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"The White House should adopt a policy for American-grown flowers"

Senators think it’s time for President Joe Biden to wake up and smell the flowers — as long as they’re American-grown.  Tucked away in a draft fiscal 2022 spending bill is a red rose for the U.S. cut flower industry: report language that calls for “an American-grown policy for cut flowers and greens” in displays…

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Nigeria’s plant variety protection: in line with international IP norms

In May 2021, the Plant Variety Protection Act 2021 was signed into law in Nigeria, and on August 27, 2021, the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) reaffirmed Nigeria’s conformity with the 1991 Act of the UPOV Convention, allowing Nigeria to become a UPOV member. The…

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RABI launches Big Farming Survey results

One out of three UK farmers and growers experience depression

RABI’s Big Farming Survey results have revealed that, despite the farming community facing significant mental and physical health challenges, more than 50% remain optimistic about the future of their farm businesses.  The results, which are based on over 15,000 survey responses, were launched on 14 October…

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Ensuring the survival of Indian floriculture

“Over the last 3-4 years, there have been many challenges in Indian floriculture, making it more difficult for local companies to sustain their business. Therefore, it is important for us to provide a platform for flower promotion in the domestic market,” says Kishore Rajhans, Director at KF Bioplants.…

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For Seattle Pike PlaceMarket and its vendors, Covid was yet another test of survival

Like many vendors at Pike Place Market in Seattle, Scott Chang is not sure when the business will resume its pre-Covid normal. True, this summer brought welcome crowds of tourists and locals to the open-air Seattle landmark. Sales at See Lee Gardens, the flower business owned by Chang’s family, are…

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More weddings, fewer flowers, and skyrocketing prices.

More weddings, fewer flowers, and skyrocketing prices: that is how some Southwestern Ontario florists are describing the current state of the floral industry, a result of a global flower shortage spurred by the pandemic. "This year was worse than last year," said Jay Harrison, designer and co-owner of…

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Toronto florists are facing a major flower shortage with no end in sight

In 2020, the main concern for florists was a demand problem – with a raging pandemic and less money to go around, flower shops had to survive through a grueling business year. In 2021, the problem is rather the opposite. Facing a surge in demand with the country reopening and weddings quickly piling up,…

Exploring Asia's largest fresh cut flower trading market

It's a sea of flowers. Dale Fox takes a walk through Asia's largest fresh-cut flower trading market in Kunming to discover how China preserves its biodiversity.

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UK: "Addressing chronic seasonal labor shortage is not just a 2021 issue"

Agriculture’s reliance on the skill and power of the human hand is nothing new. The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) estimates that the horticulture sector alone needs 80,000 seasonal workers a year to plant, pick, grade and pack over nine million tonnes and 300 types of fruit, vegetable and flower crops in…

"Small adjustments to Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme would bring huge benefits to UK horticulture"

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has called for an extension to the Seasonal Workers Pilot Scheme (SWP) to include plant and tree growers to support the industry in…

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US labor shortage no longer a cut and dry problem

Labor shortages throughout the horticultural industry have been a continual problem to contend with over the last several years, and the global pandemic has exacerbated the issue not only in the field of horticulture but many others as well. There has been much speculation as to the root cause of the…

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Vietnamese youths’ new passion: houseplants

When Hanoi eased its lockdown, Nguyen Thu Anh did not go out to enjoy indoor dining like many of her friends did. Instead, she bought 10 potted plants. There are a dozen plants like pothos, fern, ivy, and shatavari in her 15-square-meter room. "My mother said my room is like the Amazon jungle," the…

HTA's reaction to EU proposals on Northern Ireland horticultural protocols

"There is much that requires further clarification"

James Barnes, Chairman of the Horticultural Trades Association, said: “It is encouraging to see that negotiation which could improve the situation for horticultural businesses…

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Pandemic creates more plant parents

They say once you open a bag of potato chips you cannot eat just one. The same may be true with houseplants. The pandemic has helped fuel a houseplant craze with more and more people becoming hardcore plant parents. “It went from me having maybe three plants to me having closer to 50 within three…

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“Surge in product consumption leads to surge in professional interest”

“There are several silver linings to the pandemic when it comes to our industry. Not only are new age groups interested in our products, the surge in product consumption has also led to more people being interested in pursuing a career in the industry,” says Bart Hayes, Sales Manager at Westhoff. Hayes…

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France: From low demands to worldwide attraction - the recent popularity of the ranunculus

“Because of many changing aspects, people are now finally appreciating the ranunculus,” says French breeder Bernard Bideau of Comptoir Paulinois. Bideau explains that recently, the demand for this flower has been high, which has not always been the case. The demand for some of the other flowers that the…

China: Yunnan flower industry is blooming (but not easily)

