowers with Americans in every state and the District of Columbia and…

India: Flower, heeng cultivation to be promoted in Chamba

The aspirational Chamba district signed an MoU with the Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT), Palampur, of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research…

Ornamental peppers: hot in garden and on tables

Ornamental peppers begin setting fruit as the temperature starts to rise, and they keep producing through the fall. It seems like ornamental peppers are continually in flower, which means it’s very common to have multitudes of peppers in various stages of coloration on the same plant, explains Dr. Gary…

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Malaysia: Hope blooms for flower growers of Cameron Highlands

Flower growers in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia, are relieved to learn they are allowed to keep their farms open during the lockdown. Human Resources Minister M. Saravanan announced on Saturday that the National Security Council was allowing floriculturists to operate after learning that they will have…

UK: Changes in consumer behavior as lockdown measures ease

The Horticultural Trades Association’s (HTA) Market Update report for June shows that nationally garden center sales were up 30% in May from May 2020 and up 23% from May 2019.   Despite it being the wettest May since 1967, outdoor container sales were up 54% and garden/gardening sales were up 28% compared to…

"With 'hexagons', mounting can no longer go wrong"

“The JB Groep systems are used in many greenhouses at home and abroad. The company's high-pressure fog systems are very much in demand, but the on-site installation sometimes turned out to be a bit difficult for the customer. We have now come up with a solution for that,” says Jordy van den Berg, owner…

June 17 from 1-2:30 p.m ET

Learn more on building floral sales at retail during the online PMA event

Are floral consumers and the floral industry on the same page when it comes to building floral sales at retail? On June 17 from 1-2:30 p.m. ET, PMA is offering an online event: Drive Demand for Floral: Consumer Attitudes, Industry Insights.  The foundation for the June 17 online event is the PMA retail and…

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France: Pansies for the plate is a growing market

Edible flowers are becoming more popular as both an attractive and tasty addition to recipes. Marius Auda is run by father, Gilbert Auda, and his two children, Bernard and Mireille. They started growing flowers in 2004 in response to a demand from local high-end restaurants that were already buying their…

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IN: Gardening emerges as new hobby among youth amid lockdown

With many people staying at home due to COVID-19 restrictions, gardening has emerged as a new hobby for youth in Jammu and Kashmir. An entrepreneur-cum-floriculturist from Srinagar, Shahid Bhat told that floriculture and gardening are emerging trends in the Valley. "It is an emerging trend in Kashmir.…

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"Very rare white variegated Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma"

New Zealand: Houseplant sells for NZD$27,100 in online bidding war

In New Zealand, a houseplant has been sold for NZD$27,100 (more than AU$25,100/ USD $19,297) on the action site TradeMe. According to the advertisement on the website, it is a very rare white variegated Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma, has 8 leaves with the 9th just about to uncurl and is well rooted in a 14cm…

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Malaysia: Farmers unable to get flowers to the market

With no lorries allowed to transport flowers out of the farms, the lockdown has severely affected the livelihood of farmers as they are forced to throw away their fresh produce. In Cameron Highlands, it is estimated that at least 40 tonnes of fresh flowers end up in the trash daily since the lockdown was…

North America: Mother’s Day floral industry survey results, US florists more optimistic about future

In May, Florists Supply sent a survey out to their customers to gauge how the Canadian Floral Industry has been doing compared to Mother’s Day at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Close to 80% of respondents to the Mother’s Day survey enjoyed same or higher sales than in 2020 for Mother’s Day.…

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Indian flower trade wilts under lockdown

In pre-COVID times, about two dozen hamlets in Nagalapuram, Pitchatur, Narayanavanam and Puttur mandals in the district used to be abuzz with activity in the summer months. It was during summer that flowers, mainly jasmine and tuberose, used to sell like hot cakes. Many gunny sacks of jasmine used to be…

Flowercard research reveals:

Which houseplants are the most viewed on TikTok?

The most popular houseplant on TikTok is the cactus, a new research from Flowercard reveals. They analyzed TikTok hashtags and views to reveal the most popular houseplants on the app. Lavender takes the second spot, followed by Venus Fly Trap. To view the full research -…

Landgard:

Germany: "Demand for bee-friendly plants continues to rise"

In the wake of the corona pandemic, insect-friendly plants have become more popular than ever. “In particular, the demand for indigenous perennials, ideally suited as pastures for bees and insects, is increasing massively", says Stefan Runke, Key Account Manager at Landgard Fachhandel GmbH. "In the first…

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US (MI): Record spring for nurseries, but not without its challenges

Nurseries in West Michigan are having a record spring. This was presented in a YouTube video posted on the YouTube page of Wood TV 8. Reporter John Domol visited Sawyer Nursery in Blendon Township, a company that is growing 6.5 million plants this year and they are planning to sell all of them. 2021 is…

AU: How the cut flower industry has evolved with the ongoing pandemic

Australian floristry, until COVID-19 entered the world, generated $1.6 billion in revenue annually. But because of the pandemic, the cut flower industry has been hit hard, not only due to the cancellation of big-ticket events but also because of disrupted supply. Flower Industry Australia, an association…

Japan: Shimane farmers have sleeper hit with ‘phantom’-type hydrangeas

Five new hydrangea species developed here are so sought after in the Tokyo metropolitan area that flower fans there call them "phantoms" since they sell out so fast you'll be…

