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China's Yunnan facilitates flower exports to Thailand

Southwest China's Yunnan Province, a main supplier of flowers, has launched a slew of favorable policies to facilitate flower exports to Thailand. To ensure the freshness of the flowers, customs in Mengla County, Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, have set up a green channel to facilitate customs…

How a rare Colombian flower is cultivated with Indigenous know-how

The Inírida flower, known as flor de Inírida, grows in a small area along the Colombian-Venezuelan border. An indigenous leader and botanist successfully worked together to domesticate this rare and little-known flower. Its conservation helps ensure the long-term protection of other species while…

Retailer puts money into setting up organic cut flower sector in France

A major French retailer is to invest in developing an organic cut flower sector in France. Supermarket chain Carrefour recently unveiled a plan to revitalise the rural economy…

Flower farm business set to grow with UKSE backing

A Rotherham entrepreneur has launched an eco-friendly flower farm business with support from UKSE. Liz Baxter was unable to carry out her usual work as an executive assistant due to the restrictions put in place during the Covid-19 crisis. She was inspired to launch Side Farm Flowers, which produces…

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New report benchmarks UK agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions

A baseline benchmark of UK arable and horticulture’s greenhouse gas emissions is now available following the launch of a new industry report. The work has been conducted by Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) and Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) to help sectors identify areas for…

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“Shipping turmoil accelerated shift to smart data loggers in cold chains”

The ongoing and costly global shipping crises impacting the cold chains of the fresh produce industry, from Europe to the US to China, as well as across South America, Africa, and Oceania, is predicted to continue for some time. “It also caused a rapid shift to the increased uptake of smart data loggers…

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Wedding rush during flower shortage puts pressure on florists

With nearly 2.5 million weddings happening in the US this year, florists are in high demand amid a flower shortage. Bouquets, boutonnieres, and flower girl baskets. Flowers can be considered one of the most essential items for a wedding. With this year having approximately 2.47 million weddings in the…

Kenya: Horticulture fruit and flower exports fall

Kenya's horticulture earnings dropped by Sh32 billion in the first half of the year on the back of reduced returns from flowers, vegetables, and fruits. The Horticulture…

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Mallik Ghat flower market: the biggest hub for flowers in Asia

One of the most eye-catching places in the city is Mallick Ghat which is widely considered to be Asia's biggest flower mandi (market). It was built by Ram Mohan Mallick in 1855 and is celebrating its 164th birthday this year. The city itself is more than three centuries old, and for the past 125 years,…

Sales steady, revenue falls for Mother’s Day flower shops in Pattaya

On August 12, Mother's Day was celebrated in Thailand. In Pattaya, jasmine still was the go-to gift, but flower shops said that while the number of sales held steady, the average sale price dropped due to inflation, Pattaya Mail reports.  At the Pho Thong flower shop in the Naklua Old Market, jasmine hit 1,500…

Floriculture department gardeners take out Tringa Rally in Jammu

To sensitize people about the Har Ghar Tiranga Campaign, the Department of Floriculture, Parks & Gardens Jammu today organized a Tiranga rally in Green Belt Park. More than 100 Gardeners participated in the rally, along with officials and officers of the Department. The rally was organized under the…

US (IL): Local farm reflects on this year's sunflower planting process

Sunflower season is coming to a close. Now, one local farm is reflecting on this year's planting process. L and A Family Farms in Paris, Illinois, used a different seed this year due to the shortage. Co-owner Brian Lau says it was more of a late-bloomer than the other variety but equally as beautiful. To…

Kenyan elections - still no winner declared

Elections cause delays at Port of Mombasa

The result of the Kenyan presidential election held on 9th August hangs in the balance. Yesterday's figures had the two candidates, William Ruto, current Vice President, and Roula Odinga from the opposition, in almost a dead heat. According to privately owned Citzien, on Thursday, the 11th of August,…

Petro takes office as Colombia’s president: Rural development stands a “second chance”

Last August 7th in the city center of the Colombian capital, the former M-19 guerrilla member and Mayor of Bogotá, Gustavo Petro, was inaugurated as the first leftist president in the history of the country at a ceremony as full of symbols and history as the Simón Bolívar plaza. Surrounded by nearly…

US: Western Growers praises Gov. Newsom's Bold Water Supply Strategy for California

In response to Gov. Gavin Newsom's Water Supply Strategy that was announced on August 11, Western Growers President & CEO Dave Puglia issued the following statement: “We…

NZ: Being a fair and ethical employer

The success and reputation of New Zealand’s horticulture industry is a direct result of its people. If our people thrive, so too does the sector. Unfortunately, reports this…

UK: Import changes

On 22 July 2022, a new GB-focused risk-based inspection regime has been introduced across England, Scotland and Wales. Additionally, a new flat-rate fee will apply across England and Wales for…