Yunnan is a globally recognized "plant kingdom" and "global garden". Together with Kenya, Colombia, and Ecuador, it is known as one of the world's most suitable areas for…

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New mobile procurement platform simplifies online ordering and inventory management

Institutional food operators often use traditional processes to procure products and take inventories; think pencils, paper, clipboards, and scurrying to a desktop computer to…

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Study analyzes top environmental job roles in UK’s horticulture

The UK government recently announced their plan to quadruple the number of ‘Green’ jobs by 2030. With the aim of steering those considering a job in this field, Bower Collective has conducted a study analyzing the topmost advertised ‘environmental’ job roles across 11 sectors. The ‘sustainable living’…

Flower Council of Holland's consumer research

"Generic promotion of flowers and plants leads to substantial boost in sales"

Prompted by the discussion regarding whether the levy for generic promotion should still be collected by Royal FloraHolland, the Flower Council of Holland has decided to carry out consumer research in order to demonstrate the effect of generic promotion. This research - carried out by independent…

Plans to build new Phalaenopsis and Anthurium greenhouses

"When the tulips of Holland meet the wine of Lanling, there is bound to be a story"

Recently, New Green has cooperated with Tencent Cloud and other international horticultural industry suppliers to improve the entire industry chain system and achieve a closed-loop from seedling to marketing. Their aim was to gradually form an industrial chain layout system with industrialized thinking,…

"Pandemial generation forces reassessment of the worldwide market”

Roses boom in both Western and Eastern hemispheres

Be it Russia or the US, there are not enough flowers, say producers and traders alike in both of these different, yet large and nonetheless closely related markets. However, to find one source providing you with detailed, up-to-date information on both of them at the same time, especially with regards to…

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"Adults surrounded by houseplants are more productive and happier"

According to studies, those who are surrounded by houseplants are more productive and happier. According to a survey of 2,000 adults, the ideal working environment includes a variety of plants (40 percent), bright colors (32 percent), and decorative stationery (27 percent). More than half say being…

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China: Inside the Dounan Flower Market

In 1998, Dounan Flower was established under the leadership of Mr. Wang Jiancun. In 1999, the Dounan Flower Market (3.73 hectares at the time) was put into operation, and the Chinese flower industry was born. Over the past 23 years, the entrepreneurial team's mission has been to serve growers and…

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Indoor gardening finds new fans

During the pandemic, Exotic Plants – Sacramento’s go-to indoor gardening store – saw a huge increase in interest in houseplants and succulents as more people discovered the pleasure of indoor gardening. Indeed, the pandemic is more of a 'Plantdemic'. “The Plantdemic was very interesting,” said owner Kifumi Keppler. “It was a…

"Should I switch to LED, and where do I start?"

The thought in the title often goes hand in hand with doubt and questions. This is only logical when you see how quickly things are developing in the LED field and the energy market, according to Arno Wartewig of Orance. Besides, the search for answers has not become any easier with the many players…

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Gerbera flower of the year to highlight Czech's grandparents day

This year's Grandparents' Day focused on the prevention of loneliness and connecting generations. In 2021, Grandparents' Day was celebrated on Friday, October 1, and the following day, October 2, belongs, in the Christian calendar, to guardian angels. The Dutch Ministry of Agriculture and the Embassy in…

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Canada second largest export market for Colombian flowers

A couple of years ago the UK was second in sales, Canada appeared fourth, ahead of Japan, now the largest market for this product next to the United States, with North Colombia the largest importer of flowers. And represents nearly 80% of the sales of national florists overseas. So far this year,…

NL: Keukenhof plants 75,000 flower bulbs for 2022 season

On October 7, Keukenhof gardeners planted the first flower bulbs in the park. Planting the first flower bulbs symbolizes the start of the 2022 season; a season where many visitors are expected to come to the park again. In March 2021, Keukenhof was ready to open the doors. However, due to the corona…

Key UK industry achievements during an unpredictable year

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), which took place virtually on Thursday (7/10), heard how the horticulture industry has continued to adjust and adapt to the long-term impact of the pandemic and the effect of Brexit.  The huge changes in how people live, work,…

Hanging baskets for vertical vegetable growing?

