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Damage reaching $ 30 million- 300 million families affected

Update unrest Ecuador: Expoflores declares state of emergency

The situation in Ecuador hasn't calmed down. Over 5,000 ha of flower plantations have been attacked by the protesters, representing damages to the sector of nearly $30 million, affecting over 300 million families working in floriculture. This was announced yesterday when Expoflores declared a state of…

Brexit: Will the flower industry wilt or bloom?

The chance of a no-deal Brexit has ramped up. If the EU rejects the latest Brexit plans, what would that mean for products like flowers grown in mainland Europe and sent to the UK? Radio 1 Newsbeat has followed a bunch of flowers on its journey from Europe’s largest auction in Aalsmeer, in the…

Turkish ornamental exports set to increase to 125 million USD

The Turkish ornamental plants sector, which increased its exports by 17 percent last year and reached its target of 100 million dollars, focused on increasing its international sales to 125 million dollars by the end of 2019. “As the sector is moving towards our goals, all actors need to be together. The…

Horticulture expo reflects blooming floral industry in China

Drawing more than nine million visitors in 162 days, the just concluded International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 Beijing was a vivid reflection of China's blooming floral industry in recent years. Ye Dahua, deputy head of the expo's coordination bureau, said the horticulture expo will be remembered…

"£1.3billion industry is always an 'after thought' in Brexit negotiations"

"Difficult times – I think the phrase is. Weather, Labour requirements and Brexit", writes grower Sue Lamb in a column for Spalding Today. "Labour is a huge problem and one that I believe the powers that be just pay lip service to in relation to the Ornamental sector." She further writes: "In 2018 the…

Raw, cooked, crystallized, lyophilized...

Flowers: a new booming superfood

"The consumption of flowers is not a new trend; the Romans already ate lavender flowers and roses in omelettes. The peak of their use in gastronomy was reached in Victorian England, mainly in the form of sauces. Soon they will become a common ingredient in cuisine around the world. If they have not become popular until now, it…

Countries with similar 'GDP per capita'

Comparison research done by the IMF in 2018.

"Pacific floriculture needs official recognition"

A representative from the Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network (P.I.F.O.N.), Lavinia Kaumaitotoya said floriculture was not being treated with equal standing as other agricultural exports. “I raised a concern about floriculture in one of the side events held during [last week's] Pacific Week of…

Update

Unrest in Ecuador: Expoflores threatened, Cargo personnel and more farms attacked

In an article yesterday, we shared how the unrest in Ecuador is affecting flower farms in Ecuador; they are being attacked and it is challenging to let the flowers leave the country. And the situation hasn't calmed down yet. Yesterday, Expoflores announced on their Twitter page that more farms in the…

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US: Imports provide unexpected boost to domestic production

When production moves to other countries on a large scale, that will be the end of domestic production, you would think. However, the figures show differently. CalFlowers, the California Association of Flower Growers & Shippers, published figures showing that the production of cut flowers in California…

US: Greenhouse growers asked to complete water survey

A U.S. Department of Agriculture funded project seeks to understand how greenhouse growers use water, including recycled water, in their greenhouse operations. If you are involved in a greenhouse growing operation, complete this brief (5 to 10 minute) water use survey: http://tinyurl.com/UConnWaterSurvey…

Damage so far: 20 million USD

Ecuadorian farms under attack

In a radio-interview, president of Expoflores, Alejandro Martinez announces that no less than 32 farms have been attacked. Yesterday morning, 'protesters' vandalized the farms and threatened workers - who in several cases were forced to quit working and join the protests. Also, (high)ways were blocked and protesters clashed…

"Traceability is understandable, but this is pure madness and impossible too"

Amigo Plant sounds the alarm due to plant passports

The whole point of having a plant passport is the traceability of the product. According to Gerard van Langen, director, and owner of Amigo Plant, who are now sounding the proverbial alarm, this is also achieved by making all the growers mark their pots with a growers number. “This way, we make the pot producers…

A look at auction turnover and export figures show that:

NL: "Just like in 2018 low summer prices for cut flowers, potted plant exports 'higher than ever'"

The export of cut flowers reached the same level in the summer months of 2019 as in 2018. Up to and including August, exports are 2% ahead of 2018; that is thanks to the first…

Greenhouse water savings survey

If you are involved in greenhouse production, then the University of Sydney would like to hear from you! A Horticulture honours student is completing her thesis on water use efficiency in the Australian greenhouse industry. You can show your support by taking 10 - 15 minutes, to anonymously share your insights on water use…

Survey to examine UK flower market

Flowerona collaborating with New Covent Garden Flower Market to promote a survey. They would love to hear from anyone who buys flowers, plants, foliage or sundries in the UK – not just Flower Market customers. By completing the survey, you’ll be in with a chance of winning one of three £250 vouchers to…