Consumers happy with colorful seasonal campaign

High appreciation for Trend Collection Spring/Summer 2022

In March, Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk and Thejoyofplants.co.uk launched the Trend Collection Spring/Summer 2022. While it still runs until the end of August, Flower Council Holland already asked market research agency Motivaction to research how consumers rate it. The main goal behind the Trend…

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A visit to Ravenshill Flower Farm in full bloom

A private Gloucestershire garden has become the base for a sustainable flower business. Words and pictures by Mandy Bradshaw. On reflection, the long, rough track leading to Ravenshill Flower Farm was an apt introduction to one of the area's newest cut flower growers. Far from a hi-tech enterprise, it's…

KF Bioplants:

"The Indian floriculture industry is going through a transition"

The Indian Floriculture industry is going through a transition since growers are experimenting with many new crops and varieties. Mr. Bo Schilder (Kapiteyn B.V. Holland) recently visited India to understand the potential of Calla Lily as a pot plant as well as a cut flower in the country. He visited KF…

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"How much should Hawaii discount electric rates for high-tech farmers?"

A law mandating discounts for electricity was intended to help a niche and energy-dependent sector in the agricultural industry pay its bills. But the rates Hawaiian Electric came up with to meet the new legal requirement are so minor that some farmers say they won’t bother even applying if the state…

Number of roses on the Dingdong increased by nearly 50% year-on-year

The popularity of niche roses on "Chinese Valentine's Day" has risen

With "Chinese Valentine's Day" approaching, another peak season for rose sales has arrived. Currently, rose sales on various platforms have entered the final sprint stage. Dingdong revealed that since the overall supply of flowers in the production area is more abundant than last year, the price of…

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Yunnan makes China rose industry bloom

Horticulturalists working on developing proprietary varieties of the China rose, or Rosa Chinensis in Latin, in Yunnan province have overcome technical bottlenecks with the help of independent research and development, allowing new variations of the native plant to blossom around the country. A worker…

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US (TX): Flower farm withered by extreme weather conditions, unable to supply flowers to nearby florists

Central Texas flower farm withered by extreme weather conditions, unable to supply flowers to nearby florists Flowers from Central Texas flower farms may be hard to find in florist shops or at farmers' markets this summer because of constant extreme heat, drought conditions, and water restrictions.…

India: Yara Growth invests $50M in ag-fintech company

Jai Kisan is a leading financial services provider to rural Indian farmers and retailers. The company focuses on enabling more transparent and attractive financing along the agriculture value chain with its buy-now, pay-later, and supply chain financing offerings. Founded by Arjun Ahluwalia and Adriel Maniego…

UK: Rainy June affects garden center sales

Wet weather throughout June (2022) affected sales in garden centers across the country, according to the latest Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report. Catering was the only category with positive sales at 5.83% up compared to the same month last year (2021). Iain Wylie GCA Chief…

Drought conditions today – the driest stretch since 800 a.d.

Drought conditions are now a reality for many growers and communities across North America as climate change continues to battle our familiar way of life. According to Drought.gov – the National Integrated Drought Information System – the week ending July 19, 2022, saw 45% of the United States experiencing…

Floriculture workshop held for farmers of Tangdhar

Aimed to promote floriculture in Tangdhar of Jammu and Kashmir's hilly Karnah valley, a collaboration with Sher-e-Kashmier University of Agricultural Sciences and Tech (SKUAST) under the aegis of Vigyan Prasar Department of Science and Technology, a stakeholders meet-cum-workshop was org at Youth Centre…

Flower prices in Dharmapuri go up two-fold

Flower prices across the district increased two-fold owing to the reduction in production caused by South West monsoon. Also, the increase in demand in Tamil month Aadi, where temples host festivals, has led to increased demand and price, said farmers. Traders across Dharmapuri said they are not able to keep…

Nigeria targets $600m on resumed export of Hibiscus flowers to Mexico

The Federal Government said on Thursday, the 4th of August, that Nigeria was targeting over $600m from its resumed export of Hibiscus flowers (Zoborodo) to Mexico. Mohammed Abubakar, minister of agriculture and rural development, while speaking at a presidential media briefing in Abuja, said 15…

A plant support system keeps plants looking their best

A plant support system is often an afterthought but typically provides the backbone necessary for keeping plants looking their best at retail. One of the most popular autumnal potted plants featured on front porches and in seasonal displays are Chrysanthemums (more commonly known as “mums”). When…

UK: Expert speakers at Horticultural Trade Association conference to share 2030 industry insights

A host of experts, including horticulture industry speakers and British explorer, journalist, and TV presenter Simon Reeves are set to share their insights on how the horticultural industry could look by 2030 at the Horticultural Trade Association’s (HTA) annual conference. Horticulture, the conference will…

