Deco Partner Basic & Trends has been taken over by Dillewijn Zwapak

As of July 1, 2016 Basic and Trends has been fullly integrated into the Dillewijn Zwapak organisation and will continue to trade under the Dillewijn Zwapak name. The decoration stock offers the full range of packaging solutions from Dillewijn Zwapak, expanded with the typical floristry articles you are used to buying from Basics & Trends.

Dillewijn Zwapak has been offering packaging solutions for the last 75 years. Within the flower and plant sectors, florists deal the most with the end consumer; and consequently they grasp which trends and desires prevail. In the Dillewijn Zwapak stock, florists have every conceivable material at their fingertips – from the hot-now to classic – to give added value to the flowers and plants they sell.

Dillewijn Zwapak offers a wide range of standard packaging products such as printed and unprinted sleeves, foil and bouquet holders. The range also includes a broad selection of glass, pottery, basketry, floristry articles such as scissors, flower food, binding wire, decoration and florist foam.

Check out the stock for yourself! 

World’s First Pollen-Free Lisianthus

Sakata Announces the Development of the
World’s First Pollen-Free Lisianthus
Ground-breaking Lisianthus varieties with long-lasting quality and no pollen production
Sakata Seed Corporation in Japan has taken Lisianthus breeding to a new stage, with the development of the world’s first Lisianthus type that does not produce pollen. (Photo : Right and Above Left is pollen-free type, Below Left is a conventional variety).
With no stamen to produce pollen*1, Sakata’s revolutionary new Lisianthus varieties have excellent flower durability and the benefit of no scattered pollen that can cause staining of flowers, machines and home décor. The pollen-free flower type is common among cut flowers such as Sunflower, however this is a world’s first in Lisianthus, a cut flower with increasing popularity and spectacular market growth. With the development of this new technology (Patent Pending), Sakata foresees an even greater expansion of the popularity of Lisianthus in the future.
There are two major benefits to pollen free Lisianthus cut flowers. The first one is that during transportation shaking will not cause pollen to scatter, thus the petals stay clean and are not smeared with pollen. Secondly, the absence of pollination can mean an ever longer vase life for the flowers. In studies carried out by Sakata and other companies (see the graph on the next page), the decorative vase life of the flowers has been found to last for about 7 days longer than conventional Lisianthus varieties, presenting an opportunity for even higher commercial value. These combined features will be of great advantage during longer transportation periods, such as during import and export of Lisianthus cut flowers, and we believe this offers a significant advantage over the current market assortment.
Initially, Sakata has developed three varieties: Single-flowered White, Single-flowered Blue Picotee, and Single-flowered Pink Picotee. Seed sales of these three varieties is scheduled for test marketing in Japan is the fall of 2017. Research of a Double-flowered type is also underway and we plan to announce this release in the future. These varieties result from the innovative and technological strength of Sakata’s Flower Research team – pioneers of Lisianthus development. Sakata is currently the top market-share holder in Lisianthus.
July 7th, 2016
Reference materials
Revolutionary quality of flower durability achieved through pollen-free technology
One of the merits of the pollen-free type is the fact that it increases the flower durability. One of the reasons for decreased vase life of cut flowers is pollination, which results from the physiological characteristics of the plant. The pollen-free type does not produce any pollen and therefore cannot pollinate, which improves its longevity. Vase life tests performed by Sakata, and other companies in the market, show that the pollen-free type shows very good performance. This characteristic is displayed most strongly during the summer months when the temperature is high and flower durability tends to be decreased. The newly developed pollen-free type is ideal for shipping in the summer season, characterized by a high demand for cut flowers, and can give consumers the opportunity to enjoy Lisianthus cut flowers for a much longer period.
Vase-life tests for the pollen-free type and the conventional varieties
Test overview: Tests were carried out with pollen-free types and conventional varieties. Lisianthus flowers blooming on the same day in the same field were picked and the stem reduced to 4 cm in length. Forced pollination was applied to the conventional varieties, assuming there will be shaking during transportation. We counted the days passed since the flower petals started wilting and withering.
*Research by the Misato Research Station (Sakata Seed Corporation, Japan)
Test results
Compared to conventional varieties (forced-pollinated), the
flowering performance of the pollen-free varieties lasted
about 7 days longer.
Pollen-free varieties provide benefits in production, at
auction, at retail, and in the consumer’s home.
In large-scale facility cultivation in The Netherlands, growers
harvested more than ten thousand Lisianthus cut flowers in one day,
and moved them using transportation bands and binding machines. If
they use a conventional variety, pollen is scattered around. Many
times, pollen will cause the flowers to stain yellow. Removing stained
flowers is a burden for growers. Pollen-free varieties will free the
growers from extra work and, furthermore, reduce the shipping loss.
In addition, good vase life performance is welcomed by the florist and
other retail stores. At home, pollen-free varieties will be beneficial in
the decor of the dining table, because there is no fear that pollen will
fall on the linen or in the food. Pollen-free varieties provide benefits
in production, at auction, at retail, and in the consumer’s home.
Development of the pollen-free type and its potential as a cut flower
Sunflower (Helianthus annuus ) is a famous example of how the commercial value has increased with the
introduction of pollen-free varieties. Currently, Sunflower cut flowers are almost all pollen free. Previously,
Sunflowers were not popular as cut flowers, because they were messy and dropped pollen on the table.
Moreover, they were quick to wilt and vase-life performance was poor. When SAKATA SEED CORPORATION
developed the F1 variety “Kagayaki” in 1986 it was the world’s first pollen-free Sunflower and they become
popular as cut flowers. Not stopping at the traditional demand for Sunflowers in the garden, Sakata created a
trailblazer in the cut flower world, and as such, were able to position what can be only regarded as a new classic
at the florists. In this way, the pollen-free type might contribute to the expansion of the market for all
commercial varieties.
Photo: Vase life test. Left is the conventional
variety. Right is the pollen-free variety.
Photo: Binding machine stained by Lisianthus pollen
Logo for the pollen free type of Lisianthus (Trademark registration pending)
① Pollen Free
② Prolonged Flowering
③ Patented Flower Breeding Technology
We created the logo using the combination of the “P”and “F” initials from the above three words. It will be used for the pollen-free type of Lisianthus, which our company is going to sell in the future.
*1 : Stamen is incomplete: There are cases when incomplete stamens are formed due to cultivation environment, however the pollen generated by incomplete stamens has extremely small amount and nearly no impact on the flower durability.
For further information about Sakata Lisianthus or high resolution images please contact:
Gill Corless Marketing and Retail Manager, Europe Sakata Ornamentals Saturnusstraat 1 2132 HB Hoofddorp The Netherlands
Tel: +31 23 554 3224 Email:

