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"Naivasha flower jobs wither and die, production costs blamed"

As the world marked Valentine’s Day, hundreds of flower farm workers in Naivasha have complained of increasing job losses. In the last three years, more than 6,000 workers have lost their jobs and others fear the numbers could rise due to harsh economic times. Flower farm owners have blamed a poor market, the high…

Are you already making money from the Green Agenda?

The top sector program The Green Agenda increases the innovative capacity and competitiveness of members and traders. It also responds to market developments and opportunities. By stimulating green in, around and on buildings with collected proof, both growers and customers are able to create new sales…

Venezuela boosts flower production for export

The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, reported that new resources are being invested to support flower producers in the state of Miranda, with the aim of being the second largest exporters of the item in the region. Through the social network Twitter, the head of state specified that they work for productive growth,…

Romania: Flower retailers prepare for peak season as spring celebrations near

The flower sellers in Romania are getting ready for peak season as the Mărțișor and March 8 celebrations approach. Mărțișor marks the beginning of spring, while March 8 is Women’s Day. The demand for flowers at this time can go up by as much as ten times, Stirileprotv.ro reported. At the same time, prices can triple…

Prices 10% lower on average

Royal FloraHolland sells 4% more roses for Valentine's Day

During the Valentine's Day period, 165 million roses were sold through the FloraHolland auction this year. That is an increase of more than 4 percent compared to 2018. The average price for roses in the ten auction days before Valentine's Day was 10 percent lower than last year. The Valentine's Day peak…

February 20-22, Milan

Myplant & Garden: "Italian horticulture is growing"

The fifth edition of Myplant & Garden is almost upon us. From February 20-22, the doors of Fiera Milano-Rho will open again where more than 650 exhibitors will present their products and services on an area of 45,000m2. Over the years, the show has grown considerably, as well as the Italian…

Turkish flower market also under the spell of Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day, greenhouses and auction companies were filled with activity in Turkey these days. Growers in Izmir, one of the most important production cities in the country, are working diligently to fulfill the orders they have received for Valentine’s Day. Currently around 27.5 million stems of flowers are…

One rainforest helping another

During the Christmas holiday season, Continental Floral Greens (CFG) offered a fundraising program to churches across the United States. With each purchase of holiday greenery (wreaths, garlands and swags) a portion of all sales is contributed directly to the Maya Biosphere Reserve. The Maya Biosphere Reserve, in Petén,…

"Kenyan flowers among top Valentine gifts"

More than 60 countries will use Kenyan flowers for their Valentine’s celebrations, according to Kenya Flower Council. Kenya is the lead exporter of roses to Europe including Netherlands, France, Germany, Norway with a market share of about 38 per cent. Other countries include UAE, Russia, Australia, Saudi Arabia and…

Ball Mums

US: Top garden mum varieties by color

Ball Seed knows that Garden Mums are a crop driven by color. Years of collected data for trials, performance and sales has helped determine the percentages of each color class…

It's Valentine's Day! Busy times for florists!

It's Valentine's Day today, and this means busy times for florists. It is a holiday that is celebrated in many parts of the world and the fact that it falls on a Thursday is, historically speaking, beneficial. Thursday "Friday and Saturday are the best days for me, but Valentine's Day on a Thursday is the third best…

Jack Payne:

"Landscape professionals know no boundaries"

Landscape professionals know no boundaries. The folks in the unincorporated area around Cocoa want a nice yard just as much as the folks within the city limits do. by Jack Payne, University of Florida’s senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources and leader of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Fertilizer…

Ecuador to ask again for tariff-free access to the US for its roses

In March, Ecuador will again ask for roses to be included in the General System of Preferences (GSP) of the United States, which would allow them to enter that market with zero tariffs (currently, they pay 6.8%). According to Alejandro Martínez, head of Expoflores, the request would be presented to commercial organizations, which…

Fresh produce exports earn Kenya Ksh153 billion in 2018

In 2018, Kenya’s earnings from fresh produce exports soared to Ksh 153.68 billion (€1.53 billion), a 33 percent increase over the 2017 earnings. This is according to statistics released by the Kenya Flower Council (KFC), Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK) and Fresh Produce Consortium of…

"Kenya's horticulture exports to Britain will see no disruption after Brexit"

Britain's exit from the European Union will not disrupt Kenya's horticulture exports to that country, said a senior Kenyan government official, after industry data showed the African nation's total horticulture exports jumped 33 percent last year. "There will be no market disruption because of Brexit," Chris Kiptoo,…

UK: Plant health inspection facilities at place of first arrival if there's no Brexit deal

A recently updated guide from the UK Government details how facilities for plant health controlled commodities imported into England and Wales from non-EU countries via roll on roll off terminals can get designation if the UK leaves the EU with no deal. The guide explains: how to request approval for your site to operate as a Place…

