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Ad van Marrewijk, BM Roses:

"NL: "We see a move towards large headed pot roses"

"Over the last years, we see a move towards large headed pot roses", says grower Ad van Marrewijk of BM Roses who is growing pot roses in pot size 10.5 and 12 cm in a 5ha greenhouse in Maasland, the Netherlands. After noticing a demand for large head sizes in a smaller pot size, they decided to start growing, as one of the first, the Infinity line of pot roses of Danish breeder Roses Forever in 2013. Over the last years, BM roses noticed an increasing demand for these large headed pot roses and are still trialing new varieties to expand their range.

Ad van Marrewijk at the Seasonal Trade Fair 2017 at the FloraHolland auction in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands. BM Roses supplies his pot roses via the auction clock and direct to buyers through FloraHolland.

After years of experience in growing cut roses, Van Marrewijk started growing pot roses in 2007. He started with roses in pot size 10.5 cm and added roses in a 12 cm pot size after expanding his 3ha greenhouse to 5ha, 6 years ago. "Growing only 10.5 cm pot roses in a 5 ha is quite a lot. For this reason, we decided to add another pot size; 12 cm and that is where we came in contact with Rosa Eskelund of Roses Forever. The large bud size and shelf life of the roses in the Roses Forever line is what made us choose for this variety. It perfectly fits the demands of our customers in the high end market", says van Marrewijk.

Upper left: Pink Infinity. Bottom left: Princess of Infinity. Right: Infinity White

Over the years that followed, van Marrewijk noticed an increasing demand for smaller pot roses with large head sizes and when Roses Forever introduced their large headed mini pot rose, the so-called Infinity line, in 2013, he immediately decided to take a look at this variety in the trial greenhouse of Roses Forever in Denmark and trial this variety in his own greenhouse in Maasland. "I was very pleased with the size of the buds and the shelf life of the plant, which is about three weeks." Currently, BM roses grows four colors and is trialing new colors to add to their assortment.

BM Roses sells the Infinity line under the name Artistique Roze and the Roses Forever 12cm line under the name Beau Monde.

For more information
BM Roses
Ad van Marrewijk
Email: [email protected]

Roses Forever ApS
Rosa Eskelund, Rose Breeder
T: +45 5157 1990
Email: [email protected]