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Mornings with Mayesh: Dutch still life flowers & wedding flowers

This episode of Mayesh featuring Gilberto Espinoza, of Dogwood & Fir, really covers a wide range of topics - everything from design principles to taxidermy and beyond! Mayesh chast about pin frogs, flower food, design details, and using triangles when designing using his Dutch still-life arrangement…

UK: Defra reminds plant importers to meet requirements

From 1 January 2021, the United Kingdom has operated a full, external border as a sovereign nation. New controls were placed on the movement of goods between the EU and UK,…

Russia: Local growers find it hard to compete against the import

Flower growers have suffered not only from the pandemic. Officially, the sphere has not been recognized as an affected one, even though during the first lockdown millions of cut flowers had to be disposed of. The growers are attacked by the foreign producers. Apart from exotic varieties, traditional…

Campaign popular in the United Kingdom

Enthusiastic response to UK Valentine’s Day campaign

Around Valentine’s Day, the consumer website Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk and its sister sites in France, Germany, and the Netherlands were packed with love-filled content around the theme of ‘We need more love’. We helped consumers to express their feelings with no fewer than eight different bouquet…

Post-harvest management in commercial flower crops

Floriculture has emerged as a viable diversification option in the agri-business. It is a rapidly expanding dynamic industry recording a growth rate of more than 15 percent…

Florists adapt orders to keep businesses thriving through pandemic

As spring is upon us, flowers seem to be blooming everywhere you look, but the actual florist business is still taking a major hit, with some saying it’s even worse now than the start of the pandemic. Myrtles Flowers & Gifts said the business is facing a three-tier shortage -- growers couldn’t get their…

Germany: Demand for Italian products at record high at Landgard

As the days get longer and warmer, the season flowering plants and Mediterranean herbs from Italy are really picking up speed. "From January, the sales of fresh Italian herbs already started at retail level and since the end of March, consumers have been able to buy flowering plants from Italian…

Partly Sunny Projects

How the pandemic has changed the houseplant industry—and why

When onetime personal plant shopper and aspiring "Martha Stewart of Succulents" Sonja Detrinidad opened her website, Partly Sunny Projects, in Southern California just weeks into the pandemic, she didn't have high hopes for it. Detrinidad figured people wouldn’t have the expendable income to spend on…

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Toronto: April showers and IPM opportunities

Unusually warm weather has hastened the flowering of many trees, shrubs, and bulbs. This also means that insects will become more active. If you want to make this even easier, you can get your free download of BugFinder. Cooley spruce gall and Eastern spruce gall adelgid overwintering females can be…

India education diary

IN: Deputy inspects newly developed floriculture poly houses in Panchayat Kawa

Udhampur: Deputy Commissioner, Udhampur, Indu Kanwal Chib, along with Block Development Council Chairman, Balwan Singh and DDC member Puran Chand this evening visited Panchayat Kawa and inspected two newly installed poly houses. Assistant Floriculture Officer, Arjun Singh Parihar apprised the DC that…

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Sector report ABN AMRO:

NL: "Online spending on flowers, garden centers increased substantially in 2020"

Despite all the restrictions, 2020 was a relatively good year for ornamental growers. According to the transaction data from ABN AMRO, published in their sector report, online spending on flowers and garden centers increased substantially in 2020. The popularity of flowers and plants is expected to…

Baiju Kantaria, Elgon Kenya explains

Why Kenya and UK must cultivate trade relations in the wake of COVID-19

For over a century, Kenya and the United Kingdom have enjoyed strong ties hinged on trust, enhanced cooperation, and mutual benefit across key sectors among them trade, tourism, security, health, and education. In this article, Baiju Kantaria, Director at Elgon Kenya, explains his view on trade relations…

Flower Council of Holland reveals results on the effects of Covid-19 on sales of flowers and plants

"Flowers and plants remain relevant"

At the end of February 2021, research agency Motivaction investigated the effects of Covid-19 on sales of flowers and plants for the second time on behalf of the Flower Council of Holland. The study again focused on consumers in Germany, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The conclusion was…

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Next is offering a mini garden centre with Homebase in stores from today

Next’s collaboration with Homebase will be available in stores from 12 April as non-essential shops across England open their doors to the public once again. The retailer will now feature a garden center section in some stores, as part of a new partnership with Homebase. Garden by Homebase at Next will…

"Ultimate Gray and Illuminating are the colours of the year 2021"

The experts at Pantone colour institute know all about colours. In the 60’s, Pantone created the Pantone Matching System, an innovative tool that organizes colour standards through a numbering system and chip format. Besides that, Pantone Colour of the Year has been a well-known guideline for multiple…

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Nkayi farmers grow potential to export horticultural produce

