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TABLETENSIA BY HBA ON CULTIVATE’24, COLUMBUS, OHIO, USA

De Kwakel, July 2024 – From July 13th to 16th, the Cultivate’24 trade show will take place in Columbus, Ohio, USA. Together with the Canadian company Aldershot, HBA will present at the show, booth number 172, hall A. Specially highlighted is Tabletensia. This true multiflora hydrangea blooms on every side shoot, has a compact shape, ...

FLOWER TRIALS AND HYDRANGEA NIGHT AT HBA

De Kwakel, May 2024 –  HBA  is happy to welcome you at Flower Trials 2024. Please visit us June 11-14 June at Achterweg 58A in De Kwakel. More information and online registration: www.flowertrials.com During Flower Trials our HBA HYDRANGEA NIGHT (invited guests only) will take place on Thursday evening, June 13, in De Kwakel (Achterweg ...

HYDRANGEA CODE ROSÉ ON DISPLAY IN THE MEILAND FAMILY GARDEN

De Kwakel, May 2024 –  Last week, Martien Meiland and Erica Renkema, together with Jaap Stelder from HBA, planted the hydrangea Code Rosé in the garden of their namesake Boutique Pension in Noordwijk. The Meiland family loves hydrangeas and is well-known and beloved in the Netherlands for several successful television programs. Last June, the Meiland ...

AGRIOM/HBA STARTS ITS OWN SELECTION GARDEN IN LIMURU, KENYA

De Kwakel, May 2024 – Agriom/HBA launches its own selection site in Limuru, Kenya. The selection location will serve as a trial site where various cut flower crops (such as delphinium, hydrangea, roses, and alstroemeria) will be cultivated and selected under local conditions. As different crops are being tested, both indoor and outdoor facilities will ...

SHARING KNOWLEDGE ABOUT HYDRANGEA FOR CUT FLOWER PRODUCTION

De Kwakel, April 2024 – This season, HBA is conducting several trials in hydrangea for cut flower production. These include a trial with biostimulants, an old wood trial to provide flowers early in the season, and various pinching trials where we pinch HBA varieties early or late in the growing season. We are also increasingly implementing ...

HBA SETS UP NEW LOCATION FOR HYDRANGEA CUT FLOWER PRODUCTION

De Kwakel, March 2024 – From mid-March a team of employees is working hard on setting up our location at Achterweg 48 in De Kwakel. They are placing 14 cm pots with hydrangeas for cut flower production from our HBA Royal series on the new cultivation floors made by Erfgoed. In total 150,000 plants will ...

SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 13TH 2024 HBA HYDRANGEA NIGHT

De Kwakel, February 2024 – We are looking forward to Flower Trials 2024. As usual, HBA organizes during the Flower Trials week on Thursday (June 13th) the Hydrangea Night. Save the date. A personal invitation will follow soon. www.hydrangeabreeders.nl  

READY FOR IPM 2024: BLOOMING HYDRANGEAS IN WINTER TIME

De Kwakel, January 2024 – Jan ten Brinke from Hydrangea Breeders Association (HBA) has loaded his car and is ready to travel to IPM 2024 in Essen, Germany. At the fair, starting tomorrow Tuesday January 23, we will present hydrangea pot varieties Bianco, Tabletensia improved, Floria blue and many others. It is not easy to grow ...

ON SHOW IN MANTS: NEW EARLY FLOWERING HYDRANGEA FROM HBA

De Kwakel, January 2024 – From January 10 – 12, HBA was present at MANTS, the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show in Baltimore, USA. Together with Aldershot Greenhouses, a well-known quality hydrangea grower of cuttings, pre-finished and finished products, we presented a display of various pot hydrangea plants. New on show was a hydrangea variety that ...

HBA IS EXPANDING IN SURFACE AREA AND ACTIVITIES

De Kwakel, December 2023 – Recently HBA acquired the location Achterweg 48 at De Kwakel. Together with ErfGoedFloor we are transforming the greenhouse to meet our technical requirements. They are installing a new cultivation floor and state-of-the-art watering system. At the beginning of December the floor will be ready, at the end of December the ...

INVITATION: VISIT THE HBA SHOW GREENHOUSE IN DE KWAKEL

De Kwakel, September 2023 – The cut hydrangeas in the greenhouse of breeder HBA in De Kwakel show their colors from fresh to classic. We invite cut hydrangea growers to visit us and have a look for themselves. You are very welcome. Please make an appointment with: Jaap Stelder, tel. 06 514 08 341 / ...

FAMILY MEILAND BAPTIZE HBA GARDEN HYDRANGEA CODE ROSÉ

De Kwakel, June 2023 – Martien Meiland and Erica Renkema, famous from the Dutch television program Chateau Meiland, christened their own garden hydrangea on Tuesday 20 June. The garden hydrangea was bred by the Hydrangea Breeders Association (HBA) and named Code Rosé. The name refers to the guest house in Noordwijk where the Meiland family is ...

HBA LOOKS BACK ON A SUCCESFUL HYDRANGEA NIGHT DURING FLOWER TRIALS

De Kwakel, June 2023 – HBA’s Hydrangea Night, traditionally held on Thursday during the Flower Trials 2023, was a success. Guests from the Netherlands and abroad were informed about the extensive HBA range while enjoying a snack and a drink. Among the potted plants, there was a great deal of interest in the improved Tabletensia, a ...

SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 15, 2023 HBA HYDRANGEA NIGHT

De Kwakel, April 2023 – During Flower Trials 2023 HBA is happy to organize the Hydrangea Night on Thursday June 15, 08.00-21.00 h. (on invitation). SAVE THE DATE! The HBA breeding team will show a number of novelties in the pot hydrangea range,  the paniculata range and the cut hydrangeas. Among the pot hydrangeas, a ...

HBA CUT HORTENIAS IN NEW HYDRANGEA CATALOGUE 2023-2024

De Kwakel, April 2023 – The Hydrangea Promotion Committee and Royal FloraHolland present the new Hydrangea Catalogue 2023-2024. The catalogue offers an overview of 118 cultivars that will be offered during the 2023-2024 season by the hydrangea growers who supply the FloraHolland auction. Various growers are supplying cut hydrangeas this season from breeder HBA in fresh ...

NEW POT HYDRANGEAS FROM HBA AT IPM ESSEN

De Kwakel, January 2023 – From January 24 to January 27, Dutch breeder HBA from De Kwakel will introduce a number of new pot hydrangeas at the IPM Essen in Germany. On display are Fabolo blue and Floria blue, among others. The new catalog 2023/2024, containing a complete overview of the pot range, is also ...

NOW AVAILABLE: HBA CATALOGUE 2023/2024 POT AND GARDEN HYDRANGEAS

De Kwakel, January 2023 – Breeder HBA introduces the new catalogue 2023/2024 with the complete assortment of pot and garden hydrangeas. The catalogue also contains an overview of the paniculatas developed by HBA. Check it out! Visit the HBA-website www.hydrangeabreeders.nl for further information or download a version of the catalogue 2023/2024 here. You can also contact ...

PANFLORA OUTPERFORMS IN ROYAL FLORAHOLLAND CONSUMER VALUE TEST

De Kwakel, November 2022 – HBA is proud to announce that garden hydrangea Panflora has won the benchmark Quality Garden Hydrangea 2022. The test shows that Panflora meets the consumer expectations best. Of all the plants entered, Panflora achieved the highest scores for shelf life and ornamental value. Panflora was submitted by HBA partner Kötterheinrich. ...

HBA WELCOMES YOU AT TRADE FAIR 2022 IN AALSMEER

De Kwakel, October 2022 – On 9, 10 and 11 November you are cordially invited to visit our exhibition stand (number 9.14) at the FloraHolland Trade Fair 2022. Please feel welcome. We love to inform you about our Royal-series, the HBA product range of hydrangeas for cutting. We also show some new innovations like Royal ...

NEW CUT HYDRANGEAS ROYAL GRANDEUR AND ROYAL HIGHNESS IN PRODUCTION

De Kwakel, June 2022 – Richard, Jeffrey and Stefan Olyerhoek of the Rith Flowers nursery and director Jaap Stelder of breeder HBA raise their glasses to the new cut hydrangeas Royal Grandeur and Royal Highness. The family business Rith Flowers from Amstelveen is the first nursery to take the two new HBA cut hydrangeas into ...

HYDRANGEA NIGHT AT HBA DURING FLOWER TRIALS 2022

De Kwakel, April 2022 – Now that a physical Flower Trials will take place as usual in June 2022, breeder HBA is happy to organize a Hydrangea Night. On Thursday evening June 16, hydrangea growers and relations are welcome to visit the Agriom location at Achterweg 58A in De Kwakel for an informative and enjoyable ...

