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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…

2021 GreenTech show to combine a ‘live’ in-person event with a virtual online platform component in September

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands:  GreenTech Live & Online will be organised as an alternative event in blended format on 28 - 30…

Expo 2021 Yangzhou officially opens in China with the theme of ‘Green City, Healthy Life’

YANGZHOU, China: The opening ceremony of Expo 2021 Yangzhou was held on 8 April in the ecological garden park of…

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Production

Production

Production

Launch of IBMA membership survey, updated biocontrol industry outlook will be available by mid-2021

BRUSSELS, Belgium: The International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA) is launching its annual membership survey. IBMA calls on its member companies…

Growing Media Europea (GME) welcomes new member

BRUSSELS, Belgium: Growing Media Europe (GME) has further increased its representation of Europe’s growing media industry with the addition of…

Wyevale Nurseries sees record sales in all sectors

HEREFORD, UK: UK-based wholesale plant nursery Wyevale has seen record breaking plant sales since June last year and has just…

Country Showcase

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. …

France

Floralies Internationales Nantes

“If life is nothing more than a passage, let’s at least sow flowers along it.” (Michel Eyquem de…

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…

Virtual Tour to mark Syngenta’s Autumn Trials

ENKHUIZEN, Netherlands: On November 18 Syngenta Flowers will launch a new Virtual Tour supporting the Autumn Trials. This time the…

Novelties

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.…

Meet Sweden’s 2021 Pelargonium of the Year 

ENKHUIZEN, Netherlands: The panel of expert judges has voted and Sweden’s 2021 Pelargonium of the Year is Pelargonium zonale ‘Rosebud Astrid’ which features clusters of fully and wheater proof double…

Dümmen Orange adds two  miniature potted carnations to its portfolio

WESTLAND, Netherlands: Two new varieties have emerged from Dümmen Orange’s breeding programme offering reliability in cultivation and enduring consumer appeal. The popularity of some plant categories has lain dormant over…

Logistics

Logistics

Logistics

Logistics

Air cargo demand up 9 per cent in February compared to pre-Covid levels

GENEVA, Switzerland:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released February 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that air…

Syngenta Flowers launches Xcarrier: the new solution for young plant production and transportation

ENKHUIZEN, Netherlands: Syngenta Flowers announces the introduction of Xcarrier; a new system to optimise production and distribution methods of young…

RipeLocker containers hold freshly harvested roses in good shape for four weeks

SEATTLE, USA: RipeLocker, a leader in extending the post-harvest life of perishables, today announced its RipeLocker containers held freshly harvested…

A floral pioneer in The Land of Degree Hours

DE KWAKEL, Netherlands: Dutch-based flower exporter Holex Flower BV teamed up with cold chain management guru FlowerWatch to develop a KPI…

Tech

Tech

Tech

Tech

Netafim to acquire Dutch greenhouse builder Gakon to meet growing demand for local food production in all climates 

TEL AVIV, Israel: Netafim, the global leader in smart precision irrigation solutions and agricultural projects, has signed a definitive agreement…

Dutch lighting company goes to where the growers are via the Signify LED Roadshow

MONSTER, Netherlands: To ensure its LED light solutions stay top of mind, Signify goes to where the growers are via…

Dutch software company announces free webinar to discuss digital labour tracking in greenhouses

VEENENDAAL, Netherlands: Dutch software company Mprise Agriware will host a free webinar on 23 March to discuss the benefits of…

CambridgeHOK joins Atrium Agri

NEWPORT, UK: CambridgeHOK today announced a significant change within their ownership structure, with the existing shareholders (Ross Hibbs, John Holland…

Events

2021 GreenTech show to combine a ‘live’ in-person event with a virtual online platform component in September

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands:  GreenTech Live & Online will be organised as an alternative event in blended format on 28 - 30 September instead of 15 - 17 June. RAI Amsterdam, as…

Expo 2021 Yangzhou officially opens in China with the theme of ‘Green City, Healthy Life’

YANGZHOU, China: The opening ceremony of Expo 2021 Yangzhou was held on 8 April in the ecological garden park of Zaolinwan Tourist Resort, in the Yangtze River Delta Region of…

Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion, A Symposium from The Museum at New York’s FIT

NEW YORK, USA: The Museum at FIT (MFIT) presents Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion, its 24th academic symposium, open to the public and free of charge. The virtual program on…

People

People

People

People

Michael Perry, aka Mr Plant Geek, smelling herbs
‘I’m just green doing my thing’

For hortpreneur Michael Perry, plants are everything. He goes by the moniker Mr Plant Geek and recently listed in The…

Former FCI-correspondent Nancy Laws dies at 79

SANDPOINT,  USA: When FCI's Italian correspondent Arturo Croci sent former FCI correspondent Nancy Laws his Christmas wishes in December, he…

GME rep joins Responsibly Produced Peat (RPP) as new Board member

BRUSSELS, Belgium: Growing Media Europe (GME) , the industry body for the  European growing media industry is pleased to announce…

Dutch Flower Foundation names new Chair

DE KWAKEL, Netherlands: The Dutch Flower Foundation today announced that it has appointed Marcel Zandvliet, Marketing and Sustainability chief (CMO/CSO)…

Opinion

Jaap Kras
Demand far exceeds supply, but all is not rosy for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day, or the celebration of LOVE, originated as a religious ceremony during Roman times. In the early centuries, it…

FRANK-DE-HEK
Global M&A activity severely hit by Covid-19

"The number of merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions in the overall economy dropped by nearly 50 per cent after the…

JAN DIETER BRUNS
Whoever stops, falls behind

"At the time of writing, the number of coronavirus infections worldwide is nearing eight million and global deaths 1.1 million.…

Tailoring Approaches

‘‘If I’d have asked the people what they wanted, they would have said ‘faster horses’’- Henry Ford Having made acquaintance…

R&D

Launch of IBMA membership survey, updated biocontrol industry outlook will be available by mid-2021

BRUSSELS, Belgium: The International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association (IBMA) is launching its annual membership survey. IBMA calls on its member companies to contribute detailed company information in a survey conducted by…

Growing Media Europea (GME) welcomes new member

BRUSSELS, Belgium: Growing Media Europe (GME) has further increased its representation of Europe’s growing media industry with the addition of a new member, Premier Tech Horticulture France  from March 2021.…

EU proposes wide-ranging ban on microplastics

BRUSSELS, Belgium: The EU proposes a wide-ranging ban on microplastics to combat pollution. What is the possible impact on the ornamentals industry? In 2019, the European ChemicalsAgency (ECHA, an agency…

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