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New book traces history of flowers in India

“Wherever you look, the flower is not far to find” writes Alka Pande in her seminal book, Flower Shower which traverses through the culture of flowers in India. The book is a treatise on the usage of flowers in India’s rich history, mythology, cultural, architectural and as aesthetic motifs. A historian,…

Valentine’s Day fun facts 2020

Most holidays are meant to be a show of love, affection and gratitude, but no holiday does it better than Valentine’s Day. After the Roman Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage, Saint Valentine continued to marry men and women in secret. Even then, it was traditional for men and women to exchange flowers on their wedding day,…

Vietnam: Binh Agri College celebrates move from growing rice to flowers and plants

On 10 January 2020, Thai Binh Agri College organized a ceremony on the occasion of getting the approval to change 2.3 ha land from growing rice into growing flowers, ornamental plants and young fruit plants. The meeting was attended by leaders from Thai Binh People’s Committee. There are already some tulip…

Britain hopeful about trade with Kenya

Days before it divorces the European Union, the UK on Monday hosted a high-profile investment summit in London that brought together 20 African presidents, business leaders and top diplomats with the aim of generating new opportunities in the African continent for businesses across the UK. In a direct…

AFE announces Garcia Family Scholarship fund

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) announced a new scholarship fund created thanks to generous contributions from The Garcia Family. The Garcia Family Scholarship comes just in time for the 2020 scholarship application season. The Garcia Family Scholarship Fund is intended for students attending a…

What's in store for FNGLA members in 2020?

It’s 2020! I hope everybody’s been having a great year so far! I can’t believe it was 20 years ago we thought the world was going to come to a standstill because of a computer glitch. Remember that? Who would have thought it was 20 years ago already? by Shawn Thomas Yet, here we all are – not only…

Royal FloraHolland Members' Council looks back and ahead

The new year is a good moment to take stock. What kind of year was the first Members' Council year? Members’ Council members Ben Olsthoorn, Rieneke van der Houwen and Marco Mol talk about how they look back on 2019. They also discuss their plans and resolutions for 2020. Ben Olsthoorn | T. Olsthoorn en…

China: Traditional flower markets withering away

Spring Festival invariably evokes old traditions and customs that make China’s most important holiday personal and precious. Think flowers. In the run-up to the Lunar New Year, crowds of people flock to flower markets to buy plants and blooms as gifts and home décor. One of the most popular venues is the…

Why do millennials love houseplants?

The media has pigeonholed millennials in various different ways in the past few years. Avocado toast, social media, job-hopping and a chronic love of houseplants.  by Katherine Myers On Instagram especially, houseplants are everywhere, with many social media accounts dedicated solely to posting pictures of…

China's third-largest island fosters a floral economy

Despite the low temperature, Chongming Island, China's third-largest island at the estuary of the Yangtze River, is busy in the New Year. Located in Hexing Village, Gangyan Town, in the middle of the island, the Shanghai Chongming Intelligent Ecological Flower Garden - a large intelligent flower seedling…

The Australian lavender farm expanding to meet Chinese demand

China remains Australia's top export market, with 40 per cent of all exported goods and services heading to the mainland. And there's a rising demand for Australian grown lavender. A family farm in South Australia is expanding to meet this lucrative market. Beyond Adelaide's rolling hills south-east of…

UK: The hottest floral trends for 2020

Traders report that the demand for British flowers continues to grow. And this is reflected in last summer's report which announced that British flowers now account for 14% of all flowers sold in the UK, up from 12% in 2015! The British Flowers Week campaign, which was founded by New Covent Garden Market in…

"Kenyan government keen on eliminating obstacles to private sector growth"

President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured the private sector that his administration is keen on ensuring all obstacles that prevent businesses from thriving are removed. The President emphasized that the government will continue formulating business-friendly policies as he encouraged more British investors to…

"Ornamental bromeliads to help boost Malaysian pineapple industry"

The ornamental pineapples (bromeliads) can help boost the pineapple industry in Malaysia, said Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Sim Tze Tzin. He said the ornamental bromeliads entrepreneurs could generate a lucrative income due to the plants high value, on par with orchids and other…

Floral aroma to envelop China's 3rd largest island

Despite the chilly weather, workers on China's third-largest island, Chongming Island, are busy installing equipment for a large flower project with an investment of over 220 million yuan (about 32 million U.S. dollars). "The automatic seedling system will be ready before the Chinese Lunar New Year and…

Vietnam: Expensive imported flowers a hot item for Tet

As the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday is approaching, people in Ho Chi Minh City and across Vietnam are opening their wallets to buy special ornamental plants and imported flowers to decorate their homes for the nation's biggest festival. Besides the traditional Tet flowers, apricot blossoms and peach…

