Latest Issue

Headlines

It’s ‘Grandtastic’! A filler and accent flower in one

Breeding the new Gypsophila variety ‘Grandtastic’ was, as Selecta Cut Flowers calls it, a masterstroke, “a creation worth an art…

Urban biodiversity is enhanced by horticulture

The world continues to urbanise at an unprecedented rate. Cities are both drivers of biodiversity loss and habitat fragmentation and…

‘Private Equity in Horticulture’ themed webinar leaves attendees with more questions than answers

On Tuesday, 16 April, Dutch-based World Horti Center hosted its seventh I-Grow Inside webinar, this time around discussing the pros…

FCI Industry Events

BTN - IGOTY 2023 Winner

23 January 2024, 4:30 pm - 9:45 pm CET

International Grower of the Year 2024

16 January 2024, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Central European Time

Novelty Protection Webinar 2024

Watch FCI Industry Events

Production

Production

Production

Labeau hails the company’s inaugural Open Days a resounding success

Orchid breeder and propagator Labeau, which emerged in February 2024 when Hark/Sion and Microflor joined forces, concluded its first Open…

Turfvrij Nederland: ‘Peat bogs are Europe’s rainforest, so we have to preserve, protect and restore them’

Philipp Gramlich and Karin Bodewits, leading figures in the community network Turfvrij Nederland, are at the forefront of the battle…

Wyevale Nurseries returns to retail tree market after 15-year absence 

Wyevale Nurseries is unveiling its first collection of trees for retailers at the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) National Plant Show…

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

Poor weather and sluggish demand in plants impact the UK’s garden centre retailers

The UK’s Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) has released its latest Market Update for June, reflecting on the performance of garden…

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…

Novelties

It’s ‘Grandtastic’! A filler and accent flower in one

Breeding the new Gypsophila variety ‘Grandtastic’ was, as Selecta Cut Flowers calls it, a masterstroke, “a creation worth an art gallery”. Beneath the ornate prose lies a new filler flower…

Digitalis purpurea Apple Blossom wins Best in Show at HTA National Plant Show 2024

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company’s Digitalis purpurea Apple Blossom has been recognised as Best in Show at the New Plant Awards, sponsored by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), at this…

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…

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

Signify plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 90 per cent across its entire value chain

Signify has released its plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 90 per cent across its entire value chain…

Interest in GreenTech is stable, with this year’s attendance up 5 per cent from 2023

The GreenTech 2024 show, held in Amsterdam between 11 and 13 June, proved that, from a global perspective, there’s an…

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,…

Events

FlowerTrials remains the not-to-be missed open house event for the bedding plant industry

FlowerTrials, the annual open days for the bedding plant industry, was back in bloom 11-14 June 2024 attracting 5,300 green professionals. Interest in the event is stable with this year’s…

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 that 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…

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

‘Private Equity in Horticulture’ themed webinar leaves attendees with more questions than answers

On Tuesday, 16 April, Dutch-based World Horti Center hosted its seventh I-Grow Inside webinar, this time around discussing the pros…

Gardening on the wild(er) side on Knepp Estate

A historic garden in Southern England aims to radically boost its biodiversity in an experiment that pushes at the boundaries…

Chamelaucium white flower , waxflower , shrub of the myrthe family
Biodiversity in the Australian Greenlife Industry

Australia is home to over a million different types of native plants and animals – many of which  are found…

The threat of invasive alien species

The practice of moving plants from one area and releasing them in another, known as plant hunting, can be a…

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,…

Download Previous Issues