Farmers who voted for Brexit may face labour shortages because of this

In the three years since the Brexit vote, there has been a decline in immigration from some areas in Europe. And this is impacting agri businesses across the country. The…

Poland: New flower hall in Radom

A new flower hall was opened at the wholesale market in Radom. The cost of this investment was 1.8 mln pln. It is not a big surprise considering the growing market for flowers and plants in Poland. The market has a surface of 58,000m2 with 15,000m2 covered with buildings where 86 trade companies can operate. Daily ca. 1,500…

"Floriculture can provide additional income for farmers"

The Hislop College flower show - the culmination of year-long floriculture undertaken by its department of botany - is a keenly awaited event not only by plantsmen but also citizens. Started as an extension activity by the department in the year 2003, the past and present keepers of its floriculture unit…

US: Senate Committee backs funding for FNRI, Floriculture Crops Report

The powerful Senate Appropriations Committee has signaled its support for two core issues backed by the Society of American Florists: increased funding — and an expanded reach — for the Floriculture Crops Report and stable funding levels for the Floriculture and Nursery Research Initiative (FNRI). The…

Dennis Crum, Four Star

“Many growers miss a lot of opportunities to sell more"

Well-planned production can boost your sales and profits. Dennis Crum shares his methods for gathering information, doing research and staying creative to ensure each year’s crops are fresh and interesting to buyers. “Information is one of the best assets in crop planning, and good recordkeeping is…

Webinar: the name of a plant variety in the Community Plant Variety Right system (CPVR)

In this webinar, recorded at the EUIPO Academy in May 2018, Bénédicte Legrand, Denomination Expert at the CPVO, explains the process in which names are given to newly protected plant varieties in the European Union. This webinar also outlines how this CPVR "naming" process fits with the rules and…

Ecuadoran flower transport hamstrung by protests

Ecuadoreans found their nation at a standstill on Thursday, with major roads closed, taxis unavailable and public transportation shut down as the country’s transit unions declared a strike to protest President Lenín Moreno’s decision to strip away a $1.3 billion fuel subsidy, The New York Times reports.…

How natural and political unpredictability impacts demand for global produce

Vanguard International Group recently published a piece commenting on global trade and how political uncertainty and natural events have an impact on the produce industry. Below is the article that Vanguard published, along with a link: In the fresh produce industry, unpredictability is a given. Early…

"More students will enter the horticulture industry"

After a first preview of the Garden Trends 2020, Organizzazione Orlandelli proposes a second extract from the report, revealing other trends of garden sector or 2020. In this report you will find: Why Green collar jobs will revolutionize the four-year college degree and more students will enter the horticulture…

Swedish show provides green meeting place full of inspiration

Elmia Garden counted in many satisfied exhibitors and visitors when the fair closed last week. The show in Jönköping wants to inspire to better businesses and provide opportunities to make new contacts, providing a meeting place to present trends and to take part in knowledge through seminars. "I think…

Proflora reflects optimistic atmosphere in Colombia

Proflora 2019 is coming to an end today. Over the last 2 days, more than 300 exhibitors displayed their products and services to visitors coming from all over the world. So far, the atmosphere at the show has been positive with growers, breeders and suppliers continuously looking for new opportunities to…

British garden designers get inspired at Dutch nurseries

Garden designers and landscape architects from the United Kingdom visited some of the biggest suppliers of trees, shrubs, plants and bulbs in the Netherlands on 30 September and 1 October. The Dutch horticulture sector is well known for its high quality ornamental plants, so there was no lack of interest…

Rare, endangered orchids slip across porous southern Chinese border

In the first-ever study of the wild orchid trade in southern China, Liu and a team of researchers found that it’s illegal and more widespread than presumed. It’s also reaching into other countries. Many species found in the markets weren’t native, but from neighboring countries including Laos, Burma and…

Veiling Rhein-Maas introduces webshop

Veiling Rhein-Maas is pleased to inform all suppliers and customers of the marketplace that the Webshop for cut flowers and potted plants will go live at the beginning of January 2020 at the latest. Employees of the auction are still working on the functions and the VMP connection(s) of the new Webshop…

India: Rates of flowers dip significantly in wholesale market following Ganesh festival

Rates of flowers that had gone up high during the recent Ganesh festival have now come down. Marigold (Genda) which enjoys heavy demand during festivals, was sold at a price of Rs 80 to Rs 100 per kg during the Ganesh festival. But now it is available at Rs 30 per kg in the wholesale market. Vijay…

