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Royal FloraHolland: Various products require a pre-export certificate for export to the UK

Until 1 January 2021, a mandatory pre-export certificate for the UK was not required as it concerned intra-traffic. Now that the UK is a third country, the Netherlands may not…

The HC Companies:

US: First-time gardeners will return in 2021 – will you be ready?

Experts like Katie Dubow, president of the award-winning lawn and garden public relations agency Garden Media Group, are predicting that 80% of last year’s first-time gardeners will return to the soil in the spring of 2021. The reason for this prediction (and it is just a prediction at this time) is…

Pharr International Bridge plans for major expansion in coming years

The Pharr International Bridge, which provides a direct connection between the US and Mexico and is located in Pharr, Texas, has been seeing major expansion in recent years with more plans for expansion and innovation currently being carried out. The bridge services three major sectors: produce, energy…

How are they preparing for 2021?

US: garden nurseries were overwhelmed in 2020

You know that nightmare where you’re running as fast as you can, but you just can’t keep up? Then you’ll totally understand the sleep-deprived, breakneck ride that Southern California’s plant nurseries and growers went on in 2020, and are bracing for today. On the face of it, 2020 was a great business…

Northern Ireland horticulture sector ‘facing disarray’ amid Brexit trading rules

The Northern Ireland horticulture sector faces “disarray” this spring due to post-Brexit trading rules, a garden centre owner has warned. Robin Mercer, owner of Hillmount Garden Centre in Belfast, has called on the Government to help the industry as it grapples with trade issues caused by the UK leaving…

Dutch agricultural exports staying rooted

Despite the coronavirus crisis, Dutch agricultural exports grew by an estimated 1 percent in 2020 relative to the previous year. Total goods exports declined by approximately 7 percent. This is reported by Wageningen Economic Research (WUR) and Statistics Netherlands (CBS) on the basis of joint research…

AU: What’s to come in 2021?

In the coming months, the results from the 2019-20 nursery production and sales statistics will be released. Among other data, this research will give us an accurate estimation of the total farmgate…

USDA opens new, expanded round of COVID aid to Farmers

The Agriculture Department is launching a new round of coronavirus relief payments worth up to $14 billion that will be spread over more commodities with new methods of…

New product provides PAR light readings under any light source

Spectrum Technologies, Inc., expands their broad product offeringwith the release of the LightScout® Quantum PAR/DLI Light Meter. By using the Quantum PAR/DLI Light Meter,…

Mauricio Ospina of Ecuadorian rose farm EQR,:

"Unexpected high demand for Valentine's Day roses"

"Currently demand for Ecuadorian roses for this Valentine's Day season is extremely high. Many rose farms in the Ecuadorian territory have suffered a delay on production as a result of bad/cold weather, which has reduced supply substantially. This has been positive for us; we are practically sold out."…

UK: Horticulture industry comes together to promote a roadmap for a peat-free future

Unlocking the complexities of the peat debate by encouraging collaboration of the broad range of industry stakeholders to produce a roadmap the removal of peat from growing media is the focus of a new taskforce, coordinated by the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA).   It aims to reinvigorate efforts to tackle…

Flower Power Daily

US: Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem invokes flowers

Prior to hearing Amanda Gorman’s Inaugural poem, I had asked floral artist Jackie Kramer for a photograph that conveys a joyful sense of hope. Here is what she gave us.…

Export plants and plant products from Great Britain and Northern Ireland

When you export regulated plants and plant products from Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and Northern Ireland (NI) to other countries, you’ll need to: check whether…

UK: BALI investigation reveals shortage of native plants

An investigation conducted by the British Association of Landscape Industries has revealed shortages of trees and shrubs are behind significant price increases. Last week one…

New year, new Dutch office for Paskal located in Central Europe

The start of a new year this year also meant the start of a new chapter for Paskal Nederland BV for Central Europe. The innovative producer of (covered) horticulture or greenhouse solutions was slowly but surely outgrowing their office and wanted to settle in a more central location. They succeeded:…

Australian market update: 2021 plant life balance trend report

The 2021 Plant Life Balance Trend Report is here.  Following the success of the 2020 Trend Report which reached over 9 million plant buying Australians, the 2021 Plant Life Balance Trend Report has been developed in partnership with a panel of Australia’s leading nursery industry experts, academics, and interior…

HK: Lunar New Year flower markets to proceed, but with measures

Hong Kong’s traditional Lunar New Year flower markets will be open for the festive period but with crowd-control measures, officials have said in a U-turn over an earlier decision to ban the annual event amid the coronavirus pandemic. Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee announced the…

Substrates supplier launches $9M expansion

Expansion is the latest in growth that includes numerous acquisitions, state-of-the-art facilities and elevated sustainability standards. Profile® Products today announced the…

What is the effect of Covid-19 for consumers of flowers and plants?