Zimbabwe's trade promotion and development agency, ZimTrade, says horticulture farmers in Nkayi have a huge potential to tap into the lucrative export market and contribute to the mainstream economy. The organization is working closely with the Agricultural Partnership Trust (APT) to assist farmers in…

Evan van Staalduinen, Bayview Flowers:

"Demand for green plants remained strong throughout the pandemic"

With the pandemic having forced people to remain indoors, consumers’ interest in interior design and healthy living has reportedly spiked. There to meet that demand is Bayview Flowers, a producer of ornamental flowers based in Jordan Station, Ontario and mainly servicing eastern Canada and the US. In…

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US: Powys couple's flower farm is flourishing

A flower farm near Builth Wells is flourishing after deciding to diversify a few years ago, but with the future of the original land in mind. Farmers and the growing need to diversify into more modern techniques to sustain their businesses is nothing new. In fact, it has become a case of adapt or die in…

UK: New study reveals gardening is the 4th most popular trade job for women in trade

A new study by GoCompare Van has found a growing increase in the number of females taking on 'trade jobs' in the UK - a space usually dominated by males. The study which analyzed the biggest trade jobs women are stepping into identified a rise in the number of women learning the trade younger. Results…

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Prince demanded $10,000 Flowers from Holland at concerts

Since this month is the fifth anniversary of the accidental overdose of “Purple Rain” singer Prince, flowerpowerdaily.com thought to share this image of a purple rose and carnation. There’s a reason – turns out that the singer was a big flower lover and once requested $10,000 – yes $10,000 – worth of…

UK: Online tropical plant retailer launches first store for ‘millennial gardeners’

An online store selling hundreds of exotic houseplants has opened its first retail space in response to a growing trend for indoor gardening across the UK.  Grow Tropicals will specialize in exotic and rare tropical plants and indoor gardening accessories. Its new 3,500 sq ft store and tropical hydroponics…

AU: Correcting misinformation about cut flower imports

  Fresh cut flowers and foliage have been imported into Australia on a commercial basis for almost 50 years. Imported cut flowers have the potential to carry biosecurity risks, so the Department of Agriculture,…

Kenya’s flower farms on steady rebound with demands rising strongly

Demand for Kenya flowers on the export order has recovered to 97 per cent, with a significant rise attributed to spending during the valentine’s day celebration, new data has…

US agency lifts ban on Kenya carnation imports

The United States has allowed the importation of previously banned carnation from Kenya without any restrictions in what local flower farmers say is a hugely welcome boost to the horticultural market. The US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) said it would…

UK: New rules allowing socialising in gardens deliver strong boost to garden centre sales

The Horticultural Trades Association’s (HTA) Market Update report for April shows that nationally garden center sales were up 97% in March compared with March 2020 when there were nine days fewer trading time due to the closure of garden centers during the first lockdown.   However, comparing this data to March…

US: Business blooms for California nurseries

Starting in 2020, physical distancing, quarantine, and social isolation have kept many at home. For some searching for ways to occupy their time, indoor gardening has helped…

Royal FloraHolland:

"Veiling Rhein-Maas delivers top performance in 2020"

The close collaboration between Veiling Rhein-Maas and Royal FloraHolland is producing positive results. Veiling Rhein-Maas had a very good year in 2020, in spite of corona. This was concluded by shareholders Royal FloraHolland and Landgard when they determined the annual accounts on 24 March 2021. The…

"Blom & blad"

New bouquet brand boosts sales at one of Sweden's largest food retailers

In January 2021, one of Sweden's largest food retailers, Dagab, introduced their own bouquet brand "Blom & blad" and they are very pleased with the turnout. "Easter 2021 has been a very good holiday, even better than 2020 and 2019," says Dagab's Henrik Astrom. The demand for flowers increased across the…

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US: Backyard orchid hobby blooms into business during pandemic

Spring has sprung and many people are starting to spruce up their yards with beautiful plants. You might not think to start your search for orchids in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, but one unique farm may change your mind. The St. Pete Orchid Farm is a small, family-owned urban farm full of…

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SA: Hassawi roses add fragrance and freshness to life

Embracing the fragrance and fresh energy for the entire day, 60-year-old Abdul-Azim Al-Mutlaq starts moving at dawn every day in the midst of 7,000 plants of the famous Hassawi roses at his farm in Al-Ahsa in the Eastern Province of Saudi-Arabia. This practice he has continued for more than three decades…

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Bloom of tulips pulls tourists back to Kashmir

When 1.5 million tulips bloomed in Asia’s largest tulip garden last year, there was no one to appreciate their beauty, and they withered as the world was busy fighting a pandemic. This year, the garden overlooking Kashmir’s iconic lake opened on March 25 — and visitors haven’t stopped coming ever since.…

Xander van der Zande, DanDutcH on the importance of exhibitions in Asia

"Gaining new clients is a challenge these days"