Flower exporters fault night closure of JKIA runway

The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) is on the spot following its routine annual night closure of airport runway for maintenance between March and April, the period when the horticulture exports are at its peak. The Kenya Flower Council chief executive officer Clement Tulezi said the move affects their orders as well…

Australia: Smoothing out the complexities of compliance

Nurseries are not alone in having to comply with mandatory laws and regulations. “As with businesses in general, there are a range of mandatory requirements imposed, centred…

Bangladesh boosts flower market

Flower growers and traders make huge money every year in February, the month that sees huge sales of flowers as people celebrate three major events – Pahela Falgun, Valentine’s Day and International…

For California flower farmers, roses aren’t just for Valentine’s Day

While roses (especially red) have long been a go-to for Valentine’s Day, California rose farmers are supplying consumers and florists with roses in an assortment of varieties and colors 365 days a year. by Christina Litchfield After all, today’s on-trend floral designs feature a fluid, airy garden look in a range of hues,…

Nigeria: How to cultivate, export roses for sustainable income

In time past, ahead of the yearly St. Valentine’s Day celebration, an estimated one million roses were exported from Nigeria to other countries by February 10, with a total of $1m accruing to farmers and exporters, The Guardian learnt. But that is no more, as the country now relies solely on importation of the…

Crop areas in England, 2015-2018

The UK Government has released statistics on the crop areas claimed under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) in 2018 compared to the previously published official crop areas from the Defra June Survey of…

How landscape plants have an impact on the carbon footprint

A study out of the University of Kentucky provides a base of understanding of carbon footprint terminology and illustrates carbon footprint analyses using data from previous research that modeled nursery and greenhouse crop production systems and their life-cycle impact. Dewayne Ingram, Charles Hall, and…

Christine Boldt, AFIF: "Amount of flowers is similar or slightly higher"

US (FL): Importers on track for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is around the corner. Many flowers are still arriving at Miami in the US where they continue their way in trucks to destinations all over country. Everything seems to go smoothly, but the run-up to this holiday was rather stressful. One of the main challenges Miami airport had to deal…

Philippines: Prices of flowers up before Valentine's Day

With the upcoming Valentine’s season, the prices of flowers in Bankerohan Public Market increased by more than 50 percent. One of the bestselling flowers, the red roses are priced at P50 [0.96 USD] per stem which increased from its usual P20 [0.38 USD] per stem during regular days. A dozen of unarranged red roses…

Australian Made Campaign urging consumers to buy local Valentine's Day flowers

The Australian Made Campaign is urging consumers to make Aussies growers and manufacturers their Valentine this February 14th, by showing love for local flower growers and gift manufacturers.    “Australians want to make informed purchasing decisions, and most would be surprised to know that their Valentine’s Day flowers have travelled thousands…

Will Womack, FNGLA:

"Who says you can't put a price on love?"

Who says you can’t put a price on love? According to ABC News, Valentine's Day expenditures topped $18.2 billion in 2017 -- or more than $136 per person. That’s an increase…

"America’s flower farmers appreciate President Trump’s commitment to ending unfair trade practices"

Certified American Grown and America’s flower farmers congratulate President Trump on his State of the Union speech. "We continue to appreciate his commitment to American…

US: Slow Flowers’ floral insights & industry forecast 2019

For the second year, Florists’ Review magazine published Debra Prinzing's annual forecast (aka Trend Report) for all things Slow Flowers in the January issue. In her presentations about the report, she shared 10 Insights and 2 Bonus Insights that shine a light on the prevailing shifts in sustainable…

India: Bumper harvest leaves rose growers hopeful for good Valentine's prices

Rose cultivators from Maval and surrounding areas of the Pune district in India are expecting a 15-20 per cent increase in revenue earned from rose exports following the bumper crop cultivation owing to the good winter season and increased production area. According to Praveen Sharma, president of Talegaon-based Indian Society…

US: Industry takeaways from the State of the Union

When President Trump addressed Congress and the nation during his first State of the Union since the GOP lost the House to Democrats, he spoke of the need for unity, but his speech also highlighted entrenched divides between the two parties. Still, according to Shawn McBurney, the Society of American Florists’ senior director…

Dutch Vietnam Smart Horticulture:

Vietnam: "We are looking for local partners to set up a commercial improvement project”

The recently founded Dutch Vietnam Smart Horticulture platform helps the horticultural industry in Vietnam to become more professional. Members of this platform pool their capacities and skills to provide answers to questions, expertise, and investments and in doing so they contribute to the further…

New EU retail rules will protect farmers, even after Brexit

Anthea McIntyre is Conservative Party agriculture spokesman in Brussels. She recently highlighted an agreement between the European institutions on a new directive to curb…

