Dutch Plantin and Houweling join forces in Canada

At Dutch Plantin, we see it every day: the demand for coconut substrates keeps growing worldwide. This also applies for Canada and the US. That is why as from 1 January 2019, we started a new company there, together with Houweling, supplier of greenhouse products. We would like to explain why we are joining forces.

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From coconut to growing medium in a minute and a half

Blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, roses, gerberas… They are cultivated throughout the world on coconut substrates or in grow bags. It’s easy to forget that this nutrient-rich base once grew on a tree itself. Would you like to know exactly how coconuts are turned into a substrate? Find out in our new corporate video.

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Topic of the day at Fruit Logistica: coconut substrate for blueberries

With 3,300 exhibitors and some 80,000 visitors, Fruit Logistica in Berlin is the world’s greatest and most important trade fair for the fruit and vegetable business. Of course, Dutch Plantin was present there as well. What struck us most? Coconut substrate for blueberries is on the increase throughout the world. And: exhibitors increasingly spare no expense for their stands.

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Donation for new hospital in India

Making the world a better place. At Dutch Plantin, we understand this entails more than just promoting the use of sustainable coconut products. In India, where our main production facility is located, we also support initiatives that contribute to a better or easier life for the weakest groups in society.   Helping Hands in a…

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Ivory Coast, coconut substrate and a man on a mission

From Executive Board member of Dutch Plantin in Boekel, it’s a big leap to an idealistic entrepreneur in Abidjan, