A more in-depth have a look at the Italian market

Yesterday, we printed the photograph report of the seventh version of the Myplant & Backyard, which was visited by 23,000 folks, a file within the present’s historical past. On this article, we take a more in-depth have a look at the Italian market and its developments. 

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So let’s begin with the breeders. What have we seen and heard on the present? From the breeders’ aspect, we see that they’re presenting varieties which might be warmth tolerant and may simply develop in hotter Mediterranean climates. Selecta one, for instance, introduced Tumbao. Hanging about this pelargonium is the distinction of crimson flowers and darkish leaves and that it survives in a sizzling local weather, like Italy. The variability is changing into more and more extra in style, and an increasing number of individuals are beginning to realize it by identify, like Pink Kisses.
Workforce of Selecta one, with Tumbao

A number of suppliers of pots and trays, equipment, automation options, fertilizers, and so forth had been on the present. What was hanging right here, moreover that it has change into costlier? For substrates, we noticed that the curiosity in peat-free choices is rising, just like the peat-free growbags of Klassmann Deilmann.

Luca Antoniazzi of Klassmann-Deilmann introduced Growcoon and, for the primary time additionally, their peat-free growbag, which consists of 80% inexperienced fiber and 20% coco.

In pots and trays, a number of suppliers talked about that the demand has slowed down a bit. That is in all probability as a result of, on the one hand, growers could have stocked up earlier than to ensure they’d pots and trays, and alternatively, as a result of they planted much less. The longer term demand from the growers will rely on how the demand from the purchasers might be throughout spring. And when wanting on the bigger initiatives of greenhouse constructing and automation, we hear that growers are a bit awaiting and never deciding to hold out massive initiatives.

Henning Bruns of Poppelmann TEKU, presenting the TEKU vary. They’ve been within the Italian marketplace for greater than 20 years.

So why are the growers awaiting? As mentioned final week, like many growers in Europe, additionally the growers in Italy are coping with the excessive power costs. Fortuitously, spring is across the nook, which implies hotter temperatures and decrease power prices. And on the commerce present, we heard combined reactions relating to the demand. Additionally, on the present, the reactions from the Italian growers and a number of other Dutch growers had been combined relating to the demand. Some growers had been writing orders straight away, whereas others observed an absence of demand. In fact, it is determined by the product sort, however generally, we see an absence of availability and excessive costs because of the elevated manufacturing prices. So let us take a look at the completely different sectors. 

  • Indoor vegetation: The orchid and the phalaenopsis, specifically, is the most well-liked flowering plant in Italy. Quite a bit is being imported from the Netherlands, however this yr, it’s anticipated that the manufacturing will lower by one-third. It’s at the moment progressively lowering and anticipated to lower quick by Might-June, so by the top of 2023, the actual numbers might be seen.
  • Backyard vegetation: The bulk (about 70% we heard) of the backyard vegetation which might be grown by the Italian growers develop it for the spring season. The gross sales for spring will rely on what the grower will plant for autumn.
  • Flowers: And let’s not overlook the flowers, that are extremely in style for weddings. On the present, the curiosity from florists was excessive, not just for the varieties but additionally for the displays that had been held. 

Jaap Moerman van Moerman Lilies and Warja Abrosimova of Dekker Chrysanten and Joan Petermeijer of Decorum. On the present, they had been displaying the Italian florist their assortment of flowers. When it comes to flowers, the model Decorum is changing into extra recognized in Italy.

In lots of nations, we see an rising demand for contract promoting. Nevertheless, for the Italian growers which might be supplying their merchandise nationally, it’s fairly a problem as a result of there are usually not so many massive backyard heart chains. “Due to this fact, contract promoting is extra of a problem. It’s extra one thing for the growers who export”, an exhibitor informed us. 

Mark van Dijk en Pieter Mol of Ludvig Svennson. First time on the Myplant was presenting ClimaFlow, amongst others. Additionally, in Italy, the curiosity in local weather management options is rising, they are saying.

So, how is the state of affairs for retailers? Because of the excessive manufacturing prices, the costs of the vegetation and flowers for the retailers enhance as properly. The most well-liked plant continues to be the phalaenopsis, however as there’s a lack of availability, demand for different merchandise is anticipated to extend as properly. 

Marco Orlandelli of Orlandelli (additionally President Consortium Myplant & Backyard) with John Herbert of World Dwelling Enchancment Community, Martina Mensing-Meckelburg of Verband Deutscher Garten-Heart, Luca Gaudenzi of Made 4 DIY and Oliver Ginestier of World Dwelling Enchancment Community, who had been visiting the present.

The season for the spring crops is about to take off, however will the buyer be keen to pay greater costs for the vegetation? It isn’t anticipated to be as booming because it was within the pandemic years. Now, shoppers appear to spend their cash on different merchandise. “The demand for vegetation decreased by 15%”, an exhibitor informed us.

Additionally attention-grabbing to note is that customers additionally purchase vegetation which might be categorized in Northern European nations as ‘indoor vegetation,’ like kalanchoe, and are planting it outdoor in the summertime. 

Additionally, new varieties had been on show. Andrea Lazzeri of Lazzeri presenting Amazonia, an entire interspecific Pelargonium sequence. Particular concerning the selection is the darkish leaves and vibrant colours.

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2024 version
The Myplant & Backyard organizers are already beginning to plan the following version, scheduled for 21-23 February, 2024.

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