Philippines: Traders assure stable supply of fresh flowers from Benguet

The supply of fresh cut flowers, especially red roses, for Valentine’s Day remains stable and this will last until Mother’s Day in May, despite the high demand during these occasions, Benguet flower traders assured on Tuesday. Mary Jane Bahod, a rose farmer and flower vendor from Barangay Bahong in La Trinidad, Benguet, said…

Kenya: Exporters shake off fertiliser delays to meet flower demand

Kenyan flower companies are meeting the current high demand for flowers despite experiencing fertiliser delays last year. The first quarter of every year is the peak season for flowers in Europe and Kenyan exporters, the biggest supplies to the region, pull out all stops to meet the demand. There were fears that this year the…

Philippines: In Benguet, flowers make Atok men bloom

The flourishing cut flower industry has changed not just Atok’s economic landscape but also the farmers’ lifestyle. As a customary livelihood of women, growing and selling flowers have crossed gender barriers. Men are increasingly getting into the business, Cherry Sanos, the municipal agriculturist, said. Profitable market and less…

Yvonne Tirop, Sian Roses: "It is exceptionally challenging this year"

Kenya: Low rose prices in run-up to Valentine's Day

“A combination of factors makes Valentine's Day a challenge this year. There is a lot of product in the market and the demand is not good either. As a result, the prices at the auction are lower than ever before during this time of the year. On top of that, Kenyan growers also have to deal with the…

Philippines: Flower prices soar ahead of Valentine’s Day

The prices of high-quality fresh cut flowers from upland towns in Benguet have sharply increased a week before the Valentines’ Day. Ligaya Pumihic, who delivers and sells flowers at Dangwa terminal in Manila, said the price of red roses during this peak season was P700 [13.40 USD] per bundle (two dozens).  “During ordinary…

The floral industry is getting ready for the high season

We all know that flowers are one of the most popular gifts for special dates such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, but did you know that of approximately $19.600 million…

Nepal: Rose prices surge ahead of Valentine’s Day

According to Kumar Kasaju Shrestha, president of the Floriculture Association Nepal, the country imported 160,000 roses worth Rs10.5 million [92,200 USD] for Valentine’s Day this year while the import stood at 150,000 roses worth Rs10.2 million [89,500 USD] last year. Similarly, 40,000 roses were…

FSI members gearing up for 2020 ambition

Members of the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI) call for an intensified sector collaboration towards a more transparent and responsible floriculture sector in 2020 and beyond. A collective effort to reach 90% With over 50 active members, the strong FSI network is committed to double their efforts in the…

US: Fewer consumers celebrating Valentine’s Day but those who do are spending more

Americans are expected to spend a record amount on Valentine’s Day this year despite a years-long decrease in the percentage of people celebrating the holiday, according to the annual survey released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. “The vast majority of Valentine’s Day dollars…

Australia: Finding the right staff with the right ‘stuff’

How many of you have thought that your business could grow more if you could just find the right staff? Three horticultural professionals tell us what they look for when recruiting new employees, what they do to keep them, and how the industry can help. by Gabrielle Stannus Wholesale Nurseries: Alpine Nurseries Alpine Nurseries is one…

HTA shares Brexit preparation advice

On the 19th December 2018 the Home Office published it's Immigration White Paper, setting out the future direction of immigration policy in the UK after we leave the EU in March 2019. On 31 January 2019 the Government announced its plans for EEA citizens and their family members arriving in the UK after we leave…

HORTIA education figures prove: Grower remains the largest agricultural profession

The current survey of the Federal Institute for Vocational Training shows an increase in the number of new contracts for the profession of 'grower'. Within the framework of…

UK: Continued growth in houseplant, outdoor plant and strong Christmas

The January 2019 issue of HTA Market Update reports that Garden Centre sales were up 3% across the whole year of 2018 compared to 2017. Houseplants continue to increase in popularity with sales of this category up by 15% year on year. Christmas categories saw strong growth in 2018 with December 2018…

US: Historic cold forces businesses to modify operations, close

Some floral industry businesses in the Midwest were forced to modify operations or temporarily close their businesses on Jan. 30 in the face of bone-chilling, historic cold…

Research by Wageningen Economic Research (WUR) and Statistics Netherlands (CBS)

NL: More cut flowers exported to Russia

In 2018, € 90.3 billion of agricultural goods were exported from the Netherlands. This is a slight increase of 0.2% compared to 2017, when it was € 90.1 billion. However, the…

Five governing approaches for greenspace in urban areas

Greenspace is very important for quality of life and sustainability of urban areas. But greenspace development does not keep up with urban development, leading to scarcity of greenspace in cities. In her PhD thesis at Copenhagen University, Carmen Aalbers (senior researcher at Wageningen Environmental…