UK PhD students advised to earn money by picking fruit

A memo, sent to graduate students on a University of East Anglia-based program sparks indignation among the research community. Graduate students struggling to survive the…

Potted plants lag somewhat behind

95 percent of the Dutch horticultural area uses biological pest control

In 2020, 95 percent of the greenhouse crops were biologically controlled with parasitic wasps or predatory mites. In 2016, this was 92 percent, and in 2012 78 percent. For…

More product group flowers on One Auction

After almost two years of One Auction with cut Anthuriums, it is time to add more product groups to the clock on which this product group is auctioned, so that we can make it a fully fledged and interesting clock for purchasers. At the same time, we are meeting the desire of many growers to auction their…

HTA says more ornamental growers are critical to achieving government biosecurity goals

The Horticultural Trade Association (HTA) is urging the Government to recognize the need to boost the number of ornamental growers if they are to achieve their ambitious…

Flower Council Holland

"From Grey to Green campaign strikes the right chord again"

In April, the Flower Council of Holland launched a new flight of the From Grey to Green campaign in the Netherlands and Germany. For two weeks, we promoted (outdoor) plants via social media and free campaign materials. In the Netherlands, the campaign was also supported by a radio commercial. Afterwards,…

As well as the Fruit and Vegetable Imports Requirement (FAVIR) database

New USDA database will replace three import manuals

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has developed a new database called “Agricultural Commodity Import Requirements”…

India: Nursery farmers in deep financial loss due to flood

Among all the people, who suffered from the floods, the worst suffering are nursery farmers in Rajamahendravaram. They received a big blow as saplings worth lakhs of rupees are virtually rotting in the stagnated water. Horticultural crops such as nurseries, flower gardens, vegetable gardens, green…

Used pallet demand is booming in the UK

The used wooden pallet industry is reporting a large surge in inquiries as the prices of raw materials and transport increase. According to the National Association of Pallet…

Bagala Bros Australia crowned flower grower of the year

Based family business Bagala Bros Australia has been crowned Flower Grower of the Year at the recent Sydney Markets' Fresh Awards. The flower growers, wholesalers, and importers grow their roses at Horsley Park and have been established for more than 40 years. They were previously finalists in the…

Succulent plant market continues to expand in popularity

According to a report by Verified Market Research, in 2019, the succulent plant market was valued at $3.18 billion in the U.S. and is projected to climb to a staggering $8.57 billion by the year 2027. Furthermore, 2020-2027 is expected at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 16.8%. While Millennials…

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Demand for sunflowers skyrockets with one of the best UK growing seasons on record

Van Gogh would have loved to hear the news demand for his beloved sunflowers is skyrocketing thanks to one of the best growing seasons in memory. The prolonged sunshine has helped create a vibrant crop, with demand for sunflower bouquets at Tesco already up by nearly 120 percent on the same time last…

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No bed of roses for Ecuador's flower industry

With the pandemic, the war on Ukraine, and more than two weeks of ruinous protests over soaring living costs, Ecuador's flower industry has recently had to surmount one obstacle after another. The country's fourth-largest income-generator in terms of sales, roses alone earned nearly a billion US dollars in…

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Highway blocked after flower farm worker killed

Transport along the Nairobi-Nakuru highway was temporarily halted after flower farm workers and motorcycle operators blocked it to protest over the rise in fatal accidents. The angry crowd barricaded the road using boulders after a flower farm worker from Panda Business park in Naivasha was hit and killed…

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Flower sellers bemoan the dismal state of the once iconic Cape Town flower market

Flower sellers have raised a list of grievances about the condition of Trafalgar Place housed at the Grand Central shopping center, owned by the City of Cape Town, that has affected their livelihoods. The market used to be popular, but business has died down, with vendors claiming that the area was “falling…

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Dutch innovation for sustainable floriculture in APEC 2022 Thailand

TISTR (Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research) will organize an “International Workshop on Development of Ornamental Plant and Flower Clusters" on 19 - 20 July 2022 (13.00-16.30 hrs. (GMT+7) in Hybrid (onsite & online). The workshop is a project under the APEC (Asia – Pacific…

US (IN): Local florists push through flower shortage amid event boom

Flowers can deliver messages like “I love you,” “get well,” “congratulations,” and more. Those occasions, plus weddings, parties, or other special occasions put on hold during the pandemic, are back. At the same time, a flower shortage is complicating those plans. Local flower shops and wholesalers are trying…

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UAE's dynamic e-commerce website for fresh Indian flowers

Arpan Flowers, an award-winning divine goods superstore, provides artisanal floral arrangements and fresh flower subscriptions all over Dubai. From single floral compositions to elaborate installations for private events, high-profile corporates, event concepts, and more, Arpan's commitment to…

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Get plant breeders’ rights for your new variety

