The IPM Essen trade show is held every January and is the largest horticultural trade fair in the world, bringing together every aspect of horticulture.
Anyone who thinks of horticulture as just a “hobby” industry should take a look at the greenhouses, compost, potting machines, seed sowing and seedling grading machinery, watering equipment, atmospheric monitors, computer controls, lighting and floor coverings. It’s big business and much of it is very scientific.
Entire halls are devoted to equipment for growing, lifting and transporting trees, young plants and mature shrubs. One piece of high-quality kit can cost more than a small house. This show involves vast contracts and is an essential event in the calendar for any country that sees horticulture as an essential part of life.
The figures involved in the show are staggering. This year, around 54,000 visitors attended the show from all over the world to see 1564 exhibitors from 45 countries.
Bergenia ‘Schneekristall’ (Snow Crystal) - a pure white-flowered form of Bergenia
Eustoma Corelli ‘Delft Blue’ - (formerly called Lisianthus) and a great cut flower favourite, with purple-blue splashed petals.
Container-sized Hydrangea Tabletensia, ideal for the patio or balcony.
Kalanchoe ‘Chandler’, a large-sized version of the ever-popular indoor plant with striking markings on the flowers.
Salix ‘Mount Aso’, a striking new shrubby willow with pink, pussy-willow buds that open to show bright yellow pollen.
This is show that leaves you buzzing with excitement at what will be making its way onto the market over the next year. Keen gardeners will love the new plants and newcomers have never had so much help to get going.
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