californian pack trails

And being a floriculturist you pick up the signs early.
It is in the tiny whiff of spring air on a cold morning. But the most obvious sign you pick up indoors: the yearly invitation to our Pack Trials on your doormat!

For Europe the Kieft Seeds Pack Trials are scheduled for early May. But as always things appear sooner in the United States and our Californian Pack Trials start on April 2nd.

During the last four years Kieft Seeds has partnered up for this event with one of the best growers/producers in North America, i.e. Gilroy Young Plants in California.

This plant is owned and operated by David and John Kawahara.
They also own the larger Morgan Hill operation, Kawahara Nursery, that manages the sales and distributions for both locations.
At Kawahara Nursery, the Kawahara brothers are supported in their goal of being the best bedding plants & perennials supplier by their general manager,
Keith Francis (formerly of Plants Inc. and Goldsmith Seed Company).

Kieft Seeds is very lucky to have this partnership with Gilroy Young Plants. Being based in Holland, we need a greenhouse location in the important USA market to host our yearly floral show. Gilroy Young Plants operates not only on a modern
production site which they are willing to partly transform into a variety viewing area for a ten-day Pack Trial period.
They also have the knowledge and potential to nurture all Kieft varieties from plugs (supplied by the Plug Connection of Vista, California) to superb fully grown plants in full bloom!



This year Kieft Seeds is definitively in a winning mood. As down to earth Dutchies we leaped sky high, when we learned that three of our novelty varieties were award-ed a prize. We received two Fleuroselect Gold Medals, namely for Dianthus barbatus Noverna® F1 Clown and for Delphinium consolida Sydney® Blue Picotee.

Plus a First Prize All-America Selections Winner for our Viola Skippy XL Red-Gold, in the new category ‘cool season bedding plants’.
Since 1997, the year we first entered these contests, we have won a total of 10 Golden medals. Soon our trophy cabinet will be in need of extra shelves…


Bombay In Kenya

You thought Bombay lies in India? It does. But there are also numerous Bombay’s located all over the world. For example in the USA or the Netherlands. And as of last year there is also a flourishing community of Bombay’s in Kenya, Africa!

On his plant in Kiambu Peter Visser, partner in Tamalu Enterprise, grows the most fantastic Celosias. All Bombay varieties created and enhanced by Kieft PRO Seeds. In the moist and sunny climate of Kenya’s high plateau the Celosia Bombay absolutely thrives. And that was precisely the reason why Kieft took the initiative for this large scale co-op project.

The Celosia Bombay is a highly appreciated cut flower on the Dutch Flower Auction. The exotic appearance, the long vase life and easy to handle qualities make it a best-seller. But until recently it was only available during the European summer season. Thanks to a special “Bombay in Kenya” partnership between Kieft PRO Seeds
(seed enhancer and supplier), Peter Visser (grower) and TKM (transport and sale), there is now a year round supply of Celosia Bombay on the auction in Holland!

The partners in this project were advised by consultants of United Flower Organisation, a firm with a vast knowledge of Kenyan growing conditions. Peter Visser is impressed by the commitment of all the participants in this project: “I have learned more in 6 months of this Bombay enterprise than in several years of growing Zantedeschia.”

And that really means something, coming from a man with years and years of agricultural training and experience………..