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To Peat or not to peat

German-born Susann Warnecke began working for the Finland-based International Peatland Society (IPS) in 2002 as a communications assistant. In October…

Astilbe simplicifolia ‘Pretty in Pink’ wins Best in Show Award at Groen-Direkt’s Summer Days

Boskoop's Royal Horticulture Society (KVBC) awarded Astilbe simplicifolia ‘Pretty in Pink’ submitted by Compass Plants B.V.  and Hans van der…

Dahlia Dalina Maxi Starburst scoops up Fleurostar Award

Dahlia Dalina Maxi Starburst submitted by Florensis scooped up the 15th Fleurostar Award. Fleurostar is an annual contest in conjunction…

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Production

Production

Production

Boldly Stepping into the Future—Substrates: The Next Generation

If the horticulture industry is to grow its products responsibly, effectively, and efficiently using growing media, it must innovate. This…

Schreurs to showcase its latest Sunshapers garden gerberas at forthcoming FlowerTrials

At this year's Flower Trials (11-14 June) , Schreurs will showcase its newest range of Sunshapers gerberas for the outdoors. …

Dümmen Orange inks licensing agreement with Selecta One for breeding and marketing TMV resistant Intrinsa petunias

Ornamental plant breeder Selecta One has entered into a global licensing agreement with Dümmen Orange for the use of the…

Country Showcase

Belgium

In Flanders Fields, where ornamental trees and plants grow – Episode 3

The Flanders’ Agricultural Marketing Board (VLAM) invited FCI to see a cross-section of ornamental horticulture in the province…

Belgium

In Flanders Fields, where ornamental trees and plants grow – Episode 2

The Flanders’ Agricultural Marketing Board (VLAM) invited FCI to see a cross-section of ornamental horticulture in the province…

Belgium

In Flanders Fields, where ornamental trees and plants grow – Episode 1

The Flanders’ Agricultural Marketing Board (VLAM) invited FCI to see a cross-section of ornamental horticulture in the province…

United Kingdom

‘Sustainability increased capital costs in the short-term but reduced running costs over a longer period’

Allensmore Nurseries reigned supreme at AIPH International Grower of the Year 2023 at IPM Essen, winning gold for…

Italy

How is the Italian garden centre sector faring?

Founded in 2012, Italy’s national garden centre association, the Associazione Italiana Centri Giardinaggio (AICG), is the voice of…

Switzerland

How is the Swiss garden centre sector faring?

Episode four of our ‘Exploring Europe’s Garden Centres’ series takes us to Switzerland, where we interviewed Erwin Meier-Honegger,…

Erwin Meier-Honegger holding soil up shaped like a heart.
Netherlands

Lush lilies in the limelight

The Dutch lily industry ran its 11th open house in the second week of June when it opened…

United States

‘There’s an emotional disconnect between end users and larger scale commercial producers’

FCI had a great one-to-one with plant enthusiast and plant convention organiser Kenny Kiet Nguyen from Houston. We…

Lady looking at plants during Plantcon International
World

Smart plants or the magical interaction between flowers and pollinators

The interconnectedness of everything in nature is astounding. Plants have evolved side by side with their pollinators creating…

Close-up of bee on a yellow flower.
Taiwan

‘We believe that the ornamental business will become more closely linked to the regional economy’

Royal Base Corporation from Chinese Taipei scooped Gold in the Cut Flowers & Bulbs category of AIPH’s 2023…

selfie picture of Robert Wang with the The Royal Base Corporation team posing at the TIOS orchid show.

Markets

Markets

Markets

Markets

Dutch auction Plantion presents its multi-year strategic plan to drive growth

At Plantion’s Annual General Members’ Meeting on Wednesday, 5 June, chairman René Willemsen introduced its multi-year strategic growth plan and…

Ukraine abolishes special duty on rose imports

The Interdepartmental Commission on International Trade (ICIT) has abolished the special duty measures in force in Ukraine for the import…

Floritec kicks off construction of new breeding centre in Colombia

Dutch-based Floritec, a breeder of Chrysanthemum, potted Celosia and Aster, has kicked off construction of a new breeding facility in…

New money, new equity injections, and new CEO for restructuring Dümmen Orange

Dümmen Orange has obtained additional cash to fund its restructuring business through an equity injection. A consortium of current lenders,…

Novelties

Astilbe simplicifolia ‘Pretty in Pink’ wins Best in Show Award at Groen-Direkt’s Summer Days

Boskoop's Royal Horticulture Society (KVBC) awarded Astilbe simplicifolia ‘Pretty in Pink’ submitted by Compass Plants B.V.  and Hans van der Meer Potplanten from Nieuwe Wetering (Netherlands) with the Best in…

Boskoop’s Royal Horticulture Society to present Best in Show Awards at Groen-Direkt’s Summer Days

Boskoop’s Royal Horticulture Society (KVBC) will reveal the Groen-Direkt Summer Days Best in Show Award winner today. Eleven new plants will battle it out to win KVBC’s coveted gold medal.…

Magic happens with Schoneveld Breeding’s award-winning Cyclamen ‘Illusia’

‘Illusia’, the cyclamen that does not look like a cyclamen, won top honours at the Japanese Flower Trials and is now ready to take its magic to the forthcoming FlowerTrials…

