Special, simple and organic – the trends for fertilisers for the garden and balcony

Veggi fertilisers: Many garden and balcony owners, who are also vegan, don’t want to add any animal ingredients such as wool or horn shavings to their plants. – Photo: Neudorff

It is hardly believable, but the social megatrends are reflected in all areas of our lives sooner or later. They even have an influence on the fertilisers the retail sector is offering hobby and balcony gardeners. Dr. Arne Hückstädt, speaker for the themes horticulture and environment within the Industrieverband Garten IVG (Garden Industry Association), made this very clear in his lecture in the Garden Café Forum at spoga+gafa last year in Cologne. Growing urbanisation, augmented connectivity between our living environments, neo-ecology, an increased customisation of the individual societies and of the silver society – in other words: the large number of sprightly pensioners – are just some of the developments the industry is having to deal with by adapting its concepts and products.

“Perfect, because it’s not perfect” – an interview with Manfred Hoffmann (German Trade Association of Florists)

Michael Hoffmann – Photo: FDF

The master florist from Düsseldorf, Manfred Hoffmann, is a floristic all-rounder. He is employed by the Fachverband Deutscher Floristen (German Trade Association of Florists) as Creative Director and is involved in a wide range of projects: He develops design lines, manages product developments, is involved in the drafting and realisation of trade fair presentations, holds lectures, is the author of various trade publications and takes on an advisory function for many important association issues. In his home town Hoffmann additionally runs two flower shows called “A la Casa del Flore”.

Good indoor climate, higher humidity, less harmful materials… Strong sales arguments for room plants in winter

Anthuriums – Photo: anthuriuminfo

The heating in closed rooms is a widespread problem during the winter months, since it leads to the mucous membranes drying out. Viruses and bacteria – the causes of infections such as colds and flu – can penetrate the human organism more easily via the respiratory system. Eye ailments, conjunctivitis and skin irritations are also often the consequence of indoor air that is too dry…

Orchids for the Pope: The focus is on cymbidiums as Easter decorations

Main arranger Paul Deckers choosing tall cymbidiums with yellow blossoms. – Photo: pauldeckers.nl

Each year in April thousands of Catholics flock to Rome to celebrate Easter together with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square. These images are transmitted all around the world on TV. Dutch producers and dealers have traditionally been commissioned with the lavish flower and plant decorations for the event since 1985.