The horticultural industry is developing well in China. Over the last years, many large projects have been completed and even during the pandemic, the sector continues to develop. With established clients, more and more is being arranged and assisted online. However, gaining new clients is a challenge…

Importance of SEO in the floral industry

Search Engine Optimization, or SEO, is the process of increasing traffic to your website through search engine results. The higher you rank in search results of search engines such as Google, the higher the chance of people visiting your website. Most people think of SEO and jump to keywords. While…

Van den Berg Roses sells nursery in China

Dutch rose grower Van den Berg Roses has sold its Chinese nursery in Kunming, China, to the Australian flower company Lynch Group. This company, which includes several production and trading companies. It is largely owned by an investment company and took a minority stake in the flower farm two years…

A peek at Guatemalan nursery Sicusa

For more than 11 years, Dutch importer WBE has been working with Sicusa, a nursery that grows Leather leaf Fern and Aralia in Guatemala. That is why they are extra excited to share more information about this collaboration. CEO of Sicusa, Ricardo gave more information on the activities involved in…

Iberflora

The Iberflora Organizing Committee strengthened by incorporation of new representatives

The fair, which has a new president, Raul Ferrer, aspires to be able to celebrate its 50 anniversary with an in-person edition of the event The Iberflora Organizing Committee has incorporated seven new members, a decision in addition to the recent appointment of the new president, Ráúl Ferrer…

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York entrepreneur plants seeds for growth with five-figure tropical horticulture investment

A Yorkshire-based entrepreneur has expanded his portfolio by investing in an online tropical plant retailer. York-based Tom Maxwell - the managing partner and CEO of Land Rover modification business Twisted-USA LLC Group - has invested a five-figure sum in Leeds online horticultural business Grow…

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US: Rochester’s rare plant market is booming

Imagine a hard-to-find, intensely Instagrammable houseplant, and something like the monstera deliciosa albo variegata, with its iconic broad-split leaves streaked with white, might come to mind. Samantha Mills has one in a gold pot on the counter of her shop. “Her name is Betty,” Mills said, a tribute to…

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"The flower costs more than it did before the crisis"

Life is a party, but you have to hang the wreaths yourself. Or set the flowers aside. To get out of the aura, people are currently buying flowers and plants en masse, all over Europe. People are now more likely to send flowers to each other, because they cannot visit each other. “The sector’s…

‘I can’t get the smile off my face’: UK nurseries hope for boost

After three tough months in strict lockdown, businesses can finally see some light at the end of the tunnel as restrictions gradually begin to ease today. With the “stay at home” message being lifted, many traders are rolling up their sleeves to welcome more customers and get back to some relative…

Royal FloraHolland's international market developments report of 31 March

EU: Market developments international

"In the Netherlands, it was announced on March 8 that large shops can let more customers in. Instead of two customers per floor in all shops, the number of customers allowed…

HTA's statement on announcement Northern Ireland's garden centres can open 12 April

Responding to the announcement that garden centres in Northern Ireland can re-open from Monday 12  April, James Barnes, Chairman, Horticultural Trades Association said:  “While it…

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What Brexit changed for the flower market

The UK's new trading relationship with the European Union (EU) might only be a few months old. But some businesses are struggling to adjust to the new trading landscape outside of the customs union and single market. Firms across four different sectors share their stories of rising costs, extra paperwork…

Sudanese prime minister in Cairo to discuss Nile dam dispute

Yesterday, Sudan's prime minister Abdalla Hamdok was in talks with the Egyptian president in Cairo. Both nations seek to build a united front in the ongoing dispute over the…

Belarus: overview of imports and exports 2008 - 2019

The Belarus statistics office Belstat – also known as the National Statistical Committee of the Republic of Belarus – has provided insightful figures concerning the cut flower…

Andy Burton, Double H Nurseries, explains why

UK: "This year is still challenging, but for different reasons"

Easter is around the corner and for growers like Double H Nurseries in the UK this means that there is no time to rest as it is quickly succeeding UK Mother's Day this year. Fortunately, the sales for UK Mother's Day, their biggest peak of the year, was much better compared to last year - even in the…

"Growers are already securing their 2022 inputs"

CAN: Van Belle Nursery expands greenhouse space to meet rising demand

Spring sales are strong, orders are coming in early and brands are increasing in popularity. In a nutshell, these are the biggest differences this season compared to 2020, Kevin Cramer of Van Belle Nursery, a Canadian wholesale plant nursery that is shipping across North America, explains. To meet the…

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Country reports: essential information for growers and buyers

Which flowers and plants are popular and which less so? How is the coronavirus affecting flower sales? What influence is Brexit having on floriculture exports to the United Kingdom? Extremely useful information for growers and buyers. With our Country Reports, we can respond to the needs of the consumer.…

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"Family had to be a priority': Owner of Irish garden centre steps back because of husband's illness

