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The AIPH International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) Awards 2022 Opens for Entries

The International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) Awards 2022, organised by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH), is now…

Climate screens play prominent role in Dutch organic vegetables growing

VOORNE-PUTTEN, Netherlands: Dutch based Bio Kwekerij Frank de Koning is a modern biodynamic greenhouse business growing bell peppers, cucumbers and…

ryan irving
Growing trees is not as instant as 3D printing

Maurizio Lapponi is a tree grower from Mantova, Italy and previously served as President of the European Nurserystock Association (ENA).…

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Climate screens play prominent role in Dutch organic vegetables growing

VOORNE-PUTTEN, Netherlands: Dutch based Bio Kwekerij Frank de Koning is a modern biodynamic greenhouse business growing bell peppers, cucumbers and…

Using Flora Eco-Glue to reduce the proportion of black peat and still create a reliable block

Floragard is a long-established and reputable manufacturer of exclusive growing media products and specialist mix substrates, has successfully trialled its…

MPS is gaining momentum in Turkey

The MPS certification scheme supports horticultural entrepreneurs worldwide in their efforts to operate more sustainably, writes Hanim Dur. MPS offers…

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China

Half a decade of flower e-commerce development in China

Zhu Yueyi, Jia Lan and Liu Minjia drive one of China's largest flower subscription delivery businesses from their…

ReFresh Flower Shop
South Korea

Signs of thaw for South Korea’s flower industry

Ornamental horticulture in South Korea has long been side-lined due to the country’s focus on rapid industrialisation and…

China

Chinese New Year spending survey

The China Flowers and Horticulture magazine recently published insights into 2020 consumer habits and trends based on online…

South Africa

South Africa’s Together We Bloom charity is built to last

Together We Bloom is a not-for-profit charitable initiative started by the horticultural industry in South Africa in association…

China

China’s high horticultural ambitions are already worth an estimated $20 billion

BEIJING, China: Uncle Wang is becoming part of a growing band of 'influencers' in China who sell flowers…

Portugal

Portugal has the right conditions for a growing market

Author: Ron van der Ploeg Reporting on Portugal’s domestic production, including figures is not an easy task as…

China

China’s ornamental horticulture in focus

Author: Wen-Ke Dong* BEIJING, China: Ornamental horticulture and landscaping in China grew from practically nothing in the early…

Georgia

Georgia’s boxwood apocalypse

Author: Dr Audrey Gerber / Photos: Iryna Matsiakh Outbreak and spread of pests and diseases of Boxwood threaten…

Devastation of boxwood in Georgia forest
Russia

FlowersExpo Moscow

While the Russian economy has slowed more or less to a standstill, FlowersExpo (September 10-12, 2019) held at…

Kenya

Kenya: direct markets can offer better prices

It’s now almost two years since Clement Tulezi succeeded Jane Ngige as CEO of the Kenya Flower Council. …

COVID-19

COVID-19

COVID-19

COVID-19

Covid-19 in Scotland: united retailers urge click and collect to remain during lockdown

DIDCOT, UK:  Retail industry representatives have written a joint letter to the Scottish Government’s Economy Secretary, Fiona Hyslop MSP, to…

COVID-19 Resources for Horticultural Producers & Growers
The Netherlands and Germany enter hard lockdown

Author: Ron van der Ploeg THE HAGUE, Netherlands, BERLIN, Germany: In a rare televised address, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte…

French florists ready to fight back

Author: Ron van der Ploeg 29 October, PARIS, France: Today, the President of the French florist association Fédération Française des…

Spain’s agriculture minister announces nation-wide campaign to promote flowers and plants

Author: Ron van der Ploeg MADRID, Spain: Spanish agriculture minister Luis Planas announces a range of measures to support the…

Novelties

HTA Virtual New Plant Awards Winners 2020

DIDCOT, UK: Apple ‘Trinity’ from Frank P Matthews has been crowned Best in Show at the HTA Virtual New Plant Awards 2020. The 2020 judging panel included  Matthew Biggs (gardener,…

Alexandra Farms presents nine new roses for the wedding season

BOGOTA, Colombia: Alexandra Farms, the world’s largest grower of fresh cut garden roses and spray roses, proudly announces the availability of nine new rose varieties just in time for this…

BEST-select’s Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bobo’ wins PHS Gold Medal

BEST-select, a consortium of 17 wholesale plant nurseries from Flanders is pleased that the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) has included its Hydrangea paniculata ‘Bobo’ in its 2021 list of Gold Medal…

Dümmen Orange launches deep-red Tacazzi+ rose, targets African market

DE LIER, Netherlands: Dümmen Orange, the world’s largest breeder and propagator of cut flowers, bulbs, tropical plants, pot plants, bedding plants and perennials, has launched a burgundy red rose. Its…

Dümmen Orange launches deep yellow Momentum+ rose, targets African market

DE LIER, The Netherlands: Dümmen Orange, the world’s largest breeder and propagator of cut flowers, bulbs, tropical plants, pot plants, bedding plants and perennials, has launched a deep yellow rose.…