UK: Houseplants sales heat up in August

The August Bank Holiday Weekend helped lift sales at garden centres across the UK at the end of the month according to the Garden Centre Association's Barometer of Trade report. Houseplant sales were up 20.69% compared to the same month last year (2018) and outdoor plant sales were up 6.09%. After…

Kenya flower market shines in an overall subdued year of growth

Kenya's economy was subdued in the second quarter of 2019 (April-June), growing by 5.6 percent from 6.4 percent growth registered during the same quarter in 2018, the national statistics bureau said on Monday. The flower sector is growing incredibly fast relative to other sectors in Kenya. Zachary…

Bay City Flower Co. will shut down Nov. 10

The Bay Area’s hot economy claimed another casualty this month when Bay City Flower Co. in Half Moon Bay said it will shut down Nov. 10, laying off 195 workers. “It has become increasingly difficult to run a flower farm and compete nationally while operating in the costliest place in the nation,” Bay…

Ecuador: Agriflor surprises international visitors

International buyers were impressed by what they've been seeing in the past two days at the yearly flower trade fair Agriflor, says Dick van Raamsdonk with HPP Exhibitions, the show's organizer. "They had no idea about Ecuador having so many growers they didn’t know existed. The 70 some exhibiting flower…

How to avoid greenwashing in your marketing and promotional material

If you are thinking about marketing and promoting the environmental benefits of your products, be very careful with the language you use. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) recent case against Woolworth’s shows that it will not tolerate misleading or deceptive conduct in this…

Slight uptick for flowers in air cargo

If hopes went up after the month July, in which the air cargo performance was less bad than in the months before, August brought the industry back to earth: a YoY weight loss of 7.1% worldwide was accompanied by a yield decrease (in USD) of 9.4%. The resulting worldwide revenue drop (measured in USD) of…

SAF CEO lays out industry challenges

Labor, rising costs, intense competition and the need to understand and adopt new technologies are among the most significant challenges facing floral professionals today — and industry members, now more than ever, need targeted support to overcome these challenges and continue to grow and thrive. That…

Versus Euro and Dollar

Pound Sterling could come under pressure sooner than expected

The British Pound was coming under pressure against the Euro, the US Dollar and other major currencies on Thursday, September 19. A potential reason behind the softness could…

India: Punjab to set up Centre of Excellence for floriculture

Come March next year, farmers in Punjab growing flowers or those intending to diversify will have access to Dutch technologies pertaining to floriculture. To build capacity among the farming community while leveraging technology and innovation, the state government in collaboration with the Dutch…

International Floral Distributors to release Flower Trends Forecast 2020 on October 1, 2019

Shifting flower preferences for 2020

Trends represent shifts in consumer preferences. Sometimes the shifts are huge and cut across almost all consumer profiles. Sometimes a trend is only actualized in a small portion of all consumers, but when the impact is large enough to cause a noticeable change in demand for the trend product(s), the…

US (MI): Flower Growers’ Cooperative helps small businesses bloom

The cooperative consists of 18 small businesses from Michigan and northern Ohio, all but one owned by women. The cooperative holds a flower market on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to noon at Growing Hope’s Ypsilanti Farmers Market space, 16 S Washington St., where members sell to both wholesale and retail…

India: Free distribution of flowers to demand ban on artificial flowers

Members of the South India Floriculture Association distributed ‘natural’ flowers to visitors and walkers at Lalbagh on Sunday morning as a form of protest against artificial varieties imported from China. A week ago, the association had submitted a request to Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar…

Succulents are popular in September

National Indoor Houseplant Week (September 16-23) has caused a considerable increase of houseplant uploads by GrowIt! members. Indoor plants saw an even larger spike of interest than usual. However, all of that activity and conversation wasn’t just focused around Monsteras and Peperomias. Succulents saw…

Brexit: Kenya gets more time to trade

Kenya has reached an agreement to continue trading with Britain under preferential terms even after the UK’s exit from the European Union. Under the deal, the UK has committed to provide duty-free, quota-free access to Kenyan goods exported to the UK. The two-year deal is expected to give the UK…

"Green industry will be at the forefront of urban growth and development"

Garden Media Group’s 19th Garden Trend Report predicts the green industry will be at the forefront of urban growth and development in 2020 and beyond. In this report you will find: Why Green collar jobs will revolutionize the four-year college degree and more students will enter the horticulture industry…

Russian tulip grower automates with Dutch tech

Russian tulip cultivation has experienced major growth in recent years, both in terms of numbers and professionalism. At the FlowersExpo in Moscow, we spoke to three companies that can attest to that: Havatec, known for its cut flower bunching machines, Nova Agro, partner of Havatec and all-round supplier…

