The perennials are grown at the nursery in Warmond. We aim to grow plants in an as environmentally-friendly way as possible. This means that breeding disease-resistant plants is a major step forward. During cultivation, we keep a close eye on the mineral content of the soil, because if this is correct, the plant will be healthier and more resistant to disease. If an infestation does occur, we use alternative methods of pest control such as predatory insects or parasites that combat pests. Crop rotation is applied in the fields, taking each plot out of rotation for a year to increase its resistance against diseases.
As you may have already seen, we have many types of perennials and of course I do not do all of that alone. My wife Heidy is in charge of the cutting department. She also takes care of the administration. Dennis van Bentem and Christiaan Hogenes are our permanent employees who deliver a high-quality product with care. Sylwia and Klaudia Stupka, Bozena Wasiak are our temporary permanent employees who help us with the cuttings production in the Winter. Father Wim van Noort is still a helping hand and can often be found at the company with various activities.
Bees play an important part in garden nurseries. Not only do they pollinate plants and trees, they also give a good indication of the state of the environment. Marco van Noort has been a bee-keeper since he was 13 years old, so you could say that I am an old hand at the job. Bees also indicate exactly when a flower is mature, which is very useful for breeders.
Bee species are selected based on their resistance to disease. Vigour and colony strength are important too. The varroa mite has been a threat to the European honey bee since the eighties. We aim for natural control and rely on grooming by the bees themselves. After all, the varroa mite comes from Asia, where it is less harmful to honeybees. We do believe that this problem can be reduced or even eliminated in future.