At the start of the second wave of Covid-19 at the end of October/start of November 2020, research agency Motivaction working on behalf of the Flower Council of Holland, asked consumers in Germany, France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands about the effect of Covid-19 on their consumption of flowers…

Update on UK Gov guidance for nurseries

The British Association of Landscape Industries has received enquiries from members regarding whether all nurseries need to close during the third lockdown.  Government guidance…

Summary of Opening Session - How to thrive in 2021

TPIE 2021 Online is on

TPIE 2021 Online took off yesterday with an Opening Session by Max Luthy, the Director of Trends & Insights at TrendWatching. In this session, he discussed 4 trends; Brand care, contactless economy, virtual concierge and creative challenges; and showed how other industries are adapting to these trends. According to him,…

China: Tens of millions of flowers for Spring Festival are unsold in Foshan due to the epidemic

The reporter visited the Orchid Street of Guabu Village, Nanhai District, and found that this year's phalaenopsis blooms very beautifully. Not only are the colors colorful and the buds are full of branches, but the price is more favorable than in previous years. The cost and performance ratio is super…

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol posts dip in cargo traffic to/from Africa

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s outbound traffic to Africa was down 17.67 percent to 42,669 tonnes and inbound declined 21 percent to 76,057 tonnes. Flower imports from Africa…

January 18, 2021:

US (NH): Second Virtual Market series from Pleasant View Gardens to cover new industry trends

Continuing its focus on continual market education and engagement, Pleasant View Gardens (PVG) is excited to announce its second virtual Market Series event for growers, brokers, retailers, and gardeners alike.  “The response to the content we provided during our Virtual Open House Week last year, as well as…

Kenya Airways: horticultural exporters partner to boost exports

Kenya's horticultural exporters and Kenya Airways on Monday signed an agreement to boost the country's exports by leveraging on its extensive international network. The Fresh…

Netherlands: 2020 export cut flowers down 8%, plants up 2%

Dutch flower and plant exports close 2020 with a 4% deficit on an export value of almost 6 billion euros. This was announced by the VGB based on the export statistics of Floridata. The export value of cut flowers shrank by 8% to 3.5 billion euros. Plants did significantly better and set a new export…

Eurofins Agro strengthens cooperation with Vietnamese horticulture

Eurofins Agro has joined the Netherlands Vietnamese Horticulture Business Platform (NVHBP) as a ‘Gold Member’. Through this platform, Eurofins Agro provides knowledge and insight to growers in Vietnam. A number of Vietnamese growers has now gained experience, such as the Sapa Hitech lily nursery. Thanks…

Poland: Florists added to the financial support

On the 5th of January Polish Parliament extended the list of companies which can apply for financial support due to the pandemic. Therefore also floristry shops are covered in the financial shield. The applying company must record a sales decrease of at least 30% in the periods between April till…

Illinois florist worried the pandemic would close her south suburban startup. Delivering surprise bouquets helped it thrive.

When the COVID-19 pandemic really started to take hold in March and the first stay-at-home orders went into place, like many small business owners Tinley Park’s Lisa Wiencek felt blindsided.“At the beginning of COVID, I was like, ‘I want to chill out. I don’t know what I’m going to do,’” Wiencek said. “I…

Royal FloaHolland's Market update week 2, 2021

On the clock, more than 10% fewer units sold. Direct trade sligthly up.

Royal FloraHolland released another market update in which one can read more about the impact of the corona crisis on the Dutch and international floriculture market. See…

Consumer floriculture market to benefit from increasing adoption of the product during the pandemic

Consumer floriculture involves flower arranging, floral design, flower enhancement, gardening, potting, packaging, and product manufacturing. Consumer floriculture provides…

Ireland: ‘We are surviving,’ says florist as new Government measures bite

On Thursday morning, Marta O’Kelly was in her flower shop Floral Art in Knocklyon, Dublin, packing and cleaning up. In light of the latest Covid-19 restrictions, the florist has decided to operate out of just one of her three premises. Having opened six years ago, Ms O’Kelly said the past 10 months have…

Due to the growing demand of floral gifts during COVID-19

Hong Kong: Sales boom of preserved flowers expected on Valentine's Day

The coronavirus pandemic has taken a sharp toll on stores, and online buying has become a living habit of citizens. On the market change caused by the global pandemic, Give Gift Boutique, one of the leading online flower shops in Hong Kong, caught up with the sales boom, and increased sales by 20% last…

Turkey's flower sector eyes becoming production hub in post-pandemic era

Turkey's flower sector representatives said Monday that the industry eyes becoming a production and marketing hub in the post-pandemic era with expanding export figures.…

