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16.12.2017
Natalia Dudareva, an associate professor in the department of horticulture and landscape architecture at Purdue University, explains.

Flowers of many plant species produce a scent. This scent is typically a complex mixture of low molecular weight compounds emitted by flowers into the atmosphere...

16.12.2017
Flower

A flower is the reproductive part of a plant that...

25.11.2017

According to the 2009 Census of Horticultural Specialties (which is conducted by the National Agricultural...

25.11.2017

UNTIL a few years ago, if you wanted to grow annual flowers, your choices were limited to geraniums, impatiens, marigolds and red salvia. But today, most greenhouses offer an eyecatching array of choices. Whether you're planting a windowbox, lining your sidewalk, or spicing up your perennial...

25.11.2017

There's nothing like fresh flowers around the house whether they come straight from your garden or from a florist. But when you take the time to put together an arrangement, you'd like it to...

01.11.2017

​A blue human is a cold, dead or sad human. We don’t want to be blue. And flowers don’t appear to, either.

Less than 10...

01.11.2017

​Just as the first cool hints of autumn displace summer’s sultry haze, Asiatic dayflowers’ blooms reach their peak, scattering flecks of sky blue into the corners of garden plots and local parks. As the name suggests, each bloom only lasts a day, but each plant produces many flowers, so a wet...

01.11.2017

​Pokeweed is at its most beautiful in early autumn. It is also at its most toxic. From its lovely purple-black berries to the very tip of its stout, white taproot, the plant is poison.

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25.10.2017

The desert holds millions of dormant seeds in its soils. When rain waters these seeds, they can open and take root, eventually growing into flowers that are red, orange, yellow, purple and white.

The last super bloom happened in 2015, and the next one wasn't expected for several more...

25.10.2017

 

When the world's first flower sprouted about 140 million years ago, it was bisexual, possessing both male and female reproductive parts, according to the researchers who virtually reconstructed the blossom in a new study. 

The discovery of the dinosaur-age posy sheds light on the...

25.10.2017

An unexpected rain has caused the world's driest nonpolar desert to burst into bloom.

Chile's Atacama Desert typically gets a mere 0.6 inches (15 millimeters) of rain every year. But unusual rains that fell during the winter in northern Chile led the barren landscape to blossom in August...

23.09.2017

Increasing the intake of purple potatoes and other colorful fruits and vegetables could lower the risk of colon cancer and many other diseases, according to the results of a new study.

In a study of pigs, researchers found that supplementing a high-calorie diet (HCD) with purple potatoes...

23.09.2017

NEW YORK - Global dietary guidelines should possibly be changed to allow people to consume somewhat more fats, to cut back on carbohydrates and in some cases to slightly scale back on fruits and vegetables, a large study suggests.

Over the course of about seven years, diets with roughly...

23.09.2017

HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO HELP PEOPLE ADD MORE TO THEIR DIET:

▪ Double the veggies: When making a recipe that calls for a certain amount of fruits and veggies, double the amount you would normally add to your recipe;

▪ Be sneaky: Add different vegetables into sauces such as mushrooms,...

15.08.2017

If you suffer from piles or haemorrhoids, you may find relief by simply increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables. Eating fibre-rich foods and drinking plenty of water and other fluids may also prevent you from developing this condition, which is very common in Singapore.

“You...

15.08.2017

NEW YORK, Aug 15 — Vacations can be a time to indulge, but for those who want to eat healthier they are also a great time to make the most of fresh fruit, vegetables, and summer salads. Trying new local dishes will also give you a chance to load your plate with foods that are both nutritious and...

15.08.2017

When Joseph and Lucia Napolitano emigrated from southern Italy to America in 1903, they packed their Ellis Island-bound, wooden trunk with their cherished belongings, including their most prized possession of all: precious seeds that would produce the fruits and vegetables needed to feed their...

15.08.2017

With export earnings from basmati and bovine meat — the flagship agricultural and processed export sectors — hitting a plateau, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) is exploring newer avenues, Chairman Devendra Kumar Singh said on Wednesday.

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12.07.2017

If you think you’re a smartypants because you know a tomato is a fruit, buckle up. You’re right, but a tomato is also a vegetable. And rice is a fruit. And some of the things you think are fruits—strawberries, for example—aren’t actually what they seem.

“Vegetable” Is Not a Scientific...

12.07.2017

The cost of produce at your local farmers market could soon be going up.