Hanging baskets can be a great solution when growing gardens vertically. Not only are they are a space saver, but you could practically grow everything you could want in a salad. Or, just some of your favorite flowers might be the best choice. While any tomato plant can work in a hanging basket, cherry…

Bollywood actress invests in waste-flower recycling startup

Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt has invested in Phool.co, a start-up backed by IIT-Kanpur that converts floral waste into charcoal-free luxury incense products. Founded in 2017 by engineering graduate Ankit Agarwal, Phool.co has also received Fair for Life - Fairtrade and Ecocert Organic & Natural…

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India: Flower business blooms, traders look forward to next week

The flower business has begun to boom at the Gultekdi wholesale market in Pune, West India, with vendors reporting a 15-20% increase in trade and inflow over the past couple of days as devotees geared up to visit religious places which are allowed to open from Thursday. The surge in demand has also…

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Malda gears up for Bangladesh lotus export

Lotus flowers grown in Malda district are all set to be exported to Bangladesh at good prices, a move that has brought about cheer among the farmers. The flower is extensively cultivated this time of the year for the Durga Puja festival, while exporters have taken the initiative to send a “few of the…

Consumers positive about greenery around the workplace

Results from research conducted on plants in the (home) office

The benefit of plants in the workplace has already been scientifically proven. They improve the air quality and concentration, reduce noise, and have a calming effect on your mind's eyes. But do people working from home have the same experience? And do they have plants in their (home) office? In August…

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Colombia: “Even though this year’s sales are crazy, the hydrangea exports are down by 5% vs 2019”

“Before 2016, Colombian hydrangea exports were increasing year by year. This happened until 2018, when we saw just a small increase of 0.4% compared to 2017. And after that the hydrangea exports have been going down,” says Catalina Arango, Commercial Director at Flores del Este, a Colombian hydrangea…

Annual facility certification for the minimum sanitation protocols for offshore Geranium cutting production

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today that it will conduct annual certification visits in peak harvesting time to offshore facilities that…

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Dried blooms become latest decor trend

Traditionally, dried, browning flowers would be removed from a bouquet and tossed straight in the bin. But now interior design fans are paying a premium to display blooms that are technically past their prime at home. Dried flowers, also known as 'everlastings', have become a must-have with millennial…

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A flower shortage is causing florists to scramble while prices skyrocket

Every wedding poses challenges for a florist, but the questions Shannon Whelan was asking herself as she prepared for a couple’s big day last month were completely out of the ordinary. “Can I go and cut from the forest? Can I get out of town and cut white clematis from a marsh?” wondered Whelan, owner of…

Santa Cruz County flowers hit hard during pandemic

The 2020 Santa Cruz County crop report reveals the impact the pandemic had on some of the largest growers. In total, the production value of Santa Cruz County agriculture grew in 2020 by 1.7%, or more than $10,700,000. Strawberries remained the top crop of the county, with an estimated 2,137 planted…

UK grower committee calls for action on labor shortages and post-Brexit trade controls

The Seasonal Workers Pilot should be extended in the short term to the ornamental sector to help with seasonal labor recruitment. If not, the shortage of labor is likely to result in increased prices, trees being left in the ground, and plants not being processed. These were the findings from a recent…

Garden Media Group’s Garden Trends Report 2022

“From crisis to innovation”, what will the future of gardening look like?

“We have rarely talked about cut flowers, but this year you could not ignore the growth in that industry,” says Katie Dubow, President of Garden Media Group, about the newly released 2022 Garden Trends Report. During these uncertain years, much has changed for the green industry, which is why it is…

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US: Flowers in short supply cause prices to skyrocket

The consequences of the pandemic continue to linger over floral companies. With a high demand for flowers and a lack of supply, they were forced to raise prices. “The labor shortages and the transportation, those are the two things that have spiked prices up 40 plus percent in some areas,” said Travis…

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How Brexit is driving up the cost of gardening

With HGV drivers in low capacity, the UK has faced empty shelves, empty fuel tanks, and a struggling energy market since the nation’s departure from the European Union. As the pandemic begins to recede, many believe the true effects of Brexit are beginning to show as supplies dwindle and prices rise -…

West Sussex Growers Association calls for 70k EU workers and a £20k wage threshold

West Susses Growers Association is calling for 70,000 seasonal workers, inclusive of ornamental plant growers, and the minimum salary to allow workers into the UK to be reduced from £25,600 to £20,000. WSGA’s John Hall said: “Most WSGA horticultural businesses have invested heavily in automated systems…

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Piloting a California nursery through COVID, drought, and wildfires

Haydi Danielson ’84, a graduate of Yale SOM and the Yale School of the Environment, is the co-owner of Boething Treeland Farms, a commercial nursery in California that her parents started in 1952. She discussed leading a family business through the COVID-19 pandemic and the drought and wildfires…

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Impacts of COVID-19 on the green industry

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many horticultural businesses to alter the way they operate. This includes but may not be limited to changing hours of operation, working with limited staff, and restricting customer access indoors. This could result in several challenges for businesses. This study…

"Our first year running a small-scale flower farm in a remote rural location"

Jade Hall of Bracken and Bloom takes us through some of the challenges she has faced in her first year running a small-scale flower farm in a remote rural location. My flower farm, Bracken & Bloom (Bracken is rife and so has become our namesake!), is about to complete its first season. We are situated on…

