Traceability code on the plant passport will be mandatory for a number of potted plants as of 31-12-2021

Traceability code on the plant passport will be mandatory as of 31-12-2021 for a number of potted plants (Citrus, Coffea, Lavandula dentata, Nerium oleander, Olea europea, Polygala myrtifolia and Prunus dulcis).

From December 31, 2021, a traceability code on the plant passport is required for potted plants of Citrus, Coffea, Lavandula dentata, Nerium oleander, Olea europea, Polygala myrtifolia and Prunus dulcis. For these plants, you must provide plant passports with the traceability code after the letter C from the new year.

Traceability code on plant passport
One of the components of the plant passport is the traceability code (after the letter C). This is a code that enables tracing within your own company administration. Think of a unique lot number, parcel number, greenhouse number or the number stated on the supplier’s document. Since December 2019, a plant passport obligation applies to all plants, including potted plants that we consider to be an end product. European legislation prescribes what the plant passport should look like.

Do you have questions about the traceability code?
If nothing else changes in the layout, you do not need to re-authorize the plant passport.

Note: It also remains the case that if there is a PZ plant passport (for example bacterial fire host plants), the traceability code must be entered.

From January 1, 2021 changes in the product specification of Helianthus (plants)

As of January 1, 2021, the supply specifications of Helianthus will be adjusted with the aim of providing correct and complete supply information. The following adjustments will be made:

1. Characteristic S54 (plant form) is made mandatory.
2. Characteristic S05 (maturity stage) is also mandatory for garden plants.

Regulatory characteristics Helianthus as of January 1, 2021:

S01 = Pot size
S02 = Minimum plant height
S03 = Minimum number of cuttings/plants per pot
S05 = Maturity stage
S54 = Plant form
Value 008 = branched
Value 009 = highly branched
Value 010 = plant with only one inflorescence/flower

Because the plant shape is an important aspect for the marketing of Helianthus, this characteristic is added to the regulations. And because ripeness in the Helianthus garden is currently a recommended characteristic, it will be made mandatory for creating uniformity within the same product groups.

From January 1, 2021 changes in the product specification of Mandevilla

As of January 1, 2021, the supply specifications of Mandevilla will be adjusted with the aim of providing correct and complete supply information. The following adjustments will be made:

1. Characteristic S05 (maturity stage) is made mandatory.
2. Characteristic S54 (plant form) is made mandatory.
3. One product group for Mandevilla in the garden plants.

Regulatory characteristics Mandevilla as of January 1, 2021:

S01 = Pot size
S02 = Minimum plant height
S03 = Minimum number of cuttings/plants per pot
S05 = Maturity stage
S54 = Plant form

One product group for Mandevilla in the garden plants:

There are 4 products that have both a house and garden plant product code. From 1 January 2021, the house garden product codes will be blocked and product code 9259 will be transferred to the Mandevilla garden plants product group (3 09 182 01).

Adjustment of General VBN specification Plants with regard to the Plant Passport

There is an adjustment in the General VBN Plant specification because the Plant Passport is required by law for all plants as of 14 December 2019.

Click here for the complete General VBN specification of Plants (house and garden).

Royal FloraHolland and Plantion will maintain from 1 July 2020 that every plant from pot sizes >10 cm must be accompanied by a Plant Passport.

Choice of pre-treatment products for Astilbe, Scabiosa and Oxypetalum will be expanded

On January 1, 2020, there will be a change in the VBN product specification for Astilbe, Scabiosa and Oxypetalum.

In the summer of 2019, the Post-Harvest Knowledge Centre has carried out verification testing to ascertain whether some products complies with the VBN norms for the pre-treatment of Astilbe, Scabiosa and Oxypetalum. Research has revealed that all of the conditions have been met, and this products can be added to the obligatory products in the VBN product specification for Astilbe, Scabiosa and Oxypetalum.

Change Astilbe:

  • Chrysal Grow 30 and Florissant 820 are being added as approved products for the pre-treatment of Astilbe (Chrysal Grow 30 code 30 on the product’s label, Florissant 820 code 31).
  • You must state the correct code of the pre-treatment product in your supply information. With this code the laboratory can check that the pre-treatment product is being used correctly.
    • The grading code S65 pre-treatment must be added in your EDF software package
    • Under the grading code S65, you must select the correct pre-treatment product using code 30 on the label of the product for Chrysal Grow 30 and code 31 for Florissant 820.

