Recently, Rene van der Stok installed a new 6,000 m2 shade hall at Dutch grower Snepvangers Tuinplanten. It was necessary to keep up with the annual increasing skimmia cultivation. Currently, half a million plants are being produced per year.
The new screen installation at Snepvangers Tuinplanten
Nursery Snepvangers is no stranger in the market. After years of working at a flower grower, Jan Snepvangers started his own business in 1983. On just a few hundred square meters, he grew garden plants, but he always was in the possession of a greenhouse. This was also the savior of his young company, he says, because in the winter of 1983-84 many plants at other growers froze to death. But not at Snepvangers.
Rene van der Stok and Jan Snepvangers
Currently, the company consists of a 3 ha greenhouse and 1.2 ha of shade hall. Additionally, he rents a 6,000 m2 greenhouse to grow camellias, and a lot more plants are being grown, like viburnum, pieris, leucothoe, andromeda and more. The focus, however, is on skimmia. "It is a challenging crop to grow as it should not get wet 'feet', then it is game over. Besides, it needs to be grown in the shadow. That's why a shade hall and good draining system is so important."
The reason why Snepvangers reached out to Rene is not entirely by chance. Jan Snepvangers, who now passed the baton to his son Stephan, has known Rene for several years. "Twenty years ago, Rene replaced some screens in our cutting greenhouse. Afterwards, he and his employees also built our new premises and some other small projects every now and then. So, we've been doing business with them for over two decades."
Now, the plants are in, but last month the construction was still in full swing.
Rene van der Stok has been in the business for over 30 years now. He has done many projects and many are currently taking place. He even hired some extra employees.