HABA AND TABLETENSIA IN HANGING BASKETS

De Kwakel, January 2022 – HBA supplies young plants to hydrangea growers. In this video we visit Fleurig, a Dutch company in Est. Owners Marjanne and Tom van den Berg cultivate Haba and Tabletensia. They grow both varieties in hanging baskets. Haba is available in blue, soft blue, pink and soft pink. Tabletensia is available ...

HBA SHOWS NEW WHITE CUT HORTENSIAS AT TRADE FAIR 2021

De Kwakel, November 2021 – HBA looks back on a successful Trade Fair 2021. Jaap Stelder and Jan ten Brinke welcomed a large number of cut hydrangea growers to the HBA exhibition booth at the fair in Aalsmeer. Special attention was drawn to the two new white cut hydrangeas that HBA showed. These two new ...

HBA PRESENTS FIFTY HYDRANGEA VARIETIES

De Kwakel, July 2021 – In week 24 HBA organized a presentation of almost fifty hydrangea varieties (pot and garden plants), including a number of novelties such as Finya, Floria, Florencia, Feather, Haba and Ice Boy. Please have a look at the video: https://youtu.be/MIGrw99TXiQ Please contact Jan ten Brinke for more information: jan.ten.brinke@agriom.nl, +31 6 ...

HBA CONDUCTS OLD WOOD TRIAL TO BRING THE CUT HYDRANGEA SEASON FORWARD

De Kwakel, June 2021 – HBA’s cut hydrangea varieties are perfectly suited for producing flowers on old wood, making it possible to market flowers as early as March/April. This is apparent from the old wood trial that HBA conducted this spring. For the old wood trial, HBA grew a number of cut hydrangea varieties (including ...

HBA PRESENTS COLOR POSTER CUT HYDRANGEA

De Kwakel, April 2021 – Breeder HBA from De Kwakel developed a color poster. The poster shows how the cut hydrangeas from the Royal series change their flower colors spectacularly during the season. The color poster is a tool for growers and buyers to communicate clearly about the different color stages. Download a pdf of ...

NEW HBA POT HYDRANGEAS TEST WELL FOR SHELF LIFE

De Kwakel, April 2021 – Fay, Ice Boy, Florencia and Finya, four new pot hydrangeas from HBA (Hydrangea Breeders Association) score well on shelf life. That is the conclusion after a six-week shelf life test in the testing room of Agriom in De Kwakel. Generally speaking the double-flowered varieties of HBA have a very good shelf ...

NOVELTIES IN HBA POT HYDRANGEA CATALOG 2021

De Kwakel, February 2021 – The new pot hydrangea catalog 2021/2022 from HBA contains two novelties that are extremely suitable for use in hanging baskets. In addition, the range has been expanded with the bright white Ice Boy and HBA is introducing two new paniculata: Panenka and Panorama. New from HBA are hydrangeas for hanging baskets: ...

HBA INNOVATIONS IN SHELF LIFE STUDY 2021. CHECK OUT OUR VIDEO

De Kwakel, January 2021 – HBA has a number of new pot hydrangeas in the cold store for 2021. These novelties will be included in the standard shelf life study that HBA carries out at its own location in De Kwakel from February. New in the HBA pot range are Florentina (light pink, double-flowered, suitable for ...

SURPRISING RESULTS IN PINCHING TRIAL CUT FLOWER HYDRANGEAS

De Kwakel, November 2020 – In 2020 Hydrangea Breeders Association (HBA) did a pinching trial with cut flower hydrangeas on their test location at Agriom, De Kwakel: two plants of each variety were pinched mid March, two plants were pinched April 1st and two plants were pinched April 15th. The aim was to gain knowledge ...

ROYAL PALACE AND ROYAL WEDDING IN THE SPOTLIGHT

De Kwakel, 1 September 2020 – There is a new video showing our cut hydrangeas in the test greenhouse in De Kwakel. Curious about how Royal Palace and Royal Wedding look now? Check it out in this video. Assess our varieties yourself We cordially invite cut flower hydrangea growers and relations to take a look ...

PRODUCTION HYDRANGEA YOUNG PLANTS AND VISIT TEST LOCATION

De Kwakel, July 2020 – – HBA (Hydrangea Breeders Association) develops hydrangea cut flower varieties. The complete Royal range and new selections are tested at the test location in De Kwakel. Young plants of all Royal varieties are now being cultivated, to be delivered to interested growers in the autumn. In the video Erik van ...