How the world’s biggest flower companies prepare for Valentine’s Day

The major players in the flower world are thinking about Valentine's Day long before consumers are. Here’s how the world’s biggest flower companies prepare for February 14. “We begin planning designs for next year’s Valentine’s Day arrangements as soon as the holiday is over,” says Alfred Palomares, vice…

India: Floriculture struggles to bloom in Goa

Floriculture is not a big business in the Indian state of Goa as hardly 25 hectare of farmlands is used to raise floriculture crops, which produce some 40 tonne of various flowers every year. Experts in agriculture research point out that floriculture has been neglected in Goa: floriculture crops have…

Ecuador has plenty of roses for Valentine's Day

Williee Armellini of Flowers and Cents reached out to a number of Importers to get a feel for how Valentine's Day is taking shape. Here's what some of them had to say. "We got off to a slow start but pre-books are coming in strong now. Everyone thought it would be softer than last year because VD is on a…

Netherlands: New export record for flowers and plants: 6.2 billion

Dutch exporters of flowers and plants ensured that 2019 will go into the books as a new record year with an export value of € 6.2 billion. The export value of pot plants grew by 4.3% slightly more than that of cut flowers, which grew by 3.6%, according to Floridata's statistics. "This is a tremendous…

Researches in landscape and ornamental plants

In recent years, landscape and ornamental plants trade and their used reached great economic value and started to be named as a sector. In parallel with the increase in the acceleration of this sector, scientific researches, congresses and dissemination tools have been developed in the same direction. In…

Keukenhof plants more bulbs to tackle unpredictable temperatures

The unpredictable winter weather is forcing the Keukenhof flower gardens to plant ever more bulbs to guarantee a colourful display between March and May, NU.nl reports. The number of bulbs used has gone up by 30% in the last few years and for this season some seven million were planted between the…

US: Lawmakers commit to producing key industry report in 2020

Congress recently agreed to produce a key report in 2020 that provides vital information on trends and sales opportunities to the floral industry. Society of American Florists members have long relied on the report and advocated for its publication on Capitol Hill during the organization’s annual…

China: The modern flower industry is on the rise

Phalaenopsis has entered the peak sales season. In the greenhouse of Kaiyuan High-efficiency Modern Agricultural Park Yumei Flower Co., Ltd., red, yellow and white orchids are blooming, and pots of delicate phalaenopsis are neatly arranged, waiting for package and transportation to customers. Since the…

Iran, FAO launch joint program to help Afghan refugees

Iran’s Bureau of Aliens and Foreign Immigrants’ Affairs, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and World Food Programme established a greenhouse in Semnan province, located around 220 km east of capital Tehran, to help Afghan refugees. Financially and technically supported by…

OrderEase announces partnership with Marketing Garden

OrderEase (formerly LinkGreen) announces a new partnership with Marketing Garden - the distributors of a platform for garden retailer websites and in-store customer…

CAN (ON): Unprecedented greenhouse growth shows no signs of slowing down

After an unusual slowdown, hundreds of acres of vegetable greenhouses with a construction value of up to $420 million are expected to be added this year and next in the Leamington area. By the numbers, Leamington and Kingsville had permits with a construction value of more than $183 million issued in…

by Trend Translator Sandra Könings

Top 10 Floral Trends for 2020

What are the Floral Trends for 2020? Marginpar Group, a company with flower farms in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia, asked themselves this question and Trend Translator Sandra Könings made them a top 10. "Anything is possible in 2020. You can do whatever you want! Flowers are a statement, beyond any trend. The red or…

What would be the implications of no-deal Brexit on African countries?

No-deal Brexit is a possible withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union with no agreement under the accord. If the deal is approved or the ending of the two years since the member state indicated its willingness to leave, the European Union policies and rules cease to be in force. Over the…

HTA opposes proposed changes to business rates in Scotland

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) opposes the proposed move to scrap the Uniform Business Rate in Scotland stating that this would be damaging to member businesses…

Ghana to boost vegetable and cut flower business with greenhouses

The government of Ghana has started constructing greenhouses to start the development of vegetable seeds to help boost the country’s vegetable and cut flower production sector. Three of the greenhouses are at various levels of completion, with the first one located at Akumadan in the Offinso North…

UK: Dobbies proves festive winner as sales grow

Garden centre chain Dobbies has hailed a 6 per cent rise in festive sales as “very encouraging”. The Lasswade-based group, which has 69 centres across the UK, said total sales…