Kenya: New horticulture levy to fund fumigation facility

Funds from the recently established 0.25 percent horticulture export levy will be used to set up a fumigation and hot water plants for processing of mangoes as the country prepares to resume shipments to the US, Europe and other key markets. Kenya has not been exporting to these key destinations in the…

Arie van den Berg, Berg RoseS:

"2020 has been a challenging year to sell white roses"

"2020 has been a challenging year to sell white roses. For the reds, however, it probably was the best year ever," says Arie van den Berg of Berg RoseS, who grows roses in the Netherlands, Kenya and China. In the Netherlands, the year has been the most challenging as half of their 16ha greenhouse was…

Authorities cancel Lunar New Year fair

Hong Kong: Florists slammed "unrealistic alternatives”

Hong Kong’s florists yesterday stormed out of a meeting with authorities in protest of the “unrealistic alternatives” offered to them, after the cancellation of the annual Lunar New Year fairs. Florist Lee Wing-keung of flower shop Keung Kee Garden in Tai Po said authorities‘ “seek industry views”…

Dutch tulip growers’ call to British retailers:

"Let’s connect, with tulips"

This year, National Tulip Day on 16 January 2021 will not kick off with the usual international starting sign, the construction of a huge picking garden full of tulips in Amsterdam. On behalf of all Dutch growers, Arjan Smit, chairman of Tulip Promotion Netherlands, appeals to florists, supermarkets, web shops and tulip growers…

Germany: Satisfactory year 2020 at Veiling Rhein-Maas

Overall, Veiling Rhein-Maas can look back on a positive business year 2020 despite the challenging year for all partners of the marketplace. With product sales of 387 million euros, the auction recorded an increase of 11% compared to the previous year. In the context of the Corona pandemic, the digital…

Turkey exports USD 107 M worth of flowers in previous year

Over USD 107 million values of flowers were exported from Turkey to 83 countries in the previous year even with the Coronavirus pandemic. The figure of branches of flowers sold abroad amounted at 505 million in the past year, most of them carnations, stated the Ornamental Plants and Products Exporters…

US: 'Selling emotions' helps Seattle florist stay in business through pandemic

With hundreds of businesses closing, during the coronavirus pandemic, there's still optimism among many business owners. A survey by American Express, shows 81% of business…

US (PA): Florists, greenhouse operators adjust to pandemic realities

Cambria City Flowers owner Steven Biter said his shop, which is attached to his house, is operating at half capacity as a precaution against the coronavirus. Like other florists, he introduced no-contact delivery that will endure beyond the pandemic.  “We are trying to get through it,” he said. “But contactless…

UK: Sales of these low cost trees are surging in lockdown

UK garden centre are reporting a huge increase in sales of bare root plants, with one garden centre in Buckingham saying they're seeing a surge of interest in bare roots…

Slow Flowers Floral Insights & Industry Forecast for 2021

What are we watching for in 2021? The Slow Flowers Community’s experiences of 2020 definitely inform what is top of mind for 2021. Over the past several years, as we’ve devoted considerable time and resources to educate consumers and professionals alike; and thankfully, we are coming off a year when the…

US: Allsup - 2021 garden trends

Whether it is fielding gardening questions from the previous season, personal experiences, watching social media trends or reading the annual Garden Trends Report by the Garden Media Group (GMG),…

Nord Lommerse Flower Bulb Group to partner with investment company Smart Impact Investment

Flower bulb preparation and trading company Nord Lommerse Flower Bulb Group located in Hillegom has attracted Smart Impact Investment as a new partner at the end of last year. The independent investment company will support the company with knowledge, skills and funding to secure the next phase of growth…

Flower Council Holland reviews 2020

The past year has been exceptional for all of us. "For the Flower Council of Holland, 2020 was a year with a great deal of uncertainty and turmoil, but also opportunities," they say on their website when looking back at the year. "We managed to show that we were still able to launch successful campaigns…

Update on the state of the horticulture Industry

Kenya: "More earnings, but huge proportion of it went to the payment of air freights"

Horticulture is the third largest foreign exchange earner and has undergone a transformation over the last 50 years garnering around 150 billion annually and contributes significantly to the Kenyan economy. The industry provides employment opportunities to about 350,000 directly and supports over six…

Mr. Plant Geek

20 careers to consider if you are fascinated by plants

If you love plants, you’ll want to pursue a career that allows you to interact with them on a day-to-day basis. But looking at the high rate of urbanization and technological advancements, you may wonder whether you’d have a chance to build a successful career around your passion for plants or nature.…

Keukenhof looks back on 2020 with a sense of pride

According to many visitors, Keukenhof is a place to visit at least once in your lifetime. The flower exhibition is extremely proud of that. The park looks back on the extraordinary year of 2020 and looks ahead to 2021. Keukenhof was blooming beautifully for eight weeks, but the park was not open to the…

