Production manager Peet Koornneef, Beekenkamp Plants, Maasdijk:
“Paper pots have made our process more efficient”
Beekenkamp Plants use several types of paper pots to propagate their pot plants. Green Products supplies the small 2-cm plugs for the company’s seed-grown pot gerberas. “We started using them in 2005 at a customer’s request,” says Peet Koornneef, the company’s production manager for ornamental plants. “Since then the soil mixture has been adjusted, but the plugs themselves have remained more or less unchanged. They are now the standard plugs for all our seed-grown gerberas. We have been using them for more than six years, and we are very satisfied with them.”
After the trays with the paper pots have been inspected on delivery the pot gerberas’ propagation process starts with mechanical sowing in the plugs. The seedlings are subsequently raised in the greenhouse, sorted and supplied to customers.
“The paper pots have made our process more efficient,” says the production manager. “The plugs are of constant quality and provide a more stable basis than soil blocks. This makes the plants’ rooting and initial development better to control. It also makes it easier to grade the plants. So on balance we obtain better end results with less work.”
Fast and flexible
Plant growers quite often get rush orders. Koornneef: “That calls for fast action and flexibility on the part of our suppliers, too. Green Products is capable of responding swiftly, and that brings peace in hectic times. Our cooperation is not only effective but also very pleasant. I hope it will continue this way for many more years.”