PDSI to shine the spotlight on innovation at 2024 California Spring Trials (CAST)

With an impressive slate of award-winning and new-to-market plants, Plant Development Services, Inc. (PDSI) is shining the spotlight on innovation at the California Spring Trials (CAST) running between 19-22 March,…

Dutch Italo Hibiscus Working Group add Bilbao and Palermo to their Sunny Cities portfolio

The Dutch Italo Hibiscus Working Group, a consortium of Dutch based Hibiscus growers Peeters Potplanten, Koolhaas Kwekerijen, Kwekerij Groenhof, Hibiscus grower Keicher from Latina (in the greater Rome area) and…

Logistics

Logistics

Logistics

Logistics

German competition watchdog green lights rules for Euro Plant Tray

The German competition and markets authority, Bundeskartellamt, has given the green light to horticultural companies that team up with Euro…

One Air commences Boeing 747 freighter operations at East Midlands Airport

One Air, the British cargo airline, has commenced operations at East Midlands Airport (EMA). The central UK airport will now…

IATA reports fourth month of double-digit growth in March

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for March 2024 global air cargo markets showing continuing strong annual growth…

SAS partners with WFS for cargo handling at a fourth major airport in North America

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has awarded a cargo handling contract to Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) at a fourth major airport gateway…

Tech

Tech

Tech

Tech

Priva celebrates its 65th anniversary and presents groundbreaking new products at GreenTech 2024

This year, greenhouse automation supplier Priva celebrates 65 years in business. At this week's GreenTech show in Amsterdam the company…

Dutch Greenhouse Delta to welcome hundreds of industry professionals at forthcoming GreenTech

Dutch Greenhouse Delta (DGD), a provider of Dutch expertise in protected cropping, will welcome hundreds of international guests at GreenTech,…

MechaTronix launches new Coolstack grow light for high wire crops

In the ever-evolving landscape of greenhouse agriculture, MechaTronix takes a bold step forward by introducing an exciting innovation to their…

GreenTech Innovation & Concept Awards 2024 nominees announced

A ChatGPT-like digital assisant – trained on massive data and modelling on a natural language  to interpret the question, and…

Events

EU

Dahlia Dalina Maxi Starburst scoops up Fleurostar Award

Dahlia Dalina Maxi Starburst submitted by Florensis scooped up the 15th Fleurostar Award. Fleurostar is an annual contest in conjunction with FlowerTrials and recognises the bedding plant best able to…

MyPlant&Garden 2024: ‘Natural Evolution’

Organisers of the 8th edition of Myplant&Garden—held between 21 and 23 February 2024—tell us it was a success. It was jam-packed with a growing number of exhibitors taking over the…

The Landscape Istanbul Fair 2024 (LIF 2024) receives approval from AIPH

Members of AIPH gave the International Horticultural Trade Exhibition approval for the Landscape Istanbul Fair 2024 (LIF 2024). The event will be held from 13 to 15 November 2024 at…

People

People

People

People

International communication expert Frank van Suchtelen receives Premio Massimo Matteini Award

International communication expert Frank van Suchtelen received the Premio Massimo Matteini Award at Italy’s home and garden show, Coniolo Fiori…

Maartje Bouvy and Mariken Tannemaat join Dutch Flower Group’s supervisory board

Dutch Flower Group (DFG), touted as the world’s largest floral wholesaler, has announced the appointment of two supervisory board members.…

CIOPORA appoints Micaela Filippo as new Deputy Secretary-General

Micaela Filippo has been appointed as the new Deputy Secretary General of CIOPORA, the International Association of Breeders of Asexually…

Ball Horticultural’s Ockert Greyvenstein joins AFE’s Board of Trustees

Ball Horticultural Company's Ockert Greyvenstein has joined the Board of Trustees of the American Floral Endowment (AFE), a non-profit organisation…

Opinion

To Peat or not to peat

German-born Susann Warnecke began working for the Finland-based International Peatland Society (IPS) in 2002 as a communications assistant. In October…

Growing peat-free in Australia

John McDonald is National Biosecurity Manager at Greenlife Industry Australia (GIA). He wrote this opinion column for the May 2024…

How the UK is moving towards a peat-free tomorrow

David Lydiat is the Public Affairs and Policy Manager at the Horticultural Trade Association (HTA), which represents the UK garden…

Changes in the Chinese horticulture industry

Over the last twenty years, the production of plants and flowers in China has grown at a huge pace. Ten…

R&D

World Horti Center grants replication privilege to Shandong province authorities

World Horti Center has struck a partnership agreement with the Chinese province of Shandong, which will see the building of a second World Horti Center outside Europe. The Lord Mayor…

Electromagnetic energy stimulates crop growth

Dutch-based Wageningen University & Research (WUR) found that electromagnetic (EM) energy encourages crops to grow faster. The research was recently published in the report 'Effects of the ParXtra modulator on…

Trademarks and Variety Denominations are two different concepts that should not be confused

When buying a Pink Lady®, Kanzi® or Jazz™ apple in the supermarket, few consumers will know they are purchasing a ‘Cripps Pink’, ‘Nicoter’ or ‘Scifresh’ apple variety. The fruit industry,…

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