Labor shortages still hamper US agriculture

According to the American Farm Bureau Federation, there are over 2.4 million farm jobs that need to be filled annually, but there is a drastic decline in available workers…

Selman Transporten turns 75

Selman Transporten in Bemmel celebrates its 75th anniversary. The specialist in conditioned road transport of flowers and plants is celebrating this fact this month with the publication of its own magazine. Director Arno Driessen says that he is proud of reaching this milestone but emphasises that he is mainly concerned with…

UK: Farm shops and houseplants remain dominant sellers in garden centers

Farm shops and houseplant sales dominated at UK garden centers this May (2021), according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) recent Barometer of Trade (BoT) report. As centers in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland reopened mid-May in 2020, this report used figures from 2019 and reveals…

Action group 'Scoring together with Royal FloraHolland' aims to maintain Rijnsburg auction

At the seven auction clocks of Royal FloraHolland Rijnsburg, a wonderful assortment of year-round and seasonal products is available to buy all year round. The logistics are well organised, as is the contact between growers, auction staff and traders. Many growers and trading companies, often historic…

SAF launches Career Connection learning hub with 5 new courses

The Society of American Florists is now curating educational training, created by the industry's trainers, teachers, and floral pros, in one central location — its Career…

Royal Van Zanten adds yellow variety to Charmelia series

The Charmelia series is being expanded again. In week 25, Royal Van Zanten and Decorum grower Together2Grow are introducing a yellow variety: Charmelia Yellow.Pink, White, Blush and Yellow"Following the success of Charmelia Pink, White and Blush, it is high time to add a new color to the series: sunny…

US (CA): Pen & Petal celebrates two decades of serving green industry

Pen & Petal, Inc. is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the marketing communications agency’s founding.“The idea of a full-service agency specializing in the green industry…

Henk Verbakel appointed to AVAG Board

Henk Verbakel, CEO of Havecon Horticultural Projects and partner in horticultural consortium Atrium Agri has been appointed to the board of the sector association for horticultural technology, AVAG. This announcement was made on Tuesday 22 June, during the AVAG general meeting of members. Henk Verbakel…

NL: Paul Brabander bids PB Tec farewell

On 1 July, Paul Brabander will bid farewell to technical installation company PB tec. Together with his brother Koen Brabander and later Richard Schmit, Paul built and developed the company into one of the market leaders in providing electrical engineering, water technology, and automation services to…

US (WI): Dramm welcomes Thomas Boekestyn as DRAMMwater Project Engineer

The Dramm Corporation is pleased to welcome Thomas Boekestyn to the DRAMMwater Team as a Project Engineer. Thomas will be part of their Project Team that provides complete…

Watch the new corporate film from Beekenkamp Group

The new company film about the Beekenkamp Group is finished. In this film, viewers see how Govert Beekenkamp started building the family business in 1951 and how proud they are to see where the Beekenkamp Group is now. With a short look back to the past, but above all an overview of the four operating…

Master gardener: John Ruter talks ornamental plant breeding

John Ruter realized at a young age that he belonged in a garden. He came to UGA in 1990 to serve as the nursery crop research specialist at the Tifton Campus after earning bachelor’s, master's, and Ph.D. degrees in horticulture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, the University of Tennessee and the University…

Oriental Group presents cuddly cactus

Oriental Group will soon present the "cuddly cactus". It is, according to Oriental Group, the first needle-free cactus that can be supplied structurally to the European…

Obituary Russell Weiss

"It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Russell Charles Weiss (August 1, 1936 – June 15, 2021), better known to many as “Mr. Weiss”. He passed away peacefully with friends and family by his side. Russell was born on Long Island after his parents arrived from Germany. He resided in Center Moriches and East…

Westerlay Orchids is taking steps in sustainability practice

"Our ultimate goal is to produce our orchids carbon-free"

Westerlay Orchids is focused on sustainability through the continuous reduction of its carbon footprint. Solar panels, energy curtains, and a robust offset program will combine to reduce Westerlay’s carbon footprint by 43 percent in 2021, with a vision of achieving carbon-neutral production by 2026. As…

TTA releases forestry campaign ‘Growing together’

“Scale up your forestry seedling nursery”

TTA releases forestry campaign ‘Growing together’ to create awareness about the environmental and economic benefits of planting more trees.The importance of trees“Because of deforestation, diseases and climate change, forests have been shrinking around the world. As a result, there is an increasing need…

MNP/Suntory and Florensis launch exclusive branding for Sundaville

A unique collaboration between MNP/Suntory and Florensis: the companies have joined forces to promote together the world's number 1 mandevilla brand Sundaville. Through a new, striking, and exclusive branding for customers of Florensis, together they will market Sundaville even more strikingly. Special…

Colombia's ambassador visits J. van Vliet Bloemenexport

VIP visits Dutch flower exporter

Last Thursday, a VIP visited J. van Vliet Bloemenexport, in the Netherlands. It was Fernando Antonio Grillo Rubiano, Colombia's ambassador. He and his team came to see how the flowers from his country are processed. They were given a tour through the company. Then, Van Vliet's daily operations and its cooperation with Colombia…

Syngenta Flowers appoints new head of sales Netherlands and Belgium

On June 1, Syngenta Flowers appointed Edwin Zuidgeest as Head of Sales for the Netherlands and Belgium. Edwin brings vast grower and horticultural experience that will support the company’s endeavor to serve growers with a value proposition that considers their challenges and ambition. After being a…

Must Have Perennials welcomes personnel

Must Have Perennials announces the promotion of Paul Gooderham to the role of General Manager and the hiring of Laura Wagner as Senior Product Manager. Paul will continue to work out of his office in the UK and Laura will work out of the Green Leaf Plants office in Lancaster, Pa. Paul has been with MHP…

American Floral Endowment seeks industry input for strategic planning

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) asks for industry feedback as they engage in a new strategic planning process this summer. Please take a short 7-minute survey that will…

More Dutch-corrugated cardboard products: "Soon, no need to turn customers away anymore"

The demand for corrugated cardboard has exploded in recent years. Were it up to Henk de Jong, the first corrugated cardboard would have rolled off the machines in a new factory this month. He owns De Jong Verpakkingen in the Netherlands. But COVID-19, nitrogen, and PFAS threw a spanner in the works.…

"The viewer gets a feel for our company in 1.5 minutes"

Last year Robbert and Maurijn Duijndam took over the helm at Duijndam Machines as the next generation. Where father Bert started with the sale of a sprout harvester, the machine market today also demands online action. A good reason for the second generation in the family business to launch an animated…

President of Asocolflores awarded Leland T. Kintzele distinguished service award

Given his substantial contributions to the floral industry and a distinguished service that exemplifies the integrity, fairness, perseverance, and decisiveness of Leland T. Kintzele, President of WF&FSA between 1963 and 1965, Augusto Solano, President of Asocolflores, the Association of Colombian Flower Exporters, received in Miami the Leland T.…

Wyevale Nurseries highlights importance of plant health and biosecurity to customers

"Along with sustainability, biosecurity is essential to our industry"

One of the UK's commercial nurseries is contacting all its customers this month (June 2021) to highlight the importance of plant health and biosecurity. Wyevale Nurseries says it’s essential everyone in the horticultural industry is aware of the Plant Health Alliance’s Plant Healthy Certification scheme…

Van der Valk Horti Systems

Lifting production of rail console to a higher level

Rail consoles are an important part of today's air mechanics systems. They are the guides for the push/pull tubes. The increased demand for the clamp version of the rail console from Van der Valk Horti Systems presented the company with the challenge of easily producing larger and cheaper volumes, but…

EHR welcomes Mike Pezzillo as new Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

As VP & COO, Mike will lead nursery operations and work in conjunction with EHR’s Plants Division. He comes to us with decades of experience in nursery management and leadership positions. His extensive experience in the brokerage business will allow him to smoothly transition into the EHR team. Prior to…

US: Learn more about David Kaplan and Above all Flowers

Eager to learn more about David Kaplan and Above all Flowers? After 31 years as the head of Fall River Florist, a very large New England Wholesaler, David started AAF and in…

US (Il): Curate raises $1.25 m seed round

Curate, the modern sales and operations platform for florists, caterers, and other creative small businesses, today announced a $1.25 million seed round. The round was led by…

Belgium: Completion Meise botanical garden

In mid-2020, Bosman Van Zaal began realizing a cultivation system, consisting of cultivation tables, for the new greenhouse complex of Botanical Garden Meise, in the Flemish-Brabant municipality of Meise, just outside Brussels. One of the largest botanical gardens in the world. Phase 1 was completed at…

Erik Wassenaar, Auctioneer at Royal FloraHolland

NL: "The auction clock is doing its job"

The weather recently took a turn which caused summer temperatures. Many (outdoor) flowers were in bloom and ready to be harvested. Normally, the flowers supplied in May only slowly start to bloom at the beginning of June. This resulted in an increase in supply and a decline in auction prices. Roses,…

Dümmen Orange expands cooperation with Jan Spek Rozen in Asia

Breeders Dümmen Orange and Jan Spek Rozen are expanding their cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. Dümmen Orange will act as the exclusive agent for Jan Spek Rozen in Japan, South Korea, and New Zealand. Dümmen Orange was already an agent in a number of European countries, as well as in Kenya,…

Certhon expands further in North America

"We are working to realize a stable presence in the United States"

While celebrating its 125 years of existence this year, Certhon is far from done developing and expanding within the horticultural market. There have been a lot of developments for the company in the last few years. For example, Certhon established its own Innovation Center to research the optimization…

McHutchison adds three experienced sales representatives to nursery division

McHutchison is proud to announce the promotion of one of its long-time employees, the addition of three experienced sales representatives to its nursery division, and a…