Intellectual property rights over plant varieties in the UK are known as plant breeders’ rights (PBR). The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) awards rights to the UK.…

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Inflation impacts Nova Scotia's floral industry during wedding season

At Props Floral Design in Halifax's north end, co-owner Ashley MacNeill said they are "quite busy," with approximately 100 weddings booked this summer, which is more than normal. "There's a lot of weddings that had been postponed during the pandemic, so there's a little bit of a catchup, and then…

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Kunming Dounan flower market in China's Yunnan Province

People visit the Kunming Dounan Flower Market at night in southwest China's Yunnan Province on July 12, 2022. Standing as China's largest fresh cut flower market in terms of both trade volume and export value for 23 consecutive years, Dounan has become the largest fresh cut flower trading market in Asia.…

HFF Delegates head into the greenhouses to learn first hand from local growers

Delegates attending the Hydroponic Farmers' Federation (HFF) took part in farm tours on day two of the event, visiting a nursery that is powered by a biomass boiler and Chrysanthemum production facility. Haars Nursery supplies Australian retailers and growers with, quality flowering indoor and outdoor…

Agricultural specialists intercept 'first-in-port' pests at San Diego cargo crossing

Agricultural specialists with U.S. Customs and Border Protection intercepted two pests in recent months identified as “first-in-port” and “first-in-nation” at the Otay Mesa cargo crossing in San Diego, federal officials announced last week. Most recently, agricultural specialists discovered three species…

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Farmers distribute fresh flowers to public in Hosur

To curb the popular use of artificial flowers, floriculture farmers along with allied stakeholders came together and distributed fresh cut flowers to the public near the Hosur bus stand for two hours on Monday. Members of the Flower Council of India, floriculture farmers, Rise, and Shine Biotech, Pune (a…

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Florist slams 'deceitful way' online newcomer charges $80 for a rose

Canadian online flower business Bloomex has copped a spray from Interflora after Fair Go investigated how a customer paid nearly $84 to send a bouquet, only to end up with a single rose. The customer had thought they were paying a local Canterbury business to deliver a birthday bunch - instead, Bloomex…

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US (NY): Local food and flora in Hopkinton

Back in the summer of 1998, Stephanie Miller and her boyfriend Gary Pecore Junior started selling plants and vegetables from an improvised roadside stand in Hopkinton, the small community halfway between Potsdam and Malone. "My dad had a garage as a mechanic, and we sold from a picnic table. We sold out…

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New species of Begonia found in Gaoligong Mountains

Begonia is the sixth-largest genus of angiosperms. Yunnan has 117 species of Begonia among the 250 species from China. Among the currently known Begonias in China, only Begonia Yui has paired bracteoles below the ovary.  During the botanical surveys of the transboundary cooperation on biodiversity research and…

Gardening trends in 2022 that benefit the planet, wildlife, and lifestyles

Gardening trends continue to evolve post-pandemic, and there’s no arguing with gardening’s continued popularity given the statistics. It’s been estimated that the pandemic created 18.3 million new gardeners – of which over 80% have remained active, with 55% of American households fully engaging in the…

Study shows gardening can cultivate better mental health

Many longtime gardeners will tell you that the garden is their happy place. New research suggests that many people may indeed reap mental health benefits from working with plants — even if they’ve never gardened before. In a study published in the journal “PLOS ONE,” University of Florida scientists…

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Kyians invited to celebrate state’s growing flower industry

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky Horticulture Council (KHC) celebrates the third annual Kentucky Grown Cut Flower Month. "Flowers grown in Kentucky offer just a piece of what makes Kentucky beautiful," Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles said. "Bringing that beauty inside…

Patriotic-themed flower beds adorn Kyiv

During this time of war, people have seen and heard, via TV, radio, billboards, social media platforms, and other media, patriotic calls to volunteer, pleas for help, and a call to arms for Ukrainians to fight for their country.  There have even been hugely popular postage stamps, like the soldier on Snake…

"Decline of shipping fees stimulates trade, and market demand for temperature data loggers grows stronger"

The height of the fruit season has arrived in the northern hemisphere. The shipping costs declined in the last few months, stimulating trade. As a result, import and export…

Current market situation influences second quarter 2022 at Veiling Rhein-Maas

"Market situation for cut flowers in line with previous year's level, situation for potted plants remains tight"

Overall, Veiling Rhein-Maas achieved a product turnover of € 238 million in the first half of 2022, which is a slight decrease compared to the previous year. In addition to the shortage of skilled workers, the current market situation is also influenced by cost increases in various areas, for example, in…

“Waxflower Dawn Pearl will inject pure white joy to summer bouquets”

The choice of pure white filler flowers has now expanded with the release of Waxflower Dawn Pearl. “Our buyers love the pure white color and green center of Waxflower Dawn Pearl and its harvest availability relative to other waxes on the market,” says South African grower Hans Hettash of Arnelia Farms,…