Mini propagator starter packs for young gardeners

Mr Fothergill’s were looking to re-design their range of ‘Little Gardener’ starter propagator packs, ideal for young gardeners or the smaller garden, that could also be easily packed and printed. They chose to approach thermoforming packaging manufacturer, Macpac, with their efficient thermoforming…

KFC doesn't feel industry being taken seriously by government

Road blocks deal financial blow to Naivasha flower farms

One of the most important roads for the Naivasha flower industry have been blocked for two days by protestors, who demanded rehabilitation of the road, causing millions of Kenyan Shillings in losses for the industry. We spoke about this matter with Clement Tulezi of the Kenya Flower Council (KFC). KFC…

UK: Wet and warm August sees garden centre sales continue to grow

A wetter but warmer August, saw garden centre sales 13% up on August last year, with sales up on all reported categories compared to last year, according to the latest HTA Market Update report. Houseplant sales continue to lead the way, with garden care and growing media categories also performing well…

Greening of cities: from scientific insight to practice

Urban greening? Easier said than done! Dr. Wiebke Klemm has carried out research into the green, climate-proof design of cities. In an interview with De Groene Stad, she explains how we can bridge the gap between scientific insights and greening in practice. How can we ensure that existing and future…

US lowers duties on cut flowers from Japan

The US and Japan have agreed an initial trade deal that will eliminate or lower tariffs on certain products traded between them. Duties on some agricultural goods will be removed or lowered, while digital products will also benefit. Under the deal, over 90% of US food and agricultural products going into…

India: Unpredictable weather results in 60% lower rose production

Erratic rainfall has sprung a thorny problem for rose growers across India. While the rose gardens of outer Bengaluru have begun to wilt due to dry climes, the flower farms on the Deccan plateau are battling out excessive rains and low sunlight. The production of roses has slid by at least 60 per cent,…

Royal FloraHolland auctioneer explains

How are (inter)national suppliers supervised?

Ruud van der Hout, auctioneer at Royal FloraHolland in Naaldwijk, receives growers from the Mzurrie Group in Kenya. Together with the growers, he visits Flower Handling Services and introduces them to the services. How are the products processed and ultimately made ready for auction for the clock? Ruud…

Floral training for profit protection

Floral training for your retail staff is a critical part of success, as it is in every aspect of the perishables business. Perishables are delicate, sensitive, fragile goods. You might even say they are perishable! How you care for and handle your delicate cargo may be the dividing line between profit…

UK: Living wall welcomes 4 million visitors every year

On the opening day of Sibos, the world’s premier financial services event, ExCel has unveiled a new Living Wall arrival experience. The venue commissioned Biotecture to create a sustainable, hydroponic structure, to run from Custom House Station to the entrance of the venue. Over 9,500 plants have been interspersed…

India: Orchid farming is catching up in Telangana, but is it sustainable?

80% of India’s orchids are transported from Thailand. Barring a few North-Eastern states, orchid farming is considered to be a risky proposition because of the heavy investment required to grow the crop. The climatic conditions of Telangana are not conducive to the growth of the flower crop. However, a…

UK garden market sizing report

Did you know that ornamental horticulture and landscaping in the UK made an estimated £24.2 billion contribution to national GDP in 2017?  In addition, around 568,700 jobs were supported – which is the equivalent to 1 in every 62 jobs. The latest HTA Market Update Insight Edition focuses on the size of the UK ornamental horticulture…

An employee handbook may help protect your business

Employment issues are something every business owner worries about. Charges of wrongful termination, unfair hiring practices, sexual harassment, or racial discrimination are just some of the concerns. One of the best ways to try and limit your potential exposure is to prepare an employee handbook that…

Why millennials are suddenly so obsessed with houseplants

Succulents, fiddle leaf figs, the elusive variegated monstera: Ask proud plant parents about their collections, and they’ll gush with such enthusiasm that you’d think they were talking about actual children. Jennifer Coates, a 33-year-old freelance writer in Los Angeles, has accumulated more than 110…

January 27, Frankfurt

How future shopping habits will impact on urban space and retailing

On 27 January 2020, the ‘Premium’ Business Programme of Christmasworld will be suggesting future-oriented incentives for retailing and urban marketing – this time featuring…

UK: New resources available to assist with Plant Passport changes

Horticultural businesses need to prepare now for the imminent changes to the plant passporting regulations which come into force on 14 December 2019. In preparation for this, the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) have produced an animated infographic video and guidance sheet to inform members about…

President Kenyatta urges Asia to use Kenya as gateway to African market

President Uhuru Kenyatta called on Asian economies to use Kenya as a gateway to Africa’s market of over 1.2 billion people that is worth more than US$ 29 trillion. President Kenyatta said Kenya is the best entry point for Asian businesses that want to trade in Africa with the coming into force of the…

Passion for the trade can take the grower further than books

Is grower a dying profession?