New addition to the Berberis family

The Berberis 55 self-watering large-volume flower pot is a new addition to the Berberis family. Plastia CZ is delighted to introduce this product for small trees, palms, citrus trees, or large decorative plants. Bush and tree roses perform well, as will hortensias or fig trees. Universal usageThanks to the…

Gardening boom creates “an almost unprecedented plant shortage in America”

The Gardening boom of 2020 continues prominently into 2021,” said Tony Avent, founder and proprietor of Juniper Level Botanic Garden and Plant Delights Nursery in Raleigh. “Last year, the boom really started with the existing gardeners. Then, the longer COVID went on, we began to see more orders from Gen…

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Saudi flower farm Astra purchased by Dubai-based Floranow

Floranow, a Dubai-based B2B floral marketplace said it acquired the distribution business of Saudi Arabia’s Astra Farms. Floranow describes itself as the MENA region’s first online B2B flower marketplace, connecting global producers of flowers and plants to regional and international buyers, including…

Lavendel Plus: "These changes are ultimately there to make progress"

Lavendel Plus has been actively focusing on the sale of large potted lavender plants since 2005. The company has, in the meantime, expanded into a modern, 30-hectare lavender nursery in Ulvenhout. Lavendel Plus sells different varieties of lavender. By selectively potting these varieties at different…

UK: Leonardo extends logistic agreement with Kuehne+Nagel with a 10-year logistics contract

A new single-site logistics facility, optimizing Leonardo’s Yeovil footprint, will see the creation of nearly 20,000m2 of warehousing storage which, once completed in autumn…

US (PA): 45 years of growing business come to an end for Van Essens

Van Essen Nursery, Lebanon’s largest nursery hidden in plain sight, has reduced its inventory from millions of plants to nearly zero as its owner prepares for retirement. Situated on 300 acres off River Drive, Van Essen has operated for 45 years as a wholesale supplier of ornamental shrubs and perennials…

Growcoon takes big step by obtaining OK Soil certification

After obtaining the OK Compost Certificate in 2017, Maan Biobased Products has taken a major, important step. The Growcoon has been awarded the OK Biodegradable Soil certification. The biodegradable grow and seed plug Growcoon can now officially demonstrate that it is biodegradable in the soil without…

Collaboration Royal Brinkman and ADI

New data collection technique for automated scouting

This week, Royal Brinkman and ADI have confirmed their collaboration to bring a new data collection technique for integrated crop protection to the market. Central to this is the use of a camera system mounted on the spray boom. This cooperation gives growers access to a new tool for detecting crop…

NL: Plantion realises 'normal' turnover increase of almost 4% in unique year of 2020

During the General Members Meeting (GMM) of Plantion on 9 June, cooperative chairman René Willemsen and Managing Director André van Kruijssen looked back at the unique year 2020, in which the annual turnover was almost 4 percent higher than the year before. Those present in the room and the viewers…

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Swiss vote down ban on chemical crop protection

Chemical crop protection products will not be banned in Switzerland, nor for consumers nor for growers. Neither will it be prohibited to import produce and products made using them. That's the result from the  referendum that took place on June 13. Also the drinking water initiative, which wouldn't totally…

NL: Bolk Plants expands greenhouse, hosts trials Selecta One

Dutch nursery Bolk Plants has recently started operating from a brand-new, 35,000-metre greenhouse in Haaften. The grower has almost quadrupled in size and production. Because the cultivation facilities are optimal for growing the wide range of potted plants and to inform the customers about this, those…

US: Syngenta Flowers creates new leadership position, promotes and adds new members

Syngenta Flowers, LLC announces the appointment of Keith Francis as Head of Production for North America. Keith brings almost 30 years of vast experience in production, agronomical…

Dutch grower starts renovation project with Huisman Scherming and Ridder

This year Dutch greenhouse grower LKP Plants in Moerkapelle decided to renovate, modernize and make the entire company more sustainable. The management consisting of the three brothers Wim, Hans & Marco Koolhaas have therefore decided to thoroughly renovate the three existing locations of approximately 7…

Dutch Kalanchoe flowers brought to Vietnamese consumers

On June 7, 2021, the first batch of KP Holland’s Dutch Kalanchoe unrooted cuttings arrived in Vietnam and immediately brought to Sapa mountainous farm for cultivation. This is to ensure of the freshness of the delicate KP Holland’s product and marks a good start for the cooperation among NVHBP’s members.…

Selecta One publishes new marketing magazine ONE Magazine

Selecta's new ONE Magazine presents current marketing concepts, highlights and success stories, and shows trends and backgrounds. The new and improved Trixi varieties are also presented in it. The new medium is freely accessible to everyone at this link. What is it about the new concept of Verbena Mr.…

Benary expands its Chinese activities

In a new joint venture with Ican Horticulture Co., Ltd, German company Ernst Benary GmbH, is expanding its Chinese activities. The name of the new company is Tangchao Horticulture and will build and operate China's first integrated floriculture industry center, including a production facility for young…