Kenya Flower Council:

"New Government Agricultural Produce Cess, the biggest threat to recovery of Kenya's flower sub-sector"

Hope for quick recovery of Kenya’s flower industry diminish as government arbitrarily increases agricultural produces cess on all horticulture exports from 1st January 2021. Kenya’s exporters of fresh produce are from 1st January 2021 paying at least four times the Agricultural Produce Cess. A letter…

British pound faces rough weather as lockdowns spoil post-Brexit party

There seems to be a bumpy ride ahead for the British pound as tighter lockdown measures are expected to offset Brexit deal optimism that propelled the currency above $1.37…

Flower Power Daily

German study says being around birds increases happiness

In honor of National Bird Day today, I thought I’d share a study that was just released on how being around birds will impact your happiness and quality of life. In fact, the German study said, that living and working near a bio-diverse population of birds is as important to our happiness levels as our…

Our best read articles of 2020

Although some of you might prefer to leave 2020 behind, we're looking back one last time. As COVID-19 had a significant impact on the industry, it may not come as a surprise that our top 10 is nearly completely filled with COVID-19 related articles. The figures clearly show that the industry has been desperately seeking for…

US: Online grocery delivery companies recruit extra staff to cope with spike in demand

FDA warns Amazon's Whole Foods Market for misbranding food productsThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Tuesday it has issued a warning letter to Amazon.com…

UK: 5 flower trends expected to surge in popularity in 2021

Online flower delivery service, Bloom, has unveiled the five flower trends tipped to be the most popular in 2021 — and sustainable bunches, subscriptions and pastel hues are top of the list. 'Receiving or giving flowers and making your home beautiful will continue to be important next year,' says Larry…

US: Predicting the new year's 2021 garden trends

In today's "Growing Together" column at www.duluthnewstribune.com, Don Kinzler lists expected popular gardening activities in the coming months.  "I’ve never been very trendy. I didn’t like bell-bottoms as a teen in the early '70s, and I thought the large macrame plant hangers suspended from ceilings in the…

FEPEX requests the inclusion of this sector in the Strategic Plan of the future CAP

Spanish flower and plant sector closed 2020 with exports worth 435 million Euro

In December, more restrictive measures against COVID-19 were introduced in many European countries, including two of the first destinations for Spanish flower and live plant exports: Germany and the Netherlands. These have closed all garden and DIY centers until at least mid-January, causing a new drop…

British Flower Association exlpains

UK in another lockdown, what does it mean for florists, garden centers?

The UK is in another national lockdown, as their Prime minister announced last night, on January 4th. What will this mean for the florists and garden centers in the country? In short, on the British Florist Association webpage it is announced that local outlets such as florists which have been ordered to…

Floral fireworks video went viral

It is 2021 and this means fireworks. However, this year videos of special fireworks went viral on WhatsApp, reports www.sapeople.com. The 'fireworks' in this video consists of flowers 'bursting' open. But more Happy New Year videos from growers have been shared online, like the farm video of Rosadex and…

Royal FloraHolland

FloraHolland's Market update of Wednesday 30 December 2020

In this article Royal FloraHolland gives more information about the market situation of the last week of 2021. Market information week 53On Monday 28 December, the number of…

CGTN

Dutch flower business adapting so post-Brexit trade can bloom

A flower business in the Netherlands with a flourishing trade in the UK is typical of the many companies having to plan and adapt for Brexit. Leenen Flowers exports its products around the world but has a special bond with the UK, where it has been trading for more than 30 years. The company is co-owned…

Kenya: Flower farms eye rosy 2021 after year of sale disruptions

Flower farms were banking on this year to grow cut-flower sales as well as expand to additional markets in Asia, Europe, Australia and North America before the Covid-19 pandemic struck in March. The emergence of the virus, however, changed this after countries imposed tough lockdown measures such as…

LytoFresh technology products accepted by US FDA

Lytone Enterprise, Inc., New Taipei City, Taiwan, has announced its products AnsiP-S and AnsiP-Sticker, formulated with 1-MCP technology, have recently been accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for food package use. It’s a milestone for Lytone as the company is dedicated to expanding…

Includes observations of the new trends in the sector identified by Fiera di Padova

Italy: Green City Report Survey is now online

The results of the third and final survey of the 2020 Flormart Green City Report are now online. This includes observations of the new trends in the sector that Fiera di Padova identified in June 2020 and then followed up with a second survey in September. The Green supply chain sector has reacted to the…

UK: HTA Chairman calls on industry to celebrate efforts of 2020, look toward 2021 from a position of preparedness

The Chairman of the Horticultural Trades Association has recognised the remarkable efforts of people in Britain’s horticultural industries and committed to getting straight…

