Redleaf rose, Rosa glauca from Kita-Sorachi Kouikiren

Today, we would like to introduce redleaf rose, Rosa glauca from Kita-Sorachi Kouikiren (regional federation of agricultural cooperatives), Hokkaido.

Since the beggining of this month, redleaf rose has been available shipped from Fukagawa city, Hokkaido, where redleaf rose is one of the local specialities.

Eight growers make a lot of effort and try to supply stable amount of the seasonal cut-tree branches, although the producton amount is decreasing due to the aging problem.

This year, it densely bears vivid-red berries. As the supply is expected to decrease gradually from the peak season right now, we recommend you to have a try asap.

Kita-Sorachi also brings autumn-colored hydrangeas, spiraea japonica, symphoricarpos and so on to our market.

By all means, please grab redleaf rose and other seasonal cut-tree branches from Kita-Sorachi!

Originally posted by Mr. Ishizuka

Translated by R.Kato

Akita Obako Agricultural cooperative “The Disbud Mums”

Today, we would like to introduce the Disbud Mums cultivated by Akita Obako Agricultural cooperative. Currently, only one producer from the cooperative brings those Disbud Mums to OTA. It is located in the cool highland, so the cultivating period is longer than the one for other items and the producer has to make a lot of effort to grow good quality Disbud Mums. The main varieties of Disbud Mums are feeling-green, golden-ping pong and super-ping pong. The trade will start from the next auction date with limited amount. Give it a try and enjoy its vivid color and long vase-life!

Original article written by Mr. Saito, translated by Iwashita

Kunieda Rose Garden “Victorian Pink +”

Today, we would like to introduce the rose “Victorian Pink +” cultivated by Kunieda Rose Garden in Shiga Prefecture.

Kunieda Rose Garden is not only a farmer but also a distributor of Dümmen Orange in Japan, and cultivates roses in a place close to the Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan.

The blooming form of this flower is a beautiful rosette type, and as the blooming progresses, the inner petals change its color from beige pink to pale pink. Although its aroma is weak, it blooms slowly, and you can enjoy vase-life for a relatively long time.

Why don’t you use this rose for the May rose season?

Original article written by Mr. Hayashi, translated by Fuchu

Tanashi azalea from Saitama Prefecture

Today we would like to introduce Tanashi azalea (Rhododendron L.) grown by Mr. Shimizu, Hanahan, Saitama Prefecture.

Tanashi azalea, propagated by crossing Rhododendron kaempferi, is named after the growing area of “TANASHI” city, Tokyo (now belongs to Nishi-tokyo City).

Because Tanashi azalea grows slowly, it takes four to five years before the next harvest. And, after harvesting, it needs to be placed in the greenhouse for about one and a half month to make flowers bloom. Due to this time-and-effort-consuming cultivation method, the number of grower is decreasing year by year.

Even under these circumstances, Mr. Shimizu steadily provides Tanashi azaleas in good volume, and from this year he standardizes them by length for easy use to buyers.

The harvesting period will end in the end of April. He also cultivates other cut branches such as cherry blossoms and snowballs (Viburnum opulus Roseum).

Why don’t you use this cut branches for spring flower arrangements?

Original article written by Mr. Ikegami, translated by Fuchu

Flower farm Tsukasa “carnations”


Flower farm Tsukasa, which we receive flowers from for the third year this season, grows carnations in the mountains of the Izu Inatori district of Shizuoka prefecture. The growing area of 4,630㎡ is at 300m above sea level. The cultivation volume is currently about 600,000 stems with 26 varieties.

The area has an advantage in cultivation of being cool even in summer at high altitude, and that contributes to earlier harvesting than other growers in the southwestern region.

While stable cultivation is getting difficult due to global warming in recent years, Flower farm Tsukasa is trying to avoid bad influences from the climate change by making full use of technology in production. In addition, they are targeting for stable cultivation by working hard day and night so that customers can purchase with confidence.

Why don’t you use flowers from Flower farm Tsukasa, as you can always choose flowers from their well-balanced variations?


Original article written by Mr. Sano, translated by Fuchu