Some Ontario fruit and vegetable farmers say the price of their produce could rise as much as 12 per cent when the government raises minimum wage in the province to $15 dollars come January 1st, 2019.

Miller's...

12.07.2017

The North Coast Growers’ Association is excited to announce that WIC “Fruit and Vegetable Checks” can now be spent at local farmers’ markets in Eureka, Arcata, McKinleyville, Willow Creek, Fortuna and Garberville. These are the very same checks WIC recipients receive and spend in the grocery...

13.06.2017

London:  According to the World Health Organisation, it is recommended to have at least five portions of fruits and veggies daily which about a minimum of 400 grams of fruit and vegetables per day. But if this new study is to be believed, it’s good to up your fruit and veggie intake to 10...

13.06.2017

There are a host of benefits of regular intake of fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables. Health experts believe that they should be a part of your daily diet. Most of them agree that one should have at least five portions of fruits and vegetables as a part of their daily meals. A new study,...

13.06.2017

Two thirds of adults eat three or fewer portions of fruit and vegetables each day, with nearly 12 million at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, health experts have warned.

Diabetes UK said the five-a-day message was still not getting across and warned that the lack of healthy eating in...

17.05.2017

National dietary guidelines have become an easy target for those looking for a scapegoat for bad diets in prosperous countries. And an article just published in the BMJ about the scientific evidence for the US dietary guidelines provides further needless fuel for the fire.

In February...

17.05.2017

Hate the taste of Brussels sprouts? Do you find coriander disgusting or perceive honey as too sweet? Your genes may be to blame.

Everybody’s food preferences vary and are shaped by their unique combination of three interacting factors: the environment (your health, diet and cultural...

17.05.2017

Summer fruits are back on Australian tables. We’ve long known cherries and other stone fruits provide a range of essential vitamins and minerals. But here’s another reason to make sure they’re on the shopping list: they’re good for the brain.

Flavonoids

Flavonoids are nutrients...

11.04.2017

RICARDOES Tomatoes and Strawberries have done it again, winning the high stakes at the Easter Show by taking out the state’s top award for tomatoes at the Sydney Royal Show.

Judging in the district exhibits competition took place on Wednesday, April 5, on the eve of the 2017 show’s...

11.04.2017

The spikes of the lychee fruit -- also known as litchi -- may be a deterrent for some animals, but for humans willing to break it away, it's an exotic and tasty treat. And often, just one is not enough.

But if eaten too early, particularly by someone who missed their evening meal or by a...

11.04.2017

The "five a day" rule should be doubled to 10 pieces of fruit and vegetables, a major study has said as it found that increasing consumption dramatically decreases the chance of disease. 

Eating 800 grams of fruit and vegetables a day can reduce a person's chance of having a stroke by a...

27.03.2017

Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals and fiber and they're low in calories. Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables may help you control your weight and blood pressure.So how can you eat more?

Which fruits and vegetables are best?

That’s easy: They’re all good! If...

27.03.2017

It probably doesn’t surprise you that most Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. The American Dietary Guidelines suggest that each person eat four and a half cups, or nine servings, of fruits or vegetables each day. Many people find this difficult to manage, but with a little...

27.03.2017

Fruit and vegetables should be an important part of your daily diet. They are naturally good and contain vitamins and minerals that can help to keep you healthy. They can also help protect against some diseases. 

Most Australians will benefit from eating more fruit and vegetables as part...

07.03.2017

An Australian vegetable grower plans to target export market for capsicums, Lebanese cucumbers and potentially zucchinis in the Middle East and Asia.

4 Ways Fresh general manager Kingsley Songer said his company was investigating growing the vegetables at its Geraldton horticultural...

07.03.2017

Victorian potato growers have reported high yields and quality six months after widespread flooding diminished national supply.

Flooding in South Australia, western Victoria, Tasmania and southern New South Wales delayed plantings and damaged crops last year.

The subsequent...

07.03.2017

Farmers are predicting a Canadian super house will be a game changer for Australian horticulture, giving growers control over the weather on a scale and at a cost they have never had before.

The house has climate-controlled retractable roof panels and walls which shield vulnerable crops...

23.02.2017

You say tomato, we say aggravation.

The debate over what constitutes a fruit or a vegetable can get old in a hurry.

But a new video from SciShow breaks it down in an easy-to-digest way. Host Hank Green starts by warning viewers not to flaunt their expertise, before tactfully...

