DE KWAKEL, The Netherlands: A treat for flower wholesalers, growers, breeders and Royal FloraHolland auctioneers alike, the Lisianthus Treasures event at Takii Europe’s headquarters in De Kwakel, The Netherlands on Wednesday June 22 put Lisianthus prominently in the spotlight.
“We tried a daring exercise, setting up a 14-day vase-life test in our unconditioned building. Various cultivars achieved vase-lives of 14 days,” said Takii Europe product development manager flowers Hendri Veurink.
He added that the Lisianthus event hosted also a side by side comparison of Takii’s Lisianthus range of FI hybrids including the Advantage (double flowered cut Lisianthus, grown only outside The Netherlands), Carmen (single flowered pot Lisianthus), Croma (intermediate, double cut flowers) , Rosie (double flowered pot Lisianthus), Vulcan (single-flowered cut Lisianthus), Arena (Takii’s most extensive series featuring double cut flowers), Corelli (xl and fringed blooms), Falda (single flowered fringed cut flowers) and Super Magic (extra large double cut flowers grown outside The Netherlands) series.
Also on display were a sizeable number of experimental varieties with attendees being invited to comment on overall looks, uniformity, colour, flower shape, habit and stem lengths, weights and sturdiness.
Holland’s famous Westland region in The Netherlands is a Lisianthus production hotspot. Greenhouse sections with Lisianthus were first established there in the mid 1980s. Today, there is about 27ha of glasshouse Lisianthus production in The Netherlands occupying an estimated 10 yearround growers. Together they produce up to 125 million stems/year.
Burning issues at the event last week were the upcoming Brexit vote (the UK is an important export destination for Dutch grown Lisianthus), the possible increasing value of the euro against the pound as well as the notably improved vase life of Takii’s double flowered varieties and sturdiness of existing Lisianthus varieties.