China: Town glows with new vitality thanks to the floral industry

"We plant gerbera, and pick it once every two days. We sold 72,000 branches yesterday," the grower Yu Guoxiang said while inspecting the quality of the flowers in the greenhouse. "Tomorrow we will continue to pick, there are more than 70,000 branches ready to sell. All the purchases by the Huamu Industry…

US (IN): Great Lakes Floral Association adds new region

On the evening of Tuesday, January 7, 2020 florists from the State of Indiana voted to join forces with the Great Lakes Floral Association (GLFA) and form a new Indiana Region, GLFA Region 7.  The members of the new region are very excited to now have access to the full slate of member benefits, which offered by…

UK: The resurgence of dried flowers

The wet winter months leave flower plots looking like gloomy seas of mud and the prospect of ‘dry’ anything seems like heaven to the colour starved British flower florist at this bleak time. So many British grown flowers make stunning dried blooms  which can be used for colour in the depths of winter - think…

UK: London pub spends over £26,000 a year on its flower display

Last month their amazing Christmas decorations had us calling this London brewery the most festive pub in the capital, but the Churchill Arms in Kensington is a year round spectacle with a spring flower arrangement that will leave you speechless. On the turn of the spring season, you can find the West…

US: Annual grant program to increase youth gardening nationwide

Today’s youth spend less time outdoors than any other generation. To combat this, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation, along with national nonprofit KidsGardening, opened its Gro More Good Grassroots Grants, an annual grant program designed to get more kids outside through the development of youth-based…

UK: HTA collaborates on a new Distributor Takeback Scheme proposal

Following the cessation on 1 January 2020 of the current Distributor Takeback Scheme for WEEE (Waste Electric & Electronic Equipment) products sold by retailers, the HTA in…

USDA to conduct 2019 Census of Horticultural Specialties

The government is currently collecting important data that helps industry members and federal agencies plan for the future — and growers need to respond soon. Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) mailed survey codes to more than 40,000…

Ethiopia gets $1.12 billion from export in five months

The Ministry of Trade and Industry of Ethiopia said during the first five months of the budget year started July 8, 2019, the country has earned a total of $1.12 billion from…

Vietnam: Mekong Delta farmers sell out 80 percent of flower production for Tet holidays

Preliminary statistics showed that although it is still nearly two weeks until the lunar New Year, it is estimated that around 80 percent of flower production at Cho Lach District in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre has been sold with prices higher than those in the same period last year by 5-10…

Vietnam: On Saigon outskirts, Tet ushers in a bloom boom

With the Lunar New Year festival, Tet, less than a fortnight away, part-time workers are working overtime at a flower village on Saigon's outskirts.  For nearly a decade, an area of about 40,000 square meters on Le Thi Rieng Street in Thoi An Ward in the outlying District 12 has been used to grow flowers to…

Tourists looking for perfect selfie are killing lavender farms in Tasmania

Tourists looking to take the perfect Instagram snap are destroying Tasmania's lavender fields.   The craze is creating problems for business owners in Tasmania, who are considering cordoning off parts of their farms to minimise potential damage. Some tourists are trampling the plants and picking the flowers with…

SAF members prep to take industry messages to Washington

"Let's Make Our Voices Heard Loud and Clear" is the floral industry's call to action for the Society of American Florists' 40th Annual Congressional Action Days (CAD), March 9-10, in Washington, D.C. "Your voice really gets heard and helps make a difference," said Nicole Palazzo of City Line Florist in…

Cost-share funding open to Canadian growers

Starting on January 8, 2020, producers, processors, and other businesses can apply for cost-share funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The deadline for…

Sharing a glimpse of the floral Industry with USDA-ARS

Continual improvement is an important part of successful businesses. In the flower industry, developing new practices that extend the life of cut flowers is a high priority. AFE has funded postharvest projects at several universities for more than 30 years. Sadly, many of these programs have vanished due…

Australian plant trends for 2020

The nursery levy funded project, ‘Industry extension and development of Plant Life Balance’ (NY18005), works to promote the value of greenlife in our homes, businesses and broader communities. As part of this, Plant Life Balance has two initiatives underway: The release of a 2020 Plant Predictions Trend Report, a new output that’s…

Ball Internship Scholarship: Why it's important

They say Christmas comes but once a year, but undergraduate students interested in floriculture crop production have two opportunities each year to apply for a paid internship with a leading greenhouse operation and gain valuable hands-on experience in our industry. Applications for the American Floral…

Vietnam: Mekong Delta farmers expect good harvest of Tet flowers

Farmers in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta region in Vietnam are expected to have a good flower and ornamental plant harvest, as well as good prices, for the Tet (Lunar New Year) festival, which falls on January 25.Many well-known flower and ornamental plant villages exist in the delta, including Sa Dec in…