Impack Corporation envisaging to increase rose flower imports from Ethiopia

Impack Corporation is envisaging increasing the volume of its rose flower imports from Ethiopia by five-fold, from its current annual imports of two million stems of rose flowers. Ethiopia’s Ambassador to Japan, Tefera Derbew has paid a field visit to Impack corporation’s rose flowers priming workshop…

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Gardens by the Bay holds showcase of new plant varieties in South-east Asia's first flower trial

Gardens by the Bay showcased 150 new plant cultivars on Thursday (June 30) in Southeast Asia's first flower trial aimed at diversifying plant sources and showcasing cultivars that can grow well in the tropical climate. Syngenta employees with their company's cultivar at the flower trial organized by…

Growers warn vegetable prices will rise even more after Sydney floods

The latest devastating NSW floods spell more bad news for the price of leafy vegetables. The state’s peak farming body warns of supply issues in Sydney as crops are flooded,…

Euro drops to lowest rate against US dollar since 2002

The euro has dropped to a 20-year low against the US dollar as investors pared bets on European Central Bank interest-rate hikes, given the growing risk of a recession in the…

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Bridal flower e-commerce rental business grows 90% in 2021

Something Borrowed Blooms takes the term reuse to a whole new level as brides find value in renting silk bridal flowers over fresh. The company is currently on track to grow 120% in 2022. Budget constraints due to inflation, supply chain shortages and rising fuel costs are prompting some brides to…

Ruud van der Vliet:

"Private equity can give Dutch (greenhouse) horticulture an extra boost"

Private equity and Dutch greenhouse horticulture are inextricably linked, Ruud van der Vliet stated earlier this year in an analysis for the trade journal, Primeur. Private investors are wholly or partially acquiring an increasing number of  (greenhouse) horticulture companies. In this article, published in…

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Kenya: Streamlining the labour market

To address numerous issues faced by the labor market in Kenya paying attention to the various recruitment agencies. The Chamber 2nd Vice President Ms. Fatma Elmaawy took lead in having a consultative meeting with the leaders from the Association of Skilled Migrant Agencies of Kenya (ASMAK) led by their…

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China: "Turning flowers into a daily household purchase like vegetables"

Fresh flowers are turning into an important product for e-commerce traders in fresh produce. Some e-commerce giants, including Dingdong, Hema Fresh, and Miss Fresh, all offer fresh flowers and potted plants at various prices. Yu Shui, Director for Product Development and spokesperson for fresh flower…

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ZimTrade makes women-led businessesn possible

“Removing the barriers that keep women and girls on the margins of economic, social, cultural and political life must be a top priority for us all – businesses, governments, the United Nations and civil society.” This call made in 2015 by former UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, is a reminder that…

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Ecuador: Protests end after agreement, long-term consequences for economy

Ecuador's government and the country's main Indigenous group have reached an agreement to end 18 days of often violent strikes that had virtually paralyzed the country and killed at least four people. The deal, which includes a decrease in fuel price and other concessions, was signed by government…

Australia: Grants to net more horticulture industries

A new round of grants to encourage growers to invest in crop netting is now open and has been extended to include a broader range of horticulture industries across Western Australia. A total of $2.6 million has been allocated to WA from the latest round of the Horticulture Netting Infrastructure Program…

Greenhouse plastic boom blights Vietnam’s vegetable and flower basket

Cam Ly landfill was the primary dumping ground for the city of Dalat until it was shut down in 2020. Located five kilometers from central Dalat in the Central Highlands region, the landfill was the final destination for most agricultural plastic used on the hilltop locale. But in August 2019, heavy rain…

Craig Scott, East Coast Wildflowers:

"Australian native flowers provide a true seasonality and florists love this variety, variability in supply”

Locally grown products are hot, also in Australia. “From very tall and structured banksias to the wide color range of waxflower and the soft delicate blooms of flannel flower, Australian native flowers provide a true seasonality and florists love this variety and variability in supply,” says Craig Scott…

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Designed glasshouse unfolds like a flower in just four minutes

Recently unveiled, the firm’s newest project is a 1,518-square-foot kinetic glasshouse that unfolds in four minutes. Sitting at the edge of the National Trust’s Woolbeding Gardens in west Essex, the structure features ten steel “sepals” made with a glass and aluminum facade, which, when opened, resemble…

Building a resilient agriculture industry after the Ukraine invasion

The Uman National University of Horticulture is one of our key collaborators in Ukraine. We have collaborated with them since 2016, and they use our mobile application Petiole Pro for plant phenotyping on a permanent basis, writes Maryna Kuzmenko, CEO of Petiole, on LinkedIn in a summary of an event that…