Change Scabiosa:

  • Chrysal Grow 20 and Chrysal Grow 30 are being added as approved products for the pre-treatment of Scabiosa (Chrysal Grow 20 code 20 on the product’s label, Chrysal Grow 30 code 30).
  • You must state the correct code of the pre-treatment product in your supply information. With this code the laboratory can check that the pre-treatment product is being used correctly.
    • The grading code S65 pre-treatment must be added in your EDF software package.
    • Under the grading code S65, you must select the correct pre-treatment product using code 20 on the label of the product for Chrysal Grow 20 and code 30 for Chrysal Grow 30.

Change Oxypetalum:

  • Florissant 830 and Chrysal Grow 40 are being added as approved products for the pre-treatment of Oxypetalum (Florissant 830 code 41 on the product’s label, Chrysal Grow 40 code 40).
  • You must state the correct code of the pre-treatment product in your supply information. With this code the laboratory can check that the pre-treatment product is being used correctly.
    • The grading code S65 pre-treatment must be added in your EDF software package.
    • Under the grading code S65, you must select the correct pre-treatment product using code 41 on the label of the product for Florissant 830 and code 40 for Chrysal Grow 40.

This products are exclusively for use as prescribed in the instructions for use.

From January 1, 2020 one product group for Dianthus in the garden plants

From January 1, 2020, there will be one product group for Dianthus in the garden plants. All Dianthus house plants product codes will be transferred to the Dianthus garden plants product group (3 09 024 01).

From 1 January 2020, the grading codes are as follows:

 

From October 15, 2019 weight mandatory grading code for Christmas and Decoration green products

Weight is an important purchasing criterion for Christmas and decoration greenery products. The grading code S21 is momentarily only advised and therefore just included in about 50% of the supplied lots within the supply information. In the context of a reliable and uniform supply information, the grading code S21 will be made mandatory for Christmas and decoration greenery products from 15 October 2019 onwards.

You can find the grading codes valid as of 15 October 2019 and the affected products in the appendix (link) below.

S21 weight mandatory product codes

Documentation about changed requirements for importing plants with attached growing medium

From 1st of  September 2019, changed requirements apply to the import of plants with attached growing medium, such as soil, peat, coco peat, perlite, etc. In the attachment you will find extra information about this and whether you need to take any immediate action when you import these types of plants.

Adjustment of Helianthus in pots product specification with regard to maturity

There is an adjustment in the product specification for Helianthus in pots. From the 1st of May to 1st of October the possibility is offered to supply Helianthus in pots at all maturity stages. The minimum requirement for Helianthus in pots was maturity stage 2 (color-showing ligules).

The following requirement is added to the Helianthus in pots product specification.

MATURITY
• Between 1 May and 1 October it is allowed to supply all maturity stages.

Choice of pre-treatment products for Celosia cristata will be expanded

On 1 May 2019, there will be a change in the VBN product specification for Celosia cristata.

In the summer of 2018, the Post-Harvest Knowledge Centre has carried out verification testing to ascertain whether the Florissant 810, Florissant 830 en Chrysal Grow 20 products complies with the VBN norms for the pre-treatment of Celosia cristata. Research has revealed that all of the conditions have been met, and this products can be added to the obligatory products in the VBN product specification for Celosia cristata.

Change:

  • Florissant 810, Florissant 830 en Chrysal Grow 20 are being added as approved products for the pre-treatment of Celosia cristata (Florissant 810 code 21 on the product’s label, Florissant 830 code 41 and Chrysal Grow 20 code 20).
  • You must state the correct code of the pre-treatment product in your supply information. With this code the laboratory can check that the pre-treatment product is being used correctly.
    • The grading code S65 pre-treatment must be added in your EDF software package.
    • Under the grading code S65, you must select the correct pre-treatment product using code 21 on the label of the product for Florissant 810, code 41 for Florissant 830 and code 20 for Chrysal Grow 20.

This products are exclusively for use as prescribed in the instructions for use.