The owner of Griffins Garden Centre issued a heartbreaking post on Facebook outlining her difficult decision to step away from the business. Margaret Griffin has vowed to honour her customers by temporarily reopening the business for two months when restrictions are lifted. This will give customers the…

43% of the consumers planning to spend money on flowers

US: National Retail Federation expects average Easter spending to be highest on record

The National Retail Federation (NRF) expects the average Easter spending to be the highest on record this year with consumers plan to spend an average of $179.70 per person. The survey, that was conducted among 8,111 consumers from March 1-8, reveals that 79% of the Americans plant celebrate Easter this…

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Georgia exports white flower bulbs to EU

Georgia has started exporting white flower bulbs to several countries of the EU and especially to Holland after the National Environment Agency issued a license to use white flower bulbs for a period of three years, announces the agency. According to the license, the quota of white flower bulbs will be…

Call for 2021 CEA Award Nominations

To recognize distinguished individuals and organizations in the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) industry, Artemis today launched the 2021 CEA Awards. Nominations will…

Kurt Weiss Greenhouses growing for a century

Pansies, azaleas and hydrangeas are some classic spring flowers keeping Long Island greenhouses busy this time of year. Kurt Weiss Greenhouses started growing flowers near the Triborough Bridge nearly 100 years ago, and would sell them to flower shops in New York City. Now on their fifth generation, they…

LaGrange nursery plans to shield plants from the cold this weekend

The cold front this weekend presents a problem for those who have already started their spring gardening, including area plant nurseries. Like many nurseries, Adaleigh’s Nursery is expecting many plants this weekend, and specifically Easter lilies for the upcoming holiday. Freezing temperatures could…

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Gardening’s growth fuelled by pandemic-driven need to connect with nature

As the days grow longer, the signs of the growing interest in gardening are everywhere in Metro Vancouver. Local garden stores such as GardenWorks are already trying to keep up with the early demand for seeds and the arrival of scores of first-time gardeners. So far, this spring looks to be even busier…

UK: Garden centres see big boost in furniture and BBQ sales in February

The garden centre association’s (GCA) recent barometer of trade (BoT) report for February has revealed furniture and barbecue sales at garden centers saw a 79.17% year to date increase during the month (2021). Although Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish centers were closed in February, as essential…

Indiana grown: dead headers greenhouse & more

Each and every Saturday WISH-TV highlights a local company together with our partners at Indiana Grown. This week’s guest, Marcus Baker, from Dead Headers Greenhouse & More,…

Suez Canal blockage adds more stain to supply chain

The large Ever Given container ship is ‘partially refloating,’ but still stuck sideways in the Suez Canal, a crucial waterway, creating a massive traffic jam. Also for the floriculture industry, it is has consequences as many products and materials are being imported out of Asia. It is causing delays and…

Florist loses out

NL: Average price on clock remains insanely high

Through to Wednesday, the number of units sold on the clock last week came in at 5.5% lower than week 12 in 2019* (cut flowers -4.6%; houseplants -21.0; garden plants -19.6%). For direct, the number of units sold last week was 8.6% higher compared to 2019. Pricing on the clock, as in recent weeks,…

2020 numbers

Best year ever for Dutch garden industry

In the unusual Corona year that was 2020, the garden industry saw its highest turnover ever. The annual turnover came to 1.95 billion euros, more than 19% higher than that of 2019 based on the Tuinmonitor of Tuinbranche Nederland, compiled by GfK. Favorable spring weather and travel restrictions were…

Dutch roses to Rome

Last year, no flowers went to Rome for Easter. Corona threw a spanner in the works, the flowers that were intended for this were distributed in healthcare in the Netherlands. For the same reasons as 2020, there will be no major gatherings again this year, but a truck with Avalanche roses will nevertheless leave for the Vatican…

Brexit hits supplies and Covid hikes demand

Gardens All is not rosy for UK gardens

Delphiniums, lupins and other hardy perennials are hard to come by. Roses, fruit trees and house plants are in short supply. As for garden furniture, and equipment, if you…

Hawai'i ag programs receive $430,600 grant

Hawai‘i has been awarded $430,600 to help strengthen the state’s specialty-crop industry through a federal block-grant program. The state Department of Agriculture approved 10…

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Skagit Valley's tulip growers endure, adjusting excpectations

As the COVID-19 pandemic ramped up locally a year ago, the family that owns RoozenGaarde and Washington Bulb Co. found itself with millions of flowers without buyers at the height of tulip season. Many flowers were donated, but many more were turned to compost. And the family had a serious discussion…

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US: Amid pandemic gardening, Oregon nurseries carry coveted roses brand

Many people developed a love of gardening during the pandemic, but the recent interest in beautifying backyards has become a bit of a thorn in the side for Oregon nurseries and plant wholesalers. They can’t keep up with the demand, especially for the very popular David Austin roses.  Cornell Farm in Southwest…

