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Looking back at this year’s successful MyPlant & Garden

Organisers of the 8th edition of Myplant&Garden—held between 21 and 23 February 2024—tell us this year’s edition of the Italian…

‘We expect the general market outlook for growing media to remain positive’

Kekkilä BVB has 100 years of experience in growing media, particularly in peat. Timo Taulavuori interviewed the company’s CEO, Pekka…

Angry French farmers can count on horticulturists, not politicians, for support

Recent farmer protests engulfing large parts of Western Europe are proof of the frequently bitter relationship between farmers and supermarkets,…

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Production

‘We expect the general market outlook for growing media to remain positive’

Kekkilä BVB has 100 years of experience in growing media, particularly in peat. Timo Taulavuori interviewed the company’s CEO, Pekka…

EU official Daniel Mes hears of perks and challenges of geothermal heat on visit to KP Holland

Daniel Mes, a member of EU Commissioner Wopke Hoekstra’s cabinet met with KP Holland, HVC and NVDE  on 13 May…

Beekenkamp Group kicks off construction of a new greenhouse in Maasdijk

Beekenkamp Group, comprised of business units Beekenkamp Plants, Beekenkamp Packaging  and Deliflor Chrysanten, has kicked off construction of a new,…

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

Angry French farmers can count on horticulturists, not politicians, for support

Recent farmer protests engulfing large parts of Western Europe are proof of the frequently bitter relationship between farmers and supermarkets,…

From bulb to bloom, the remarkable journey of Dutch tulips

In a concerted effort to boost tulip bulb exports and create tulip flower aficionados worldwide, 12 Dutch bulb businesses threw…

The UK’s garden centre sales in April do not look very encouraging

The Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) for April is out and shows that only the clothing and…

The USA’s Floral Marketing Fund invites retail florists and floral designers to participate in Sustainability research study

Are you an American floral designer, flower shop business owner, or manager? The industry body Floral Marketing Fund (FMF) wants…

Novelties

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…

Commercial Horticultural Association at IPM Essen 2024 reports fruitful participation

The Commercial Horticultural Association’s UK exhibitors at the recent IPM Essen have much to praise for the event’s global status and the quality audience that it attracts. The CHA group…

Garden rose ‘Our First Summer’ from Danish Roses Forever ApS scoops up Show Your Colours Award at 2024 IPM Essen show

Rosa Eskelund, who in 1996 set up rose breeding company Roses Forever ApS together with husband Harley, scooped at the Show Your Colours Award for her ‘Our First Summer’ garden…

Logistics

Logistics

Logistics

Logistics

German competition watchdog green lights rules for Euro Plant Tray

The German competion and markets authority, Bundeskartellamt, has given a green light to horticultural companies that team up in 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

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…

CHA UK group at GreenTech announced

The Commercial Horticultural Association (CHA) has announced its exhibitor line-up for GreenTech Amsterdam 11 to 13 June at RAI Amsterdam.…

MechaTronix expands its presence to Canada with two new companies

MechaTronix, a provider of LED grow light solutions, has established two new companies in Canada, Leamington, reinforcing its commitment to…

Help is on the way — don’t give up on the box just yet

Scientists combining AI with traditional gene mapping are getting closer to adding to the range of buxus with strong resistance…

Events

Looking back at this year’s successful MyPlant & Garden

Organisers of the 8th edition of Myplant&Garden—held between 21 and 23 February 2024—tell us this year’s edition of the Italian show was “fantastico”. It was jam-packed with a growing number…

The XVI National Day of the Mediterranean Nursery Stock Industry will focus on climate risk management

In association with Italy’s Home for Agricultural Knowledge CNPAPAL, Bari’s Order for Agronomists and Foresters (ODAF Bari), and Italy’s National Association for Agronomists CONAF, the National Association of Nursery Stock…

Chrysanthemums occupy pride of place at French Printemps Palladien flower show

More than 5,000 chrysanthemums created a rolling kaleidoscope of colour at Printemps Palladien, a flower festival held in the gardens surrounding the Palladian Villa de Syam nestled in the lush…

People

People

People

People

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…

Royal recognition for Naktuinbouw’s retiring director, John van Ruiten

On Friday, 19 April, John van Ruiten, the retiring director of the Dutch inspection service for horticulture  Naktuinbouw, became a…

Opinion

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…

How effective are the forthcoming Brexit border checks?

At the British Ornamentals Association’s annual technical conference, the effectiveness of the forthcoming Brexit border checks was top of the…

The EU’s Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation is closer to becoming law: What’s in the latest proposal?

Regina Mestre is an Analyst in packaging and logistics for Rabobank RaboResearch. In the April 2024 issue of FloraCulture International,…

Native plants are on the rise

Native plant consumption in the US continues to grow organically from consumer demand and through purchases mandated by legislation. Debbie…

R&D

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,…

Choosing the best plant variety rights in the USA: Which options are right for you?

Back in the 1930s, the United States became the first country to offer breeders the ability to protect their novel plant varieties. In the nearly 100 years since then, the…

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