European Council adopts €5 billion Brexit adjustment reserve

The Council today gave its final approval to a fund designed to help member states tackle the negative impact of Brexit. The fund of five billion euros (in 2018 prices) will…

“There is an urgent need to secure a workforce to harvest our daffodils next year"

Daffodil growers were forced to let nearly 300 million flowers rot in the ground this year due to a lack of pickers caused by Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic. Farmers are warning that if the government does not solve the critical labor shortage before next year's harvest, many will stop growing one…

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IN: Rain flattens flower fields just before busy Puja season

Around 2,340 hectares of flowers cultivated in East and West Midnapore districts were reportedly destroyed amid heavy showers triggered by low pressures in the Bay of Bengal since last week. The twin Midnapores are Bengal's chief districts for flower cultivation and export, producing varieties of…

"Plants will be prescribed as a form of mental health treatment"

The president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists believes that houseplants, exercise, and gardening should all be prescribed as mental health treatments. Dr. Adrian James believes that, in addition to therapy and medication, doctors will soon turn to “social prescribing,” and that some have already…

“Until the technology matures, greenhouses are not within reach of Indian farmer"

Horticulture is on the rise in India. So is greenhouse farming. Cut flowers have been grown under polyhouses since the 1990s, but greenhouse vegetable production has been on the rise recently. "The demand for locally grown crops is increasing enormously. The Indian population is growing, the average…

UK probes visa change to ease trucker shortages

The British government is expected to ease visa rules for truck drivers. It is an attempt to fix supply-chain problems that have triggered long lines at gas stations. Last…

Uganda: Goverment and EU Partner to improve Ugandan exports

The government of Uganda has resolved to introduce a program dubbed "farming for exports" through which farmers are to be sensitized on how to produce quality products that…

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“The Ecuadorian flower market is blooming, it’s even difficult to meet local demand”

"It is not just the foreign markets where the high demand is coming from, it has been difficult to meet the Ecuadorian demand as well," says Taisiya Kravchenko of Florisol & Co, an Ecuadorian flower farm. After local protests disrupted Ecuadorian floriculture in 2019 and 2020, being their toughest year…

US trucker shortage concerns industry experts

According to the American Transportation Associations, the US could be short 160,000 drivers by 2028. ATA said projections show the industry needs to hire a million new…

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Kenya: Flower farm workers to benefit from Sh60 million clean energy initiative

Nearly 4,500 workers from flower farms in Nakuru and Murang'a counties will benefit from a Sh60 million sustainable and clean energy project. Under the Kenya Rose Project that is run by Fair Trade Africa, workers from four flower farms – Aquila, Sian, Penta and Simbi - will profit from cooking gas and…

"Gardening will flourish because youth finds it appealing"

According to Alan Titchmarsh, gardening will flourish because the youth find it appealing. Alan Titchmarsh has expressed his delight at the revelation that there are now more green-fingered young Britons than ever before, as they regard plant cultivation as “sexy.” The 72-year-old TV host is overjoyed…

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Europe flower buyers invest Sh60.9M in Kenyan farm workers

Flower buyers in Europe have donated cooking gas cylinders and solar panels worth €470,000 (Sh60.7 million) to farmers in Kenya. These are for use in their homes, a move aimed at promoting use of clean energy. It is under an initiative dubbed "Kenya Rose project", by Fair Trade Africa. Over 4,500 workers…

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Ida damage to growers estimated at $584 million

Hurricane Ida did at least $584 million in damage to the Louisiana agriculture industry, according to a new report from the LSU AgCenter. Timber damage makes up about half that amount, economist Kurt Guidry said. Another 35% is attributable to the loss of infrastructures such as fences, machinery,…

UK: Bishop backs campaign for more sustainable approach to flower-arranging

THE campaign for churches to take a more sustainable approach to flower-arranging and to stop using floral foam in displays has been backed by the Bishop of Dudley, the Rt Revd Martin Gorick. The Bishop, a self-confessed keen gardener, has used a website conversation with the Prince of Wales’s florist,…

Indian eCommerce platform launched for green flower gifts

Greenium is a platform that connects nurseries, farmers, plants lovers, traders, growers, and stakeholders. They can connect and interact with each other. It provides quality products directly from the manufacturers. The company provides healthy, eco-friendly plants, gardening kits, pots, and…

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CEA lighting controls: bridging the gap between research and commercial facilities

Horticultural lighting systems have gone through a rapid developmental process over the last 5 years. Advances in LED technology have allowed commercial manufacturers to more…

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"Fresh flowers? No, it is all about the 'brown bouquet' now"

There’s no shame these days in using flowers that are slightly drooping or on the way out rather than putting them on the compost. “There is something utterly beautiful as a stem begins to droop, softening into an almost velvet-like finish as it dries. A vase with a scattering of petals, confetti-like…