Clock-change signifies frustrating Spring for Northern Ireland’s cooped-up gardeners

Consumers in Northern Ireland are desperate to get back into garden centres, with a recent survey showing that 78 percent feel confident in visiting one. The Horticultural Trades Association survey showed that only people in Scotland have more confidence (79%) in the safety of the retail environment of a…

FloraHolland's international market developments report

EU: Overview of the lockdowns, possible effect on the floriculture sales outlets

"In the Netherlands, florists may continue physical sales outside their shops until the end of the lockdown and click & collect is also permitted at florists and garden centres. In Germany, the situation varies greatly from one state to another. In Italy, there are restrictions on florists established in…

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Vancouver Island garden centres preparing for busy season

Just 20 minutes after opening last Friday morning, Elk Lake Garden Centre in Saanich had several cars pulling up to the lot. It’s still early in the season but with COVID-19 protocols still in place, owner John Derrick wouldn’t be surprised if the nursery is soon as busy as it was last spring, when some…

Naaldwijk grower expresses his view on Floriday discussion

"Collaboration, especially now"

"Ornamental growers worldwide envy our Dutch trade system. What we have managed to achieve through great collaboration is astounding. We should be very proud of that and treat it with care. I find it quite disconcerting therefore that currently, we are drifting apart. We should not let that happen." This article has been…

Val'hor: "A victory for the entire industry"

France: Garden centers and florists stay open during country's partial lockdown

Florists and garden centers in France are allowed to stay open during the country's partial lock down. A victory for the entire industry, says Mikaël Mercier, President of…

Month of women in Armenia is most profitable for flower business

Flower shops in Armenia have entered the hot season: March 8th to April 7th the country celebrates women. Roses, tulips, freesias are produced locally, in their greenhouses. Roses are grown in the greenhouses all year round as they are in highest demand in the local market. The greenhouse associates…

Monstera Obliqua sold for £16,500 ($23,000 USD)

Study reveals most expensive houseplants sold in UK

Sales of houseplants have skyrocketed over the last year as it seems people wanted to bring a touch of nature to their homes and boost their mental health. But some people struggle to stop at just one or two plants, which inspired Homedit.com to find out more about the  plant spending habits and addictions.…

Chinese agriculture platform Pinduoduo unveils plans to become the world’s biggest grocer

Pinduoduo is one of the fastest-growing consumer internet companies in China, achieving close to 800 million active buyers in just six years. It is also the country’s biggest agriculture platform, handling some $42 billion of agriculture orders in 2020. It has now set sights on becoming the world’s…

UK: Growers welcome ‘no’ vote on AHDB potato levy

Campaigners against the compulsory Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) levy on potatoes have welcomed the conclusive ‘no’ vote against its continuation, with 66.4 percent of voters opposed to the continuation of the levy. Lincolnshire potato and vegetable grower John Bratley said, “This…

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US: Valentine's Day spending 2021

To say that Valentine’s Day 2021 was unusual would be a massive understatement. This year was a completely different scenario than 2020 when we weren’t yet dealing with all the upheaval that a pandemic would bring to our lives. However, despite the quarantine bubble, spending for Valentine’s Day had some…

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Kenya signs trade agreement with UK

Kenya has signed an agreement with the UK that will see Kenyan companies exporting horticultural goods to the UK markets, get duty free access. The Economic Partnership Agreement was signed today by Industrialization and Trade CS Betty Maina and UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy for Kenya Theo Clarke. It…

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Scotland's daffodil farmers set for second harvest disaster with Covid restrictions lifting too late

Last year, a group of 12 growers in the northeast had to watch at least 75 per cent of their crop worth up to about £1 million rot in fields as the pandemic hit right over the industry’s prime harvest time.Bunches of daffodils were chucked in their millions in what farmers have called “a harvest…

Research on online shopping reveals:

UK: "Houseplant shopping makes people 67% happier"

The ornamental industry knows that flowers and plants have a positive effect on someone's emotions and now it has once again been confirmed by a research conducted by Money.co.uk. Interested in online shopping, money.co.uk conducted an emotions test among 2,560 participants to discover which online…

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US: Garden centers prepare for another busy season after pandemic boom

While it’s still too early to put plants in the ground, Hanson’s Garden Village of Rhinelander is getting ready for what they expect to be another busy year. “We definitely feel the anxiety, I wanna say, or the interest and anxiety from the gardeners that are like, ‘Are we going to be able to get this?…

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Supermarket customer fuming after flower replacement “dug up and shoved in bowl”

A Waitrose customer has shared shocking images of his replacement Mother’s Day flowers that arrived looking like they had just been “dug up and shoved in a bowl.” Paul Ellison was horrified to see what the posh retailer had delivered to his mother after the original flowers he had ordered never arrived.…