Turkey sees increased crop production compared with previous year

An increase was recorded in Turkey in the production of cereals and other crops, vegetables and fruits in 2019 with rates of 1.4%, 3.5% and 0.3% when compared with the previous year. Production quantities of cereals and other crops, vegetables and fruits, beverages and spices crops in 2019 became as…

US (MI): MDARD announces specialty crop grant opportunity

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) announced a request for proposals through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Ag Marketing Services. The program is designed to enhance the competitiveness of Michigan’s…

"Know the rules when paying family for farm work"

Farming in Canada has always been a family intensive business, even on larger incorporated farm enterprises. Spouses in many cases are full partners in the process and chief bookkeepers for the business. Part of normal childhood education on the farm is an ongoing list of farm chores, which can include…

Century-old Vietnamese village blooms as Tet nears

Sunlight lights up the spray as a farmer in a boat tends to flowering plants kept on elevated racks in Dong Thap Province’s Sa Dec flower village. The village is home to 2,000 households that earn a living mainly by growing flowers and ornamental trees. The village is considered the floral capital of the…

Turkish growers export flowers to European countries for Christmas and New Year’s Eve

Turkish flowers are used extensively by European consumers during the Christmas period which started on December 24th. This year Turkish growers have exported 70 million stems of cut flowers for Christmas period to various European countries. Most of the exports were made from the city of Antalya, the…

ZimTrade and PUM sign Memorandum of Understanding

On Monday 2 December 2019, ZimTrade, the national trade development and promotion organisation of Zimbabwe, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with PUM, a Netherlands-based volunteer organisation for retired experts and executives. The MoU will pave way for successful implementation of the Best Model…

"Costa Rican orchids are a goldmine for illegal smugglers"

Orchid poachers are called “Materos”, from the word matas, or plants, and they operate in Costa Rica much like drug dealers, with similar profits. They live under the radar, changing their phone numbers frequently, and going into the most remote and dangerous areas of Costa Rica’s rain forests and…

Landscaping and biodiversity in Florverde

The management of the farm, landscape, and biodiversity, are included in the FSF Certificate. They evaluate this standard under 18 requirements related to the production in allowed zones, management of the production unit, landscaping, biodiversity, and conservation. If you want to know more about florverde…

Business is blooming for Indian flower markets

On a hot weekday in Srirangam’s Sathara Veedhi, framed through the stone archway, is a scene that looks like something straight out of a Hollywood movie about ‘exotic’ India: stalls with rows and rows of shallow metal platters holding flowers in a merry profusion of colours. This is the street where the…

Vietnam’s largest seedling producer focuses on quality

Ben Tre province, the Mekong Delta’s largest producer of fruit, vegetable and other seedlings, has strengthened quality management to promote its seedling brands and agriculture produce. Nguyen Huu Lap, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said the province’s agriculture produce is…

US (AK): Agriculture grows in the Land of the Midnight Sun

If you had to guess which state led the nation in the percent increase in the number of farms, which would you guess? Or which state had the highest percentage of new and beginning farmers in the country? Which state had the second youngest average age of producers? Or which state is number two in the…

US: Agriculture Workforce Coalition urges Senate action on ag labor crisis

Following on the heels of a government-mandated increase in farmers’ labor costs, the Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC), a diverse group of organizations representing the needs of agricultural employers across the country, urged the U.S. Senate to take up legislation to solve the agricultural labor…

Jamaican workers headed to Canadian greenhouses

Close to 300 Jamaicans will be taking up employment opportunities in Canada under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme (SAWP). The workers, 87 per cent of whom are returnees, will be deployed mainly to farms in Ontario. They began departing the island on Thursday (January 3). At a send-off…

Houseplants saw strong November in British garden centers

Clothing and houseplants were best sellers at garden centres across the country according to the GCA Barometer of Trade (BoT) report for November (2019). Compared to the same month in 2018, sales in clothing were up 15.92% followed closely by houseplants at 15.38% up. It’s interesting to see…

Our most read articles of 2019

The new year has started, but before looking forward to what 2020 has to offer, we would like to reflect on 2019. What were the most popular topics? Which were the most read articles? Below an overview. At Proflora, clockwise: Continental Breeding, Plantador, Gadot, The Elite Flower Group Photo reportsWhen looking at the statistics…

UK: Squire’s Garden Centres turnover reaches £57m amid expansion plans

Squire’s Garden Centres has seen a record year of sales thanks to “excellent weather conditions” throughout the peak season. For the year ending July 31 2019, turnover increased by 15 per cent to £57 million, boosted by the addition of the newly acquired centre at Frensham, which joined the group on…