23.02.2017

If you’re feeling down about how you eat, consider this: if you eat about one cup of fruit and more than 1.5 cups of vegetables a day, you’re actually eating better than about half of all Americans. If you eat 1.5 cups of fruit (the recommended serving size for an adult), you’re doing better...

23.02.2017

As long as the U.S. government has been offering nutrition advice, Americans have essentially ignored it. Have you eaten enough vegetables today?

The vast majority of us — some 85 percent — fall far short of the recommended levels of fruit and vegetable consumption. That’s a big problem...

27.01.2017

You probably already know that it's possible to regrow certain foods, such as potatoes or carrots, from leftover scraps of those very foods. However, you might not realize just how many other fruits and vegetables you can easily plant and harvest, saving yourself a considerable amount of money...

27.01.2017

For the first study, which was published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, experts delved into the role that nitrate-rich vegetables play in the amount of red blood cells people have, which provides more of an understanding about oxygen transport in...

27.01.2017

Cruciferous vegetables fight cancer

Cruciferous vegetables include vegetables such as bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, Brussells sprouts, cauliflower and a number of others. They are called this because the four petals of their flowers form a cross shape. These cruciferous vegetables contain...

27.12.2016

Mites that infest honeybees may be blind with tiny brains, but make no mistake: When a bee sidles up next to them, they are surprisingly quick-footed.

A study, published Dec. 12 in PLOS One, describes for the first time – and documents with video footage – how Varroa mites can nimbly jump...

27.12.2016

A team of researchers, including several from the University of California, Riverside, have found that flowers are a hot spot of transmission of bacteria that end up in the microbiome of wild bees.

The research, which was just published in the journal Microbial Ecology, shows for the...

27.12.2016

The diverse and delicious fragrances of flowers brighten our days and inspire poetry. The more practical reason that flowers produce scent is to attract pollinating insects to the flowers' reproductive organs, thereby ensuring the continued existence of plant species. To do this, flowers...

27.12.2016

A new review indicates that flowers may be able to manipulate the laws of physics, by playing with light, using mechanical tricks, and harnessing electrostatic forces to attract pollinators.

The New Phytologist review describes the latest advances in our understanding of how plants use...

27.12.2016

When spring is approaching, how do plants decide that it is time to flower? A team of plant scientists led by KWAK June M. at the Center for Plant Aging Research, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) unravelled a new mechanism to explain this seemingly easy, but actually complicated...

27.12.2016

A team of scientists led by Prof. Stacey Harmer of the University of California, Davis, has discovered how sunflowers use their circadian clock, acting on growth hormones, to follow the Sun during the day as they grow.

Growing sunflowers begin the day with their heads facing east, swing...

27.12.2016

Come February, the owners of Farmstead Flowers begin nurturing seedlings and preparing three acres for their cash crop reaped from April through October — cut flowers.

Megan Hird and her husband founded their rural southeast Nebraska business in 2012 and are among the growing number of...

26.12.2016

It's summer wildflower season in the Rocky Mountains, a time when high-peaks meadows are dotted with riotous color. But for how long? Once, wildflower...

26.12.2016

As fall fields turn bright with color, what might we learn from roadside rows of sunflowers--and the sunflower seeds widely used to feed birds in colder weather?

Scientists are finding that answers to biological and environmental questions large and small may be hidden in the petals of...

13.10.2016

Every grade-schooler knows that plants need light to grow, but just how plants respond to light is a deceptively complex process that has long puzzled scientists.

A new study sheds light on this enigma by showing that plants actually get ready to respond to light (by growing, flowering or...

13.10.2016

From the ubiquitous daisy to the fantastical orchid, flowering plant species are as diverse as they are numerous. Turns out, these bloomers went through an evolutionary "Big Bang" of sorts some 130 million years ago, a brief era of explosive floral diversification at a time when dinosaurs walked...

13.10.2016

Spring's bloom may not smell so sweet anymore, as pollutants from power plants and automobiles destroy flowers' aromas, a new study suggests.

The finding could help explain why some pollinators, particularly bees, are declining in certain parts of the world.

Researchers at the...

13.10.2016

 Scientists with the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology in Gent, Belgium, have determined what makes plants either "annual," meaning they live one growing season and die, or "perennial," meaning they regrow every spring.

The difference, according to work done by scientist Siegbert...

12.10.2016

This Behind the Scenes article was provided to LiveScience in partnership with the National Science Foundation.

Global warming is a hot topic, and it's causing concern for scientists studying winter annuals in the Sonoran Desert.  

While desert winters have become warmer and drier...