Expoflores reviews 2019

"Despite this year’s tough circumstances, the COVID-19 outbreak has brought transformation and innovation"

In this article, Daniela Contreras, Communication Coordinator at Expoflores looks back at the year 2020. By: Daniela Contreras-Expoflores Despite this year’s tough circumstances, the COVID-19 outbreak has brought transformation and innovation. Expoflores has delivered an accurate and personalized service…

Up to now, known as the Floriculture Indicators’ System

Learn more about the Florverde Impact, Monitoring and Evaluation System

The Florverde Impact, Monitoring and Evaluation System wasimplemented as the Asocolflores´ Sustainability Indicators System for Colombian Floriculture since 1998, with the purpose of monitoring the performance of the farms in various aspects of high impact, and to demonstrate to internal and external…

Chuck Pavlich Terra Nova Nurseries reviews 2020

"The demand for new and novel products was enhanced by the new gardeners"

In this article, we look back on the year with Terra Nova Nurseries. How was the year, what were the trends, the most popular varieties and interesting novelties? Terra Nova's director of new product development Chuck Pavlich tells us all. Chuck Pavlich at Cultivate'19 holding begonia Silver Treasure…

Fleurizon's broad assortment may be the answer

Succulents: "More different types wanted, but those options are not always easy to find"

Succulents have been trending for nearly 15 years, and their popularity is showing no signs of slowing down. "The more popular they get the more different types are wanted and consumers can’t seem to get enough. However, for the grower, finding these different and unique options is not always easy",…

HTA react on garden centre closures and seasonal workers pilot scheme

Below, the reactions of the HTA to the garden center closures and the seasonal workers pilot scheme. HTA react to announcement by First Minister on garden centre…

"In 2020, SAF leveraged ‘resiliency’ and ‘innovative spirit’ of Industry"

The entire floral industry was forced to adapt this year and reimagine everyday operations in order to overcome unimaginable challenges. Each step of the way, the Society of American Florists worked to ensure its members had the resources and information they needed to be successful in the new COVID…

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Ukraine intends to join formation of European Green Deal policies

Ukraine has already decided to build a dialogue on the European Green Deal and to engage in the policies’ development. After all, the Green Deal has a cross-sectoral dimension, i.e. it concerns not only the environment and climate ambitions but also new conditions for access to the European market, a new…

Looking back at December 2020

The year is about to end

2020 is coming to an end. Below, we look back at the month of December. Again with a lot of positive, but also challenging happenings. See the overview below.   Gloeckner’s Joseph A. Simone to retire from distribution Fred C. Gloeckner & Co. transfers open orders to Ball Seed This month, owner, President and CEO of Fred C. Gloeckner & Company…

Produce Marketing Association hails passage of COVID-19 stimulus package

Late Sunday night, the U.S. House and Senate leadership reached agreement on a $908 billion COVID-19 stimulus package that will bring a desperately needed financial infusion…

UK: Garden centre closures 'disappointing and dispiriting' says retail chief

The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's announcement that garden centres and homeware retailers are being removed from the list of essential retailers has come under fire from retailers' representatives. It means garden centres and homeware stores will have to close from Boxing Day. Garden centres were…

Rebecca Barrett , New Covent Garden Market:

"Virus or vaccine, deal or no deal, we hope that UK and European governments can resolve the situation soon"

Besides the current mutated virus, the UK has more to deal with, namely the Brexit - these two factors are affecting and worrying the floral industry. This is explained by Rebecca Barrett of New Covent Garden Market. "Virus or vaccine, deal or no deal, we hope that UK and European governments can resolve…

Torben Ryg, Rosa Danica:

"A smooth and good schlumbergera season"

"The schlumbergera season was smooth and good, and that's positive," says Torben Ryg, Sales Manager at Rosa Danica. This Danish potted rose grower supplies European countries with 6,9,12 and 14 cm schlumbergeras (Christmas cactus) from October till Christmas. "Our aim is always to be sold out before…

Looking back at November, 2020

Christmas season around the corner

Christmas sales are in full swing and it is almost time to look back at the year. In this article we are looking back at what happened in the period October 16-31, 2020. In short, we see that the situation in China is almost back to normal and new greenhouses are being established. Also, Danziger's…

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UK: Retailers and manufacturers demand action after delays caused by pandemic and Brexit

Retailers and food and drinks companies have called for MPs to launch an urgent inquiry into disruption at British ports, with delays to goods deliveries possibly set to last for months. The delays mean consumers may have to pay higher Christmas prices and companies may be unable to build up stockpiles…

Looking back at October 16-31, 2020

Busy October

The second half of October 2020 has been a period in which a lot happens. Morel Diffusion continues in the hands of investment company Evolem, Greentech took place, the IPM Essen organization decided to cancel the show in 2021, Sian introduces summer flowers from new farm, Brandkamp celebrates 60 years in business, Vitro Plus…