Tulip history continues to fascinate

The tulip has had 'more adventures than any Hollywood scriptwriter would dare invent', writes Anna Pavord in a new introduction to her best-selling history of the tulip,…

Figures show:

Christmas, gifting and houseplant categories thrive in November 2019

2019 has been a strong year of growth for garden centers nationally, with overall November sales up 10% compared with the same month in 2018 according to the latest HTA Market…

HortiFootprint: Environmental impact highlighted

What’s the environmental impact of growing plants and flowers? It’s something consumers and retailers want to know nowadays. At the moment, there's no standard method by which to calculate it. But that's about to change. Royal FloraHolland explains HortiFootprint in five questions. 1. A standard method…

December 1-23, 2019:

Company announcements, farm visit reports in Israel and more...

Christmas is around the corner and when looking back at this month, quite some interesting things happened; Arcadia opens 4.7 ha chrysanthemum greenhouse, Vitroflora Producer Group cooperates with Gebr. Alkemade, Dead Flower Project was set up to support Ecuador's flower sector, Selecta One announces…

Looking back at 2019 with Asocolflores and Expoflores

The state of the industry: Colombia and Ecuador

2019 is coming to an end, so it's time to look back. How was the year? What were the challenges and what are the opportunities for 2020? We spoke with two export associations in the main flower producing countries in South America; Alejandro Martinez, president of Expoflores in Ecuador and Augusto…

Kenya: Flower earnings drop Sh9 billion

Earnings from horticulture dropped by Sh9 billion in the nine months to September pointing to reduced annual earnings.Figures from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) show the earnings dropped from Sh115 billion in corresponding period last year to Sh105 billion.The move implies the government…

Slow flower growers stand united across States

A six percent rise in wholesale value, eight percent more producers, and an increase of 12 percent in acreage. The report card for U.S. floriculture is looking pretty good, when comparing 2018 to the situation three years earlier (see the Floriculture Crops 2018 Summary from the USDA National…

Solving the sustainability jigsaw

90% of flowers and plants should be responsibly produced and traded by 2020. With that ambition in mind, the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI) was established in 2013. "Back then, sustainability wasn't clearly defined, there was pressure from the market and it was difficult to pinpoint the…

March 3-5, Perth

Australia: Garden City Plastics to profile new recycling initiative

Garden City Plastics (GCP) is not only Australia’s largest supplier of pots and containers for the greenlife, landscape and garden industry, but is a distributor for some of…

November 16-30, 2019:

The start of the poinsettias and much more

The poinsettia sales are starting to increase and the US is preparing for Thanksgiving and this means the year is drawing to an end. But besides poinsettias, much more happened this month. Gerbera United celebrated its tenth anniversary, the construction of the new facility of Karma Plants started and…

Floral Christmas trends 2019

Glitz, glamour and sparkle remain very much in vogue this yuletide. However, hot on their heels are visible signs of the Sustainable Floristry Movement, which has been growing in leaps and bounds over the last twelve months. Read on to discover more about the major themes for Christmas 2019, as compiled by New Covent Garden Market. Back…

Consolidation continues to drive growth in floriculture sector

Oaklins identified 32 M&A transactions in the floriculture sector during the second half year of 2019. Deal activity was strong over the entire value chain. Compared to the first half year of 2019, transactions where private equity (backed) firms were involved, increased from three to seven transactions.…

Kenya: Reprieve for flower farms as Meru court halts cess collection

The flower industry is set to close the year on a positive note after it won the first round of its many battles with devolved units over collection of cess. Last week, the High Court issued a permanent order barring Meru County government from collecting cess for fresh cut flowers meant for export in a…

Flowers from Antalya to adorn homes across Europe, Russia for Christmas, New Year's

The Mediterranean city of Antalya's cut flower industry exported around 70 million flowers to 27 European countries and Russia for Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations, according to the head of a local exporters association. Sales of predominantly carnations, in addition to gerbera, ronanculus and…

The future of the ornamental plant industry in Turkey discussed in the trade fair in Bayindir, Izmir

Bayindir is a district of Izmir, known for its ornamental plant and flower production and all the institutions and growers are working together to ensure the growth of the industry in the district. In order to achieve this goal, Ege University has organized a discussion panel for the stakeholders in the…

November 1-15, 2019

Netherlands is the center of floriculture

For several years now the Netherlands is the center of floriculture at the beginning of November, with the IFTF and FloraHolland Trade Fair taking place together. It draws visitors from all over the world resulting in more Dutch companies opening their doors. So, all in all a week full of events. At the…