CATCH UP ON HBA VIP EVENT WITH 60 VARIETIES IN DE KWAKEL

De Kwakel, June 2020 – HBA looks back on a successful VIP event in week 24 at Agriom in De Kwakel. Quite a few relations could be greeted and brought up to date with a nice presentation of about sixty HBA varieties, including some promising new selections. The hydrangeas were grown as a garden plant ...

HYDRANGEA SEASON STARTED, CHECK OUT THE PROMOTIONAL VIDEO

May 2020 – The cut hydrangea season has started again. For all hydrangea lovers a general promotional video of this beautiful and surprising flower (source HydrangeaWorld.com).

VIEW ON ROYAL PARADE AND ROYAL WEDDING, PHASE 1 PINCHING

De Kwakel, 6 May 2020 – This year we will take you into our hydrangea test greenhouse and show the growth of two new varieties on the basis of videos: Royal Palace and Royal Wedding. Here the first video: growth phase 1, in which the plants are being pinched. Interested in taking a look at ...

TASTE THE WINNING CAIPIRINHA AT THE TRADE FAIR NAALDWIJK

De Kwakel, 10 March 2020 – Visit our Caipirinha® cocktail bar at the Trade Fair and make a toast to this winner of the Hortensia shelf life tests 2017 and 2019. From 11 to 12 March you are welcome in our booth 15.1 at the Trade Fair in Naaldwijk. Caipirinha® has twice been named hydrangea ...

HBA SHOWS HYDRANGEA NOVELTIES FAY AND FINYA IN ESSEN

De Kwakel, January 2020 –At the international trade fair IPM 2020, Hydrangea Breeders Association BV is again showing breeding novelties, including the soft pink double flowered Fay and the bright white double flowered Finya. Our new catalogue with the complete potted plant assortment and the five new paniculata varieties is available in our booth. We ...

GLASS TULIP 2020: ROYAL ANASTASIA AWARDED 2ND PRIZE

De Kwakel, January 2020 -With our double hydrangea cut flower Royal Anastasia, HBA achieved a beautiful second prize on 16 January in Aalsmeer in the category best market introduction of cut flowers 2019 in the Glass Tulip competition of Royal FloraHolland. Jaap Stelder and Erik van Rossum received the prize, a Glass Tulip on behalf ...

BLOOMING INNOVATIONS SUPPLIES WHITE ICE AGE FROM KENYA

Gilgil, Kenya, January 2020 – From January onwards, Kenyan producer Blooming Innovations introduces the new cut flower hydrangea Ice Age. This snow-white cut flower hydrangea has an excellent shelf life and shows no transport damage. “Customers are very satisfied with the quality,” says owner Harry Rooijakkers of Blooming Innovations. Ice Age was discovered in 2016 ...

HBA SHOWS ROYAL CUT FLOWER HYDRANGEAS AT TRADE FAIR AALSMEER

De Kwakel, 4  November 2019 – From 6 to 8 November you are very welcome in our booth 22.18 in hall 2 at the Trade Fair in Aalsmeer. Discover the possibilities and benefits of our HBA varieties. Jaap Stelder and Jan ten Brinke are looking forward to meeting you. Glass Tulip Award – cast your ...

ROYAL PALACE AND ROYAL PARADE: TRULY EXCEPTIONAL CUT HYDRANGEAS FROM HBA

De Kwakel, 29th  October 2019 – At the Trade Fair Aalsmeer, HBA (Hydrangea Breeders Association) is putting the Royal Palace and Royal Parade in the spotlight. Two new, single-flower pruning varieties. Agriom Director Jaap Stelder notes there is a lot of interest in HBA’s cut hydrangeas. ‘We are bringing true phenomena to market.’ In September, ...

HIGH SCORE FOR ROYAL PALACE CLASSIC AT SUMMER FLOWER EXHIBITION

De Kwakel, 13th September 2019 – The beautifully autumn coloured HBA variety Royal Palace Classic has been nominated yesterday at the Naaldwijk Summer flower Exhibition for the prestigious Stimuflori Innovation Award. This special prize is awarded for a novelty with the best market potential. Apart from the exceptional colour this variety was nominated due to ...

VIEW ON ROYAL HYDRANGEA CUT FLOWERS FROM HBA AT TRIAL LOCATION AGRIOM

De Kwakel, May 2019 – A cheerful, sunny picture from our HBA trial site at Agriom in De Kwakel. The new Royal cut flower hydrangea varieties and selections are now growing fast, the first selections are already flowering! We therefore warmly invite growers of cut flower hydrangeas to take a look at Achterweg 54 in ...

