"The end product must be perfect and cultivation should remain profitable"

Growing cut flowers organically is a personal mission. Dutch anthurium grower Joan Wijnen knows all about it. He is a great advocate of organic cultivation. But how far can you go? And how far do you want to go?

Two preconditions are always met: the end product must be perfect and cultivation must remain profitable.

Joan Wijnen grows cut anthuriums at two locations in Asten. He is always looking for the optimum in organic cultivation. To strengthen the biology he uses the latest version of Veugen's Powerfogger.

He uses it to spread substances that strengthen the biology in the crop. He targets spider mite, thrips and pepper thrips. His Powerfoggers, of which he now has four, have a high capacity. Joan believes this is important, because the speed at which the crop protection products are sprayed must be high in order to maximise their effectiveness. There are two nozzles on his Powerfoggers; the smaller one carries the crop protection products further into the crop. He sprays 30 litres per hectare.

In practice, from March to October, the Powerfogger is used approximately once every 10 days. Of course, this also depends on the weather and the infection pressure. Joan: "I mainly spray NeemAzal, Botanigard and Mycotal. These are all green products. The end product has to be perfect."

Through auctions in Aalsmeer, Rijnsburg, Eelde and Herongen, his anthuriums find their way to customers at home and abroad.

For more information:
Wijnen Anthuriums
Waardjesweg 9
5721 TC Asten
+31 0493 69 10 63

Ed Gerrits
Frans Veugen Bedrijfshygiëne
+31 (0) 495 46 01 88

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