Flowers from the farm

Kate Norris, Northumbrian Flowers

UK: "My flower farming year, and what a year"

In this article Kate Norris of Northumbrian Flowers is looking back at the strange and challenging 2020. She explains her experiences  month by month.  January 2020The New Year starts with 2 weddings. I enlist hubby to help create a hanging bauble canopy on New Years Day - it takes 2 hrs to set up and hang hundreds…

Congestions at the UK border

"We want to be home before Christmas"

Due to the contagious coronavirus mutation in the UK, Europe closed its borders with the UK. Other nations also announced or are considering to stop flights to this country, explains UK flower importer Simon Russel of Sunflora. 90 percent of their imported products comes from outside the EU, but…

Container shortages on the market, how does this happen?

A shortage of reefer containers is a big problem at the moment in the global trade. But how does this happen? The video below explains exactly what has happens since the…

CAN (BC): The floral industry is looking rosy after a gloomy 2020 helped sales blossom

As the world spiralled and we adapted to life in homes that have become offices and schools, the bouquet became a popular way to brighten up our lives The walls of Leis de Buds flower shop were decked with fir boughs and potted poinsettias as masked holiday shoppers in Vancouver drifted through,…

Woodlawn

HTA reacts to news of increased NI restrictions

Reacting to the announcement that Northern Ireland will introduce further restrictions lasting six weeks from Boxing Day, James Clark, Director of Policy and Communications at the HTA, said: “Although the developing situation with coronavirus is clearly something that demands action, we firmly believe…

Input needed for new career pathways project

A recent workshop on nursery industry career pathways has identified opportunities for industry to address gaps in certified training programs and provide industry with a…

a simulation game for Dutch floriculture Laurens Klerkx

Enhancing digital transformation towards virtual supply chains

Supply chains are increasingly being virtualized in response to globalization and emerging market challenges. Virtualization requires technical innovation using IoT…

Community members share insights about U.S.-grown roses

US: The Slow Flowers Rose Report

"In early November, the U.S. Trade Representative lifted long-standing 6.8% duties on imports of cut roses from Ecuador. While this is disheartening news, we believe the Slow Flowers community is well-positioned to surmount marketplace challenges such as unfair trade policy with creativity, product quality, product variety and…

Uganda: Flower firms call for expedited review of the minimum wage bill

In Uganda, workers’ wages remain a relevant on-going conversation given the country’s minimum wage standing at Shs6, 000. For over 30 years ago.  A florist in a flower garden at…

CAN: Councillor seeks proactive approach to greenhouse light pollution

Chatham-Kent council is taking the first step towards making sure the municipality is prepared for any possible glowing lights from greenhouses. Councillor Melissa Harrigan put forward a successful motion on Monday night requesting that staff bring back a report on the subject of greenhouse light…

Nursery industry communications program

AU: That’s a wrap on 2020

Another year has flown by and with lots happening on the levy front, it was a busy year for the ‘Nursery industry communications program’ (NY18001). 2020 has been unpredictable at best and the industry has faced several challenges presented in the form of climate variability, pest incursions and COVID-19 induced market…

By Trend scout Klaus Wagener

Top 10 floral trends for 2021

Trend scout Klaus Wagener: “In times of abundance, where almost everything was possible, the COVID 19 pandemic hit us and slowed down our usual life. Suddenly we had to accept restrictions and show consideration. This was not easy, and over time we realised that the meaning of life was often lost from view - we asked ourselves…

Looking back at October 1-15, 2020

There is more than COVID-19

COVID-19 is still a hot topic, but when looking back at the first half of October 2020, it is not the central topic. Much more happened, like PMA's virtual Fresh Summit and the opening of World’s largest off-season tulip show on Chongming Island. Below an overview.   Global sourcing company increases focus on new segments "We want to be…

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Saving orchids could help keep the peace in Colombia

Colombia has more species of orchid than anywhere else on earth and now Colombian scientist Tatiana Arias is hoping that cataloging and cultivating orchids can help improve the lives of rural and remote people. Colombia has over 4200 documented species of orchids, but the race is on to both preserve the…

NTBG

US (HI): For NTBG scientists, 2020 was a year of finding unknown plant populations

Even as the loss of biodiversity and natural habitats accelerates and is worsened by climate change, scientists at the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) on Kauai have located previously unknown populations of at least nine species of rare and endangered native Hawaiian plants. NTBG’s Science and…

Belgian nursery sees surge in baytree popularity

One of Europe's leading nurseries for Laurels and Bay Trees report a surge in sales during 2020. The increased demand for baytrees in all shapes and sizes is due mainly to the effects of Covid-19. Improving home environmentLaurica's Marian Maenhoudt elaborates further: “2020 was not quite as we expected due…