12.10.2016

A foul-smelling, aptly named "corpse flower" at Western Illinois University has bloomed, releasing a powerful aroma of rotting meat.

Gardeners at the university have been meticulously watching the bloom for days, predicting it would open as early as last week.

The flower is...

28.08.2016

Genus of about 40 species of evergreen trees or shrubs. Coffea is an attractive bush with dark, shiny and wavy-edged leaves. Coffee Plant is grown in medium light, or filtered or indirect sunlight. Use a rich, acid soil kept moderately moist. Peat moss in the potting mix will help provide acid...

28.08.2016

Clivia     Genus of 4 species of evergreen perennials from low-lying woodland, often by streams, in South Africa. Clivia needs space. It needs winter rest - an unheated room, no fertilizer and just enough water to prevent wilting. Don't move the pot when in bud or flower and don't repot unless...

28.08.2016

Genus of about 250 species of evergreen, rhizomatous perennials with fibrous or fleshy roots, from a variety of habitats in South Africa and W. Africa. Chlorophytum is one of the most popular of all house plants. Spider Plant forms long runners bearing plantlets that are best displayed in a...

28.07.2016

Genus of about 90 species of mostly clump-forming, rhizomatous perennials with an open, lax habit, found on forest floors in tropical Africa, Asia, Australia, and North, Central and South America. Costus is a plant for a greenhouse or conservatory. The leaves are large and they spiral around the...

28.07.2016

Origin of all Citrus species is unclear because of their ancient cultivation; C. limon is thought native in Central Asia, possibly Iran.

Growing conditions      Average warmth in summer - minimum 45-55 F in winter. Brightly lit spot away from direct sunlight.

Watering and misting...

28.07.2016

Calanthe     Genus of 120-150 species of everygreen, semi-evergreen, or decidious, rhizomatous, terrestrial, occasionally epiphytic orchids from sites in tropical and temperate areas(Asia Polynasia, and Madagascar). Some of them are used for cuttings.

Growing conditions      Plants of the...

16.06.2016

A South African monkey beetle burrows deep into the center of a Gazania flower to feed on flower parts. The beetle then emerges with a luxuriant coat of pollen, which it carries to other flowers. Enticed by nectar and other payoffs, animals become...

16.06.2016

Butterfly Garden: Articles on Creating Butterfly Gardens: Plans, Plants, Attracting Butterflies, More. Butterflies are some of the most beautiful and interesting creatures on Earth. A butterfly garden is an easy way to see more butterflies and to help them, since many natural butterfly habitats...

16.06.2016

Ask a child to draw a garden, and he'll draw some flowers. Give a gardener no more space than a front stoop, and what will appear there is a flowerpot. For many, flowers are the definition of a garden.

No matter what your level of experience, you can have blooming beauty in your life. But...

16.06.2016

Cosmos are annuals, grown for their showy flowers. The flowerheads may be bowl– or open cup–shaped and are atop of long stems. Cosmos are easy to grow and make good border or container plants. They make for good decorations in flower arrangements and also attract birds...

16.06.2016

Star-shaped reddish purple flowers appear in large dramatic clusters in early spring. The scent is spicy sweet—the essence of spring. The deciduous shrub reaches 6 to 8 feet tall and 5 to 6 feet wide; it takes full sun, or light shade in the hottest climates. Most lilacs bloom best in regions...

15.06.2016

Weddings are such joyful events, but the sad truth is, they generate a ton of waste — 400 to 600 pounds of garbage per wedding, to be exact. Jennifer Grove set out to change that after seeing the massive amount of flowers trashed in her past work as an event planner. Her company, Repeat Roses,...

18.04.2016

Located South of the Netherlands, the town of Zundert comes alive every first Sunday of September as visitors and locals alike converge to celebrate one of the biggest flower parades in the world. Bloemencorso Zundert, or Zundert Flower Parade involves teams who design huge floral floats...

10.04.2016

It is said that Spring is the season of new beginnings. A time when earth rejuvenates and comes to life, bringing forth the best of the year. Just like Spring, yellow flowers hold the joy that comes with new beginnings. While most of the other roses such as reds and whites convey passion, love...

07.04.2016

Ahoy! During the Europa Cup of Floristry (April 7-9) The Flower Lab drops its anchors in Italy’s greatest harbour city: Genua. And what better way to celebrate the continuation of this project than by announcing a re-design of the shop, of which the first of three new themes is unveiled. TFL is...