Logistics

Logistics

Logistics

Logistics

Holes found in the ‘absorbing’ ‘David versus Goliath’ case on transporting roses

DEN HAAG, Netherlands: Patent holder Floration Europe from Bovenkarspel has drawn the short straw in summary proceedings against Royal FloraHolland.…

Ethiopian Airlines transports 3.5 million Covid-19 vaccines to São Paulo, Brazil

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics services, a leading pan-African airline, has transported 3.5 million Covid-19 vaccines from Shanghai…

Wave goodbye to wobbly pots in boxes   

LEUSDEN, Netherlands: Plants that fit in 15 cm pots are often placed loosely in a Euro Stacking Box. Modiform's newly…

New Paklite Shipping System cuts freight costs as much as 50 per cent, says Flopak

ST LOUIS, USA: Flopak USA, the leading full-service floral packaging provider, has a patent pending new shipping system that has…

Tech

Tech

Tech

Tech

Annie van de Riet, president of AVAG
How the pandemic is reframing the future for Dutch greenhouse builders

New greenhouses, mostly glass, have recently been going up at the rate of around 3,500ha a year – and the…

Oreon and  Enersavings Inc. ink partnership deal

IJSSELSTEIN, Netherlands: Dutch lighting company Oreon partners with EnerSavings Inc. From Canada. EnerSavings is a leader in customized lighting retrofits…

Delphy’s hi-tech experimental growth chambers take shape

BLEISWIJK, Netherlands: Work to develop two hi-tech experimental growth chambers that have entered the final few weeks with multi-tier growing…

Bosman Van Zaal acquires British CMW Horticulture

AALSMEER, Netherlands: Dutch greenhouse builder Bosman Van Zaal has acquired horticultural engineering company CMW Horticulture, based in East Yorkshire, United…

Events

Webinar to address horticultural industry peat use and developing Sustainable Growing Media

DIDCOT, UK: Find out what the global industry thinks and join in the conversation on 18 May in the ‘Sustainable Growing Media’ webinar from 3pm to 4.30pm CEST. Register, free-of-charge…

Are you building a collaborative city for the benefit of people and nature?

AIPH World Green City Awards 2022 call for entries supported by The Nature of Cities. Collaborative cities that are working to create a liveable environment for both people and nature…

‘Post-Covid, trade fairs will emerge stronger than before’

Iberflora, Spain’s premier horticultural trade show, is all set for its golden jubilee (50th edition this year). The trade exhibition’s newly appointed chairman Raúl Ferrer is adamant that Iberflora will…

People

People

People

People

Holly Scoggins joins NewGen® Boxwood and Saunders Brothers, Inc. in administrative and marketing roles

PINEY RIVER, USA: NewGen® Boxwood, from Saunders Genetics, LLC, and Saunders Brothers, Inc. are pleased to announce the joint hiring…

AVAG welcomes Richard Vialle as its newest board member

WESTLAND, Netherlands: AVAG, the Dutch glasshouse construction and equipment sector body, has announced that Richard Vialle, affiliated with Crux Agribotics…

Said El Ouakili joins Ridder as new EMEA Sales Manager Climate Screens

MAASDIJK, Netherlands: Dutch-based horticultural engineering company Ridder is proud to announce and welcome Said El Ouakili as its new EMEA…

Danziger appoints two new product managers

MISHMAR HASIVA, Israel: Plant breeder and propagator Danziger from Israel is pleased to announce the appointment of two industry veterans…

Opinion

ryan irving
Growing trees is not as instant as 3D printing

Maurizio Lapponi is a tree grower from Mantova, Italy and previously served as President of the European Nurserystock Association (ENA).…

A new standard for recycled trays and flower buckets on the horizon

At the beginning of 2021, a well-known discussion was taken up again in Europe about the necessity for more sustainable…

We Connect to Grow

Fred van Tol, Manager of International Development at Royal FloraHolland writes about the Floriday Platform. “It had a major impact…

Over the past 40 years, the agricultural industry has moved through different stages of consolidation. In my view, agricultural businesses will continue to merge with or acquire other companies, writes Arne Bac, Sector Specialist, Rabobank Food&Agri, the Netherlands.
Consolidation in the floriculture value chain is a growing concern

Over the past 40 years, the agricultural industry has moved through different stages of consolidation. In my view, agricultural businesses…

R&D

The newest ICL innovation is coming: Osmocote 5

WAARDENBURG, Netherlands: With over 50 years of experience, ICL Specialty Fertilizers has now developed the fifth generation of innovative controlled-release fertilizers: Osmocote 5. The future of stronger and healthier plants…

UK’s ornamentals industry committed to better collaboration on peat use 

DIDCOT, UK: The horticulture industry and government have welcomed data that shows further decreases in the percentage of peat used in growing media, acknowledging its importance to the sector’s ability…

The certainty of a good start

Author: Femke Boon* It has been 25 years since the first batch of Petunia was declared free of virus and shipped to customers with a Naktuinbouw Elite certificate. How did it start?  An…

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