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A biennial showcase

Growers, suppliers and buyers celebrated an abundance of floral products in Cartagena.

Photos courtesy of Dave Strydom

  Visitors representing 46 countries converged on Cartagena, Colombia, in early October for Proflora 2007, sponsored by Asocolflores, the Colombian Association of Flower Exporters.
  Cristina Uricoechea, director of Proflora, says 4,200 people, including 850 flower buyers, were in attendance. The number of exhibiting companies increased 55 percent from Proflora 2005, to 287.
  Among highlights of Proflora 2007 was the Technical Contest, in which France’s Delbard Pépinières won first place overall in the breeder category for its ‘Iguana’ rose and Multiflora, of South Africa, won first place overall in the grower category for its chrysanthemum ‘Resouci’.
Enjoy some of the sights from the show, and mark your calendars for Proflora 2009, which is slated for Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 of that year.
technical contest winners
Alstroemeria: Preesman Colombia Ltda.
Standard Carnation: Propagar Plantas S.A., Colombia
Spray Carnation: Suata Plants S.A., Colombia
Spray Chrysanthemum: Fides B.V., Netherlands
Gerbera: Terra Nigra B.V., Netherlands
Other: Royal Van Zanten, Netherlands, for statice
Standard Rose: Delbard Pépinières, France*
Spray Rose: Plantador Cia. Ltda., Colombia and Ecuador

Alstroemeria: Elite Flower Ltda., Colombia
Standard Carnation: Flores Cóndor S.A., Colombia
Spray Carnation: Agricola Papagayo S.A., Colombia
Standard Chrysanthemum: Multiflora, South Africa*
Spray Chrysanthemum: Multiflora, South Africa
Foliages: Tahami & Cultiflores S.A.C.I., Colombia
Gerbera: Multiflora, South Africa
Other: Florandina S.A., Colombia, for Hydrangea
Standard Rose: Flores Milonga S.A., Colombia
Spray Rose: Flores de Funza S.A.C.I., Colombia
Tropical Flowers: Bromelias de Colombia
* Also won the overall category.


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