Jos Reeuwijk, former grower and now adviser on LinkedIn: "Real growers with years of practice experience that can make the difference and can train people will be difficult to find in the near future."…

UK: Further ports will be designated for movement of protected animals and plants

The UK Government has confirmed that an additional four ports (Belfast Seaport, Dover, Eurotunnel and Holyhead) will be designated to handle movements of protected animals or plants to ensure there is enough capacity to transports CITES products in the event of a no-deal Brexit. In the event of a no-deal…

"We will take action on rogue flower farms"

An investigative story by NTV on the state of affairs on Naivasha flower farms has jolted union officials in the sector. Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union…

Bill language supports floriculture report

U.S. Senate Appropriations committee approves ag funding bill

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a bill to fund the Agriculture Department and related agencies for fiscal year 2020. The bill provides discretionary funding of $23.1 billion, $58 million over the fiscal year 2019 enacted level and $4.1 billion over the budget request. Mandatory…

British growers prepare for year of resilience rather than growth

Growers attending the latest HTA Ornamentals Committee meeting on 19 September reported an extremely positive twelve months of trading with many citing record years. With so many variables on the horizon including biosecurity, Brexit, plastics and water it is certainly a difficult time for planning and…

Kenyan flower exporters face tighter Australia rules

Kenyan flower farms will have to acquire special permits from their buyers in the Sh3 billion [30 million USD] Australia market as a raft of new measures aimed at curbing transfer of pests and diseases take effect. A letter written to flower companies by Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis)…

Kenyan government to negotiate for low tariffs with partners

The Kenyan government is negotiating with other countries for lower tariffs for the country's goods in efforts to boost exports and narrow the trade imbalance. Trade Principal…

Kenya, UK seek to seal post-Brexit trade deals by January

Kenya is hoping to seal a post-Brexit trade agreement with the United Kingdom by the start of next year, to create continuity in market access. Kenya’s High Commissioner to the UK Manoah Esipisu says he expects a post-Brexit agreement to borrow a leaf from one already signed by southern African…

Dutch exporters see healthy growth in exports to Russia

“Commercial activities in the ornamental sector between the Russian Federation and the Netherlands continue to expand. In 2018, the total Dutch export of ornamental products like flower bulbs, pot plants and flowers to the Russian market increased over 25 percent and totaled around 250 million Euro,”…

Horti China gets underway, highlighting promising market

Today the Horti China kicked off in Qingdao, China. Horticulture is growing in China, and the many companies present not only show the current market but also the promise of what is to come. If there is one thing the companies present are sure of, it's that Chinese horticulture will grow even faster in…

Floriculture: $1.22 billion

US: California Ag statistics for 2018

In 2018, California’s farms and ranches received almost $50 billion in cash receipts for their output. This represents a slight increase over adjusted cash receipts for 2017.…

NFU President Minette Batters:

“Certainty needed for growers as Home Office clarifies immigration policy”

In a response to the Home Office’s clarification on its immigration policy post-Brexit, NFU President Minette Batters said: “Farmers and growers across the country will be…

CalFlowers engaging in legislative advocacy in 2019

Several months ago CalFlowers reported on their actions in relation to two proposed bills directly impacting floral markets in California and the nation: CA Assembly Bill 1205…

UK: PE-owned firms strain as loans lose value

Private equity firms are facing more portfolio challenges in Europe as retail and cyclical companies remain under pressure, but BC Partners has more than its share of problem…

Australia: Nursery industry statistics survey to get underway in October

With the 2019 Nursery Industry Statistics (NY17008) survey happening between October and November, production nurseries are being encouraged to collate key business data and be ready to participate in the voluntary project if they are approached. Now in its third year, the national project aggregates…

Up an average of 5% to 1.4 billion

No end in sight for Seed Valley's growth in sales

If you bought tomatoes or lettuce in the supermarket today, there is an excellent chance the seeds came from a Seed Valley company. This is a region in the Netherlands. A…

Increase in amount of Kenyan, Russian roses?

