More sustainable packaging

The images of plastic soup in our world seas are shocking. As a result, consumers and businesses are aware of the urgency to reduce the use of plastic. How is this done at Kekkilä-BVB?

Interview with soft fruits grower

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.

Partnership Kekkilä-BVB and Mertens

Kekkilä-BVB has been producing BVB Substrates substrates of the highest quality for the world market for over 100 years. BVB Substrates has also acquired a good position on the German market over the years. To further strengthen this position in Germany, Kekkilä-BVB and horticultural supplier Mertens have extended their intensive partnership.

Interview with Vlasman Nursery

Since October 2018, Luuk van der Burg is the proud owner of Vlasman, a pot plant nursery in Mijdrecht. ‘It’s Richard Bremmer, sales advisor at BVB Substrates’ fault,’ he laughs. ‘He put me into contact with the previous owner, and now look what has happened.’ The 32-year-old entrepreneur is happy with the step he has taken and is very proud of his company. ‘It is a nursery with a beautiful product: Saintpaulia. Doesn’t this plant cheer you up?’

Interview with Tree Nursery Ron van Opstal

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.

Brief update on ongoing research

In 2012 Belgian research center "Proefcentrum Hoogstraten" and BVB Substrates started working together on new developments in strawberry growing. In 2015 tests with tray plants started.

Using the right substrate to fight Phytophthora

Last month an article about the tests that BVB Substrates is carrying out together with Proefcentrum Hoogstraten was published in the magazine Poeftuinnieuws. Through these tests we want to find out whether the composition of the cutting soil influences the chance that a strawberry plant will be affected by fungal disease Phytophtora.

BVB College masterclasses De Lier

There are two new masterclasses comming up for our location at De Lier. One of the masterclasses focusses on plant physiology and substrates, the other masterclass evolves around acidity.

Interview Inca Orchids

André van der Goes owns Inca Orchids. A company in the Netherlands that focusses on the propagation of several types of Orchids.

Burgeoning market for blueberry growing in South Africa

The figures certainly speak volumes. At the start of 2018, the land used for blueberry cultivation in South Africa amounted to 1600 hectares. At the end of 2019 that is predicted to exceed 2500 hectares. European supermarkets import this superfood from Africa in the winter season. Good substrate from BVB Substrates combined with the skills of dealer Mabu contribute to successful cultivation of these health beneficial berries.