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First ‘New Blooms’ event a success

July 17, 2018  By Greenhouse Canada

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Attended by 96 growers, retailers and plant brokers from Western Canada, the first ‘New Blooms’ event was hosted by Deb’s Greenhouses near Morinville, AB.

“The event was a huge success I think because we have such a great group of growers here, the plants were grown nearby by Michiel at High Q Greenhouses and it was a true grower trial,” says Deb Foisey, owner of Deb’s Greenhouses. “There is a need for a plant show out west.”

In addition to plant trials grown by Alberta’s High Q Greenhouses, the two-part event featured presentations from breeding companies Elsner PAC, Florist Holland, PlantHaven International, Vegetalis and Westhoff, as well as unrooted cutting producer, Vivero Internacional.


“During the presentations, Dominik Neisser with Vivero talked about rooting urcs. He took a technical topic and made it easy to understand the process, in practical terms and had the crowd laughing at his jokes too,” Foisey notes. “My takeaway was don’t stick the urcs too deep.

She’s also looking forward to growing more patio vegetables from Vegetalis. “I did not realize I’m already growing some but I’m going to add a few more varieties to my program.” 

Favourable reviews were garnered from the attending crowd too.

“The 2018 New Blooms was an excellent grass roots event and provided a leg up to the many growers who attended,” says Geoff Wood from Ball Seed. “Growers got to actually see locally grown 2019 new variety samples as well as interact in person with the breeder product representatives. What could be more effective! This hopefully is just the start of an annual event based in Alberta supported by growers. Nicely done!”

Images courtesy of New Blooms.

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