The quiet roads surrounding the village of Erp are flanked by alternating fields of asparagus and strawberries. Van den Elzen Plants has certainly made its mark on the landscape of this sandy region in the province of Brabant. And, extending to an international scale, growers appreciate the quality of the plant material produced at the nursery. This quality is closely linked to choosing the right suppliers of raw materials. Substrate is not something you should economise on, according to van den Elzen.
Supplying precisely what customers want: that is the motto of the innovative German family-run Rheinische Pilz-Zentrale (RPZ). The continued growth of the company goes to prove the success of this strategy. German consumers highly value the sustainably and locally grown mushrooms, which are the perfect fit with a healthy lifestyle.
André van der Goes owns Inca Orchids. A company in the Netherlands that focusses on the propagation of several types of Orchids.
Wilbert Christiaens and Eef van Os grow a wide range of conifers, shrubs and topiary plants. They own approximately 100 hectares of open, greenhouse and container fields in Melderslo, Limburg. ‘What are we good at? Why not ask us what not,’ jokes Wilbert. Then, seriously: ‘Our strength lies in the quality of our products. We work neatly, comply with agreements and stand for fair trade.’
Wilco Verhoeven, owner of Artisan Orchid Nursery in the Netherlands, tells us all about the journey Artisan has made in recent years and the supporting role that BVB Substrates has played and is still playing.
Thwan van Gennip produces strawberries and raspberries and propagates strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and asparagus plants. Quality is key. He ensures quality by using a network of reliable and professional consultants and suppliers. BVB Substrates is one of those. In this article Thwan van Gennip talks about his goals as a soft fruits grower.
Leucothoe axillaris “Curly Red” is one of the stars at Ron van Opstal’s tree nursery. During autumn, the leaves of this shrub curl up and turn purple-red. It is very popular at autumn and Christmas fairs at garden centres. ‘I try to distinguish myself in the market with varieties like this. I always go for quality, and that includes using the best growing media,’ the entrepreneur tells us.