September 16-30, 2020

Industry looking ahead to 2021

The second half of September, people start to look ahead to 2021. The industry is already looking at Valentine's Day and even Spring orders are coming in. Also 2021 trends are being discussed. However, COVID-19 is still a hot topic and affecting the flower industry in some ways. In Ecuador for example, the vehicle restriction…

North Wales Garden World

HTA reaction to Wales tier 4 lockdown

"Action is required, but garden centres should be able to stay open"

Reacting to the First Minister of Wales’ announcement that Wales will move into a tier 4 lockdown from 24 December, James Clark, Director of Policy and Communications at the HTA, said: “Action is required to prevent any further increase in coronavirus cases in Wales, but we believe that garden centres…

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Kenya: Flower farmers want tax-relief measures extended

The Kenya Flower Council (KFC) wants the government to review its decision to end Covid-19 tax relief measures starting January. The flower farmers lobby group wants the measures extended to the end of next year expressing concern that the gains made in reviving  the sector could be eroded and lead to massive…

Effect less severe than lockdown March 2020

Results of lockdowns: Netherlands and Germany clearly visible at auction clock

The Netherlands and Germany tightened their lockdowns and according to Royal FloraHolland, the consequences can clearly be seen in the first two days of this week. However, to date, the effect has been less severe than during the first announcement of lockdown in March 2020, they report in their Market…

Central-and Northern-Arava Research and Development

Israel ships 10 million flowers to Europe

Preparations for the New Year events in Europe are in full swing and Israeli flower growers are dispatching 10 million flowers and ornamental branches to the Continent on special cargo flights to the flower exchanges in European and Scandinavian countries. This year’s shipments of 10 million items is a…

September 1-15, 2020

A September to remember

Also September is a month to remember for many companies. The weather has been challenging not only in Ethiopia and Kenya, but also nurseries in Loisiana facing challenges following a hurricane. Also good news the first half of September 2020; Desch Plantpak acquires IPP factories, Alexandra Farms adds 2ha of new varieties and…

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Germany: Garden centers close as country enters stricter lockdown

In Germany, agreement has been reached on a stricter lockdown. The new measures will enter into force on Wednesday 16 December 2020 and will last until 10 January 2021. Chancellor Merkel announced that nonessential shops will have to be closed, as will flower shops, garden centres and DIY shops. Shops…

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Bangladesh: Flower growers get ready for national events

Gadakhali and Panisara flower growers in Jashore’s Jhikargachha are ready with their produce as national events such as the Victory Day, 16 December, are now around the corner. On the occasion of the Victory Day, New Year (English), Mother Language Day, Valentine’s Day and Independence Day, they sell…

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UK: Flower growers say uncertainty over Brexit deal is 'biggest issue'

Flower and bulb growers say uncertainty around any Brexit deal is their "biggest issue" at the moment. UK and EU officials announced on Sunday that trade deal talks would continue as no agreement had been reached. PM Boris Johnson warned the sides remained "very far apart" in key areas, but "where…

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Uganda: Flower sales drop again after months of recovery

Flower sales have slumped again, two months after recovering from a sharp reduction in earnings resulting from Covid-19 disruptions.  The slump was more visible in the two months of September and October compared to the months after June when the lockdown was lifted.  Data from Bank of Uganda indicates that the…

Year Overview August

Back to work with gusto

We returned from our summer break in August, refreshed and ready to provide the industry with fresh news again. Growers, breeders and suppliers were also rearing to go, it seemed. And although the pandemic led to some events being postponed and markets affected, there was a lot of good news to share as well, fortunately. CAN (ON):…

US: AFE accepts applications for MS/Ph.D. scholarships

Calling all floral industry faculty, students, and department chairs: American Floral Endowment are now accepting applications for the Altman Family Scholarship and the Paul…

India: MP seeks revival of Floriculture Research Institute in East Godavari

Rajamahendravaram MP Margani Bharat on Friday appealed to Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) Director General Trilochan Mohapatra to revive the Floriculture…

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EU offers six-month no-deal 'lifeline' to hauliers on UK ECMT permits

Europe’s ‘no-deal’ contingency planning has extended a lifeline to anxious hauliers of a six-month delay on the need for driver permits, in exchange for UK reciprocity. The olive branch comes just a day after Europe allocated 1,600 European Conference of Ministers of Transport driver permits (ECMT) to…

Year Overview July

Turbulence in the market

July was a month of ups and downs. Various markets around the world drew up the balance of the first six months of 2020. In this overview, we take another look at how the situation was half a year ago in the Netherlands, Russia, South America, and others. Ethiopia also made headlines, where the murder of an activist led to…

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Kenya signs post-Brexit trade pact with UK to avoid disruption

Kenya signed an agreement with the U.K. to ensure continued preferential trade terms with its biggest European partner after Brexit, Trade Secretary Betty Maina said. Kenya, the biggest economy in the East African Community, broke ranks with other members in forging the bilateral deal because it is…

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UK: Gardening grows Christmas cheer in tough times

The positive relationship people built with gardening as they navigated lockdown continues to flourish as temperatures drop.    Almost three million new people took up gardening during 2020 and as their enthusiasm to continue with their new-found hobby shows no signs of slowing, garden centres are seeing this interest translate…

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Brexit – what happens next and are you ready for changes?