Iran: Export of greenhouse products hits $350m

Iran has exported over 950,000 tons of greenhouse products worth 350 million dollars since last March, the Managing Director of Iran's Agricultural Township Corporation said. Ali Ashraf Mansouri announced at a news conference that with greenhouse development and rise in production, the export value of greenhouse products was…

UK: No Deal advice for business updated

DEFRA have issued further information for traders of plants and plant products, covering what to do in the event of a no deal Brexit. There is a new ‘EU Exit Portal’ bringing together advice for businesses and individuals on what to expect and how to prepare in an easy to read format. There is also a leaflet which you can print…

'Muppet' and radio rhymes warn Dutch of Brexit perils

Using rhyming radio ads and a puppet intended to represent Brexit, the Netherlands launched a media blitz Monday to warn firms about the impact of Britain's departure from the EU. "Make sure Brexit doesn't get in your way," says the payoff to the radio commercial broadcast by the Dutch government at the start of…

Horticultural insurance: Over 12 claims reported so far

Alpine foothills: Situation has worsened

Heavy snowfall in the Alpine foothills has led, as was reported earlier, to snow damage at several greenhouses in early January. The horticultural insurance sector has reported a good deal of damages from insured businesses. Due to further snowfall and rain, the situation was even more acute for the…

Dutch tulips & horticulture finding their way to Beijing

Tulips are often one of the first things that come to mind when people think of the Netherlands. Last Saturday therefore marked an extra special day in our country: National Tulip Day. On this day, the Netherlands officially celebrates the yearly opening of its Tulip Season in Amsterdam. The Dam Square…

Vietnam: Flower farming increases over 9% in Dong Thap

Floriculture is a sector the southern province of Dong Thap (Vietnam) has focused on under its agriculture restructuring programme. Dong Thap’s floriculture production is mostly in Sa Dec city. Last year, its production increased by 9.5 percent year-on-year to reach approximately 64.5 million USD. Sa Dec ornamental plants and flowers…

The growers feeding Britain’s houseplant habit

In the past year, the RHS has reported a 50 per cent rise in houseplant sales, with an 80 per cent increase in fern sales and 150 per cent rise in sales of the monstera – or Swiss cheese plant – as health-conscious millennials have embraced houseplants for their health benefits as much as their ability…

Nepal: Rose stems worth 133,000 USD being imported for Valentine’s Day

As many as 160,000 units of rose stems worth Rs 15 million [133,000 USD] are to be imported for Valentine’s Day and these are going to cost more this year, the Floriculture Association Nepal (FAN) said. The association stated that the cost of roses is going to be higher this year compared to last year as the demand…

Kenya: High freight charges hamper small-scale flower exports

The number of flowers produced by small-scale farmers in Kenya has been on the rise in recent years, but few are able to sell them in the export market due to high freight…

Nziyonsenga keen to introduce a culture of flower growing and use in Rwanda

In the Rwandan traditional culture, flowers were never of significance as they are becoming today, as gifting cows was the norm then. With globalization however, the culture of giving and decorating with flowers today is being adopted. François-Xavier Nziyonsenga, who has been growing and exporting flowers for four years now, wants…

Increase in market share Swedish tulips

Swedes love tulips, and the local tulip cultivation grows each year. In 2017, 151 million tulips were harvested in Sweden, and next year it will be around 160 million. The days when Dutch imports dominated the market are gone, as 80 percent of the tulips on the Swedish market are locally grown. But the…

AIPH publishes first International Vision Report on the future of ornamental horticulture

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) has published a brand-new report which investigates the future of the global ornamental horticulture industry. The International Vision Project (IVP) report, titled ‘Ornamental Horticulture, A Growing Industry?’, is the very first of its kind and aims…

US (FL): Flower distributor launches frequent flyer program

Jet Fresh Flower Distributors has launched a reward program for flower buyers regularly purchasing from Jet Fresh in Miami. “Jet Miles” is a frequent-flyer program which offers miles for purchasing flowers year-round. These miles can be redeemed for rewards such as credits on their account and towards…

CAN (ON): Provincial government helps young growers start business

Ontario's Government for the People is committed to reducing red tape and easing regulatory burden, to lower business costs and improve competitiveness for young farmers and new entrants in the agri-business sector. The Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman, hosted a roundtable to hear…

US: Seed Your Future launches free horticulture career exploration tool

Seed Your Future, the horticulture industry-wide effort to promote horticulture and inspire more people to pursue careers working with plants, has launched its new free online horticulture career exploration resource. Much more than a basic alphabetical list of the almost 100 careers in the horticulture…

Beijing flower market in blossom ahead of Lunar New Year

Some 10 million pots of flowers will be put into the markets in Beijing as the traditional Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, is approaching. A flower exhibition opened Sunday at Beijing's Huaxiang flower innovation park, marking the beginning of Spring Festival flower sales. A prize-awarding ceremony for potted…