Netherlands: Ornamentals generate more turnover and exports than in 2018

After the summer dip, Dutch sales of cut flowers recovered in September, mainly due to higher sales volumes. From October onwards, higher prices contributed to this. Up to and…

Greenlife Industry Australia looks back on 2019

Greenlife Industry Australia's CEO, Peter Vaughan, is looking back on 2019 in his last update of the year. "It has been a momentous year for the industry with the unanimous vote of members to support the establishment of GIA as the new nursery peak industry representative body. Over the last six months…

Turkish florists aim to export 125 million USD worth of products

The Turkish Ornamental Plants and Products Exporters Association aims for an export value of 110 million USD (98.95 million Euro) by the end of the year and has already set the goal for 2020 as 125 million USD (112.44 million Euro). The association's President Ismail Yilmaz said that in 2018 the exports…

HTA response to Queen’s Speech

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has issued a comment regarding the Queen’s Speech. James Clark, Director of Policy and Communications at the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) said:…

"Less plastic? The floriculture industry has accepted the challenge"

"Plastic is very useful, particularly in our industry," Jacco Duindam (Royal FloraHolland) begins by saying. "We just have to make sure it doesn't end up in the environment. That's why we should find an even better way to handle our transport packaging." This year, Royal FloraHolland joined the Plastic…

India: Advisor Khan for enhanced expertise to tap huge potential in floriculture

Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Khan today maintained that in the age of specialization, invoking expertise would help in tapping huge potential of floriculture sector in Jammu and Kashmir. He made these remarks while chairing a meeting to review the functioning of Floriculture, Gardens and Parks…

October 16-31, 2019:

Unrest Ethiopia, Colombian farm visit reports and more...

When Ecuador has calmed down, unrest started in the Oromia region of Ethiopia, the second half of October 2019. Also here, many industries, including the flower industry was affected. Also this month several articles on the farms we visited in Colombia during the Proflora week. And more happened in the…

Tony’s Flowers, Adelaide, Australia

Preserved and dried flower demand on the increase in Australia

“Although we have imported preserved roses for the last few years it wasn’t until around twelve months ago when we noted a demand for a wider range of preserved and dried flowers” says Paul Walker of Australian company Tony's Flowers. Tony’s Flowers, Adelaide, Australia, services all categories of the…

Royal FloraHolland's members' council: 2020 rates approved, SB members appointed

On 12 December 2019 – Royal FloraHolland Cooperative Day – RFH's formal Members' Council took place, as well as member meetings. At the Members' Council meeting, the Board held consultations with the Members' Council regarding Royal FloraHolland's strategy, annual plan and budget for 2020. The 2020 rates…

October 1-15, 2019

A challenging start of the month for Ecuadorians, but more happened...

The first half of October 2019 was characterized by the 12-day strike in Ecuador's capital Quito, which many would rather put in the past. But more happened this month like, Van Vugt Kruiden in the Netherlands opened a new building, Dümmen Orange appointed a new CEO, and an alliance deal was closed…

Colombia retains cocaine from spoiling Valentine‘s Day flowers

Cocaine is probably the last thing most people think about when buying roses. But every year, police and growers in Colombia must work around the clock to make sure that the…

Meet "Mr Christmas Tree"

The scientist who researches Christmas trees all year round

Ah, Christmas. The most wonderful time of the year. Spending time with friends and family, eating your body weight in festive foods, consuming the entirety of the alcohol cabinet, playing board games until the silly hours of the night and decorating the Christmas tree that sits aglow amidst the…

September 16-30, 2019

Sustainability is hot! But more happened that month...

In September 2019 again a lot of company announcements; Dümmen Orange teams up with Bremkens Orchids, Floricultura signs partnership with OGG in Mexico, IAA Fresh celebrates two anniversaries, Agrifirm acquires Dutch supplier to the flower bulb sector GMN, BOAL Group acquires Holland Group. Also, on…

Isabelle Henin Spindler, Red Lands Roses:

The rise of the long stem spray roses

Garden roses have gained popularity over the last years and particularly in spring this type of rose seems to sell very well, explains Isabelle Henin Spindler of Red Lands Roses. This Kenyan farm is specialized in the production of T-Hybrid and spray roses and sees more and more florists diversifying…

Department merger for better service supported by Greenlife Industry Australia

Greenlife Industry Australia (GIA) has welcomed Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s announcement of a major public service restructure designed to streamline the delivery of…

Ethiopia earns $916 million from export

Ethiopia has earned a total of $916 million from export of different commodities and electricity over the first four months of the current budget year started July 8, 2019.…

Bangladesh: Cut flower exports decline amid growing local demands

Amid a significant increase in demand for cut flowers in the local market, export earnings from this sector has sharply declined during the July to November period of the current fiscal (2019-20). The export earnings for the period was only $0.01 million, which is a 99 per cent decline compared to the…

