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British Plants for Europe and California-based Altman Plants join forces

Plants For Europe Limited (PFE) is delighted to announce that it is now working with California-based Altman Plants, to bring…

The UK’s Horticultural Trades Association calls on the government to safeguard industry ten weeks before new Brexit checks

Ten weeks before new Brexit checks will become operational, the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) organised another of its borders and…

AIPH Green City Conference to showcase urban greening in arid climates

Water availability, urban heat island effect, and energy use are major concerns shared by desert cities around the world. Taking…

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Production

British Plants for Europe and California-based Altman Plants join forces

Plants For Europe Limited (PFE) is delighted to announce that it is now working with California-based Altman Plants, to bring…

Ferns-believer: Vitro Plus is now offering hardy ferns

A relative newcomer to hardy fern breeding, propagation and marketing has been founded on a company’s three-decade expertise in tissue…

Erfgoed publishes a white paper on perennial plant and nursery stock production

A perennial plant or nursery stock grower's primary goal is to deliver constant and superior product quality while keeping labour…

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

The UK’s Horticultural Trades Association calls on the government to safeguard industry ten weeks before new Brexit checks

Ten weeks before new Brexit checks will become operational, the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) organised another of its borders and…

European Commission gives seal of approval to Life Cycle assessment-based method FloriPEFCR

The European Commission, the European Union’s executive body, has endorsed FloriPEFCR, the new standard method for environmental footprint calculations for…

Keeping an unshakable belief in Dutch roses

Most green professionals are aware that the heydays of the Dutch rose industry are long gone. While the home production…

A flowery update from Latin America

To most rose exporters in Latin America, the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day are the year's busiest period. FCI…

Novelties

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…

Cut foliage specialist supplier Adomex to launch OrcaExotics and OrcaFlora at Trade Fair Aalsmeer

Dutch-based cut foliage specialist supplier Adomex returned to Trade Fair Aalsmeer to celebrate the launch of its newest product lines, OrcaExotics and OrcaFloral. At the same time, the company unveiled…

Selecta One announces colourful presence at forthcoming Trade Fair Aalsmeer

Plant breeder and propagator Selecta One from Germany is again taking the opportunity to present excitingly new flowers and bedding plants and well-proven varieties at the forthcoming Trade Fair Aalsmeer,…

Logistics

Logistics

Logistics

Logistics

‘Logistics are firmly in place for Valentine’s Day roses from Kenya’

“The logistics for Valentine’s Day deliveries are firmly in place,” says Martin Hudson, co-founder and director of UK-based Flamingo Group…

AIT Worldwide Logistics and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo ink record Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) agreement

At the prestigious annual ball of the Netherland-America Foundation (NAF) on Friday, 18 November in New York, Air France KLM…

Air cargo demand in October was sub-seasonal compared to the previous five years

Global air cargo volumes and spot rates increased marginally in October. Still, overall demand remained muted, diminishing hope of a…

Emirates SkyCargo flower shipments surge as wedding season kicks off

As it warms up in the Northern Hemisphere, Emirates SkyCargo is scaling up its cool chain capacity for perishables, preparing…

Tech

Tech

Tech

Tech

NxtGen creates grower-focused tech for smart investments

Increasing difficulty in sourcing labour and a need to boost economic growth following the setback caused by the worldwide pandemic…

Collaboration and consolidation will create the scale needed for greenhouse construction

The war in Ukraine, following hot on the heels of the Covid-19 pandemic, has resulted in challenging times for the…

Greenhouse technology powerhouse GreenV expands into Mexican market

GreenV, an internationally operating group of greenhouse construction and horticultural engineering companies, strengthens its presence in Mexico by establishing GreenV…

Franco-Dutch horticultural LED lighting company RED Horticulture raises €17 million in funding

Franco-Dutch RED Horticulture, a supplier of LED lighting solutions, in association with the European Circular Bioeconomy Fund (ECBF), Demeter IM…

Events

AIPH Green City Conference to showcase urban greening in arid climates

Water availability, urban heat island effect, and energy use are major concerns shared by desert cities around the world. Taking place on 5th and 6th March 2024 at Expo 2023…

Why industry professionals and consumers are more likely to remember and recommend the Beacon® Impatiens brand

PanAmerican Seed® is entering its fith year of charitable contributions to less-widely known causes on behalf of Beacon® Impatiens. For the 2024 gardening season, PanAmerican Seed® will partner with the…

Counting down to Myplant&Garden in Milan

The 8th edition of Italy’s most influential commercial ornamental horticulture event, Myplant&Garden opens tomorrow in Milan and will last until 23 February 2024. The show will build on last year’s…

People

People

People

People

Marco van der Sar appointed as Chairman of the Dutch environmental certification scheme MPS

The Dutch environmental certification scheme MPS is pleased to announce that Marco van der Sar will succeed Gijs Kok as…

Dutch Flower Group (DFG) announces exciting changes to DFG Africa’s management team

Dutch Flower Group (DFG), touted as the world’s largest floral wholesalere, has announced exciting changes to the management of its…

‘King of horticultural packaging’ Jan van Dillewijn dies at the age of 77

Jan van Dillewijn, known in the industry as ‘Jan Dil’ and the 'king of horticultural packaging', died in his hometown,…

‘The goal is to be shipping 50 per cent of Kenyan flower exports by the sea in seven years’ time’

During a visit to the Kenya Flower Council office in Nairobi, FloraCulture International interviewed Clement Tulezi, the CEO, to discuss…

Opinion

On to a flourishing future

Hilverdaflorist became an AIPH Affiliate Member during the 75th AIPH Annual Congress in September 2023. Bart Sneek, Commercial Director of…

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but it could infringe on an IP Right

William Shakespeare’s popular adage ‘A rose by any other name would smell as sweet’ is used to stress that the…

Valentine’s Day: the origins and this year’s outlook

In the 1920s and after the Second World War, a significant portion of Western Europe embraced Anglo-American culture. Brits and…

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What will 2024 bring to the flower industry?

It is the time of the year to look back and look forward. Over the past year, 2023, we can…

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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