Dutch nursery reviving Old Masters' roses

The Dutch nursery Belle Epoque recently presented a collection of rare, forgotten garden roses at a museum event in Amsterdam. The Old Masters often painted these varieties in their still lifes. These rare varieties of climbing and shrub roses have a history and story. They are also only grown in…

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US to give temporary work visas to 150,000 migrants in Mexico

Mexico’s Interior Minister Adán Augusto López Hernández has stated that the United States will issue 150,000 temporary work visas to Mexicans and migrants currently in Mexico.…

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Supermarket shortages could worsen as Australian growers brace for rain

A major supplier to Coles has warned that the supply of fresh fruit and vegetables could see more problems in the coming months as unseasonal downpours spread across large…

The diversity, distribution and status of Phytoplasma diseases in China

Phytoplasmas are important prokaryotic pathogenic bacteria without cell walls, which were formerly known as mycoplasma-like organisms, and belong to the Mollicutes class, Candidatus Phytoplasma genus. They are widely distributed in plants and insects and can cause serious diseases in essential food…

Indonesia: The establishment of vegetative house for ornamental plants

Pandemic Covid-19 has caused new hobbies in the community. One of them is housewives in Sipungguk Village, Salo Sub-Regency, Kampar Regenci, and Riau. Their new hobby is ornamental gardening. However, the limited income and the price of ornamental plants are increasing, so they are reconsidering adding…

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Overcoming the barriers to technology adoption on African farms

Sub-Saharan Africa’s agricultural sector is widely recognized to have vast, under-utilized potential. Land and labor productivity are low compared to other regions and have barely increased over the last 20 years. Low productivity has created widespread rural poverty and food insecurity, so the potential…

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The best flower-patriotic composition was elected in Kyiv

The flower garden "Kyiv Madonna with child," which was created by landscapers of the Solomensky district, won the Kyiv competition.  From 8 to 21 June, the people voted and chose among 30 flower-patriotic compositions. About 42% of votes went to the composition "Kyiv Madonna with child."  Tatyana Bliznyak was present…

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Flower distributor plans to build facility in Port St. Lucie and create 210 jobs

Officials in Port St. Lucie said a real estate deal will bring a new business to the city and create about 210 jobs. According to a Tuesday news release, the city plans to sell nearly 5 acres of vacant property for about $1.2 million to a company that imports and distributes fresh-cut flowers. The Port St.…

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US (WA): After 48 years of brightening area gardens, Roozen’s Nursery has closed

Holland wasn’t big enough for the Roozen boys, so they left their tiny country in search of room to grow. For close to 50 years, Roozen’s Nursery, the business brothers Jos and Eric Roozen nurtured, helped beautify suburban yards until it closed recently.  “We started working for our father in the 1950s for…

Lauded for his merits to the horticulture sector

NL: Jan Willem de Vries appointed as Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau

Jan Willem de Vries was appointed Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau last Thursday, 23 June, for his great merit to the Greenhouse Horticulture sector. The distinction was presented to him by mayor Pieter van de Stad of the Lansingerland municipality during his farewell reception from Wageningen…

Chemical shortages hamper US growers

US farmers have cut back on using common weedkillers. Now they are on the lookout for substitutes to popular fungicides, and they are changing planting plans over persistent…

Sarawak setting up orchid garden with an eye on export market

Sarawak's Forest Department will develop an orchid garden to research the potential of local species for commercial cultivation. The state's Premier, Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg, said he was allocating RM5mil to the department for an initial funding of the garden. He said Borneo orchids were unique…

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Hungary: Tax burden doubles on seasonal agricultural works

The governmental decree on “taxes on extra profits” will substantially increase the employment tax on temporary work. This was reported by Telex.hu, based on an in-depth overview by the tax and accounting portal Konyvelescentrum.hu. Temporary work is based on simplified employment rules in the Hungarian…

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UK: Seasonal worker visa route RFI notice

Seasonal labor has always played a vital part in bringing home the horticulture harvests each year in the UK. From 2019 to 2021, the government ran a series of annual pilots of an immigration visa route that provided 6-month visas for seasonal horticultural workers. In December 2021, the government…

India: Potential of ornamental nursery in small land holding

As per the report of Assocham, only pot plants worth 2 to 3 crores are annually imported into Kashmir from other states, which indicates the scope and potential of landscape gardening in Kashmir. This draws attention to developing organized commercial units, which in turn will help in entrepreneurship…

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WFRS presents 'World Rose News'

Learn more about the international garden rose industry. World Federation of Rose Societies recently launched their World Rose News newsletter, there is a lot of information, like Rose Trials,…

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India: vertical gardens start coming up at main intersections in Prayagraj

Presently, the work of installing a vertical garden at Subash crossing of posh Civil Lines locality of Prayagarj is underway. Besides, these vertical gardens will be set up at MLN Medical College crossing and Balson crossing soon. Continuing with the task of beautifying Sangam city and minimizing air…

