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Pieter Middelkoop, Vireõ plant sales:

Netherlands: Take a peak at the ‘largest hedera nursery in the Western Hemisphere’

"Welcome to Hedera Plant, the largest hedera nursery in the Western Hemisphere" laughs Pieter MiddelKoop, owner of Vireõ plant sales. Next to growing hedera, Hedera Plant also grows tropical plants. However, the largest part of his greenhouses is used for the cultivation of hederas, approximately 12 ha.

Pieter Middelkoop in the processing area of Hedera Plant.

Hedera Plant is part of Vireõ plant sales, the umbrella brand for five nurseries in the Netherlands. In all these nurseries, different plants are cultivated. The tropical plants in the Vireõ plant sales assortment (like Sanseveria, Yukka, Dracaena) are being cultivated at the Hedera Plant greenhouse.

The pyramids stand out (see pictures and video). "There are growers who cultivate plants on tables, but then the hanging composition of the plant is not like it should be. The pyramids are directed north-south. Therefore one side of the pyramid will get just as much light as the other side. The disadvantage is that everything needs to be done manually. "It is not possible to pick up this plant mechanically without damaging the plant. Maybe this will change in the future, but for now, we need to do this manually.

De pyramids with hedera plants

Something else that attracts attention are the plants that are hanging from the roof. "They are the motherplants. We never buy seeds or cuttings, we are doing this by ourselves. And why are they hanging? Simple: this is the cheapest area.

The so-called 'motherplants' hanging from the roof.

Pictures of the greenhouse.

The other plants are imported from Asia and Central America. When they arrive in the greenhouse, they are first placed in a closed area. Here they are checked for insects and other things they could have brought from their country of origin. Afterwards they will open the gate and the plants will be placed in the greenhouse. The length of time they are sitting in the greenhouse differs per plant.
For more information
Vireõ plant sales
Pieter Middelkoop
Hoofdweg 13
1424 PC De Kwakel
The Netherlands
T: +31 297 820 200
Email: [email protected]