UK: Government encourages industries to prepare for chemical use in case of no-deal Brexit

The UK Government has issued guidance to businesses that use chemicals on the actions they should take now to minimise any disruption in the event of a no-deal Brexit. If the UK leaves…

"China is one nudge away from the world’s biggest imported cut flower market"

China is the market that overseas flower exporters love and hate.  They love it for it has been growing so fast. In 2017, China imported USD 51 million worth of fresh cut flowers, registering a 47.2% year over year growth, as China Customs Statistics shows. They hate it for it is full of uncertainties. Is the market…

Backstop remains biggest obstacle

Theresa May presents 'Plan B'

The uncertainty on Brexit hasn't cleared up yet. Yesterday Prime Minister May presented her 'plan B' to the British parliament. The media suggests her 'plan B' looks suspiciously similar to 'plan A'.…

RHS Britain in Bloom finalists go for gold in 2019

Communities from all four corners of the UK are donning their gardening gloves as they prepare to battle it out in the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) 2019 Britain in Bloom competition. Now in its 55th year, the fiercely fought contest will see 71 finalists put their horticultural skills, community spirit and…

Floral trends for 2019 according to New Covent Garden Market traders

Peach blooms, old man's beard, houseplants and copper are all proving to be big hits at the New Covent Garden Market. Read on to discover more. And not only will you find out what was in demand last year, but also what's set to continue over the next 12 months.  British flowers Last year, British flowers, particularly cottage garden favourites, were highly…

EU publishes its proposals for free trade talks with US

On the website of the European Commission are listed the EU proposals regarding free trade negotiations with the United States of America. “The European Commission has today adopted proposals…

The world’s busiest ports visualised

An estimated 90% of world trade is facilitated by maritime shipping, and as trade volumes continue to increase, the world’s busiest ports continue to grow larger and more efficient to meet demand.

Best year yet for Veiling Rhein-Maas

Germany: Ornamental plant market slightly positive in 2018 in spite of heat

The course of the weather characterised the happenings on the flower and ornamental plant markets in 2018 too. Above all, the persistent heat and drought in the summer months must thus have spoilt the desire of quite a lot of garden and flower friends to buy plants. The watering confronted not only…

Martijn van Os, Royal FloraHolland:

China: Opportunities for own cultivation, challenges for suppliers

"With Chinese New Year in mind, the demand from China for red berries, such as the Ilex, is increasing. Although floriculture is still popular in their own country, Chinese people also like to be surprised by special products that are not grown there", Martijn van Os of Royal FloraHolland tells us.   FloraHolland has been active on…

Australia: Hort industry seeks your say on new strategic direction

As Hort Innovation leads the way into a new age of horticultural research and development, they have called out to industry stakeholders to get involved and provide their input on the direction of the new corporate strategy. Under the leadership of CEO Matt Brand, a national roadshow of consultation workshops will kick…

US: 2019-2020 New England Greenhouse Floriculture Guide now available

New England greenhouse growers have long relied on the New England Greenhouse Floriculture Guide, for its information about insect and mite management, disease prevention and…

India: "Rose cultivation has export potential"

Hundreds of varieties of roses were on display at the 37th annual rose show that was inaugurated by C Parthasarathi, Principal Secretary (Agriculture, Horticulture and Cooperation) at the Institute of Engineers in Hyderabad on Saturday. He mentioned that Bengaluru was the number one city in cultivation of roses…

Kenya: Laikipia County eyes American flower market

Laikipia County Government is eyeing the American market in a bid to promote horticulture exports to the US. On Friday, the county government leadership held a consultative meeting with private investors and State agencies to deliberate on ways to ensure flowers grown in Laikipia get markets in the US as well as…

Poland moving up in Dutch agricultural exports ranking

In 2018, the Netherlands exported € 90.3 billion of agricultural products. This is a slight growth of 0.2% compared to 2017 (€ 90.1 billion). Exports of agricultural related goods are not included (€ 9.2 billion). Price decreases are an important explanation for the lower growth of agricultural exports…

US: Industry members prepare to head to Washington, D.C.

Even as the partial government shutdown continues, floral industry members are preparing to make their case to lawmakers this spring. “Make YOUR Business the Hill’s Business” is the floral industry’s call to action for the Society of American Florists’ 39th annual Congressional Action Days, March 11-12, in Washington,…

'Russia – Zimbabwe' business forum shows mutual interest in bilateral relations development

The 'Russia – Zimbabwe' business forum was held by the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection on 16 January. It was attended by the Republic of Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Chairman of the Russia-Zimbabwe Business Council, Board Chairman of JSC Uralchem, Deputy Board…

“Use of coco coir to grow substantially over the next decades”

With a history of only 25 years, coco is a relatively new product in the horticultural industry. Its popularity has been on a continuous rise and is expected to keep on growing over the next couple of years. “The European growing industry was very peat minded, but this has changed. Nowadays peat and coco…

USAID evaluates AGOA program in Ethiopia

The USAID Hub’s lead African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) strategy consultant is in Ethiopia this week to gather supply-side information and conduct a sector analysis for…

Certification, a must or a trend?

