The plant label gives information about the origin of the plants


<div>The plant label that has to be attached to the plants sold through retail outlets contains important information for the consumer. The plant variety, scientific name, the Finnish or Swedish name and the country of production have to be displayed on it. Many plants are imported to Finland from other EU countries, such as Holland, Germany and Denmark. Sometimes the plant has been grown in two countries. In that case both countries have to be entered as countries of production on the plant label. Information on the packer, grower or seller is also found on the plant label. Plants for sale have to be in accordance with the markings. It is good to save the plant label in case problems occur. </div>

The plant label can be either a plant tag that has been threaded onto the plant or a sticker. Plant labels can also be available to the customers in the vicinity of plants that are sold loose. Foliage plants, pot plants and bedding plants can be marked using a common sign instead of separate plant labels. The marking on seeds, bulbs and other packaged products is found on the sales packaging.

It is especially important to display the information about the plants when selling by distance marketing, where the customer can not see the product for sale. In postal and Internet catalogues plant size and age when sold or year of propagation have to be included also. The sale size of the plants and bulbs of vegetable plants has to be displayed. As to containerized plants, the size of the container has to be displayed in litres or centimetres. In the sales catalogue, the name of the seller or grower does not have to be mentioned separately under the product for sale, if the name is listed at another spot in the catalogue.

Certified and tested plants for sale have to be marked with a quality category. Certified plants of strawberries, currants, raspberries and gooseberries are available. Tested plants can be generated from other landscaping plants. The nurseries also have their own quality labelling, such as the FinE label, which is a label that certain Finnish plants are granted by Taimistoviljelijät ry and MTT Agrifood Research. All of these categories are grown from tested and disease-free elite plants.

The plants on the market have to fulfil the minimum requirements for plant health and authenticity of variety. Food Safety Authority Evira monitors the production and marketing of plants in Finland. The monitoring is based on national and EU plant material legislation. Evira’s plant inspectors perform controls at nurseries and at points of sale and import. The aim of the activity is high quality plant production that is free from significant plant pests. Plant health in Finland is quite good in comparison with other, warmer EU countries further south.

For more information, please contact:
Senior Officer Jaana Hietala, Department of Agricultural Production Control, tel. 020 77 25043

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