While Covid-19 had dominated the news, there is no getting away with the fact that the UK will leave the EU on December the 31st. While many MP’s have stressed that there will be a deal and some said it would have happened by now, it’s still not resolved. One thing is very clear and that there will be…

Buysman Kruiden prepares for Dutch Christmas rush

"Our turnover's soared; selling to retailers and garden centre puts us on the right side of things"

Buysman Kruiden in the Netherlands is getting ready for the Christmas bustle. "Because of COVID-19, everyone's having Christmas dinner at home. That's resulted in a substantial increase in turnover this year. Our supermarket clients are already predicting a 20% rise in sales over Christmas," says Piet…

Year Overview June 16-30

It's all about the breeders

The second half of June was all about the breeders. Takii & Muller Seeds signed a collaboration agreement, Dümmen Orange opened its new Breeding Technology Centre, we spoke to Selecta One about their SKYfamily petunias, and Syngenta Flowers took home the FleuroStar Award. It was also a good moment to look back on what the first…

Year Overview June 1-15

New varieties introduced on the eve of summer

With summer approaching, the pandemic still dominated headlines, but fortunately there were some rays of hope. The market in Shanghai showed signs of recovery, and the Sri Lankan coir industry was also going strong despite the coronavirus situation. Meanwhile in Kenya, the alarm was sounded over limited…

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UK: Nursery records 'remarkable' results despite pandemic

The group managing director of commercial nursery Johnsons of Whixley has hailed the hard work and resilience of his staff as the business recorded ‘remarkable’ sales figures despite the pandemic, extreme weather and continuing uncertainty around Brexit. Graham Richardson said everyone within the firm…

U.S. horticulture operations report $13.8 billion in sales

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the 2019 Census of Horticultural Specialties report, the only source of detailed production and sales data for floriculture, nursery, and specialty crops for the entire United States. The data show that…

Rwanda exported 189,817Kg of horticulture products last week

Rwanda last week fetched a total of US$455,490 from horticulture products shipped out of the country weighing 189,817Kg. The consignment included; fruits, vegetables and…

Australian growers arm themselves with new information on DIY green wall projects

Living in urban environments can make it challenging for Aussies to engage in traditional gardening projects. A new suite of resources is now available, exploring how green walls and other vertical gardens could be used by the community to increase greenspace in the urban environment. Led by the…

Doug Cole, D.S. Cole shares his point of view:

US: What's hot and happening in the market?

With 1,700 varieties of young plants in the assortment, New Hampshire grower Doug Cole, owner of D.S. Cole Growers gets a good idea of what is hot and happening in the market. Which varieties are trendy? what has been the major challenge over the last year? and how what are the expectations for 2021? In…

Year Overview May 16-31

More positive sounds starting to come from the industry

For many growers, and particularly those growing garden plants, demand is stronger then ever in May 2020. However, times are still challenging as the period in March and April left a large footprint. Sun Valley for example decided to discontinue growing at their Pleasant Valley division in Oxnard. Even…

Lynch Group

Australia's biggest flower company eyes ASX

Australia's biggest flower company could be headed to the ASX in early 2021, as rising sales through major supermarket chains Woolworths and Coles offset a difficult few months when large events and functions were hit hard by COVID-19. Lynch Group, which employs about 400 permanent staff in Australia and…

Neil Alcock, Seiont Nurseries:

UK grower has high hopes for business post-Brexit

"We are about 5% up on last year, which is quite amazing considering 75% of our workforce were off on Furlough for 6 weeks," says Neil Alcock Managing Director at Seiont Nurseries, when comparing the 2020 results with that of last year. As for many growers, it has been a challenging year for this…

Santa Catarina State in Brazil

Phenology of native plants with ornamental potential in Serra do Oratório

Santa Catarina State is endowed with a flora with great wealth and diversity. The impact that introduction and cultivation of exotic ornamental plants can have on biological…

Australia: Understand your levy with the 2020 Levy Payer Kit

The nursery industry ‘pot’ levy is what powers research & development and marketing activities for the industry. Working to directly benefit growers by boosting productivity,…


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