Messe Essen chief executive Oliver Kuhrt said: "IPM ESSEN has once more proven that it is indisputably the most important fair for international horticulture. The innovations are introduced here and the orders for the coming season are placed here. This year, it was again possible to raise the number and quality of the visitors and the sales transactions. We are more than satisfied."
This year, IPM ESSEN counted 57,200 visitors (in 2015: 56,500). More than 78 per cent of the visitors have decision-making or procurement powers - a plus of three percentage points in comparison with the preceding year.
Some 20 nations exhibited with official joint booths including Guatemala, China, France, Great Britain, India and Taiwan, Belgium, Costa Rica, Denmark, the Netherlands, Israel, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Spain, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Turkey, Hungary and the USA.
A 100-strong delegation from Turkey travelled to IPM ESSEN for the first time in order to obtain information about the newest horticultural products.
The Innovation Showcase, which was jointly staged by Messe Essen and the Central Horticultural Association (ZVG) counted 76 submissions from 33 exhibitors - a new record.
In the "Spring-Flowering Plants" category, the expert commission decided in favour of the Primula filchnerae x Primula praenitens 'Thirtyone' from Cultivaris as the "IPM Innovation 2016".
In the "Bedding and Balcony Plants" category, the Begonia hybrid 'First Kiss' from Dümmen Orange won the "IPM Innovation 2016".
In the "Tub Plants" category, the Mandevilla x sanderi DIAMANTINA ® 'Orange Coral' from D.H.M. Innovation from France received the "IPM Innovation 2016" title. I
In the "Flowering House Plants" category, the "IPM Innovation 2016" mark of distinction went to the Oerstedella centrandenia 'Panama Orchid' from Hassinger from Wiesbaden.
In the "Green House Plants" category, the Sanseveria hybrid Sansiam® Kichaka® 'SUPSAM1401' from Suphachadiwong Orchids from Thailand won the "IPM Innovation 2016".
In the "Cut Flowers" category, the Vanda Jones ex R. Br Kanchana ® Angelite 'SPCDW1405' from Suphachadiwong Orchids from Thailand was honoured as the "IPM Innovation 2016".
In the "Woody Plants" category, the expert commission decided in favour of the Vaccinium corymbosum BrazelBerries® from zu Jeddeloh in the range as the "IPM Innovation 2016".
The jury decided the Hydrangea macrophylla Frisbee® Hot Pink and Caipirinha® varieties from the Hydrangea Breeders Association should have a special prize.
Show Your Colours Award, which was organised by BIZZ Communications and Messe Essen, saw the visitors and the expert jury decide in favour of four winners: Van Vliet New Plants with the Skimmia japonica DWARF Serie, Notkamp Boomwekerij with the Buxus sempervirens BUXUS JEANS OF GARDEN, Helmers Baumschulen with the Hydrangea macrophylla Hybrid and Special Plant Zundert with the Gaultheria procumbens GAULTIER PEARL ('SPECGP11').
International Association of Horticultural Producers - AIPH presented the "International Grower of the Year Awards" at Messe Essen. Costa Farms from the USA received the Golden Rose in the Finished Products category. The UK's Majestic Trees took silver. The German-Dutch company Florensis won in the Young Plants category. Arcadia Chrysanten from the Netherlands decided the competition in its favour in the Cut Flowers category.
STEP Systems received the INDEGA IPM Innovation Award for the Combi 5000 analysis device, which can measure soil parameters such as conductivity, salt content, pH value, temperature and moisture
At the International Horticultural Forum which was organised by INDEGA and the CHA, delegates heard about partner country the UK's industry, with contributions from the CHA, Horticulture Week and HTA. See more in HW.