Sjoukje Heimovaara new CEO Royal Van Zanten

Sjoukje Heimovaara – photo: Royal Van Zanten

Dutch based Royal Van Zanten appointed Sjoukje Heimovaara to the post of CEO. She succeeds Arie Veldhuyzen van Zanten, who is retiring. “Arie Veldhuyzen van Zanten managed the company for … [Read more...]

Manual for forcing lilies

'De broei van lelies'

The Dutch Bloembollen Academie publishes ‘De Broei van Lelies’ by Karin Meskers. This is a manual (in Dutch) for forcing lilies. It describes the whole process from starting material to … [Read more...]

Selected trends

Petunia BabyDoll – image: Selecta one

“Even the most beautiful cultivars and the best plants must first find their way from the nursery to the retail outlet”, says German breeder Selecta one. The retail team from this company … [Read more...]

New, available-only-from-Hawaii plants needed

Orchid Growers of Hawai'i

“Hawaii orchid growers can’t compete against international producers who can grow a million orchid plugs in one greenhouse. Instead, the key to Hawaii growers’ success will be a combination … [Read more...]

‘First blue chrysanthemum engineered’

Truly blue chrysanthemum – photo: Naonobu Noda/NARO

“We achieved the development of blue color in chrysanthemum by a two-step modification of the anthocyanin structure. This simple method is a promising approach to generate blue flowers in … [Read more...]

New techniques in Anthurium and Phalaenopsis breeding

Heleen Bastiaanssen - photo: Anthura

In Anthura Unlimited, the first digital magazine of Dutch Anthurium and Phalaenopsis breeder Anthura Breeding Manager Heleen Bastiaanssen (51) explains how the focus of the company is … [Read more...]

Dutch Gladiolus Days

CNB Gladiolus Days – photo CNB

Wednesday August 2 and Thursday August 3, Dutch mediator of flower bulbs and perennials organises its annual Gladiolus Days. Both new and existing cultivars will be shown. However, the … [Read more...]

Another consolation in Hydrangea breeding

Peter Kolster and Kees Eveleens (Horteve) - photo: Kolster

A month ago the Dutch based Hydrangea Breeders Association (HBA) announced the acquirement of an interest in the hydrangea breeding program of Kühne Gbr in Germany [read more]. Now Dutch … [Read more...]

Research ‘Emotions and Flowers’ starts with Begonia

Begonia Evi Bright Pink - photo: Beekenkamp Plants

“Growers are looking for new ways to add value to their products. More fundamental knowledge on the perception of emotions evoked by flowers can help to understand how to produce products … [Read more...]

‘Innovative techniques for tissue culture’


The revamped website of plant tissue culture specialist Microflor, based in Lochristi, Belgium, will boost the company’s image as a technological innovator, says CEO Febe Floré in a press … [Read more...]