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Denmark: Stephanotis floribunda in full bloom at Kjeld Hansen

The Stephanosis floribundas are in bloom at the greenhouse of Kjeld Hansen and are ready to be sold. "These months are very busy for us. Every week, an amount of Stephanosis floribundas plants will leave the greenhouse", says Danish grower Kirsten Ladegaar Andersen, owner of Kjeld Hansen.

Kirsten Ladegaar Andersen at the Nordic Flower Expo in Sweden.

During the winter months they are growing and preparing the Stephanosis floribunda for the selling season, which is in March, April, May and two months in the autumn. "In the beginning of spring our plants need to be ready; they need to be the desired height of 2 to 2.5 meters", explains Kirsten. Then, a month prior to selling the plants, they will increase the temperature in the greenhouse, which enables the Stephanosis floribundas to develop flowers. "The Stephanosis floribundas are grown in different greenhouses allowing us to stagger the weeks in which we turn up the heat. This enables us to supply plants every week of the selling season", says Kirsten.

The company consists of 10 greenhouses and in 8 of the greenhouses they grow Stephanosis floribunda. In the remaining two greenhouses they grow dipladenia. The greenhouses have a total size of 6.000 m2 and are equipped with the necessary techniques to grow the plants. "Our glass greenhouses are climate controlled, have screens and automatic watering systems. However, inside the greenhouse we do not use many techniques, we only use a potting machine, all other work is done manually", she says.

"Our plants are hand made" lauchs Kirsten. "We propagate our Stephanosis floribunds manually. Every year, we use the cuttings from our best mother plants. We have done this for more then 50 years, which means that the quality of the plants increases every year."

"We are only a small company", says Kirsten. However, this does not affect their scope regarding export. Kjeld Hansen exports to many countries all over Europe.

For more information
Kjeld Hansen ApS
Kirsten Ladegaard Andersen
Email: [email protected]