Russia: A look at Riga Flower Market in Moscow

Last week, the FlowersExpo took place in Moscow, the city where the majority of imported flowers arrive in Russia, followed by Saint Petersburg. Therefore, a good opportunity to check if the stories we've heard at the exhibitions are reflected in what is on display at the flower market. For several years…

Opportunities identified for industry at World Ornamental Horticulture Summit

The World Ornamental Horticulture Summit took place from 11 – 13 September in Beijing, China and was organised by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) and the China Flower Association (CFA). A line up of distinguished international speakers presented to over 300 delegates…

Planning a flower campaign:

Choosing the ideal flower buying audience based on consumer research

As Michael LoBue indicates in his recent post Why do consumers buy flowers?, CalFlowers commissioned a consumer marketing and research firm to perform a study to help us understand not only why consumers buy flowers, but also why they don’t buy more flowers. The study shows that lapsed (infrequent)…

Royal FloraHolland

Members share ambition for all suppliers to be certified

"Most members are aware of the necessity to have all suppliers on board with regard to obtaining digital environmental registration and certification by the end of 2020, reports Royal FloraHolland. "They also believe that postponement is not an option. This was clear from the discussions with members…

Kenya: Flower growers lament poor road maintenance

Flower growers and players in the lucrative hospitality industry have faulted both the national and county governments over the poor state of the busy Moi South Lake Road in Naivasha. Former Nakuru Chamber of Commerce chairman Njuguna Kamau said Naivasha is a competitive commercial hub and the state of…

Venezuela's Miranda state begins exporting flowers to Russia

Venezuela's northern Miranda state has started exporting flowers to Russia in a bid to explore new markets, the state's governor Hector Rodriguez Castro, who participated in Moscow's international Flowers-Expo exhibition, told Sputnik. "We started exporting flowers from Miranda to Russia. The Russian…

"The market in China has some of the greatest opportunities of any in the world"

‘Understanding the Chinese Market, the demand for ornamentals’ is the third report published by the International Association of Horticultural Producers’ (AIPH) International Vision Project (IVP). The report presents insights and indicators on the future demand for ornamental horticulture until 2030. The…

Peonies as field grown cut flowers in Alaska

Patricia Holloway wrote an article that summarizes the Alaska peony industry today. It covers how the industry got started and how it has matured over the past 18 years. As most growers will attest, it hasn’t been easy, and world competition is heating up. The industry is still in its infancy, and it…

Yellow, white, and orange are popular mum colors

Because it's Mum Season, GrowIt! decided to share some color data. Yellow, white, and orange were the three most popular mum colors uploaded for Fall 2018. Yellow was the most popular mum color by far (37% of all mum photos). GrowIt! saw over 2x as many yellow mums as the next popular color (white) and…

Kenya woos Chinese investors in the agricultural sector

Kenya urged Chinese investors to establish a presence in the country's agricultural sector. Stephen Odua, director of private sector development and business environment at…

Turkey: Ankara municipality will no longer import plants and trees

The Ankara municipality will start encouraging growing domestic plants and trees to save money and lower the current trade deficit. Newly elected Ankara mayor Mansur Yavas met with the relevant departments in the municipality and instructed them to identify the best suitable plant and tree varieties for…

What have you missed?

Russia: FlowersExpo 2019 comes to an end

It's a wrap. The FlowersExpo 2019 ended yesterday and the exhibitors and visitors are on their way back home. Judging by what we heard on the show floor, it was once again a busy show with a good number of visitors. FloralDaily was also at the show to make a photo report, which we will publish on Monday,…

A matter of finance or fashion

Russia: Are shorter stems here to stay?

Russia is a flower-loving country, with the rose as the number one flower. Long stems and large head sizes were the absolute standard. However, when the crisis kicked in in 2015, the requirements have changed to shorter stems. Initially, the decision was made from a financial point of view, but since the…

Irishman Phil Hogan named to run EU trade in build-up to Brexit

On Tuesday, Phil Hogan was appointed to lead the European Union’s international trade affairs from November. This is a rather clear message to London as the sides prepare to…

Chinese and Dutch collaborate in sustainable protected horticulture

On the 5th and 6th of September, the city of Taizhou (Jiangsu) was host to the largest-ever Dutch horticulture roadshow. The twenty-two companies participating in the Taizhou roadshow for the horticluster first visited Chongming, where they discussed the 2021 Chongming Flower Expo and joined matchmaking…

Russia: Flower production in Orenburg continues to grow

The Orenburg region in Russia boasts three flower-growing complexes, the biggest of them being Atena. Over a third of all produce from their greenhouses is sold in the local market through the wholesale and retail chain and the general partner of the enterprise, the Diantus company. The rest of the…

Partnership Oreon and Lumex M for the Russian market

Oreon and Lumex M are joining forces. The two companies signed a letter of intent during the FlowersExpo in Moscow this week, agreeing upon working together to provide LED solutions to the Russian market.  Lumex M has been helping growers in Ukraine and Russia with advice on greenhouse lighting for many years, and…

