With crop rotation and the new season ahead its getting busier at Van der Windt’s horticultural department.
The Dutch company has been active in horticultural materials like tomato hooks and pepper twine for two years now.
Van der Windt is know for packaging: plant sleeves, store displays and, of course, bio-degradable materials. The company is into disposables. That they have also been active in greenhouse products for several years now is less known. "Since 2014, we not only deliver binding twine, but also hooks for Dutch tomato cultivation," said Ronald Borst of Van der Windt’s horticultural department.
If desired, the hooks can be delivered with JS free fall. The hooks are fitted with synthetic Elite Lankhorst twine, but for growers whit other crops 1/1000 and 1/1500 are also available. Tomato and cucumber growers may choose jute twine on 6 kg rolls. For peppers there are rolls of 2 and 6 kg.
Borst: "So all sorts. Made in multiple colors and twine thicknesses. And for all varieties the horticultural applications have been considered, so they are resistant to UV influences for at least a year." He says that the company works according to the ISO9001 standard that Van der Windt employs for these types of items. "We double-check the materials for twine thickness, weight and length," he clarifies. This doesn’t always happen in the market. "Many suppliers aren’t too precise when it comes to this double-check."
Dutch grower Theo Jansen of Jansen Paprika in Andijk has also noted the quality of the materials at Van der Windt. "Before I buy twine, I do stretching tests. If it stretches too much, the plant will drop too much during the season and there is a serious risk of damage. Van der Windt’s Hortiline twine stretches the least and works well," he says. Based on good experience, Ted Zwinkels of Zwingrow has also again chosen Hortiline: "In particular, the fact that the twine doesn’t curl up again when hanging is a plus."
For more information: Ronald Borst