2022 horticulture sector trends announced

The Horticulture Sector Trends for 2022 have been announced. “We are delighted to share the latest trends for flowers, houseplants, and outdoor plants again this year. For 2022 we have developed four style trends that are relevant for the floriculture sector. Style trends may vary significantly, but they…

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US: Local florists work to meet demand despite flower shortage

Shortage is a word we’ve all become too familiar with, but a flower shortage is one many weren’t expecting, especially the owner of a local flower shop. Mattie Young owns Veronica Shoemaker Florist in Fort Myers. Young said in all her years of experience she would never have expected this. “Who would…

How to use email marketing to drive floral sales

Email marketing is a great way to connect with your customers and drive floral sales. While digital marketing is a term ubiquitous, most businesses focus on social media marketing and PPC. Email marketing often gets left out despite being one of the most effective means of spreading brand awareness and…

Certified American Grown launches platform to support American Grown Act

Certified American Grown (CAG), the voice of American cut flower and foliage farmers, is excited to launch a platform for flower fans around the country to sign up to support…

Jeff Karpman, Westerlay Orchids:

US (CA): “The longer the pandemic lasts, more plant buying habits will continue post-pandemic”

“The demand for florals continues to be high, and all varieties are exceeding our historical demand,” says Jeff Karpman, Director of Sales at Westerlay Orchids, a Californian orchid grower. According to Karpman, this demand is due to several COVID-related factors, from a strong housing market to the…

Protecting the health and safety of Michigan’s agriculture and floriculture industries

A healthy workforce that can complete the daily activities and tasks required for agriculture and floriculture businesses is critical to the success of these operations. With businesses relying on other businesses to fulfill supply chain components such as raising crops, producing plants, and growing…

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How Brexit is driving up the cost of UK gardening

Britain’s gardeners can expect higher prices and a reduced choice of plants in nurseries as a result of more post-Brexit bureaucracy imposed by the UK on imports from the EU, the industry has warned. Plant costs have already risen by 8-13 percent in 2021 due to a range of factors, including Brexit.…

IN: After purple revolution, farmers now reap benefits of marigold cultivation in Bhadarwah

After successful venturing into exotic lavender farming, which brought the purple revolution in Bhadarwah, now it is the turn of marigold which is rapidly changing the fortunes of about 500 families. With this, the farmers are not only flourishing but also making the Prime Minister's dream of doubling…

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New England Hydroponics bringing indoor gardening expertise to Sanford

A new gardening supercenter is expected to open at the Sanford Plaza later this month. New England Hydroponics, a Massachusetts-based company that has chosen Sanford for its first expansion into Maine, will occupy the same 13,500-square-foot space that had until 2016 been the home of the Save-A-Lot…

Mornings with Mayesh: Tyson Lee on floral wigs, sustainability, and more

The newest Mayesh Design Star, Tyson Lee of Mister Lee Designs, is Yvonne's very special guest in this podcast. They sat down to chat about his first tutorial video featuring…

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UK postpones the requirements for EU cut flowers certificate

The United Kingdom has again postponed the requirement for phytosanitary certificates for cut flowers from the EU. The so-called Border Operating Model (BOM) lays down how the British government introduces the new import rules in 3 stages. According to the BOM, certification of ‘high risk’ agricultural…

Photo report Horti China: Market for high-end greenhouse crops has great potential

Last week the 2021 Horti China exhibition took place. The show was combined with many events such as the large-scale Venlo Greenhouse Operation Seminar, the Kingpeng Interactive Greenhouse Salon, the Dutch Protected Greenhouse Technology Forum, and the 2021 Plant Factory Trial Production Technology…

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California’s sustainable farms offer lessons in climate resilience

"Farming without a net"

The bustle of birds and insect pollinators is the first thing you notice at Full Belly Farm in Guinda, about 100 miles northeast of San Francisco in the Capay Valley, where Judith Redmond and her partners started farming four decades ago. On this early morning in August, a hot, dry wind is blowing through the valley, fanning…

How Ecoplant grew to the biggest plant nursery in Russia selling over 8 million plants

When the Ecoplant plant nursery was created more than twenty years ago, its mission was to create a quick and convenient service for purchasing high-quality plants from home. However, the whole venture turned out even better than one could imagine: Ecoplant has become more than just a service that helps…

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…

Shannon Currey, Hoffman Nursery:

US (NC): “We are doubling propagation space, as grasses are rising in popularity”

“Our nursery has always tried to help people understand the value of grasses, and we see people are becoming much more interested in them,” says Shannon Currey, Marketing Director at Hoffman Nursery. At Hoffman Nursery in North Carolina, they have been growing ornamental and native grasses since 1986,…

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NZ: Thousands of daffodils to go on sale following charity's financial loss

