Even though the garden centers in many European countries are still closed, growers need to prepare their crop for a possible opening soon. Also in Denmark, garden centers are still closed, but at Danish potted rose nursery DanRoses, the preparations for this year's season are in full swing. "I hope the garden centers will open next week, then we are still good in time as our season starts on April first," says Chris Andersen, owner of the nursery. He grows 50 varieties of potted roses in a 25,000 m2 greenhouse in Broby and ships them to retailers and garden centers mainly in Denmark, but also export for neighboring countries.
Chris Andersen with a new variety – Every year, they are testing 20-30 new varieties.
Last year's season had a challenging start but ended well, Andersen explains. "The first month was challenging. Before the season started, our clients told us that they did not need that much. However, when we eventually started to ship out our products and started to deliver them, the demand quickly started to surpass the supply." For this reason, to secure the amount of plants they want, DanRoses clients ordered early this year. "And to prevent any risks, we only planted the amounts ordered," he adds.
Plants in the greenhouse
Good hopes for the season
Eventually, the last year's season was more or less similar to the previous years, he explains. And hopes for the coming season - which for DanRoses runs from April till mid-summer - are high. "First, the garden centers need to open as soon as possible. Currently, we all hope that they can re-open their doors next Monday. Then, when they are open, I think we won't have enough plants."
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High hopes for the future
According to Andersen, the impact of the pandemic on his business hasn't been that bad as initially expected, and he has high hopes that it will have a positive influence on the gardening industry in the future. "The demand of plants is growing. People are not travelling, they stay home and hopefully and also after this pandemic more people will remain gardening."