UK: Castle Donington firm secures contract with Bloom & Wild

Castle Donington-based warehouse management system firm, SnapFulfil, has secured a five year SaaS (Software as a Service) contract with online floristry leader, Bloom & Wild. The letterbox flowers business has moved to optimise its warehousing and distribution efficiencies – and chose cloud-based…

Inside Horticulture

UK: a new magazine to inform and inspire the garden industry in 2021

The Horticultural Trades Association is delighted to announce the launch of the first edition of Inside Horticulture, the magazine of the HTA, helping your business to grow.…

Westland municipal development on 'Flora area' around Royal FloraHolland's location in Naaldwijk

The Westland municipality has taken the next step in the spatial vision for the area around Royal FloraHolland's location in Naaldwijk. Yesterday, the college of mayor and aldermen sent the development perspective ‘Flora area’ to the town council.As the name implies, this is an exploration and not a…

Floritec presents new logo and image

During the flower trials in week 24, breeder Floritec presented a completely new look and a new slogan: Customized Breeding. Customized BreedingOne of the immediately…

Rosen Tantau focuses on the digital presentation of their cut roses

"Three new varieties that perfectly reflect the current trends, demands on the EU market"

As there is less direct contact to clients and no trade fairs, the focus is now on video calls, social media and of course e-commerce. Also for German Rose breeder Rosen Tantau it has become increasingly important and they therefore decided to focus on their digital presentation of their cut rose…

Results of consumers' evaluation of Flower Council of Holland's Trend Collection Spring/Summer 2021

In March, www.funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk and www.thejoyofplants.co.uk launched the Spring/Summer 2021 Trend Collection which will run until September. Qualitative consumer…

"Greenhouse horticulture plays a key role in energy transition"

The energy transition brings a lot of challenges. Greenhouse horticulture plays a key role in the acceleration of this process. How this is done is made clear in the new animated video by AgroEnergy. Because weather-dependent electricity production using wind and solar has been increasing, more often…

Evanthia

"Matthiola trials show a breeding breakthrough"

"An ocean of soft tones, pretty pastels, and intense colors, and the sweetest scent only Matthiola can offer." The Matthiola Trials of Evanthia are blooming. At the greenhouse of G. van den Beukel in the Westland area of the Netherlands, Evanthia presents its complete range of Matthiola incana. All…

Announcing the passing of A.M.A. founder Allen Monsma

It is with great sadness that A.M.A. Horticulture Inc. announces the passing of company founder, Allen (Eelke) Monsma, at age 87. Allen died suddenly yet peacefully on June 10th in hospital, surrounded by his loving wife of 65 years, Shirley Monsma, and his daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Rick…

Marginpar's Tanzanian partner receives environmental-friendly certification

Marginpar is proud of their Tanzanian partner farms. They recently received their MPS certificate, and all of them scored an A+!  The MPS certification is a global standard, which shows how environmentally friendly the operations are. There are three different levels, MPS-A, MPS-B, and MPS-C. A unique placeThe MPS-A…

Farplants launch 'Garden Your Way to Well-Being' range in UK garden centers

The 'Garden Your Way to Well-Being' range is now heading to UK garden centers. The launch of the range was impacted by last year’s lockdown restrictions but can now make its debut in 2021. The range has been carefully crafted to promote plants that can give a mood boost and create a sense…

UK garden centers celebrate anniversary

"An 85-year love affair with gardening"

Squire’s Garden Centers celebrates its 85th Anniversary this year. The company was incorporated on the 8 July 1936 and the original certificate of incorporation, though faded over time, still hangs on the boardroom wall alongside the first handwritten bank statement. Sarah Squire is now Chairman, and she…

Strategic partnership between Floricultura and Spark Genetics

Floricultura explained the details behind its strategic partnership with Spark Genetics on Wednesday 9 June. 2021 marks the fifth anniversary of an exclusive partnership in the field of orchids and araceae between Sparks Genetics and Floricultura. This partnership assures Floricultura of the most…

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Hassinger Orchideen moves to new location in the center of German horticulture industry

Hassinger Orchideen, a German grower of in vitro cups, young plants, semi-finished and finished orchids, recently moved to a new location. "Not only the improved demand has made this possible, but the strict sustainability rules and the location made them decide to go for this new greenhouse in Nettetal,…

Gerard Werink of Floranova on their cooperation with Syngenta

“It is remarkable to see how well both companies seem to be a perfect match”

In 2018, Syngenta acquired Floranova to enhance its flower business in fast-growing Asian markets. Three years later, Gerard Werink, Commercial Director of Floranova, tells more about the benefits of their dual-brand strategy and expanding their markets. Gerard Werink Broadening their global marketsThe…

New general manager at Meteor Horticultural Systems, Canada

Meteor Systems Canada will be strengthened by a new experienced management team who will continue and expand on the success of past years. The position of General Manager is held by Neil Quiring. He will take care of the sales activities and is responsible for the entire branch. He will be supported by…

Flower Council of Holland announces selection for The Trend Collections 2022

From freesia to salvia, and from anemone to kalanchoe: the flowers and plants from the two Trend Collections 2022 have been announced by Flower Council Holland. As usual, the…

Schneider welcomes two new members to the team

Schneider youngplants will welcome two new members to the team. Per 15 June Geert-Jan Aaldering will join the team at Schneider. You might know him from his many years of experience in product management at Syngenta and Dümmen. As per 2 August Peter den Toom will join again Schneider. He will strengthen the…

Mulder Asparagus has been a Hamelink Koeling customer for 30 years

On June 1, 1991, 30 years ago, Hamelink Koeling was founded. The first job: a small cold store and cooling installation at Jan Mulder's, at the Nieuwe Tuinen in Honselersdijk. J.C.M. Mulder grew steadily and Sjon Mulder, Berry and Erwin joined the company. In 2001, new business premises with a cold store…

Former breeder opens events venue "Gasterij de Kwakel"

Tholen - After two years of intensive work and a cautious start this spring, Mathijs and Simone van der Knaap have now opened their Gasterij de Kwakel. At this event's venue, a stone's throw from the auction and right next to one of the largest horticultural areas in the country, you can eat and drink,…

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WBE interviews Rick Veilbrief, Heyl

An interview with a purchaser at German flower wholesaler

“Unser Service ist Ihr Gewinn!” (our service is your profit!), that is what Flower Wholesale Heyl stands for. They serve German florists optimally by providing them with all the necessary products, including our foliage, in a smart way. WBE talked to purchaser Rick Veilbrief and asked him everything…

US: Dümmen Orange promotes experienced Sales Manager to new Managing Director

Dümmen Orange is proud to announce the promotion of Nathan Sell to managing director of annuals, perennials and potted plants for the company’s North American team. For the past couple of years, Sell served as a sales manager for the Dümmen Orange North America team. His sales territory consisted of 15…

New partnership announcement: Flamingo Holland and Vitroflora

Flamingo Holland is proud to announce that they have entered a partnership with Vitroflora for marketing and sales of TC3 material in North America. With over 40 years of…

Sunny results on the roofs of Bock

The goal of operating a PV system is well known. To generate renewable solar power and use it – as in the case of Bock Bio Science – for the production of plants. And to protect the environment and at the same time reduce operating costs. One year later, a first look at the figures, writes Maike Menke…

PUM Netherlands now partner of World Horti Center

World Horti Center (WHC) and PUM Netherlands senior experts (PUM) sign a partnership declaration and start collaborating. The aim of the collaboration is to strengthen both…

Mycorrhizal Applications hires new sales account manager

The team at Mycorrhizal Applications (MA) has recently gained a new Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Sales Account Manager, Jeff Gabric. MA is the world’s leading supplier of mycorrhizal inoculants, and with the growing interest and demand for these sustainable soil solutions, Jeff will support the continued…

James Whalen joins Total Energy Group

James Whalen has joined Total Energy Group as technical sales manager. He will lead the department of Environmental Controls, LED lights and Water technology. James worked the…

NL: Fikona on the organic tour

After a period of many tests and with the help of an external cultivation advisor, Fikona Nursery in Lier, Belgium, has now succeeded in treating the plants in two departments entirely organically. The organic way Although Fikona had been making the transition to more organic cultivation for some time, it was still necessary to…

Kind Technologies sells its pharmaceutical business

Dutch high-tech group Kind Technologies sells daughter company Vimec Applied Vision Technology. "We're allocating all resources on future growth to becoming a leader in computer vision, robotics, AI and data."  Safe harbourKind Technologies acquired Vimec Applied Vision Technology in 2014, a company active…

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Asocolflores and Fedecacao commit to Colombia

Chocolate and flower come together to show respect

Flowers and chocolate—two of Colombia’s trademark products. Seen by many as competitors, flowers and chocolate come together to demonstrate that love and respect for others are fundamental to tackling the challenges the future holds. The Association of Colombian Flower Exporters, Asocolflores, and the…

Biophilia: nature's positive impact on people

Biophilia is a concept that, even though it’s not anything new, is gaining a lot of importance. In Verdissimo we know that it’s not very known, but little by little it’s positioning itself as a trend in the design and architecture sector. What is it? and what relation does it have with design and…

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UK: Squire’s Garden Centres increases support for Perennial and the wider horticulture industry

During these unprecedented times, Perennial’s services supporting those in the horticultural industry experiencing difficulties have perhaps never been so important. In order to continue to provide the level of services provided by the charity it has been vital for the whole industry to offer…

Eason Horticultural Resources adds Vinny Grasso to management team

Eason Horticultural Resources is excited to announce that Vinny Grasso has joined EHR as west coast nursery manager. Vinny spent the last 24 years as sales manager at A&R Spada Farms. Prior to that, he spent 17 years in retail management and purchasing with FlowerTime and Frank’s Nursery & Crafts. Vinny graduated…

