Next Stop ..... IPM Essen 2017!

Welcome to this exciting news platform for the Professional Plant sector. Now in our 4th year, we are regarded as THE trade website for all the latest news from Growers, Nurseries, Breeders and trade events around the globe (plus product manufacturers). Our news is FREE to access! The Garden Retail and Book Review pages have enhanced the coverage we offer and have contributed to a significant rise in 'page views'.

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Image: The Polish Nursery area at IPM Essen.

From the Potting Shed....

New GP3000 Colour Tag Press from Primera

Primera will launch this at IPM Essen next week. See news pages shortly.

Looking ahead to IPM!

Our current news inbox reminds us that the Greatest Plant Show on Earth is almost here! IPM Essen next week (January 24-27) will again attract some of Europe's largest nurseries and growers. Within this mix there are also some specialist companies showing their products for the Urban Environment, such as Czech based Plastia.

Into a 4th Decade at IPM Essen!

As Europe's leading Laurel nursery, Laurica Plants have supported IPM Essen since 1985. Director Marian Maenhoudt says 'IPM is always a fine show for us. We are looking forward to the 2017 event with great excitement and to enhance our position in the market.' (Stand 2B25)

A Conifer Legend!

It's now 48 years since the first conifer cuttings were rooted in South Kilworth, home of Kilworth Conifers. See the full story on our UK Grower Focus for January.

See Caporal Plant in Essen

Halls 13/14 are the Italian focus at IPM this year and will include Caporal Plant (14B25). Their New Year Availability Listing is available now!

Available in January
Bulbs in pots... what are they actually? The bulbs in these pots are the same kind of flower bulbs you can buy in shops in the autumn. Except for one thing: these flower bulbs have been planted and grown in pots so that they already have roots and a stem. See news story shortly.

How you can learn from Amazon's new stores

So what does the garden centre of the future look like? Taking a look at Amazon helps a lot: not their webshop but the 2,000 grocery stores they plan to open! See the full analysis of this on our Garden Retail Pages. (With thanks to Edwin Meijer from Garden Connect.)

Latest Shipment

2017 was a terrific year for Boomkwekerij E de Jong. They continue to expand their tree sales beyond Europe and just ahead of the New Year, the latest shipment for Turkey left their Dongen nursery. Their IPM stand is in Hall 8 (A35).

Ficus benjamina is the choice!

Ficus benjamina is the Houseplant of the Month for January 2017! Beautiful leaves and an attractive structure make Ficus one of the most popular houseplants and indoor trees around. is an initiative of the Flower Council of Holland.

Flower Expo China

The Guangzhou International Flower, Bonsai & Garden Exhibition has changed its name into Flower Expo China. Dutch horticultural event organiser HPP has recently partnered with the Guangdong Grandeur International Exhibition Group, the organiser of the rebranded Flower Expo China. This event will be held from March 13th-15th next year.

Salon du Végétal heads for Nantes!

The Salon du Végétal fair continues its search for excellence in order to be amongst the greatest events aimed at the flowers and plants world. For 2017, they are moving to Nantes, to the “Parc de la Beaujoire”. A larger exhibition area, inside and outside, will allow to present a wider offer and therefore to attract more professional buyers. The 2017 event will be held from June 20-22.

Exclusive Design for Nursery Management

A new and exclusive digging machine has been specially designed for Boskoop based Rijnbeek & Son. Delivery was taken in December for immediate work on bareroot lifting. See Rijnbeek & Son at IPM on stand 12A20.2

Domenico Guizzo Joins Romiti Vivai

The profile of Pistoia based Romiti Vivai has being further enhanced by the appointment of Domenico Guizzo. He has decided to offer his market knowledge, experience and effort at the disposal of Romiti Vivai to increase both their profile and awareness in the U.K. See Romiti Vivai at IPM on stand 13A18.

Strong Entries for 'Finished Plants and Trees' Award

Its good to see Worcestershire based Bransford Nurseries making it through to the final four in the IGOTY 'Finished Plants & Trees Awards' section. The event will be held on January 24th during IPM Essen. More details on news pages. (Nov 17).

GrowQuip hailed a success!

The inaugural GrowQuip 2016, held in Stratford upon Avon, has been hailed as a great success. Plans are already under way for the 2017 edition.

An Italian Revolution!

The Giorgio Tesi Group and Vivai Sandro Bruschi company have confirmed their agreement to merge their two nurseries with immediate effect. The acquisition of Sandro Bruschi expands the Giorgio Tesi Group nursery by about 100 hectares (between container plants and open field). See Giorgio Tesi at IPM.

Key Event for Zundert Region

The 27th edition of GrootGroenPlus in Zundert will take place in October. This is the show for the International Nursery Stock industry and a key event for Zundert as a growing region. The 2017 edition will be held from October 4-6th.