Certification was one of the subjects tackled during the member sessions last November. You may be wondering what you should do about this issue. What does it mean for you? In this triptych, a grower, a trader and the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative will each offer their perspective on…

Asocolflores cooperates with the anti-narcotics police

Colombian plan to keep narcotics out of flowers

Guarantee safe export of flowers and prevent drug trafficking during high seasons like Valentine's Day and Mother's Day. This is the goal of the so-called “Plan Pétalo” that has been launched by the Colombian Anti-narcotics police and Asocolflores (the Association of Colombian Flower Exporters) in 2006.…

Thai flowers meet growing demand in cut orchid niche

The majority of the flowers and plants cultivated in Thailand are mainly destined for the local market. However, when offering them across the border, the interest seems to be high as well. Nicolas of The Amazing Flowers of Victoria, for example, decided to export Thai flowers and plants over a year ago…

Dutch export of agricultural products exceeds 90 billion euro in 2018

Agricultural goods to the tune of € 90.3 billion were exported in 2018, representing a slight rise of 0.2% on 2017 (€ 90.1 billion). The Netherlands is the second largest agricultural exporter in the world, after the United States, as is evident from research commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture,…

Study explores Kenya-Ethiopia agricultural trade corridor

The East Africa Trade and Investment Hub recently completed a study on the Kenya-Ethiopia agricultural trade corridor, also known as the Moyale Corridor. According to the…

Uralchem reaches agreement with Zimbabwe

Uralchem, JSC and the Republic of Zimbabwe signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the presence of the Russian and Zimbabwean Presidents in the Kremlin, on 15 January 2019. Dmitry Mazepin, Board Chairman of Uralchem, Deputy Board Chairman of PJSC Uralkali and Perrance Shiri, the Minister of Foreign…

Vietnam: Focused agricultural products for HCMC

HCM City will focus on shifting agricultural production to key crops and livestock to raise average production value and farmers’ incomes, Nguyễn Phước Trung, director of the…

US (CA): Tournament of Roses Foundation now accepting grant applications

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2019 grant assistance program. Since its inception in 1983, the Foundation has invested over $3 million in more than 200 Pasadena-area organizations. The grant awards in 2018 totaled $200,000, which funded 33 organizations.…

Uncertainty prevails

Horticulture industry responds to rejection of Brexit deal

The proposed Brexit deal of Prime Minister Theresa May was voted off the table by the British Parliament. One thing has become clear: uncertainty prevails.  "It's complete chaos", director of VGB (Association of Wholesalers in Horticultural Products in the Netherlands), Matthijs Mesken, says. "It would probably be better…

Florist predicts trends for 2019

Florists from Bloom & Wild have put together their top floral trends for 2019. Here's what Caroline Grimble, Lead Florist and Amelia Christoffers and Rowan Lewis, Floral Stylists at Bloom&Wild predicted:  Coral will stay big in the floral world with Pantone choosing it as 2019’s Colour of the Year  Foliage and grasses... and lots of them! They add beautiful texture and movement…

"Valentine’s Day is not only important for today’s sales, but also for tomorrow’s sales"

For those of us in the flower industry, Valentine’s Day is a crazy push, both a harrowing few weeks of high drama and (hopefully) a joyful success and sweet victory. For consumers, especially men, this is one of the few times a year they buy flowers. So, Valentine’s Day is not only important for today’s sales, but…

US: Albertsons welcomes BloomCheck certification

Albertsons recently added the BloomCheck certification program to its list of approved sustainability certification programs used to certify the plants, flowers and greens sold through their Debi Lilly line of floral products. BloomCheck provides retailers and their customers with a third-party…

Peter Vrouwe, Hoven & de Mooij

"Color-treated flowers are on the rise"

“The buyer is brazen enough to ask what and how he wants something, but most of the time the grower does not receive this information.” This was said by Peter Vrouwe of Hoven & de Mooij. The wholesaler, located in the auction hall in Aalsmeer in the Netherlands, has been in the industry for over 40…

British parliament votes today

Hard Brexit or no deal?

