Last week's 32nd International Plant Fair in Essen attracted 57,000 trade visitors from over 100 nations.
Messe Essen chairman Oliver Kuhrt said around one third of the visitors placed orders directly at the fair and almost half of them stated that contracts would be concluded after the fair.
At around 40 per cent (in 2013 around 30 per cent), the proportion of foreign trade visitors has risen.
The plant section (76 per cent), and technology section at around 41 per cent (in 2013 36 per cent) were most popular.
The new European Tree Nursery Reception met for the first time, jointly organised by Bund deutscher Baumschulen, the European Nursery-Stock Association (ENA) and Messe Essen.
Some 56 plants took part in the Innovation Showcase. Seven of them won the title of an "IPM Innovation 2014".
The Pelargonium grandiflorum "pac Bermuda Pink, Regbepi" from Elsner pac from Dresden won the "Bedding and Balcony Plants" category and the Erysimum Hybride "Winter Party" from Kientzler from Gensingen won the "Spring-Flowering Plants" category.
Moerheim New Plant from the Netherlands won in the "Flowering House Plants" category with the poinsettia called Euphorbia pulcherrima willd. Ex Klotzsch Princettia ® Pearl and Plantipp also from the Netherlands won the "Tub Plants" category with the Dianella revoluta Coolvista ® (Allyn-Citation).
The Kalanchoe Interspecific Hybride Queen® from Knud Jepsen from Denmark was chosen in the "Cut Flowers" category and the Betula pendula "Magical Globe" from Kolster from the Netherlands won the "Woody Plants" category.
The jury gave the Basil Tree from Global Plant in Israel a special prize.
The "Colour Your life Award" which was organised by Messe Essen and Blumenbüro Holland went to a Helleborus from the "King" collection of Special Plants from Zundert in the Netherlands.
Second prize went to the Hydrangea macrophylla Black Diamonds of De Jong Plants b.v. from Boskoop in the Netherlands. The bay tree of Gova BV from Nispen also in the Netherlands took third place.
The next International Plant Fair will take place at Messe Essen on January 27 - 30, 2015.