Not affecting positive vibe at the FlowersExpo

Russia: Unusually low flower demand for first day of school

The start of the school year in Russia is traditionally speaking quite an important day for the flower industry, as children give their teachers flowers. This year, however, when hearing out the exhibitors at the FlowersExpo, the demand from the end consumer side has not been as high as usual. However,…

Combating prison recidivism with plants

A study out of Texas State University attempted to determine the number of available horticultural community service opportunities for individuals completing community service hours per their probation or parole requirements, and whether that brand of community service generates a calculable offset…

Amazon Australia cashes in on plant popularity with garden store

Amazon Australia has launched a Garden store carrying a range of outdoor products. "Australians love the outdoors and as the temperature starts to warm up, there’s no better time to get outside and relax, unwind or entertain in your outdoor space," said Rocco Braeuniger, Country Manager of Amazon…

Royal FloraHolland:

"Challenging circumstances on the labor market"

Now that trade is starting up again in September and the vacation period has not quite ended, many service providers in transport and logistics are facing the challenge of maintaining adequate staffing. Royal FloraHolland is also pulling out all the stops to achieve a good logistic result for its…

BE: Investment company takes minority share in Microflor

Smile Invest recently acquired a substantial minority stake in Microflor N.V. alongside the family Floré, who remains on board as a majority shareholder. Reason for the merger is 'an ambitious growth strategy', which needed 'an experienced partner with whom to realize this ambition'.  Febe Floré, CEO Microflor…

Dutch representation at Flower Expo Poland and Green is Life

Almost 50 companies from the Netherlands have come to Warsaw to take part in the Flower Expo Poland and Green is Life fairs 2019. Export of ornamental plants from the Netherlands to Poland is growing for several years. The growth is directly connected to the rising welfare of Poles, and, as both Poland…

"Uganda’s horticulture earnings could drop"

Uganda’s horticulture export earnings are likely to drop this year. Sector players are blaming this on the unfavorable weather patterns and changes in product standards and certifications in the key market – Europe. Flower exporters, too, expect a drop in export earnings blaming constant changes in…

American Floral Endowment announces 2019 Educational Grant funding

Thirteen organizations will receive funding through the Endowment to support educational training, conference program support, and industry resources for floral industry members, students, and faculty. Through AFE’s Educational Grants programs, organizations, universities, or industry groups can apply…

Ghana Garden and Flower Show ends

The 7th edition of the Ghana Garden and Flower Show (GGFS) which provided a platform for the promotion of horticulture and floriculture ended in Accra on Tuesday. Organised by Strategic Communication Africa Limited (Stratcomm Africa), the event sought to boost the country's tourism sector. The seven-day…

Why isn't the Ugandan flower industry taking off?

According to Prof Gordon Wavamunno, who recently wrote the book 'Independent Uganda: Reflections and Recollections', at one time flowers were all the rage in Uganda, which swayed a few Ugandans who could afford the heavy investments to establish large flower farms only to be disappointed. In a two-part…

Despite Brexit, UK businesses still look on the bright side of life

Brexit and recyclability were the hot topics at the Four Oaks show this week, but there's more going on in the industry. Going around the aisles you could hear people discuss topics like the big growers getting bigger, the small getting smaller, many being at the age of retiring while succession is…

Kenya lobbies for more UK investments

Nairobi is lobbying UK firms to continue investing in Kenya, despite the continual Brexit chaos currently rocking London. Kenya’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom,…

Royal FloraHolland market figures

Better prices for pot plants and garden plants in dull month of August

The month of August is not the most interesting month for the flowers and plants. Sales are relatively low, the top sales would normally have already been made or will come, probably to a lesser extent, later. Even with that in mind, last month's figures from Royal FloraHolland show little spectacular…

USDA encourages ag producers, residents in the Carolinas to prepare for Hurricane Dorian

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds communities, farmers and ranchers, families and small businesses in the path of Hurricane Dorian that USDA has programs that provide assistance in the wake of disasters. USDA staff in regional, state and county offices stand ready and are eager to help.…

Russia: Will September 1 disappear from the floral calendar?

September 1 this year has shown that Russians started buying less flowers for teachers on the first school day. Moreover, the number of flowers in a bouquet has decreased; also customers are purchasing fewer exotic flowers. Flower sales for September 1 have been annually decreasing approximately by…

Florida's Atlantic coast prepares for Hurricane Dorian

Following the devastation Hurricane Dorian caused on the Bahamas, the storm is making its way to the U.S., where it's expected to make landfall in the Carolinas. Before that, however, it will threaten Florida's east coast. Companies there are bracing for the impact the hurricane might have on their…

India: Flower prices rise as heavy rain damages crops

Heavy and intermittent rain in Maharashtra over the past couple of months has affected the business of flower vendors this monsoon, causing a significant increase in prices just as Ganeshotsav begins. While customers blamed the festive season for the surge in prices of flowers across the city, flower…