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Across China: Entrepreneurial youth turns quinoa flowers into blossoming business

Quinoa seeds originating from South America are often favored by fitness enthusiasts due to their low caloric content and high nutritional value. However, for Chen Junzhang, a young Chinese entrepreneur, the colorful quinoa flowers are more attractive than the seeds. Chen lives in Tianzhu Tibetan…

Floriade Expo 2022

Almere residents fear they will pay for Floriade disappointment

Some Almere residents say the failure of the city's Floriade Expo will be coming out of their own pockets after the expo overshot its budget and failed to attract the estimated number of visitors. Almere's executive board offered its resignation due to the financial setback, according to Omroep…

CONAIE

Update: Lasso cut fuel prices, protesters lift some blockades, but economy still largely halted

Protests in Ecuador are still ongoing, but talks between president Guillermo Lasso and the indigenous association CONAIE have started on Saturday.  Demonstrations started on June 13th led by CONAIE because of the rising costs of living, urging president Lasso to cut fuel and food prices, above all.  Five people have…

Flower Power Daily

Philadelphia Flower Show returns to indoor event

Philadelphia Horticultural Society just announced it will return to holding its Philadelphia Flower Show event indoors next March 4-12, 2023. Due to Covid-19 concerns, the Flower Show transitioned outdoors to South Philadelphia’s FDR Park for the past two years for June instead of March. For florists, June…

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Morocco's ONSSA strengthens plant import rules to prevent 'Xylella Fastidiosa' arrival

Casablanca - The Moroccan National Office for Sanitary Safety of Food Products (ONSSA) has declared a prohibition on the transport of plants by those visiting Morocco to protect the national plant stock from the "Xylella fastidiosa" bacteria. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the office said that any plant…

Measures needed to stop laborers leaving farm jobs to claim asylum in Cyprus

In Cyprus, all the services involved need to cooperate more effectively to tackle the phenomenon of seasonal farm workers quitting their jobs to claim asylum. Yiannakis…

Queensland: Drought preparedness, research, and pest control in $608 million budget

The Palaszczuk Government has delivered a $608 million investment in Queensland's agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries. Drought support and preparedness, research…

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India: Dulloo reviews plan for promotion of commercial floriculture across J&K

Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), Agriculture Production Department (APD), Atal Dulloo, today chaired a high-level meeting of the committee constituted to devise an Action Plan for the promotion of commercial floriculture across the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The meeting was attended by…

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Zimbabwe: 'Take advantage of demand for organic crops'

Zimbabwe should take advantage of the growing global demand for organic crops to boost the production of horticulture crops that are free from synthetic materials such as herbicides and enhance rural incomes, ZimTrade, the country's export promotion body, said. With consumers becoming more concerned…

Morocco bans imports of all plants due to Xylella fastidiosa

Morocco's National Food Safety Authority (ONSSA) has announced a ban on the import of all types of plants, such as saplings, ornamental plants, and seeds, into the country. Such an action was taken to prevent the aerobic bacterium Xylella fastidiosa from spreading. According to AZERTAC, all imported…

The EC wants to reduce the use of chemical pesticides in the EU by 50% by 2030

On Wednesday, the 22nd of June, the European Commission (EC) presented a proposal to force a 50% reduction in the use of chemical pesticides in the European Union by 2030,…

Chinese market embraces new hydrangea

"Simply irresistible!" That was the response to a beautiful new hydrangea Suntory Flowers introduced at the Beijing Florascape Co. Ltd. (BJFC) tradeshow last month, explains Munenori Inagaki, manager of Suntory's Asian business development team. The new variety, '无尽星河Wu Jin Xing He,' means eternal Milky…

Laurens Maartens (StoneX):

"When investing in a Kazakhstan greenhouse, also consider the most advantageous exchange rate"

Many Dutch horticultural suppliers are focused on the market in Kazakhstan. At the end of April, more than 80 companies attended a horticultural trade fair in Almaty. Prior to…

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Florists reveal the ways COVID-19 changed the wedding industry

Everyone, and every industry, has been struggling to understand how to navigate a world where COVID-19 has become the norm. While mask mandates and vaccine requirements have been dropped, many are still anticipating restrictions being put back in place if hospitalizations and deaths spike again. In 2022,…

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Colombia: Colviveros getting ready for ExpoPlantas

The Colombian Nursery Trade Association, with more than 650 members in 18 regions of the country, is getting ready to celebrate its 6th anniversary with the fourth edition of ExpoPlantas in October 2022. It all started with a coffee at the Colombian Ministry of Agriculture in August 2016. A month later,…

Anselmi Hakkarainen, Ansari’s manager:

"Finnish growers must switch from heating with peat to much pricier wood chips"