It’s going to be a bloomin’ marvelous sight when 18,000 bright yellow daffodils fill a space in New Plymouth city on Friday. The thousands of blooms will go on sale at Huatoki Plaza in a one-off event to counter the financial loss of Cancer Society's Daffodil Day street appeal, which was canceled last…

UK: the RHS sustainability strategy report published

The RHS sustainability strategy: Within the decade, RHS aims to become net positive for nature and people, and to encourage and enable gardeners to do the same. The RHS (Royal…

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Texas growers lose millions following weather challenges

The Texas agriculture industry has been hit hard by the pandemic and the February freeze. Now, the recent summer storms haven't made their recovery easy. Southeast Texas farmers say they're constantly having to adapt to the changing climate and conditions, but 2021 has been one unlike any other. A…

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Kenya: Governor Paul Chepkwony now opposes move to sell flower farm

Alegal battle is looming in Kericho County over the sale of Lemotit flower farm by James Finlay Company to another private firm. According to Governor Paul Chepkwony, the management of James Finlay should have consulted his administration before the disposal of the business because of the land on which…

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Australian biosecurity officer intersepts disease host plants

"Every rose has its thorn"

Biosecurity officers at the Sydney Gateway Facility recently intercepted a mail parcel with two live rooted rose plants, which are known hosts of Australia’s top plant disease threat. Head of Biosecurity at the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Andrew Tongue, said importing plants carried a huge risk of…

UK: Response to the news that border checks for plants are delayed until 1 July 2022

Responding to the news that checks at the border for plants will now be delayed until 1 July 2022, the Horticultural Trades Association’s Director of Policy and…

NL: Horticultural newcomers on introductory tour this week

If you look at the vacancy page of any horticultural technology company, you will easily come across dozens of job vacancies. These mostly fast-growing companies deal with great difficulties to find enough good people. The result is that many new talents from outside the horticultural sector are now…

More absenteeism and 55+ year olds, fewer young people in greenhouse horticulture

The proportion of workers aged 55 and over continues to increase, also in greenhouse horticulture. This has been revealed by the fact sheets on safe, healthy and vital work in the agricultural and green sectors that Stigas has updated. In contrast to the increase in the number of people aged 55 and over…

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How L.A.’s flower district vendors are feeling the effects of climate change

Lilacs quietly tell the story of climate change. Since the 1950s, phenologists across the U.S. have used them as an “indicator plant” to track the start of spring because of their extreme sensitivity to temperatures. Their blooms elucidate the first warm day of the season as not just a feeling, but a…

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‘Buy American’ isn’t just for cars or washing machines: a proposed bill applies to flowers

When the U.S. government buys flowers, it makes sense they should buy flowers grown by Americans on American soil. That’s not just jingoism. It makes financial sense by supporting our local economy. And it makes environmental sense. But it is not what is happening. “Under the current system, the vast…

What is going on with the current rose shortage?

Where did all the roses go? In their recent livestream, John Elstgeest from Flower Circus discussed the topic with Michael Black from Jet Fresh Flowers / Growers, and Alejandro Henao from Naranjo Roses to find out. Are there any roses left?Black explains that part of the reason is the sudden increase in…

Rosy Hardy, Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants:

UK: “To maintain the new gardeners, we need to give them the proper information”

“Sometimes we have to be honest with a gardener and not sell a certain plant to them, as we know it will not survive under their conditions. It is important to give the new gardeners the proper information, so that they will succeed instead of giving up,” says Rosy Hardy, Co-Founder of Hardy’s Cottage…

UK market report suggests consumers begin planning for Christmas now

The Horticultural Trades Association’s latest Market Update suggests it is definitely not too early to start thinking about Christmas.  With 78.9% of the UK population now fully vaccinated, there will likely be a boost in holiday events and in-person shopping this year. Confidence to visit both garden centers…

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Breeding roses that are ready for climate change effects

“We are testing our roses in hot places, as we want to provide roses for the future, not just for tomorrow,” says Matthias Meilland of Meilland Roses. In addition, sustainability is an important aspect for the company. “We breed garden roses that are the perfect sustainable gift, we are launching…

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UK: garden center group sees sales soar despite spring Covid wipe-out

Sales surged 26 per cent at British Garden Centres in 2020, despite the first full year of trading as a much larger group being hampered by Covid - wiping out most of the key spring season. Turnover hit £61.8 million from £49 million for the Lincolnshire business, having taken on the significant Wyevale…

Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times

Tour the secret world of Seattle’s plant hunters

Would you pay $18,888 for a plant?

