Van Geel Orchideeën

Sustainability: a keyword of this Dutch orchid grower

OZ Planten has been working with Van Geel Orchideeën from Erica for years. The pleasant cooperation led to the launch of our house brand Jennie's Choice last year. This is a beautiful orchid mix with a 'personal touch' with a unique look that changes every season.

From father to son (in law)
Van Geel Orchideeën is a real family business. In 1977 Rien and Ada van Geel came to the place Erica in the Northern province Drenthe. Rien specialized in the cultivation of Chrysanthemums. In the course of time, the company grew larger and in 2012, son-in-law Johan Booster and son Martijn van Geel took over the nursery.

In 2019, the company will continue to grow to a total area of ​​47,500 m2 Phalaenopsis and 50,000 m2 Chrysanthemums. With an enthusiastic team of 35 people, they make the world a little more colourful every day. The assortment consists of more than 100 different varieties. This enables the grower to put together a beautiful colourful mix.

Van Geel Orchideeën is continuously working on the concept of sustainability in various areas. Regarding labor, the grower gives all employees opportunities to develop within the company. People from the social workplace, man or woman, young or old, everyone is involved in the business processes and gets opportunities to develop.

Regarding energy, Van Geel Orchideeën is continuously busy to grow as energy-efficient as possible. An example is the placement of 2200 solar panels. Furthermore, the grower has plans to use a bio-digester, geothermal energy and other smaller energy saving options.

Regarding packaging, Van Geel Orchideeën is busy processing less plastic in the end product together with suppliers and customers. Think of paper sleeves, cardboard label and a cardboard tray. Several initiatives are being developed at this moment.

Shelf life: throughout the year, the plants are tested for shelf life by an independent party. All plants are placed and tested without water and with limited light in transport, shop and consumer simulation. In this way, we are constantly working on a long and reliable shelf life of the plants.

Water and fertilizer: The water and fertilizer that is given to the plants is collected and reused at the chrysanthemum nursery.

Fighting disease and pests: Van Geel Orchideeën is unique in the way they grow completely chemistry-free. Everything is controlled in a biological way. The grower has many certificates, but goes even further than the set of standards to achieve the certifications. Because of that, Van Geel Orchideeën grows its plants without any chemicals since 2 years.

source: OZ Planten

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