Asocolflores and ANDI join forces to promote a circular economy for flower farms in Colombia

With the purpose of generating a significant contribution to the environment and complying with the sustainable development objectives of the flower industry, ANDI, the National Business Association of Colombia and Asocolflores, the Colombian Association of Flower Exporters signed a partnership agreement…

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Welsh garden centres reopen and non-essential sales start

Garden centres in Wales reopened yesterday while non-essential sales from supermarkets can also re-start. Welsh Government has published an updated Coronavirus Control Plan that has revealed part of a roadmap showing how it will gradually move Wales out of lockdown - although there is still no date for…

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Guelph community garden plots in high demand amid pandemic

With Guelph’s snow melted away, local gardeners are thinking about spring planting. But gardeners hoping to do that planting in a community garden plot may be out of luck if they haven’t already registered. “So many people are doing more gardening in the last year,” said Heather Lekx, farm manager at the…

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Houseplants a hot buy right now at Pikes Peak region garden centers

Although spring has “officially” sprung, it’s not quite the ideal weather to garden outdoors just yet in southern Colorado. This has many plant-lovers in the Pikes Peak region looking to local greenhouses and shops for spring greenery in the form of houseplants. Macie McCord, who co-owns McCord’s Garden…

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IN: Tulip Garden, with 1.5 million flowers, to open Thursday

Asia’s biggest Tulip Garden, located in Srinagar, is all set to open for visitors from Thursday this week as more than 1.5 million flowers are ready to bloom. The garden, located on the foothills of Zabarwan mountain and one of the main tourist attractions in Kashmir during spring season, has 1.5 million…

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UK: Fewer daffodil flowers to be harvested ‘due to lack of pickers’

Brexit has contributed to a shortage of flower pickers in the UK, a bulb grower has said. Ordinarily, Taylors Bulbs in Holbeach, Lincolnshire harvests around 2.5 million cut daffodil flowers per year. Kevin Haynes, horticulture manager, said he expects the firm to harvest around a third of that this year…

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Exploring specialty cut flowers for profit in Wyoming market

Specialty cut flower production is an opportunity to add valuable commodities for Wyoming growers, serve local economies, and diversify Wyoming’s economic base with…

New brand launched by Vitacress

"Best possible growing experience for both seasoned and novice gardeners"

Herb grower Vitacress has announced that it is unveiling a new herb brand in the horticulture sector this month. The Season range, which is grown in West Sussex within an indoor food grade environment, is available all year round. Offering an assortment of different herbs, the range includes 48 products…

Factsheet looking at January 2021:

UK: Import of cut flowers from Kenya and Colombia up, Netherlands down

Right after Brexit came into effect, on January 1, 2021, the cut flower trade flow changed. In January 2021, the UK imported less cut flowers from the Netherlands, compared to the January months in previous years. In British pounds, imports were down by 20% compared to January 2020. The import of cut…

NL: Keukenhof 2021 goes virtual

As of March 20, Keukenhof is virtually open. “Unfortunately, visitors are not yet allowed to visit the park themselves,” says director Bart Siemerink. “And because you cannot come to Keukenhof, we will bring Keukenhof to you”. The most beautiful spring park in the world only opens for 8 weeks each spring. It looks different every…

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CAN: Local greenhouses/garden centers looking forward to spring season

The spring season is on the horizon, and with it, comes the smell of flowers. Several greenhouses and garden centres around the community are gearing up for the change of season, while others have gotten a bit of a jump on things, already. Owner/operator with Northern Nurseries Garden Centre, Judy…

Perennial helps record number of people in horticulture in 2020

The charity Perennial helps people working in or retired from horticulture. Perennial can assist with financial support, benefits and debt advice, employment coaching, training, and career support, access to online mental health support, a legal helpline, and back-to-school support. As well as its range…

20.7 billion euro

German garden industry breaks turnover record

The German garden industry had a turnover of 20.7 billion euro in 2020. This is an increase of 9% compared to 2019. This was presented in the annual report of Industrie Verband Garten. source: IFH Retail Consultants  German garden centres and other specialist retailers achieved an additional 9.4% in sales.…

Big freeze in Texas and southern states disrupts cutting, young plant shipments

The period from week 8 till 10 is one of the busiest times of the year for young plant suppliers and growers. However, this year, several were and are still dealing with supply issues due to the cold water. The extreme cold weather in early February delayed many shipments via FedEX. Then came the big…

Early Ornamentals

Garden trends 2021-22 presented by Earley Ornamentals

Earley Ornamentals has put together five trends groups. Each group features a selection of bedding and perennial plants and colours from the Earley Ornamentals range to reflect the trend – there are many more in the extensive range to choose from. The first trend group is Cottage, which promotes a mix of…