The houseplant wave went tidal with the pandemic, and Seattle plant moms and dads are riding that wave. They hunt, they swap, they flip rare plants for cash, which helps them buy — more plants. A celebrity hit Seattle stores recently, rippling through social media. It was Philodendron erubuscens ‘Pink…

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NZ: Grower’s thoughts on floriculture struggles

Locked-down flower growers in Auckland are having to turn their blooms to compost, and an Invercargill grower understands their pain. During last year’s Level 4 lockdown, Penny Campbell, of Otatara, did just that. It was her first year operating her small business, Blooming Heck, and unable to sell her…

Joan Mazat, Ball Ingenuity

US (IL): Shortening the supply chain for independent breeders

“It is difficult for independent breeders to reach an audience and the supply chain. Therefore, it is important for us to connect with independent breeders and bring their creations to life,” says Joan Mazat, Head of New Product Development at Ball Ingenuity. In this article, Mazat also shares the…

Brits are spending 28% more on gardening post-COVID

New data from UK card payment provider Dojo, has revealed what Brits are spending the most on following restrictions being fully lifted in June of this year.  Dojo analyzed their transaction data to find out how much was spent in each industry pre and post-lockdown, specifically comparing spending in February…

Hudson Valley's Tributary Farm says storms Henri and Ida caused 30 percent crop loss

US farms continue the struggle despite floodings and storm damage

A week after two tropical depressions dumped heavy rain and caused flash flooding in parts of the Hudson Valley, regional farmers they’re trying to remain optimistic about…

India: Agricultural department organizes training for Kargil women farmers

The Director Agriculture Kashmir, Chowdhary Mohammad Iqbal Wednesday inaugurated a training program for the progressive women farmers of Kargil district who are on an exposure visit to Kashmir Valley.At the inaugural function, the Director welcomed the group of 60 women farmers and appreciated their…

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South Africa's "First Lady of Flowers" passes away

South Africa's "First Lady" of flowers, Rosemary Ladlau, has died at her home in KwaZulu-Natal, a month before her 95th birthday. She leaves behind three daughters, six grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. Erica Platter, a well-known local author, has written a tribute to this remarkable lady…

Jose Azout, Alexandra Farms, on trying to keep up with demand

Colombia: Bad weather, scarcity of pesticides and fertilizers, lower production

“Last year we were down to 10% of our sales, and now everything is backwards,” says Jose Azout, owner of Alexandra Farms, Colombian cut garden rose farm. Azout explains how they have been trying to keep up with the sudden high demand, the success of their newly added spray roses, and what varieties to…

Business Daily Africa

Kenyan horticulture companies target Italian market at fair

Ten Kenyan horticulture companies are looking to gain a foothold in the Italian market through this year’s Macfrut Digital Trade Fair in Rimini, Italy. The three-day event, which will run from September 7 to 9, will see participants showcase their products as well as attend meetings with the world’s…

Photo by Glenn Lowson / National Post

CAN: The agricultural industry is desperate for workers of all sorts

There’s a global shortage of agricultural workers, from manual labor roles to science and engineering-focused agricultural tech work, and Canada is no different. Everything from agronomists, or experts in soil management and crop production, to veterinarians are needed in Canada and it’s a long-standing…

OHRG research

"UK’s horticulture and landscaping industry could be worth £42 billion in 2030 "

The independent ‘Growing a Green Economy: The importance of ornamental horticulture and landscaping to the UK’ report was commissioned by the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group (OHRG). It found the industry could be worth £13bn more than in 2019 and support an extra 100,000 jobs. The report…

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NZ: Flower farmers forced to bin harvest due to restrictions

Under Alert Level 4, New Zealand flower growers aren't able to sell or distribute their goods. This means months of work and beautiful flowers are going straight into the bin. And as Level 4 lockdown in Auckland continues to drag on, a group of flower growers wants change. On Saturday, Auckland-based…

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Uganda: Brightening farmers’ incomes with sunflowers

Santo Obita is a member of Akemkwene Farmers Group in Alyek village, Otaka Parish Agago District. He is one of the thousands of smallholder sunflower farmers in Uganda. For four years, he has been growing sunflowers on a commercial level after being frustrated by dwindling harvests from groundnuts,…

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Inside the world of Nigeria’s florist entrepreneurs

An interesting fact about flower arrangements whether indoor or outdoor is that they offer more than just making the place look beautiful, they are also good for our health. Studies have shown that certain indoor plants if kept in your study or by your workstation, can lead to an increase in…

Paul Grover / www.telegraph.co.uk

UK: Brexit red tape pushes up cost of house plants - including cacti

House plants such as aspidistra, yucca and cactus have become more expensive because of Brexit red tape, as garden centres warn new rules have made it more difficult to import stock. Photo credit: Paul Grover / www.telegraph.co.uk  Yucca, ficus, Kentia palms and cactus are among the most popular house plants…