What the new Plant Health Regulations mean for British businesses

With just days to go until the new Plant Health Regulations (PHR) come into force, DEFRA reminds business of actions that need to be taken to continue to trade from 14th December 2019. What is the new Plant Health Regulation (PHR)?The PHR is part of a wider set of changes which are being introduced…

Mya Thway Yee is committed to reform Myanmar's flower sector

"My suppliers always ask me why I take the responsibility for the whole chain"

It is said that one person can change the world. However, the whole world might be a little much, so let’s start with a ‘small’ part – that actually is quite big: the floriculture sector of Myanmar. Mya Thway Yee’s mission is to not only let the local production compete with the big import from mainly…

James Clark, Director of Policy and Communications, HTA:

"We welcome the clarity provided by the general election result"

Commenting on the general election result, James Clark, Director of Policy and Communications at the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) said: “We welcome the clarity…

Australia: Preparation is key this fire season

It has been a horrific beginning to the fire season, with worldwide attention focusing on the severity, size and early nature of the bushfires affecting much of the eastern states. With many months left to go this fire season, it’s not too late to develop and execute proactive risk management plans, even…

New Jersey Department of Agriculture highlights poinsettia season

New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher visited Powell’s Greenhouses in Gloucester County this week to highlight that poinsettias are now being shipped by New Jersey greenhouses and nursery growers. December 12 was National Poinsettia Day. New Jersey ranked 11th in the U.S. in wholesale…

September 1-15, 2019

Hurricane Dorian causes terrifying start of September 2019

September 2019 started out terrifying for people in the Bahamas.   Category 5 hurricane Dorian made landfall on Grand Bahama Island, and continued its devastating path to Florida, where several airports closed out of precaution. Flower exports were not affected that much.  And of course, Exhibitions took place the first…

US: AmericanHort applauds passage of bill modernizing agricultural labor program

The House of Representatives passed H.R. 5038, the Farm Wokforce Modernization Act, with bipartisan support. Labor challenges are the single-biggest constraint on the stability, success, and growth potential of nursery and greenhouse growers across the U.S. This bill addresses the challenge with…

Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture visits World Horti Center

The Netherlands and Vietnam have been working closely together in the field of agriculture and horticulture for many years and have formalised this in a Strategic Partnership Arrangement (SPA). The Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nguyen Xuan Cuong, visited World Horti Center in…

"Nursery and greenhouse industry big business in Alabama"

The poinsettia sitting on the hearth, the hydroponic lettuce in the refrigerator, the new shrubs waiting to be planted — all of these were probably grown in Alabama. Paul Brown, associate director for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said many Alabamians do not recognize just how significant the…

Dream Farms introduces "Scentsation Rose Bouquets"

Tropical rose bouquets bring something new to the table

"The only thing that is constant in the flower industry is change, so you better change and reinvent and try new things." With this in mind, Ecuadorian rose farm Dream Farms introduced their "Scentsation Rose Bouquets". These are environmentally friendly bouquets that can include scent. "Our goal is to…

But more happened in August 2019:

The 'mystery'of the decreasing hydrangea exports in Colombia

August 2019 was the month of the 'mystery' of the decreasing hydrangea exports in Colombia. From January 2019 till May 2019, the export figures were down. Are the smaller US weddings, the vase life, the changing preferences or are the logistics the reason? They all seem to play a role. We spoke to…

Dutch tulip vs Krasnodar rose: what will save Russian growers from bankruptcy

Russian flower industry is facing a crisis, note the representatives of the sphere. According to them, import replacement measures could help the situation. However, are the flower business representatives ready to refuse the imported flowers in favor of the locally produced ones? The Russian Federation…

UK: Have your say on farm health and safety

A new survey has been launched to understand current attitudes towards farm health and safety. The NFU, AHDB and VetPartners are working together to help reduce the risk of accidents involving people working in the agricultural industry. Matt Dobbs, one of the key people leading the cross-sector…

Up-to-Date and Reliable Certificate Information on Clock Front

Royal FloraHolland wants to be transparent towards the marketplace about how the products we offer have been produced. Certificates confirming sustainable production are an ideal way to achieve this. For this reason, starting 19 December 2019, we will be showing certificate information on the clock even…

July 2019:

Takeovers, joining forces and opening new greenhouses

Again several company announcements in June 2019; UK bedding plant grower Bridge Farm Group acquired by Canadian MMJ grower Sundial Growers Inc, Hasfarm and FleuraMetz join forces in China, and Royal van Zanten opens new greenhouses in Uganda. On top of that, the Dutch floriculture industry signs…