The Netherland’s King says it with Flowers

King Willem Alexander spoke in flowery metaphors to the European Parliament expressing his feelings towards the unity of the European Union in response to the Brexit news. 

He said:Europe is in its diversity one. Everyone’s input is essential. The European bouquet isn’t complete without the Spanish Carnation, the French Fleur-de-Lys, the Greek acanthus, the Danish daisy, the German cornflower, the Austrian edelweiss, the Croatian and Hungarian iris and the Dutch tulips. And not without the English rose. “

The Dutch have always been proud of our flowers, and this illustration just goes to show how powerful flowers can be even in politics! We would love to see this bouquet as described by our King in real life! 

All Saints Day

All Saints Day is the celebration of all Saints, known and unknown. In the year 731 AD, November 1 was designated as a day of remembrance for saints of the church who had no day of their own. The official date of November 1, recognized by Roman Catholic and Protestant churches was instituted by Pope Gregory III (731-741), when he consecrated a chapel to all the martyrs in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and ordered an annual celebration. The Eastern Orthodox Church observes it on the first Sunday after Pentecost. In many cultures All Saints’ Day is followed by All Souls’ Day which is a national day of mourning for all those lost.

The most common theme from various cultures is that families gather and lay flowers at the graves of their loved ones. As this celebration is held in a colder season, the most popular flower for this event are chrysanthemums, either cut or as a plant.

How is it Celebrated Around the World?

In France the celebration is called Toussaint, and each year around 25 million chrysanthemum pots are placed on French graves on the 1st of November. The cemeteries are filled with colour and the holiday is celebrated publicly.

In England families visit the graves of dead family members and bring bunches of flowers to decorate the grave. In church the names of the dead may be read aloud upon request, and in some regions the day may end with a play or some songs.

In Sweden it is often quite cold and there is snow on the ground. A jar of flowering heather is a common choice to dress the grave, as it stands up well to the cold. All Saints’ Day is no longer an official holiday, but many people take the day off and either visit cemeteries or spend the day with family. Churches organize services or concerts to recognize the day. In the 1900s, people began putting lighted candles on the graves of the departed. This custom originated with wealthy families in towns and cities. But after World War II, it spread throughout the country. All Saints’ Day marks the first day of winter and the traditional start of the alpine ski season.

In Poland All Saints’ Day is celebrated on November 1 and is a national holiday referred to as Wszystkich Świętych. Following All Saints’ Day, All Soul’s’ Day, Zaduszki is celebrated. This event is very highly regarded and a very busy day. Every cemetery parking lot is completely full and vendors line the outer perimeters of the cemeteries selling Fall flowers and candles.
Uniformed guards are placed by military graves. Chrysanthemums are the flowers of choice and are singularly associated with death. The countless glowing candles in the evening create breathtaking views of the cemeteries and are intended to help illuminate the way to God.

Slovakia’s traditions highly resemble those of the Polish. Slovaks return home, sometimes driving great distances to be with their entire family and visit the cemeteries where their ancestors lay. Graves are blanketed in flowers and candles are lit. It’s a day to remember deceased family members, to reflect upon life and share a meal with family members.

Similar to other Eastern European cultures Slovenia celebrates All Saints’ Day nationally and state officials lay wreaths at ceremonies throughout the countries cemeteries.

Spain celebrates this holiday over the course of October 31, November 1 and November 2. It is commonly referred to as The Day of the Dead. Festivals and parades are a large aspect of this tradition as well as the performance of the play Don Juan Tenorio. At the end of the day, people gather at cemeteries and pray for their dead loved ones and place marigolds and other gifts alongside the graves of loved ones.

In Italy Festa di Tutti i Santi, is both a religious and public holiday on November 1 each year. It collectively celebrates all of the Catholic saints and is a day when people visit family and friends and exchange gifts and good will to one another. If Italians have the same name as a saint, it is a special day for them too.

In Germany the holiday is referred to as Allerheiligentag. It is a public holiday in some parts of the country. A traditional adornment found on graves is a Newweling which is a traditional candle made of two wicks of different colours (red, white, blue, yellow or green) wrapped around a cone and then burned.

German tradition is to attend church in the morning and listen to sermons centralized on the message of leading a saint-like life. Thereafter, extended families gather for a large family meal and listen for the pealing of church bells. The souls of the dead are said to walk the earth among the living, the chiming is a signal for the souls to be released from any earthly bindings. Following the meal, a procession is led to the cemetery, where the graves of loved ones are tended carefully. Often families will bring candles or lanterns as well as flowers and evergreen boughs to place on the graves. Children are given the traditional All Saints’ Day bread, Strietzel, from their godparents. The sweet braided bread is often eaten during an afternoon “Kaffee und Kuchen” party after returning from the traditional visit to family burial sites.