A succulent on a stem

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    A succulent on a stem

    Kalanchoe is the latest breed of flower to go from the potted world, to the cut flower world. This development in breeding is building excitement across the floral world, as consumers hunt for the ever elusive “New and Different” in their floral purchases, wedding designs and special events. Kalanchoe in the greenhouse Whether for consumer bunches, bridal bouquets or a color burst in a mixed bouquet, Kalanchoe is breaking some rules in the floral world. Did you know this flower is actually a succulent? This has three interesting benefits: First, succulents store their water in their leaves, and this leads to Kalanchoe leaving the water in the vase exceptionally clean. White kalanchoe Second, unlike other cuts, in many cases the stems will start to grow roots in the vase. At Sun Valley, they’ve heard consumers tell of taking the stems from the vase, planting them in a soil filled pot, placing it on a window sill, and the plant continued to grow and even bloom. Third, and most importantly, kalanchoe has a vase life of 3 weeks. This impressive vase life is a huge upside for consumers as the thick clusters of blooms continue to open, as the older ones expire. Kalanchoe is poised to make its presence known with wedding focused designers. The white and light pink varieties lend themselves to wedding work. Sun Valley have already started seeing stunning bridal work, everything from bridal bouquets and table centerpieces to flower crowns. Kalanchoe flower crown (Image courtesy of Danziger) By following their Guiding Principle number 9, “Continuously improve and innovate” Sun Valley agronomists have been perfecting their growing technique for kalanchoe on the farm in Oxnard. The kalanchoe thrives in the tall Dutch greenhouses and warm climate. They have developed a proprietary regime on the plants to yield long stems and large clusters of blooms. Sun Valley have offerings available for both mass market and wholesale customers. Doug Dobecki with a bucket of Kalanchoe For more information: The Sun Valley Group 3160 Upper Bay Road Arcata, CA 95521-9690 T: 800-747-0396 F: 707-826-8708 www.thesunvalleygroup.com Other news in this sector: 2/21/2018 UK: Demand for Hannah Hauxwell rose soars 2/13/2018 Preserved roses bring Valentine’s Day sales jolt to Ecuador 2/8/2018 Anthos organises American Tulip Day in San Francisco 1/23/2018 Tulip Day celebrated internationally 1/12/2018 Aleia Roses presents its premium rose to the German market 1/11/2018 Aviv Harmonie globally launches Open days 1/11/2018 The rise of preserved flowers 1/3/2018 US (CA): Cal Poly float wins Past Presidents Trophy at Rose Parade 12/20/2017 NL: “Offers should be able to roll on to your customer” 12/6/2017 “Color changing creates new purpose of wax flower” 12/5/2017 What are preserved flowers called in Spain, Germany, France and Italy? 11/28/2017 US (FL): David Austin garden roses in “Wetter is Better” assortments 11/27/2017 Berg RoseS adds Avalanche Adore+ to assortment 11/16/2017 Dümmen Orange & OZ Export collaborate on ‘sea of roses’ 11/15/2017 “WOW Mountain Rose: a wonder of nature” 11/14/2017 “The roses that never die” 11/13/2017 “Roselily shifting […]