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

Noble Lily “Aika” from Tosa-Reihoku Growers’ Cooperative

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Today I would like to introduce  “Aika”, a new variety of Noble Lily,  from Tosa-Reihoku Growers’ Cooperative in Kochi prefecture.

Noble Lily is unique to this Cooperative, with its main characteristics being a vibrant green color and many petals.  No other grower produces it.  And it was developed based on the Asiatic lily.

This Cooperative first tried to grow the Noble Lily about 20 years ago, and now their line-up gradually increases. For example, the line-up today includes;  “Noble Super”, distinguished by its  few spots; “Mimori”, characterized by its thin petals; and “Mimi-tail”, which is characterized by its 20cm flower head length.

 

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As these are original varieties, it is difficult to increase the number of seeds and bulbs. Three producers work hard for production of those varieties.

The new variety, “Aika”, has a stronger green color than the Noble Lily, and it has a characteristic in its blooming appearance – less spots and more than 100 petals in one flower head.
The rare variety is limited in quantity, but it will gradually increase.

We receive the main product, the Noble Lily, until mid-July and I hope the demand for this flower will continue to expand.

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Written by M. Takashina
Original article written by Mr. Yatsuda.

 

Disbud Mum “Souls” from ALL4MUM

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I would like to introduce Dis-bud Mum this time.

This flower is shipped from ALL4MUM Growers’ Cooperative of the JA Aichi Minami in Aichi prefecture.
Although Dis-bud Mums do not have many multi-colored varieties, this variety – “Souls”, is bi-colored with pink and yellow. One of its charms is that the graduation of the color changes, dependent upon blooming seasons.

At OTA market, “Souls” is shipped only from this Cooperative, and only one grower in this Cooperative produces this variety. It is, therefore, a rare variety.

This Cooperative also cultivates another Dis-bud Mum variety and ships to OTA market. The variety, known as “Miyabi”, has the same flower shape and size as “Souls”. However, the difference in color distinguishes the two varieties.  A mutation in the gene during the vegetative period of “Souls” results in bi-colored petals in orange and yellow. you can easily find it from the picture of “Miyabi”.

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From late April, our receipt of shipment will increase and the quality will get at higher grades.
Mother’s Day is coming soon, and I expect the demand on the flower will increase.

Thank you.

Written by M. Takashina

Original Japanese article, written by Mr. Sakurahata