The British Parliament will be voting on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan today (Tuesday, 15 January). Rumors and speculation are swirling in the run-up to this vote. Last weekend, there was suddenly more…

Russia: Women's Day tulip mania gets underway again

The first advertisements on flower sales for International Women’s Day, March 8, appeared in December. However, the majority have been announced at the auctions within the past week. At the moment, the amount of such offers has exceeded one hundred. The prices start from 0.30 Euro per piece. The bigger the batch,…

American Grown lobbyist Jumana Madanat Misleh:

"Flower farmer participation in upcoming fly-in is critical"

When Jumana Madanat Misleh was hired in May to be the voice for Certified American Grown in Washington, D.C., it didn’t take her long to get up to speed on the issues facing America’s flower farmers. Jumana Misleh (far left) attended this year’s First Lady’s Luncheon along with Certified American Grown representatives shown…

Tulip season kicks off in the Netherlands

Saturday 19 January is National Tulip Day and the official kick-off of the new tulip season in the Netherlands. On this day, multiple Dutch tulip growers will transform the Dam in Amsterdam into a pick-your-own tulip garden. Flower Power This edition’s picking garden in Amsterdam is themed ‘Flower Power’. The colourful landscaping design is…

Kenya: Horticulture earnings hit 1.25 billion USD in ten months

The domestic horticulture sector in Kenya registered good performance in 2018 with the first 10-month earnings surpassing full-year results of the previous three years. Latest industry performance…

UK: New Chair for Covent Garden Market Authority

David Frankish has been appointed the new Chair of Covent Garden Market Authority (CGMA) and will take over from Pam Alexander OBE on 1 February 2019 as she steps down at the end of her second term after six years. David Frankish David has extensive board level experience of the UK grocery logistics sector and food manufacturing. He…

Johannes Noor, Area Export Manager, Royal Van Zanten:

"Lilium has a lot of potential in the Indian floriculture industry"

The demand for flowers and plants continues to grow. Consumers are always looking for something special. With this background, constantly looking out for new opportunities is the beating heart of Royal Van Zanten. Royal Van Zanten is the source of millions of flowers and plants every year. It is a Dutch…

Kenyan small-scale farmers take up flower farming

Flower farming in Kenya for years has been the preserve of the big local and foreign farmers and companies, mainly situated in Naivasha, northwest of the capital Nairobi. While big players produce the bulk of flowers, in particular the highly sought-after roses, which are exported to Europe via the Netherlands, small-scale farmers…

US: Government shutdown and the upcoming Valentine’s high season

Following President Trump’s televised address on border security on Tuesday night, the partial shutdown of the federal government continued, moving the standoff in Washington…

"Use the break between the big sales holidays to consider your taxes"

As most shops begin to take down their winter holiday decorations, there’s a sense of temporary calm before the big spring holiday season. Even before you begin prepping for Valentine’s Day, you may want to start thinking about your taxes. Hortica Retail Sales Specialist Maria Shepherd discovered there…

Video: A day in the life of an auctioneer

In this vlog, Aalsmeer auctioneer Erik Wassenaar takes you through the daily activities of an auctioneer. He also explains how Royal FloraHolland applies the excess policy and how the auction process works. Source: Royal FloraHolland

Taiwan: Mentor sows love of foxtail orchids

Foxtail orchids can be used for decorative purposes and in skincare products, Kung Tai-wen (龔泰文), director of a Pingtung-based orchid association, said. Kung, who advises the orchid and vanilla research club at North Pingtung Community University, said that he has over the past 18 years helped about 300 students develop…

20 places left for companies

Westland greenhouse construction subject of upcoming book

There have been lots of interesting developments in greenhouse construction, which is why a book about greenhouses will be published in June 2019. Between forty and fifty companies will get a place in the book with nostalgic stories and anecdotes from yesteryear. Read an interview with the creator of the book here…

Denmark: New headquarters for GASA Group

2019 literally means a fresh start for the GASA Group. This international trading company started off the year in a brand new HQ in Odense, Denmark. "We are investing in the future as our goal is to be one of the leading European suppliers of floral solutions", says Daniél Vesterlund, Group CCO. Building stronger relationships The new building…

US: Industry challenges, opportunities to shape SAF’s future

Back in August, the Society of American Florists began an eight-month existential journey to determine the association’s purpose, responsibility to the floral industry and…

Vietnam: Ornamental plant sector rushes towards Lunar New Year

As Tet (or Lunar New Year) festival draws closer, ornamental plant botanists in Hanoi have received a raft of orders for pomelo, peach blossom, and kumquat trees. Ornamental vases come in all shapes and sizes, meeting the varied demands of consumers. Read more at Vietnam+

Kroger will now accept Florverde certification for its floral suppliers

Kroger will now be accepting Florverde Sustainable Flowers certification in lieu of the Kroger Social Compliance Audit for its floral suppliers. The news was shared by Sofia B. Castillo, Social Compliance Manager of Kroger.  "Kroger is committed to upholding our Vendor Code of Conduct in our supply chain by partnering with…