US gets most imported flowers from Colombia and Ecuador

The retail dollar volume of cut-flower imports into the U.S. for the first four months on this year (January-April 2019); totaled $584.76 million; that’s an increase of 10.5 percent over the same period in 2018. For all of 2018, U.S. cut-flower imports totaled $1.1 billion. These are the seven top…

"Businesses are requesting more efficient practices and competent staff"

It is an acknowledged fact that all nursery production businesses place a high premium on acquiring and/or retaining staff with the skills of professional management practices. Across industry however, there are many businesses reporting a lack of available labour both skilled and unskilled. by Tony…

Mid-year figures at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol show cargo volume decrease

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AAS) has announced total cargo volume decreased by 9.2 per cent to 767,519 tonnes, compared with 2018, but total belly cargo volume increased by 0.9 per cent, following the release of the mid-year figures. Full freighter cargo volumes were down by 16.4 per cent, with a…

India: Flower prices bloom ahead of Ganeshotsav

The prices of flowers were in full bloom on the eve of Ganeshotsav starting in the city, much to the dismay of countless devotees who flocked to the market. The prices of flowers including marigold, tuberose, chrysanthemum, dutch rose and aster saw an increase of 30 per cent on Sunday. Marigold and…

India: Onam around the corner, flower biz in full bloom

Flower markets in Thiruvananthapuram have begun to sport a festive look a day before Atham. Anticipating an enormous demand for ‘pookkalam’ competitions, truckloads of flowers arrive from various states to the Chalai market, which has 36 flower shops. Vendors expect a brisk business, with Vinayaka…

Hurricane update

US: Miami International Airport no longer in Dorian's path

Hurricane Dorian strengthened into a Category 5 system and blasted the Bahamas Monday as it approached Florida. Winds in excess of 165 mph cut power, overturned cars, and downed trees, with reports of severe damage to many of the buildings on the island of Grand Bahama.  The next land mass in Dorian's sights…

New data on floral e-commerce

As the global trade association helping the supermarket floral industry increase sales, Produce Marketing Association (PMA) commissioned research on floral e-commerce to help suppliers and retailers better understand the channel in the U.S. and European markets. They interviewed suppliers and e-commerce retailers to better…

Gakon confirms follow up participation at HortEx Vietnam 2020

“Vietnam is a market with great potential”

Vietnam with a population of nearly 97 million people and an average GDP growth of 7.5% per year is the fastest growing economy in the ASEAN region (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). Horticulture and Floriculture are one of the most promising sectors of the Vietnamese economy and will remain a…

US (FL): Logistics companies brace for Dorian

Category 5 hurricane Dorian made landfall in Grand Bahama Island, and will continue its devastating path to Florida, forcing logistics companies to take precautionary…

Anthony Tesselaar:

"It should be such a good plant that I can sell it to my mother"

“I think the 'plants world' is sometimes looking too much to new and not if it is a good plant that can be sold into the market for 20 years or more”, says Anthony Tesselaar of Anthony Tesselaar Plants, an Australian horticultural management firm. For 25 years, he is looking for distinctively different…

Joint venture to expand distribution of preserved hand-picked roses

4Keeps Roses is a Los Angeles based company that specializes in preserved roses, flowers and associated gift products. Edison Nation is partnering with the company to expand the distribution of their branded flowers that are specially treated to last two or more years. The flowers are currently sold…

Kenyan flower lobby steps up push for new markets

Kenya Flower Council (KFC) chief executive Clement Tulezi said Kenya must deepen its forays across Asian and further East to stem loss of its market niche to newcomers. “We welcome the China flower hub in Hunan as it is a huge market that could ignite new investments in flower farming, helping to create…

Bodil Clara Johansen on Campanula season:

"It took us more work to get them on the market"

Just a few more weeks left before the Campanula season comes to an end. Danish breeder and grower Thoruplund looks back to a challenging season. However, the new variety of Midnight Campanula had a running start. Jacob Andersen, Bodil Clara Johansen and Jorgen Andersen of Gartneriet Thorupland presenting…

No special prices for Russian Knowledge Day celebration due to rose oversupply

In September, the schools will start again in Russia. Students start a new year of studying with Russian Knowledge Day celebration. That day, flowers play a major role. Roses are traditionally very popular, but this year the demand was lower than the previous year due to an oversupply. The weather in…

Which countries have the most wealth per capita?

Using data from the ninth Credit Suisse Global Wealth report, the Visual Capitalist came up with an animated chart this week, ranking countries by average wealth, calculated as gross assets per adult citizen. Click here to go to the site.


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