SHELF LIFE TEST FIXED PART HBA HYDRANGEAS

De Kwakel, 20 March 2019 – Hydrangea Breeders Association (HBA) by definition supplies varieties that have a good shelf life. To fulfil this promise, keeping quality tests at one’s own location in De Kwakel are a fixed part of the selection procedure. Pot plant expert Jan ten Brinke opens the door to the test room. On long ...

HBA STARTS NEW TRIAL SITE OF CUT FLOWER HYDRANGEAS IN COLOMBIA

De Kwakel, 9 February – Hydrangea Breeders Association (HBA) in De Kwakel has started a trial site with cut flower hydrangeas in Colombia. In the new trial site, HBA planted fifty selections so they can be tested under local growing conditions, “The market requires new shapes and colours, which we are eager to deliver”, Agriomdirector Jaap Stelder ...

FIRST CUT FLOWER HYDRANGEA GROWER IN BRAZIL CHOOSES HBA RANGE

De Kwakel, 2 January 2019 – Brazilian grower Adriano van Rooyen will focus on growing hydrangeas for cut flowers chosen from the Tropical series offered by Hydrangea Breeders Association (HBA) in De Kwakel. Van Rooyen has been breeding roses in Holambra and Andradas for many years but is taking a new direction by shifting the ...

NEW HYDRANGEA CUT FLOWERS FROM HBA AT TRADE FAIR AALSMEER

De Kwakel, 6 November 2018 – From 7 to 9 November we welcome you in our HBA stand 19.18 in Hall 2 at the FloraHolland Trade Fair Aalsmeer. New are the double-flowered Royal Kiss and Royal Anastasia and the single blue Royal Parade. Just like the other Royal varieties – our winter pruning series – ...

WORLDWIDE TEST LOCATIONS HBA CUT FLOWER HYDRANGEAS

De Kwakel, 17 October 2018 -Hydrangea Breeders Association actively develops cut flower hydrangea for various climatological areas. Apart from the moderate North-Western European climate zone for which varieties like Royal Kiss and Royal Benefit were introduced, HBA is specifically developing varieties for production areas around the Equator.  Due to the huge differences in climate the ...

NEW TEST LOCATION HBA CUT HYDRANGEA IN DE KWAKEL

De Kwakel, 29 August 2018 – It took a couple of months of preparation time, but now the test location of the HBA cut hydrangeas is ready. The HBA varieties and promising selections are presented at the location of Agriom in De Kwakel, where interested growers can get acquainted with the HBA assortment. The blued ...

5 JULY OPEN DOOR DAY HBA HYDRANGEA CUTFLOWERS

De Kwakel, 27 June 2018 – HBA welcomes interested growers of hydrangea cutflowers at the HBA test location at Tom de Bruijn’s nursery in ‘s-Gravenzande, Westland. Thursday 5 July, location: Groeneweg 28. From 7-9 pm the flower trials of existing HBA varieties and promising hydrangeas can be visited. The HBA team will be delighted to ...

HBA INTRODUCES ROYAL HYDRANGEA CUT FLOWER

De Kwakel, 17 May 2018 – As if the British royal family knew that Hydrangea Breeders Association would introduce its new hydrangea flower Royal Kiss around week 20 … It just cannot be a coincidence that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will give each other the wedding kiss this weekend! The Royal Kiss cut flower ...

GARDEN SEASON KANMARA® HYDRANGEA STARTED

De Kwakel, 23 April 2018 – Colorful start of the garden season with Kanmara® hydrangeas. Enjoy the beauty of Kanmara® Splendour. from May till October. Available in a range of 7 colors. Click here for more info.

TABLETENSIA® SPECIAL PRIZE WINNER AT IPM 2018

De Kwakel, 15 February 2018 – The jury report: The Tabletensia® ‘Saxtabdar’ is convincing due to its special growth form. It is flat and thus outstandingly suitable for planting in bowls and as attractive table decorations. Due to its rich branching and the rich stock of blossoms, it looks like a bouquet of flowers. You ...

NEW POT PLANT HYDRANGEAS FROM HBA AT IPM

De Kwakel, 4 January 2018 – Welcome in our booth 1B29 at IPM Essen from 23 to 26 January. Our strong assortment will be enlarged by new eye-catchers. Among others the bicolor Green Lips, with its beautiful shades of green, good flower induction and excellent keeping quality, especially suitable for outdoor, large flowered Sarena, in ...