Supplying vegetable plants nowadays is an (almost) year-round activity. "Every week we have plants ready for delivery to someone," says General Director Thijs Hermans of Plantenkwekerij P. van Geest. "In week 1-3, among other things, it is always very busy with the delivery of vegetable plants."
In addition, currently it concerns particularly many (mainly foreign) unlighted tomato growers who take delivery of their plants. "But," as Thijs points out, "that does not alter the fact that also the first hydrangeas for cultivation are ready for sale inside."
A look at the propagation of tomato and pepper plants at Plantenkwekerij P. van Geest
But can hydrangeas and fruit vegetable plants and especially tomato plants be grown side by side all year round? "Certainly", according to Thijs. He points to research in the past six months, where after intensive testing and sampling it was concluded that hydrangea is not a host plant for the Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) and Tomato chlorosis virus (ToCV). "Important research for us as a plant grower. Both products can therefore be cultivated well next to each other under strict hygiene measures."