NL: Solar panels placed on total cover water reservoir

Centrica Business Solutions and Albers Alligator launch a new, innovative way for greenhouse growers to generate energy with floating solar panels: Multi-F Solar. Solar panels are placed on the total cover (an algae cloth) on the grower's water reservoir. Making it the first solution that uses floating…

Bringing captured CO2 into the greenhouse with zeolites

"We store CO2 from the outside air to make plants grow faster"

“In short, we capture CO2 from the air outside and then release it inside the greenhouse. As our system includes the greenhouse to be a closed system, all the CO2 inside will increase plant growth. This new technology does not give any emissions to its surroundings while in use and the solution is 100%…

Robin Welsh (Halls):

"Everything about LogisticDocuments.com shows it was designed by those who know the fresh produce trade"

When he saw the introduction of the LogisticDocuments.com portal, the interest of Operations Manager Robin Welsh of Halls was piqued. The European sales office of the South African avocado and mango producer in Maasdijk had seen volumes increase over the past few years and was looking for a solution to…

Royal Brinkman introduces new model DryGair DGX dehumidifier

Small indoor dehumidifyer to improve greenhouse climate

Royal Brinkman introduces the DryGair DGX, the newest model in the DryGair range of dehumidifiers. This smaller model is especially designed for indoor crops, small greenhouse areas like seed companies, vertical farming and drying cells. With the introduction of the DGX, DryGair provides a controllable…

AlfaPro introduces new team member

NL: "Real gains to be made by horticultural and fruit & veg sectors"

Some of you might already be familiar with Jordy, having ‘met’ him at AlfaPro's recent webinar on 12 May. In the webinar, the product owner gave a detailed and expert explanation about the new webshop in AlfaPro NEXT. You might be forgiven for thinking he’d worked with the company for years, but in fact,…

Verdant Technologies acquired by Gulftech International

Gulftech International™ and Verdant Technologies™ announce a definitive agreement in which Gulftech will acquire Verdant. The transaction, expected to close later this month,…

Belgium: Gediflora's new breeding greenhouse is taking shape

The new breeding greenhouse of Gediflora is taking shape and in autumn, when the greenhouse will be finished, the chrysanthemums will be planted. The new greenhouses will be equipped with the latest techniques and are being built by Horconex.  Continuously investing in the breeding process"Gediflora is flourishing…

India: An Assam startup is helping Northeast farmers break barriers

After working closely with farmers in India for many years, and closely observing their struggles and challenges, Dr Bijaylakhmi Goswami and Taufik Ahmed came up with the idea…

AgTech start-up pledges support to global reforestation project

"One tree planted for each sold product"

Light Science Technologies has announced a partnership with One Tree Planted that aims to plant millions of trees around the world for landscape restoration in 2021. For every light or sensor provided to its customers, LST will donate $1 to One Tree Planted to plant one tree and support projects that…

Government of Canada invests $44.3M across 11 Canadian cleantech companies

The Government of Canadian announced strategic investments of $44.3 million in 11 Canadian cleantech companies, including North Vancouver’s Ecoation Innovative Solutions Inc.…

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We are less than ONE WEEK AWAY from #FDC2021! Curious about who will have a table top this year? We have members from all over including: Premium Flowers, Multiflora, Danziger Cut Flowers, Valley Springs, and many more.View the full list here! https://t.co/YXjF2jTcDJ pic.twitter.com/Xgxp62J9eX — WFFSA (@WFFSA) June 1, 2021

Thousands of grafted Wisteria

Each year, Tuscany Growers produce thousands of grafted wisteria which is a very popular variety within their profile. They concentrate their growing program for wisteria with a choice of 3, 9, and 18 ltr pots. All varieties are labeled with both names and pictures. Guaranteed contracts and agreements are available for clients…

Improved resistance and electrical connection with new cable branche

Stolze's growing light installations are made entirely in-house. The switch panels are assembled custom-made and the strand cabling is made to measure. To create the lighting strands, the company uses their own System (SLS), for which they recently improved the branching of the strands in terms of…

Double H Nurseries is growing 40 new jobs during lockdown

UK orchid business that nearly wilted is now blooming

Pre-pandemic, British family grower Double H Nurseries in New Milton, which this year celebrates its 60th anniversary, sold its orchids on the high street in major supermarkets but as Covid-19 struck, demand plummeted almost overnight. Owners at the Hampshire nursery were faced with 7-hectare giant…

NL: Jan de Vries new chairman of Nursery Trade Fair Foundation

Jan de Vries will be the new chairman of the Nursery Trade Fair Foundation in Boskoop. He succeeds Jan Willem Griep who has held this position for 12 years. De Vries owns Boot & Dart Boomkwekerijen BV, Griffioen Wassenaar BV and De Noordhoek perennials BV. The Nursery Trade Fair Foundation's purpose is…

Marco van der Sar new chairman of the Flower Council of Holland

Marco van der Sar has been appointed chairman of the Flower Council of Holland (FCH) board on 21 May. The board has selected an independent chairman with international floriculture experience and knowledge of marketing and strategy. Marco is succeeding Henk Spoon, who is standing down after three years.…

Robert de Leeuw to be the new Middle East advisor for Dutch Greenhouse Delta

"Understanding the region is essential in business"

As of June 1st, Robert de Leeuw will take over as a new Middle East advisor from Giovanni Angiolini. Giovanni has been passionately committed to Dutch Greenhouse Delta for over 1.5 years and has initiated many meaningful public-private partnerships in this interesting region. Giovanni will be working for…

Association mourns loss of industry veteran

The Fresh Produce & Floral Council is saddened to learn of the loss of Harland Heath.  Harland was a California native, the fifth of 11 children and a veteran of the Korean War.…

Dümmen Orange:

"New Phalaenopsis show house in Germany saves time on testing"

Dümmen Orange, breeder and propagator of flowers and plants, is opening a new Phalaenopsis show house at Bremkens Orchids in Germany. Visitors can stop by from week 21 until week 24 for the first ever Orchid Open Days, appointment based only. The whole Dümmen Orange assortment, including new…

Creekside Greenhouses joins forces with Bloomchampion International for new Hydrangea genetics

BloomChampion International B.V., a joint-venture between Blooming Creations Int. B.V. and Lendert De Vos B.V., jointly sell their genetics on the North American market under the new label Bloomchampion. Bloomchampion® ‘Mysterious’ Blue & Pink A wide range of new, award winning Hydrangea macrophylla and…

Selecta one acquires Helleborus breeding program from Bock Bio Science

The family company Selecta one in Stuttgart, the world's leading breeder, producer, and marketer of vegetatively propagated ornamental plants, is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Helleborus breeding activities of the tissue culture specialist Bock Bio Science, Bremen, as of 01.06.2021. The…

New features make selecting and growing Danziger genetics easier

Danziger’s 2022 annuals catalog blooms with more information for growers

The 2022 ordering season is here and this year Danziger is making the selection process even easier for growers. The new 2022 catalog offers several feature improvements to help with choosing, growing and selling the plants retail customers are looking for. The digital version of the new catalog is…

Germany: Landgard's flower and plant sales up by 28.6%

The turnover of the producer cooperative Landgard is increasedby 21% to €508.5 million in the first quarter of 2021 (which was €420.3 million last year) and is thus also well above the target figures for the first quarter and the market development. “A big thank you goes out to our employees for their…

Craigmarloch Nurseries on the need for expansion, planning the next phase

UK wholesale plant supplier invests in own growing area, first 10.000m2 just finished

Recently, Bridge Greenhouses completed the build of the 9,975m2 Venlo Glasshouse for Craigmarloch Nurseries. This makes up the first phase of Craigmarlochs brand new site, which when finished will total an approximate 25,000m2.Expansion to produce their own bedding plantsCraigmarloch are a wholesale…

Floriday

'Question and Answer' episodes about the use of Floriday

Floriday has posted several 'Question and Answer' episodes for any users and future users who have questions about the use or application of Floriday in their nursery. Episode 1: Search in the growers' catalogue Episode 2: Corrections to delivery note Episode 3: Planning and roadmap Episode 4:…

Nursery Kwakernaak

NL: “Sales become easier due to environmental registration”

FloraHolland's ambition is to make the marketplace sustainable and therefore futureproof. Many growers are working on this. In the spotlight this time, tree nurseryman Henk Kwakernaak. Three years ago, he wasn’t even thinking about environmental registration. This spring, however, he was the first Dutch…

US: Albertsons Companies adds wedding flowers to its online offerings

With wedding season just around the corner, Albertsons Companies (NYSE: ACI) on May 26 announced they are offering customers an easy, affordable, and environmentally-friendly…

Syngenta Flowers

First Syngenta Flowers Garland Marigold Indi series delivered in India

The first Syngenta Flowers Garland Marigold Indi series has been delivered in India. Parmar Dipakbhai Manubhai is a farmer in the village Arad, province Gujrat and among the first growers who can commercially grow the new flowers. Indi is available in three varieties: Indi Yellow, Indi Orange and Indi…

CAN: Platform for pricey plants crops up in Nova Scotia

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, new hobbies have been in full bloom. For many Nova Scotians, that has meant nurturing a love for houseplants. Deahna Hanson knew she…

Holasek Flower Power Garden Center

US: Minnesota Grown encourages support for local nurseries

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Minnesota Grown Directory provides customers with a convenient way to connect with over 100 local nurseries and garden centers around…

Charnley's Home and Garden Centre

UK: Charnley's Home and Garden Centre bids to grow own plants at new £600,000 nursery at Kirkby

Plans for a new £600,000 horticultural nursery have been submitted to South Lakeland District Council. Spearheaded by Marc Charnley, of Charnley's Home and Garden Centre in Dalton, the new nursery would be located in Kirkby.Charnley's Home and Garden Centre  A report said that due to Brexit and issues regarding…

US (AK): New Savannah facility expands production of controlled-release technology

Pursell has reached terms to build a production facility in Savannah, Georgia, that will expand the reach of its next-generation coating technologies across the Southeast and…

Johnsons of Whixley

UK: Johnsons of Whixley receives Plant Healthy certification

100-year-old commercial nursery, Johnsons of Whixley is now Plant Healthy certified. The Plant Healthy certification scheme makes it easier to identify businesses that trade and grow plants to a high plant health and biosecurity standard. It reduces the risk of introducing/spreading destructive plant pests and protecting the horticultural industry, other cultivated plants and natural habitats.


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Johnsons of Whixley

Plant Health is important to Johnsons and many other nurseries for many reasons, such as protecting our woodlands from pests and diseases such as ash-dieback and oak Processionary Moth, to safeguard native flora and fauna from non-native pests and diseases.

Head of Production and Procurement, Jonathan Whittemore, said: "We are acutely aware of our plant Health responsibility which is why our staff are appropriately trained, and our plant health systems are robust. Our recent Plant Healthy certification, shows we are a business that trades and grows plants to a high plant health and biosecurity standard—reducing the risk of introducing or spreading destructive plant pests and protecting the horticultural industry, other cultivated plants, and natural habitats."

To read the complete article, go to www.nurserymen.co.uk.

Signify expands North America business team

Signify has expanded its horticulture team in North America to support business development efforts in the region. Neil Coppinger and Colleen O’Hara have joined the US team as Key Account Managers and will be responsible for developing new business opportunities and driving sales growth of Philips LED…

Direct availability of wedding and party flowers

Online store with greenery and garlands launched

Albin Hagstrom & Son, Inc. is excited to announce that their brand-new online store, offering a wide variety of fine bulk greenery, and other products, such as garlands and mixed cases, is now available to the public. With the launch of the new online store, wholesalers, retailers, and special event…

"In horticulture, strength lies in numbers, so automation can help"

In February, the eighth edition of the Vaktentoonstelling Zwaagdijk took place, which was virtually organized this year. Erik Vermeijden, Technical Sales Consultant, participated and Vaktentoonstelling magazine interviewed him about Bosman Van Zaal and the ease of overview. ''Also within the tulip…

Dümmen Orange outsources the sale of specialty roses production to Parfum Flower Company

Breeder Dümmen Orange has outsourced the sale of its production of specialty roses to Parfum Flower Company. The agreement enables Dümmen Orange to focus on its core business: the breeding and propagation of ornamental crops. Parfum Flower has more than 225 types of special rose varieties in its range.…

SEPC in full support of PMA and United Fresh merger

Southeast Produce Council’s (SEPC) Executive Committee convened in early May and expressed full support of the recent merger between Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and…

NL: Floriday launches interactive roadmap to improve predictability

Floriday has published an interactive roadmap with all development points and ideas for the platform. Floriday reports that this was a desire supported by many of the growers…

Presentation of the Mayer Dealer Award 2020

For the first time in the history of Mayer Planting Systems, the Mayer Dealer Award was presented this year. The award stands for outstanding performance and excellent service of Mayer dealers and partners. From now on, they will use this recognition to award the respective Top Dealer of the Year.  "We are…

"To secure the future of the collection"

UK: Fibrex Nurseries donates National Collections to RHS

Fibrex Nurseries has donated their two National Collections to the Royal Horticultural Society in order to secure the future of those collections, they announced on Twitter. Public Announcement.We are not closing.We have donated our two National Collections to the RHS to secure the future of those collections.But…

Royal FloraHolland

Royal FloraHolland Members' Council Column:

“Sustainability will never disappear from the agenda”

When I wrote this column, we were on the eve of the extra Members’ Council meeting on 20 May 2021. This meeting was organized to do justice to the objections of the petitioners. All members of Royal FloraHolland were allowed have their say. by Karolien Tesselaar van TilburgTesselaar Alstroemeria and…

Acquisition of Quality Pumps & Machines in Belgium

Van der Ende Groep achieves international ambition

On the 1st of June 2021, Van der Ende Groep will acquire the Belgian company Quality Pumps & Machines (QPM). This acquisition represents an important first step for Van der Ende Groep in achieving its international ambitions. Van der Ende Groep’s main focus in recent years has been to further…

Ed van Paassen, VannoVa, on the introduction of Ilonka:

"Good cooperation pays off"

“It may sound a bit cliché, but good cooperation pays off,” says chrysanthemum grower Ed van Paassen of the chrysanthemum cooperative VannoVa master growers. Earlier this month, he launched the new white chrysanthemum Ilonka and so far he is very satisfied with the response. He only grows this variety in his 2.5 ha greenhouse…

Royal FloraHolland

Royal FloraHolland

“In this way, we keep the auction as strong as possible”

Last year, Royal FloraHolland launched the Nationwide Auctioning Cut Anthurium pilot. Marco Oosterom from ‘Kwekerij Oosterzon’ (Oosterzon Nursery) talks about the pilot that was set up with growers and auctioneers. What benefits has it brought? Royal FloraHolland highlights its members in a series of…


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