British heavy goods driver says 40% pay rise shows industry's desperation

A survey by the Road Haulage Association (RHA) estimates there is a shortage of about 100,000 drivers. It is affecting all kinds of deliveries. An HGV driver says his 40% pay…

David Colegrave Foundation scholarship season opens

UK: "A massive help to my career development in the ornamental horticultural industry"

The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) scholarship season is open for student horticulturists. This year sees the launch of a new £1,000 scholarship, providing another fantastic opportunity for students who work, or were born in, the North West of England to study horticulture.  Eight scholarships are available…

SAF explains the new USDA grower aid rules

"New opportunity for growers to leverage the maximum amount of aid they could be eligible for"

Last week, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it is making changes to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) — and for growers, it’s a new opportunity to leverage the maximum amount of aid they could be eligible for, explains Katie Butler, Senior vice president of…

Maria Isabel Lopez, Josarflor:

Ecuador: “When some markets closed, other markets opened”

“A fast reaction to the market is important. Therefore, we kept our farms in production as normal, as a way to be prepared. And when some of our markets closed during the pandemic, others were increasing their demand, and we were able to provide,” explains Maria Isabel Lopez, Sales Director of Ecuadorian…

Taizhou Hailing

China: Building the largest flower industrial park in Central Jiangsu

Right now, fresh-cut flowers and potted flowers have become the "new hot picks" of more and more urban young people's families. Hailing District, Taizhou City, Jiangsu…

Flower exports Rwanda almost doubled

Agricultural exports and re-exports from Rwanda generated over $444.8 million (approx.Rwf447bn) in 2020-2021. Key attributes to the growth were some products that fetched high revenues such as flowers, pyrethrum and essential oils. Revenues of flower exports almost doubled from $4 million to $7.7…

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Poland: "Plants earn money in a pandemic"

The pandemic stopped the cut flower industry in its tracks as the number of handing out opportunities has decreased. The lockdown in homes, however, breathed wind in the sails of producers of potted plants. Poles began to arrange "urban jungles" in their apartments. As it turns out, the purchase of some…

Alexandra Farms on the color variety in garden roses

"Wedding palettes are trending brighter and more vibrant"

No doubt, the color that comes first to mind when you think about garden roses is probably a blush pink or peach or creamy white—the perfect choice for classic wedding design. But today, wedding palettes are trending brighter and more vibrant, and garden roses are coming into wider use for all kinds of…

Mayesh CEO Patrick Dahlson:

"Please bear with us as we do our best to fill your orders and navigate these uncharted waters."

With the fall wedding season right around the corner, Mayesh is still being faced with an unprecedented supply and demand imbalance in the industry. "You've already heard us talk about the importance of pre-booking, but now it is absolutely critical to get your orders in as early as possible, as they…

Guatemala government wants USDA to authorize dianthus importation

The Government of Guatemala has asked USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to authorize the importation of dianthus (Dianthus spp.) plants for planting…

Explaining the bulb shortage mystery

National Garden Bureau asked their members on their response to the question: Is there a bulb shortage? This is how they reacted:Longfield Gardens:"If you are planning to purchase tulips, daffodils, and other fall-planted bulbs, don’t wait too long or you may miss out.Demand for bulbs, plants, and other…

"Investors can see through a little volatility in the horticultural sector by now"

The number of mergers and takeovers in the greenhouse horticulture sector is set to rise sharply this year and in the coming years. The number of private equity parties entering the sector will also rise, although there are more options for growth. Including for growers, who in comparison with the high…

China: "We are preparing the largest flower trading place in western Yunnan"

Since last year, Kunming International Flower Auction Exchange Center Co., Ltd. has signed several cooperation agreements with the Yao'an County Government in Yunnan province.…

Belgium’s flower sector in full bloom after difficult year

Belgium’s floriculture sector is thriving after demand for ornamental flowers and plants has risen sharply, which is welcome news after the difficulties faced during the beginning of the coronavirus crisis. The production value of the ornamental plant and tree nursery sector in Belgium amounts to…

Prokop Havel, Czech Radio

Czech flowers and plants getting more expensive

Czechs have been forking out more money for nearly everything – and flowers are no exception. The price of garden plants and conifers has made gardening an expensive hobby and even a bouquet of flowers costs significantly more than it did before the pandemic.  The price of cut flowers is now making many people…

Chinese Valentine's Day: Yunnan's flower market is in strong demand

Picking flowers, filling in boxes... At the Kunming International Flower Auction Exchange Center, quality inspectors classify flowers. After grading, flowers of various colors…

Strong increase in German grower prices for flowers, plants and lettuce in June

Producer prices of agricultural products in Germany were 6.8% higher in June this year than in June 2020. The German Statistical Office (Destatis) further reports that prices fell by 0.7% compared to the previous month of May 2021. As in previous months, the high price increase of plant products in June…


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