‘Hybrid lighting guarantees high-quality tomatoes all year round’

‘Hybrid lighting guarantees high-quality tomatoes all year round’

A more generative plant, 10 to 12 % more production, and Brix measurements at summer levels all year round are the key results of
“We fine-tune the amount of water to the plant’s energy supply”

“We fine-tune the amount of water to the plant’s energy supply”

In Next Generation Growing, everything revolves around the needs of the plant. In the past, much of the way growers controlled the climate was
‘We aim to grow the best basil in Europe’

‘We aim to grow the best basil in Europe’

Christ en Jacqueline Monden of De Kruidenaer in Etten-Leur had hybrid lighting installed in their new high-tech greenhouse, in which they grow basil, just
“Combination of breeding and production is key to success”

“Combination of breeding and production is key to success”

Despite having gained a growing reputation in the world of plant breeding over the years, cultivation of pot and bedding plants is still German
“We’re aiming for 5% higher yields with more and bigger fruits”

“We’re aiming for 5% higher yields with more and bigger fruits”

The roofs of many new greenhouses now contain glass with an anti-reflection (AR) coating, which improves light incidence. For a long time there was
Dutch growers grow pink tomatoes in Azerbaijan for Russian market

Dutch growers grow pink tomatoes in Azerbaijan for Russian market

John and Jolanda van der Lee have swapped the Netherlands for Azerbaijan to run an 11 hectare tomato nursery there. Before they left, they
“Knowledge of soil organisms is key in ideal potting mixture”

“Knowledge of soil organisms is key in ideal potting mixture”

Bark, the main ingredient of orchid substrates, is steamed at high temperatures. This kills off all the impurities and pathogens. But unfortunately it also
Multiple sensors and app shed more light on slab root environment

Multiple sensors and app shed more light on slab root environment

Snack tomato nursery Vitensa of Vierpolders, the Netherlands, uses a monitoring system with multiple wireless slab sensors in two of its greenhouse sections in
“We also need to continuously improve our efficiency through automation”

“We also need to continuously improve our efficiency through automation”

The Gartneriet PKM nursery was founded by Poul and Marie Madsen north of Odense, Denmark, in 1948. Since then, their son Kristian and their
Education, business and research meet in challenging Dutch project

Education, business and research meet in challenging Dutch project

The World Horti Center was officially opened by Queen Máxima of the Netherlands in March 2018, although the building in the Dutch town of
“It’s all about the right balance between yield and fruit weight”

“It’s all about the right balance between yield and fruit weight”

Grow light is gaining ground among high-wire cucumber growers. Reijm & Zn in Berkel en Rodenrijs in the west of the Netherlands are among
Double screen plays key role in quest for uniform climate

Double screen plays key role in quest for uniform climate

Don’t throw away your old shoes before you get new ones – that’s an adage the Dutch sweet pepper grower Stephan Persoon firmly believes
‘Focus is on looking for efficiencies and further increasing our yields’

‘Focus is on looking for efficiencies and further increasing our yields’

New Zealand Gourmet was founded in 1985. It started off growing and exporting capsicums (bell peppers) to Japan, and blueberries and other crops such
In the past the use of rootstocks represented an important step in the fight against soil-borne diseases. But rootstocks offer many more possibilities: Improved vigour, setting, flower and fruit quality.

Rootstocks: an extra instrument to achieve production goals

In the past the use of rootstocks represented an important step in the fight against soil-borne diseases. But rootstocks offer many more possibilities: Improved
Joost van der Voort (left) and Nadir Laaguili measure the oxygen concentration at the dripper. The system guarantees a level of 10 mg per litre.

Water treatment system maintains optimum oxygen supply

Sufficient oxygen in the root environment is a must for a strong, healthy crop. More oxygen makes the crop stronger and boosts production. That’s
nematodes

“It works, but you need discipline to succeed”

Thrips are one of the biggest threats chrysanthemum growers face. But this hasn’t put off River Flowers in the central Dutch town of Zaltbommel:
Paul and Marcel van den Broek: “The more even climate plus the longer screening can result in 10 per cent energy savings per kilo of product.”

“I get goose bumps from such evenly coloured tomatoes”

The air above an energy screen is much drier than that below it. Currently around 20 companies in The Netherlands are making use of
Grower Frans Kortenhorst: “With this film, we cut our watering by 25% and I got rid of Sciarid fly in one fell swoop.”

“Film over the top of the pot does nothing but good”

Dutch Rhododendron grower Frans Kortenhorst was looking for a way to get rid of weeds and moss in his pots for good. He cut
Herman de Vreede: “We want to supply large volumes of orchids of a uniform quality in a sustainable way.”

Right light spectrum on bottom layer with half the energy

The LED lamps in the light fittings underneath the top growing layer shine brightly on the plants in the cultivation greenhouse at phalaenopsis growers
Meiny Prins. CEO Priva at World Horti Center

Horticulture in 2050: lots more technology, but fewer entrepreneurs

If we were to make an analysis of the horticulture industry thirty years from now, we would see that horticulture businesses have morphed into
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