In Finland, floriculture is done on about 114 hectares. There are roughly 419 flower farms, with an average area of no more than 2,700m2. Production is rarely done year-round, and most sales focus on local supermarkets and florists. Anselmi Hakkarainen, manager of the potted plant nursery Ansari,…

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Two farmers bemoan challenges with exploring potentials of floriculture industry

Ghana lags behind the flower exporting business, falling behind nations like Kenya and South Africa. With little attention accorded to the floriculture industry in Ghana, the sector has for some time now been underdeveloped as numerous opportunities remain unexploited. Though labor-intensive, the sector…

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Floriculture industry receives timely boost with a donation

The small floriculture industry in Fiji has received a timely boost with a donation from the government and the Integrated Human Resource Development Programme. Besides that, a refurbished facility of a packing shed, working kitchen, restroom, and bathrooms were handed over to South Sea Orchids, which will…

At alarming rates across the globe

IRU’s annual driver shortage survey shows unfilled commercial driver positions continue to increase

Surveying more than 1,500 commercial road transport operators in 25 countries in the Americas, Asia, and Europe, IRU found that truck driver shortages increased in all regions in 2021 except Eurasia.  In Europe, they jumped by 42% from 2020 to 2021, with open, unfilled driver positions reaching 71,000 in Romania,…

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Defra unveils new route for 10,000 farm workers to come to UK

Defra has unveiled a new route for a further 10,000 farm workers to come to the UK following pressure from the industry and the UK Trade and Business Commission. The government confirmed that 8,000 fruit and vegetable pickers and 2,000 poultry workers will be given a new visa route for seasonal work. It…

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Meijer Garden Centers offer recycling services to customers

Meijer is encouraging all customers to bring their plastic flower pots and trays, regardless of where they were originally purchased, to any  Meijer Garden Center location to be recycled. According to Meijer, they began collecting plastic gardening containers in its Garden Centers in 2014 and have contributed…

CONAIE

Protests in Ecuador cost $2 million a day for the flower sector

On Monday, June 13, protests in Ecuador erupted against the policies of conservative President Guillermo Lasso. The demonstrations were announced by the CONAIE, the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador, calling on the government to freeze the rising gasoline costs, stop additional oil and…

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Growers bemoan challenges with exploring potentials of floriculture industry

Ghana lags behind the flower exporting business, falling behind nations like Kenya and South Africa. With little attention accorded to the floriculture industry in Ghana, the sector has been underdeveloped for some time as numerous opportunities remain unexploited. Though labor-intensive, the sector has…

Summer is bulb-harvest time

Spring 2022 has been super sunny, which resulted in the early blooming of daffodils, hyacinths, and tulips. Compared to last year, the fields bloomed about 10 days earlier. Also, after 2 years of Covid with almost no foreign tourists in the Dutch Flower bulb Region, 2022 turned out to be a great Spring, with people from all…

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Mother's Day floral sales continue a strong spending trend

It’s always great news when we see strong sales during a holiday, despite all the challenges. And Mother’s Day continues that streak of blossoming sales! In SAF’s most recent survey, 62 percent of respondents reported an increase in sales from 2021, and 50 percent reported an increase in the number of…

Research on ornamental native plants in Latin America has its book

The Institute of Floriculture, Institute National of Agricultural Technology of Argentine has provided training to Latin American researchers in the area of ornamental genetic resources through the delivery of 10 courses, carried out in conjunction with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)…

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IN: Focus now on ornamental plants, Dir Agri to officials

The Director Agriculture Kashmir, Chowdhary Mohammad Iqbal,  visited Model Lavender Centre (MLC) Nunnar on June 14. During the visit, the Director took a round of various blocks…

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Florist explains why wedding flowers are going up in price

It’s wedding season, and some couples are finally getting married after the coronavirus pandemic interrupted their plans. Flowers are an important part of any wedding, and…

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Polish retail chains represent an opportunity for Dutch companies

For several years, Poland has been increasing the import of cut flowers and pot plants from the Netherlands. Polish retail chains are standing behind this positive trend. Already several years ago, Polish retailers put first-cut flowers on their shelves and started to use their clients to buy flowers not…

Free Trade Agreement to be ratified by end of year; market prospects look bright

Ecuador: "China is our future market"

The Logiztik Alliance Group is an international logistics and freight forwarding company headquartered in Quito, Ecuador, with offices in the main entry points of Colombia, the USA, Netherlands, and China. "Our most important markets are the US, Europe, and China. We try to locate on the product side,…

Everde Growers

Jeff Pettit:

US (TX): "The cost increases have driven the industry to raise prices for products"

The market has been great for the green industry, but the good times won’t last forever. Jeff Pettit is the chief financial officer of Everde Growers. In his session “Don’t go bust on the boom,” he will provide business strategies to navigate these tricky times. How long do you expect the boom to continue?…


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