Royal FloraHolland: Market review update

Royal FloraHolland keeps a close eye on developments surrounding the coronavirus in order to keep our (member) suppliers, buyers, employees and visitors to our locations safe…

Overview of the dynamic role of specialty cut flowers in the international cut flower market

The global cut flower industry has faced serious challenges over the years, but still remains an important sector of agriculture. Floriculture businesses seek new, innovative trends and niches to help increase product sales. Specialty cut flower (SCF) production has increased in the past 20 years in the…

Forestry England news briefing: Wykeham nursery to be closed

Following a detailed review of their operations, Forestry England propose closing Wykeham nursery in North Yorkshire to concentrate tree seedling production at their Delamere facilities in Cheshire. Closing the Wykeham site is proposed to take place in March 2022. This has been a difficult decision, but…

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Kenya: Flower farmers turn to solar for alternative energy source

Flower farms in Naivasha are taking up solar energy as their next source of power as the cost of electricity continues to rise. They say that the high tariffs coupled with rising fuel prices are pushing up  the cost of production and reducing profit margins. Naivasha based Shalimar flower farm joined the list…

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Growers warn AHDB Horticulture may charge another year's levy

Campaigners who called for an end to AHDB Horticulture's compulsory levy have reacted angrily to suggestions that growers could still be charged a levy for another year. There is industry speculation that the amount of parliamentary time required to amend the statutory instrument means that the legal…

Where do the garden plants go?

NL: Garden centers closed, but trade is booming

Garden centers and DIY stores are closed in the Netherlands and several other countries, but garden plants are still being sold well. For several weeks now, the Dutch auction reports record turnovers, great pricing and practically no withdrawal. Where do these plants go? We asked two insiders at Royal…

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CAN: Pandemic creates boom for garden centres

In a year when most social activities were curtailed by public health restrictions, there was nothing stopping gardeners, many first-timers and veteran green-thumbers, from pursuing their hobby in the safety of their own property. That meant business was booming at Nabuurs Gardens in Brudenell, despite…

Flower Council of Holland wants to entice consumers together with Royal FloraHolland

In addition to campaigns to inspire consumers with regard to flowers and plants such as ‘We Need More Flowers’, ‘Thanks Plants’ and ‘From Grey To Green’, the Flower Council of Holland (‘Bloemenbureau Holland’) also develops shopper activations. It does so together with trading parties and growers. Royal…

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US: Spring started in 2020 for local plant wholesalers

While residents are finally looking forward to spring and waiting for their lawns and trees to return from dormancy, winter was over before it even began for local greenhouses. Hesston Plant Company, owned by Joel Hicks, and Giesel Greenhouse, owned by Shawn Giesel, have been cultivating plants since…

Spring has arrived at Chenier’s Greenhouse

It’s looking like spring at Chenier’s Greenhouse in Gladstone. Co-owner Nick Chenier began planting spring flowers about three weeks ago. They will be in full bloom and ready for your garden when the Greenhouse opens for retail on April 30th. If you’re new to planting and don’t know what to look for,…

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UK: Garden centre boom to lift the gloom as we count down the days to outside visits

Garden centres and nurseries across Sevenoaks are reporting a surge in sales in the run-up to the return of outdoor socialising. Plant growers say they are struggling to meet demand with stay at home workers looking to their gardens for respite from lockdown. Many are also gearing up and buying outdoor…

‘Perfect timing’: Garden centre joy as Scottish facilities to reopen within weeks

A north-east horticulture boss says the date picked for Scottish garden centres to reopen is “perfect”. The premises, along with hairdressers and click-and-collect non-essential retail, will be able to welcome customers once more from April 5. It had been feared restrictions on trading would last much…

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Garden centres in Wales get ready to welcome back customers

Life is always stirring below the soil in March, and thankfully it is also stirring above it this year. 'Stay at home' has become 'stay local' and garden centres can open to the public from Monday, March 22. The anticipation is building. Online sales have been a saviour for some garden centres during the…

UK: Wedding Taskforce furious at government inconsistencies

In a statement just released, the Wedding Taskforce are meeting with Minister Scully on Wednesday 17th March to discuss the published article 24th February of the Step 2 Road…

Ethiopia: growing demand for horticulture investment impeded by unavailability of land

The Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) called on the government to avail land and ease its bureaucratic hurdles to help local and international…

HTA reacts to announcements garden center reopenings in Scotland and cllick and collect in NI

In reaction to Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement that Scottish garden centres can reopen from 5 April, James Barnes, Chairman of the Horticultural Trades Association, said:  “This…

Cor Middelkoop, Royal FloraHolland on the pot-orchid development

NL: "Orchid production down, prices and popularity of orchids with 3 flower spikes up"