Sachin Appachu, Bliss Flora:

“Rose prices under pressure from online trade platforms”

After reviewing the year of cut roses together with some growers from all over the world, it turned out that, overall, 2018 has been a challenging year . Next to weather, freight and political circumstances, prices - and particularly at the auction clock - were low. What could be the reason? According to…

Vietnam: Central province approves hi-tech farms

The central province of Quảng Nam has approved hi-tech farming and agriculture park projects in Thăng Bình District and the township of Điện Bàn on 425 hectares of land with total planned investment of VNĐ5.4 trillion (US$239 million) by 2024.   The project, which will begin construction in the first quarter of…

Russia: Orchids from Buryatia enter Siberia and the Far East

The growers of a greenhouse complex built in 2016 in the village of Bryansk in the Kabansk region of Buryatia, with the help of foreign investments, produced almost 60 thousand orchids in 2018. The greenhouse complex is the biggest in Eastern Siberia, with an acreage of a thousand square meters, and works year-round. The…

Kenya: Fertilizer imports decline set to hit production

Fertilizer imports into Kenya dropped by 50 per cent in the last two quarters signaling lower production in the agricultural sector. The key ingredient in farming has dropped to 126,885…

Live plants in Colombia maintain VAT exemption

The Tax Reform approved last December in Colombia, will maintain the VAT exemption for plant sales in the country, said Jairo Cadavid, president of the Association of Colombian Nursery and Ornamental Growers, Colviveros. The decision is taken in the midst of the fiscal adjustments the South American country must undertake from 2019…

Is this really the best way?

How market vendors in Thailand keep their roses fresh

Roses standing on the concrete floor, wrapped in newspaper, immersed in water, and/or water being poured over the flower heads now and then. It might not be common to treat roses like this, but it seems the way to keep them fresh at some market places in Bangkok, Thailand. At Phahurat Market, for…

US (CA): Rose Parade record-setting for California Grown Flowers

California Grown Flowers were front and center at the 2019 Rose Parade, earning recognition in many, many ways! For starters, Cal Poly Universities’ Certified California Grown float – featuring over 91 percent of flowers from the Golden State – earned the Extraordinaire Award, the award that recognizes…

US: New Worker Protection Standards resources for trainers, workers and handlers

In early 2018, Michigan State University Extension published numerous articles on the updated Worker Protection Standards (WPS), including frequently asked WPS questions, that came into effect January 2018. While the new WPS standard took effect, there were some gaps in some aspects of the training…

Swiss flower importer Matthias Haudenschild of agrotropic AG explains:

How do you stay afloat in a sea of discounters?

The Swiss are flower lovers and are always among the highest consumers per capita worldwide. In order to meet their constant appetite, the majority of the flowers are imported. Over the last decade, however, the consumption in terms of volume remained the same while that of CHF (Swiss Franc) decreased…

UK: Christmas sales joy for Dobbies Garden Centres

Garden centre operator Dobbies has hailed a strong festive trading performance helped by record sales of real Christmas trees. In an update, the Midlothian-headquartered firm which runs…

"Kenyan producers face New Year fertiliser test"

Kenya’s ability to feed itself continued to be tested last year with the challenges expected to spill over into 2019 as smooth flow of fertiliser in the market becomes critical in the February/March planting season. Importers represented by Fertiliser Association of Kenya chairman Eustace Muriuki and Kenya Flower Council…

India: Jamshedpur's gerbera lady to train farmers

The New Year is expected to bring glad tidings for some East Singhbhum farmers, thanks to steel-city farmer-entrepreneur Sudipta Ghosh. Ghosh (46), who started farming gerbera flowers in 2016 in her five-acre plot at Khuntadih village in Ghatshila subdivision of East Singhbhum, is planning to make local farmers aware…

Netherlands Vietnam Horticulture Platform formally established

Dutch companies and institutions decided to strengthen their capacities and capabilities in order to support the development of the Vietnamese horticulture and floriculture value chain.  Left to right: Mr Fokke Kracht (Van der Valk Horti Systems), Ms Heike Axmann (Wageningen University & Research), Mr Theo Tiegelaar…

Our most read articles of 2018

The new year has started, but before looking forward to what 2019 has to offer, we would like to reflect on 2018. What were the most popular articles? Which were the most read articles? Below an overview. 1. Photo Report IPM Essen 2018 In general, when looking at the statistics of last year, Photo Reports are doing very well and the best read article…

Vietnam: “King Daisy” helps improve farmers’ lives

Fields of Chrysanthemum flowers, locally known as “King Daisy”, in the Hung Yen province are blossoming in yellow over the New Year holiday, offering a stunning scene for visitors while helping to increase income for local farmers. Read more at Vietnam+


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