UK peony market soars due to demand

The demand for peonies has exploded by almost 100% according to Tesco’s in the last three years. Due to the cold and rainy spring, this has boosted the quality of crops in the UK, which have been grown here for some 50 years. Tesco said that 15 years ago the commercial production of peonies started which…

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NL: Traceability code plant passport mandatory for a number of potted plants

From December 31, 2021, a traceability code on the plant passport is required for potted plants of Citrus, Coffea, Lavandula dentata, Nerium oleander, Olea europea, Polygala myrtifolia and Prunus dulcis. For these plants, you must provide plant passports with the traceability code after the letter C from…

AU: The complex logistics of selling flowers at the supermarket

Mourners grabbing a bunch of roses at the supermarket en route to great aunt Dora’s funeral would be oblivious to the complex logistics that enable a bunch of fresh blooms to…

13th edition of the Grand Prix de la Rose Edition

Royal Diva Plant 'n'Relax scoops prize in France

On June 3rd, Roses Forever won another prize with one of their garden roses. The so-named 'Prix coup de cæur du jury 2021' went to Royal Diva Plant 'n'Relax. Rose breeder Rosa Eskelund is very excited. "It is the most prestige filled prize you can get for a rose in France", she says. Unfortunately, due…

Belgium: sharp decrease in prices for horticultural products in April

In April, the overall agricultural price index decreased by 3.6%compared to the previous month. The decline is mainly noticeable in horticultural products: -12.7%. The decrease in prices for inedible products (cut flowers and bushes) largely explains this decline. For animals and animal products, the…

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UK: Primrose Hill Nurseries attract next generation of gardeners

New research from the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has shown there were nearly three million new gardeners as a result of lockdown, with nearly half (49 percent) of the keen growers aged under 45. “The next generation of gardeners grew up very quickly in lockdown, and from what we can see…

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US (MA): Recent flower shortage impacts Quincy florist

It's been over a year since the world shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In that time, we've seen shortages of all sorts, but the recent flower shortage impacted the flow of many businesses nationwide. Wellman's Florist in Quincy specializes in funerals and personal cuts for individuals. Since…

Clement Tulezi, Kenya Flower Council explains:

The three major challenges for Kenya's flower industry in 2021

Over the last years, the Kenyan flower industry has grown rapidly. It currently is the country’s top industry after remittance, tourism and tea, and Kenya Flower Council’s (KFC) CEO Clement Tulezi believes the industry to can surpass tea in the next few years. However, there are several challenges, like…

Asia Flower Science and Technology Innovation Valley

China: "We strive to build a first-class flower production demonstration park"

In recent years, Jiangchuan District, Yuxi City, Yunnan has adhered to the concept of green development and focused on the development of the flower industry as an…

Study conducted on diversity and selection of the continuous-flowering gene, RoKSN, in rose

Blooming seasonality is an important trait in ornamental plants and was selected by humans. Wild roses flower only in spring whereas most cultivated modern roses can flower continuously. This trait is explained by a mutation of a floral repressor gene, RoKSN, a TFL1 homologue. In this work, the…

China: Qingzhou expands the flower industry with an annual output value of tens of billions

Qingzhou is the main producing area of ​​northern flowers and an important flower distribution station in the north of China. Huanglou Town in Qingzhou City has the title of…

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US (CA): House plants’ popularity blooms in pandemic

As stay-at-home orders kept people indoors for most of 2020, people found themselves looking for hobbies as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down leisure activities. Along with an increase in pet adoption and at-home workout equipment, house plant sales soared as people looked for new ways to keep busy.Source:…

US (MA): Garden centers see unprecedented demand for second year in a row

It’s no secret that outdoor activities of all kinds became more popular during the pandemic. MetroWest garden centers may have assumed that interest would take a hit as people got back to work this year, but that isn’t proving the case.  “I’m usually not a plant pusher. I don’t like people to plant their plants…

US: Covid’s impact on flower dealers and the lingering effects on the cut-flower industry

How COVID-19 affected the cut-flower industry, and the ways it adapted to the pandemic to stay in business, so we could still buy fresh Spring and Summer blooms. Despite the hardships that COVID-19 presented to us – the drastic pauses and changes – the gardening world wasn’t that affected. Apparently,…

US: PNW floriculture values in Oregon and Washington blossomed in 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic didn't stop the flower industry in Oregon and Washington from blossoming last year. Commercial floriculture producers in the two states saw their crop…

India: Punjab floriculturists hoping for post-Covid bloom

As a number of coronavirus infections have started showing a downward trend, floriculturists hope of improved market conditions in the religious and marriage season from…

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One in eight young people think gardening is cool

UK: "Gardening cooler than going to nightclub"

One in eight young people think gardening is cool – and more than half would rather go to a garden centre than a nightclub. A poll of 2,000 people found horticulture has enjoyed a renaissance among 18- to 34-year-olds during the lockdown. As a result, 83 percent now describe gardening as 'cool' and 54…

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US (OH): florists and wedding venue ready for wedding bells to ring again

Wednesday was the first day for Ohioans to go maskless if they desired, and those in the wedding industry such as florists and reception halls are already enjoying the spoils the state opening back up. “It’s just really beginning to heat up, not only for summer, but we’re looking forward to Fall,” said…

“Don’t be part of the problem, be part of the solution”

Pascal Matla is part of the FPC Cut Orchids, and thinks Floriday is an important, but difficult subject. “It’s like making a glove that has to fit everyone.” Pascal Matla (40), with Walter Grootscholten Orchid nursery in the Westland region, the Netherlands. "The auction belongs to the members. Together,…


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