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Wim Zandwijk, Muller Bloemzaden B.V.

"The best in flower seeds thanks to our independence"

"Because of the current energy situation, growers find themselves in a difficult position. An unfavorable energy contract forces some growers to think in alternative ways and look for new possibilities. How do I minimize energy input? What can I produce? What is in demand?"

Wim Zandijk, director and owner of the Holland-based seed company Muller Bloemzaden, has these kinds of conversations on a daily basis. The answers are not always easily found, but he can provide advice and, of course, supply the best seeds.

"Seeds are definitely our focus," says Wim. "Luckily, most of our clients look to the future with confidence and continue their production. However, concerning seeds, they generally became even more critical in terms of germinating power and quality. If the germinating power is merely 50 or 60 percent, you end up putting energy into something that isn't there. For us, 80 percent is standard, although the germinating power of most seeds exceeds 90 percent."

This is possible because Muller buys only the best available seed from leading producers worldwide, with who they generally have had long-lasting relations. Because of this, seeds almost always originate from those regions that have optimal climatic conditions. Furthermore, unlike other suppliers, Muller operates independently, selling seeds from all major producers. "All breeders believe their breeding is best. But at Muller, we don't breed anything. Therefore, we also have no stakes in advising this or that variety."

As a result, Muller also doesn't shy away from consulting. "We are able to share the experiences of others. We see what clients have to cope with, and sometimes we can remove doubt. What are the specific circumstances of the cultivation? What kind of greenhouse is used? What is the soil like? This is especially important abroad. Is the client located along the shore or inland? Does it freeze in winter? What is the condition of the soil? All these things accumulate, and together you reach new insights and foster new ideas."

Does Wim see a rise in another kind of assortment due to all of the energy troubles? "No, but generally, we notice more growers switching to sowing themselves instead of ordering plants from far away. This is mainly related to transport costs. Shipping seed is very cheap compared to end products. Besides, this brings production home, and it becomes more local. That saves transport costs."

For more information:
Wim Zandwijk
Muller Bloemzaden BV
Vennestraat 52C
2161 LE Lisse
+31 (0)252 410 744

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