24.03.2016

A brand new colourful collection of exotic orchids has been announced by Anco pure Vanda.

The new selection of Vanda Orchids include varieties that includes a new red, a light yellow, a bright pink and a brass colour, all flowers are characterised with their special patterns of dots....

14.03.2016

 

Budgeting twenty five grand on promoting florists may seem barking mad when they only account for a small proportion of your turnover. But as far as Steve Wood, CEO of Country Baskets, is concerned it will be money well spent. Because Steve...

03.03.2016

 

Dutch pot orchid growers who joined forces to promote their product to consumers have released a new video to ‘show the pot orchid as a true style icon in a stylish setting’.

The ‘Art of Life’ initiative aims to inspire and inform at both trade and...

15.02.2016

Frederique van der Wal has had an exceptional career in several fields. As a model, she appeared on the cover ofVogue and Cosmopolitan – to name only a few publications — beyond winning John Casablancas’ Look Of The Year contest in 1985. As an actress, she has appeared in films directed by Barry...

09.02.2016

On Jan. 16, 2016, Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly shared photographs of a blooming zinnia flower in the Veggie plant growth system aboard the International Space Station. Kelly wrote, "Yes, there are other life forms in space! #SpaceFlower #YearInSpace"

This flowering crop experiment ...

04.02.2016

Scientists have discovered the earliest known seeds of flowering plants. The seeds are estimated to be between 110 and 125 million years old.

They are so exceptionally well-preserved that scientists can see their internal cell structure, which provide clues as to how the plants lived in...

26.01.2016
Ho Chi Minh City is poised to host its annual spring festival at a prime green venue early next month to celebrate Tet, or the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, according to Tuoi Tre News.

The grand opening of the 2016 festival will take place at the round lake in front of the Hung King Temple at Tao...

15.01.2016

The latest creation from scientists at Harvard marks a new chapter in biology-inspired engineering. Two teams of scientists worked together to advance 3D microscale printing capabilities with a product that is responsive to time.

Scientists at the Wyss Institute for Biologically...

07.01.2016

Every year on the first weekend of February, the Chiang Mai Flower Festival takes place featuring a parade, flower exhibition and the Miss Chiang Mai Flower Festival competition.

The hills and valleys of Chiang Mai are ideal natural habitats for a vast variety of tropical as well...

14.12.2015

NASA is set to make history by growing the very first flowering plant in space. The crew on board an International Space Station are looking forward to the first bloom come early 2016.

Astronaut and Space Station crew member Kjell Lindgren set up the plant growth experiment on Monday, and...

10.12.2015

Increase in export value of flowers and plants from the Netherlands by 3% to € 4.7 billion is mainly attributed to a growing number of countries buying the Dutch products. This is evident from export statistics announced by trade association VGB. The report cites a slight climb in value in the...

08.12.2015

Prime time for sales of California-grown poinsettias has begun. Analysts say more than 70 million poinsettia plants are sold each year during the six-week period around the holidays. Holiday sales for floral and nursery products are generally expected to be “opportunistic and intense” this year...

19.11.2015

Yesterday, tens of thousands of marijuana plants were sown in Amsterdam parks and flower beds  It's around seven in the evening and it drizzles in the Vondelpark. In the open air gathering a group of young people, some with a bucket, some with boxes and vacuum-packaged seed packets. These...

02.11.2015

Viproses has done it again they have perfectionted  a special topping for their roses that will light up the room!  “the Glow in the dark roses”.

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24.10.2015

During the 2014 edition of Fleuramour, the organization asked Tomas De Bruyne to create a special decoration for their next event since it was going to be a very important one; it was marking their 20th anniversary.

Tomas De Bruyne was asked to decorate the main courtyard at Alden Biesen...

12.10.2015

On 5 October 2015, the Flower Council of Holland relaunches its wildly popular #Favouriteflower publicity blitz in the UK, France, Germany and The Netherlands, with a revamped trio of floral hunks at the helm. The eye-catching campaign aims to communicate that giving or receiving of a favourite...

12.10.2015

А move towards local

Just a few weeks ago, a group of 14 British growers launched FloraBritain: a collective that aims to sell and supply strictly British flowers to independents florists across the UK. Why? “We realised that there was a huge void for florists who wanted to get...

12.10.2015

Momentous changes are affecting the flower trade in the United States: flower imports keep falling and flower shops are closing down, as more and more consumers choose ornamental plants over cut flowers.

To illustrate the historic changes taking place: U.S. cut flower imports have...