Pot orchids are still very popular in the Netherlands and in Europe, especially the phalaenopsis. That's why the turnover at the Royal FloraHolland auction is so high. In 2020, the total turnover of pot- orchids was 445 million euro (120 million pieces), of which 400 million euro (119 pieces) was…

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Wales: garden centres ready to spring into action as lockdown lifts

Life is always stirring below the soil in March, and thankfully it is also stirring above it this year. Garden centres in Wales can open to the public from next Monday, and the anticipation is building. Online sales have been a saviour for some garden centres during the coronavirus pandemic, but…

Dhaka: Jessore’s floral industry has prospered, it now needs to truly blossom

Where flowers bloom, so does hope, Lady Bird Johnson, a former First Lady of the US, once said -- and a quote that comes to mind if one travels to Jhikargacha and Sharsha upazila of Jessore. Flowers as far as the eye can see! And the roses, gladioli, tuberoses, gerbera, marigolds, cosmos, daisy gipsies,…

Turkey shows interest to boost trade relation with Ethiopia

The relation between Ethiopia and Turkey reached to the best possible level. Business and investment is growing. While Ethiopia exports agricultural products to Turkey, Turkey…

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Serbian flower sector export at €4.2 million

Last year, Serbia generated €4.2 million through flower exports, with the export of roses accounting for €2.5 million. Along with the south of France, Serbia has the most favorable conditions for rose production in Europe, and this sector generates over €200 billion globally. However, Serbia still has a…

Scots flower power blooming in Angus

Blooming Bees was established at Wardmill Farm by Kelly Orr – no relation – seven years ago, and Valerie joined the business last year to help drive an expansion programme which will see the pair focus on supplying florists, farm shops and brides with freshly-cut seasonal flowers. As a members of the…

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UK: Mother’s Day flower fails as shoppers slam retailers for mouldy bouquets and brown roses

Shoppers have been left disappointed this Mother's Day after the flowers they ordered arrived mouldy or wilted. Customers have slammed retailers including M&S, Moonpig, Next and Interflora after allegedly sending dud floral arrangements. It comes after households have once again largely been forced to…

Ethiopia: Growth of horticultural sector impeded by unavailability of land

The Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) has called on the government to make land available to help local and international horticulture firms…

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Enable Ireland launches new online garden centre

Enable Ireland, the national organisation providing services to children and adults with disabilities, has recently launched its brand new online garden centre. Enable Ireland’s Garden Centre stocks everything you need for your garden. They have a great range of planters, trees, seeds, plants, pots,…

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Tatarstan: flower imports grow exponentially

The amount of imported flowers in the Volga region suddenly dropped. The number shrank by 94,2% in monetary terms in the last five years: from $8,4m in 2016 to $489,6 in 2020. Meanwhile, Tatarstan, in contrast, increased flower imports more than five times — to $133,7 (2020). Experts name changes in…

UK: Perennial helps record number of people in horticulture in 2020

The charity Perennial helps people working in or retired from horticulture. Perennial can assist with financial support, benefits and debt advice, employment coaching, training and career support, access to online mental health support, a legal helpline and back to school support. As well as its range of…

From March 21 onwards

EU-bound lorries no longer directed to Manston for customs checks or Covid tests

Lorries bound for the Channel ports will no longer be directed to Manston for customs checks or Covid tests from March 21. Emergency planners say they are suspending services for EU-bound HGVs at the former Manston Airport site. Starting Sunday March 21, freight heading for the Port of Dover will no…

Scotsman

Mother's Day a blooming success for Scottish florists

While it may not be possible for people to spend time with their mums this Mother’s Day*, florists are finding that people are more keen than ever to show some love with a floral gift. The Harvest Garden, an Edinburgh based florist said that lockdown had seen an increase in sales across Christmas and…

March 25-31

Celebrate National Farmworker Awareness week

Equitable Food Initiative, the workforce development and certification organization that partners with growers, farmworkers, retailers and consumer advocacy groups, is…

"Home-delivered vegetable plants make everyone excited"

For enthusiastic home gardeners, it is always difficult to wait for the first sprouts to appear. This crucial phase is now being taken out of the consumer's hands by Groentepost. Consumers will only have to wait for the young plants to be delivered. "And then, we will guide them through the rest of the…

Manila Times

Malaysian's love for flowers and plants stimulated by pandemic

Learning to tell your elephant ears from your flamingo flowers has become the latest virus lockdown escape in Malaysia, where houseplants are very much in season. Collectors are searching out specimens with intricate patterns in a dazzling array of reds, yellows and greens, and sharing their best on…

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Rare pictures show state of abandoned Bradley Nurseries in Huddersfield left to rot for years

Bradley Nurseries in Huddersfield was once a horticultural garden centre owned and run by Kirklees Council. The site had been growing plants for over 150 year before it was eventually shut down in December 2016. During this time, the nursery created displays for the 2014 Tour de France and was providing…


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