Mexico: Agriculture Secretariat wants to encourage cultivation of 60 native plants

The Mexican government has announced a new national project to encourage the cultivation and use of as many as 60 plants native to the country. The native plants for food and agriculture program will aim to recover the value of native Mexican plant species that now form part of the foundation of diets…

June 18-30, 2019:

A month full of company announcements

The second half of June 2019 is characterized by company announcements. Dümmen Orange starts collaboration with Kordes Roses and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Gardens by the Bay, Schoneveld opened new site PlantXperience, a new Kenyan rose breeding company, Nature's Ventures, has been set up,…

Russian flower growers earn several times more per flower than their Dutch colleagues

In the Moscow region, the flower growing greenhouse gets 0.10 euro per flower, while the Dutch growers get only 0.01 euro, announced recently the Minister of Agriculture and…

June 1-17, 2019

IFTEX, FlowerTrials, Syngenta acquires Varinova, Beekenkamp wins FleuroStar and more...

For many years, the first half of June consists of the IFTEX in Nairobi, Kenya, and the FlowerTrials in the Netherlands and Germany. At this year's IFTEX, it became clear that the Kenyan rose growers have had a challenging year so far and that many are trying their luck in bouquets. At the FlowerTrials,…

Kenyan weather affecting production

Red roses for Christmas: Higher prices, but lower volumes

Christmas is around the corner, which means flower shipments for this holiday are in full swing. At Kenyan farms Isinya Roses and Porini Flowers, for example, 60 percent of their Christmas shipments have left the farm already to the auction and direct clients. Are they satisfied so far? "The prices are…

But more happened:

May 2019: Selecta one takes over La Villetta and great Mother's Day results

One of the major happenings in May 2019 was Selecta One taking over La Villetta, an Italian breeding company. Another one is the tornado in Linwood, Kansas, that nearly completely destroyed the greenhouses of Free State Growers on Tuesday, May 28, 2019  Of course this month, holidays are celebrated, like Mother's…

A touch of Holland in Delhi’s Lutyens’ this winter

Some exotic fauna from the colder climes will soon grace the lawns and gardens of Lutyens’ Delhi. Among them will also be tulips, a flower held in awe by visitors to the famed tulip gardens in Amsterdam and closer to home in Kashmir. The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has imported 55,000 bulbs of six…

Embassy of Ecuador brings immortalized roses to India

Importing of preserved roses from Ecuador has caught the fancy of Indians. These colourful roses come with a shelf life of two-three years during which they do not wilt or fade and their beauty and their natural colour remains the same. Days ahead of 50 years of India-Ecuador Diplomatic Relations…

Imported cut flowers drive China flower industry for ten years

Coming to the Flower Market in Shanghai Meichen Square, you will be greeted by a varied collection of imported flowers. The Market receives flowers from more than ten countries every day, like Ecuador’s roses and baby's breath, Holland’s tulips, peony and hydrangea, Ethiopia’s hypericum and Peruvian…

But more happened in April 2019:

Canadian growers dealing with floods

Spring is around the corner and for some growers April 2019 did not take off well. Debs Greenhouse in Morinville, Alberta (Canada) for example never had a flood of this amount before. Later that month, Scott's Nursery in Fredericton, New Brunswick (Canada) had to deal with a flood as well. And of course,…

Ireland: Minister for food, forestry and horticulture launches plant health and biosecurity strategy

The Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle, T.D., today launched DAFM’s Plant Health and Biosecurity Strategy This strategy outlines the importance of plant health biosecurity for Ireland, as well as ensuring that all relevant stakeholders are aware of the risks to plant…

Ready for the plant passport?

As of 14 December 2019, the plant passport will be mandatory for everybody. Without such a passport, you cannot auction plants. Are you ready for the new situation? Getting everything in order at Meko Hulsebosch has been quite a task, says Ton van Eijk. "First the inventory of what we had to do, then the changes that had to be…

Not everything that glitters is gold

"Not everything that is touched by private equity turns into gold," is the headline in the Dutch newspaper FD. From an assessment taken by the newspaper among financiers it…

US: Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries launches multiple online applications

Since July 2019, the Department of Agriculture and Industries’ (ADAI) Plant Section, in collaboration with Alabama Interactive, has launched eight online applications. The…

March 2019:

California Spring Trials, Hortex, Women's Day, a peek inside Aleia Roses and more...

March 2019 was not only a busy month filled with exhibitions, also many holidays were celebrated all over the world. Regarding exhibitions, The California Spring Trials in the US took place in March this year, as well as the World Floral Expo. But also in Vietnam the Hortex took place and the HortiFlora…


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