Gloriosa lily from Misato

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Today we are offering Misato Gloriosa from the growers cooperative of JA Kochi-city.

In Misato area, there are thirty-five growers shipping Gloriosa and their “Southern Wind” is a big hit internationally.

Lately they have also been yielding other varieties in different colors besides yellow, as in Pink, Green, and Cream which are yet to be named. They are still in the experimental stage so the amount is limited at the moment, but it is going to increase from now on.

Please consider taking these new varieties.

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Original article written by Mr. Watanabe,
Translated and edited by S. Yamamoto

Sandersonia from JA Maruasa Engei

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Today we would like to recommend Sandersonia aurantiaca grown by Chiba grower’s cooperative of JA Maruasa Engei.

Sandersonia aurantiaca belongs to the genus of Sandersonia, in Colchicaceae, which is one of Liliales families, and is the only species in this genus (which is not really common). This flower was first discovered in South Africa back in 1850 and has arrived in Japan for the first time in 1970. The origin of the name “Sandersonia” is said to be in several ways but possibly it derives from the discoverer’s name, “Jon Sanderson.” One of the characteristics of this flower, is that the leaves have cute “tendrils” curling up from the top.

JA Maruasa Engei grows Sandersonia aurantiaca‘s bulbs too and it takes growers about three years to ship a flower from growing a bulb. We have been constantly receiving the flowers from them, and it is going to be the peak of their season so the supply will be stable until the end of May.

Please kindly make a good use of this seasonable item.

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Original article written by Mr. Tada,
Translated by S. Yamamoto.

New Year Auction 2019

Happy New Year!

The first auction of 2019 started from 7:00 on Friday, January 4.

As it was the first day of a new year, our CEO Mr. Isomura and the representative of Ota Floriculture Auction Shinwa-kai, Mr. Yoshichu gave a greeting. Shinwa-kai has provided the “treasure ships” which were filled with various kinds of flowers, symbolizing a rich harvest of flowers and prosperity of business.

In Japan, seven gods are believed to deliver fortune to us by this kind of treasure ships so at our market the first auction each year starts from auctioning these.

This year’s auction accordingly started with two following treasure ships:

■Treasure ship”Daikoku-maru”

■Treasure ship “Ebisu-maru”

We sincerely appreciate your patronage and wish you a wonderful new year filled with abundance, joy, and treasured moments.

 

Translated and edited by S. Yamamoto

Senryo・Kokematsu・Kokeume auction 2018

Annual auction for “Senryo”, “Kokematsu” and “Kokeume” was held on December 16, Sunday at 7:00 AM.

This year was a so called low-yielding year for “Senryo” (Sarcandra glabra) that comes every other year, as they last year got small numbers of new shoots to fruit the next year, and they actually fruited loosely because the blooms fell off earlier than usual due to the rough climate that the rainy season ended early, and the summer heat went extreme. Additionally, just like pine trees, numerous typhoons caused salt damage to the leaves of Senryo, which made this year’s yield even less. Every grower therefore put their special effort into sorting in order to ship great ones.

Although there were too many natural disasters in this year, we truly hope that retailers sell them sincerely to customers. Growers’ effort then can be paid for.

Regarding “Kokematsu” (pine with moss), the number of larger ones has been decreasing because of insects or being damped off, still we received splendid ones that had been grown carefully for decades. We also received a lot of easy-to-use ones in terms of size like “Sanko Harigoke” from Mr. Hasegawa, Mr. Sunouchi, and Mr. Shioya.

Regarding “Kokeume” (prunus with moss), we received specially-sorted ones with blossoms, from Mr. Hiroyuki Suzuki and Green Tech Inc. These can be useful for displays like in a hotel lobby.

Original article written by Mr. Takeda, translated by S. Yamamoto

Cut pine tree auction 2018

Annual Cut pine tree auction was held on Dcember 9, Sunday at 7 AM.

Click here for Cut pine tree auction 2017.

The entire amount of production has decreased due to the high temperature in summer and many typhoons this year. Plus, shortage of workers is still a severe problem including the fact that many workers are getting older.
Some of the growers therefore have been struggling with not being able to ship enough number of products. Especially longer types have been less shipped year by year, since some certain types of pine trees like “Karage matsu”, which is relatively short grown after only three years of cultivation, are getting demands nowadays and thus being more shipped.

Although the extreme heat of this summer caused “Nebiki matsu” damped off or bad effects, thanks to growers’ extraordinary work we were able to offer great pine trees both quality-wise and quantity-wise.

“Daiomatsu and “Goyomatsu” were also affected by the typhoons, but we tried our best with collection for the auction.

Next week on Sunday, December 16 we have another annual auction of “Senryo”, “Kokematsu” and “Kokeume”.

Click here to check the last year’s article.

 

Original article by Mr. Takeda, translated by S. Yamamoto