NL: Vissers greenhouse almost ready for first strawberry plants

At the beginning of October 2017, Havecon started to build a new greenhouse for Vissers Plant Innovators. The project is over 5 hectares of new greenhouse area for strawberry plants. In December, the entire roof was fully glazed. The first plants will go into the greenhouse in April.

The new 5 hectare greenhouse at Vissers is built to replace the outdoor strawberry cultivation in full soil. Bert de Vries says that the cultivation under glass gives the possibility to better control the climate of the growing conditions. Weather influences will be excluded under glass as much as possible.

Seasonal workers
Also important for seasonal workers who are less interested in working in the open field under often harsh conditions. De Vries: "it is becoming increasingly difficult to find motivated staff to work in the open field. Many of our seasonal workers prefer to work in a greenhouse."

Outdoor strawberry cultivation will not disappear. After all, it is still cheaper to grow it outdoors. "Producing on so many hectares (Vissers cultivates strawberry plants on more than 100 hectares in mostly full soil) under glass is very expensive", says De Vries. In time, 15 hectares could be added to the location in America.

Tray plants
Due to the shift of strawberry cultivation from outdoor to the cultivation in tunnels and greenhouses, there is an increasing demand for more tray plants. The supply of plants directly from the cooling, so-called frigo plants, is also increasing in demand.

For more information:
Havecon Kassenbouw B.V.
Marconistraat 32
2665 JE Bleiswijk
Postbus 25
2665 ZG Bleiswijk
Tel. +31(0)10 266 32 70
Fax +31(0)10 266 32 71

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