Cambria Orchid grower Hans Van der Goes:

"Aqua-Hort installation improved our crop quality"

Hans van der Goes from van der Goes Orchids, is producing orchids in his 1.9 hectare greenhouse facility in Nootdorp, the Netherlands. The crop is for 80% Cambria, the rest being Meltoniopsis and some other varieties in smaller quantities.

Cambria rooting two months after planting.

The water source is, as usual, rainwater. Interesting is that the incoming rain water is stored in a sand pocket under the nursery. Recirculation of the water is practised, with a ratio of 50%. This allows for acceptable salt levels. The medium used is a mixture of bark and other organic media. It gives a rather dense media. The Aqua-Hort machine, tank model, was installed in Jan. 2014. The outgoing water is dosed with 3 ppm supercharged copper. In the recirculation tank can be observed around 1.5 ppm total copper.

Cambria orchids being dressed for shipment.

Hans van der Goes is very pleased with the outcome of the Aqua-Hort installation. The crop quality has improved with a shortened production time. The rooting is very strong and fast. As a curiosity should be mentioned, that he rarely see snails anymore in the crop.

Aqua-Hort treats irrigation water with electrolysis in order to fight bacteria and fungus that can damage plants. The electromagnetic force exerted on treated water literally pulls bacteria apart, causing them to die. The electrolysis system based on the use of copper is an effective way to treat water against fungus and bacteria, but it also helps to establish a healthy root and plant development.

For more information:
Van Der Goes Orchids
Hans van der Goes
T: +31 651 78 3818

T: +45 70226611

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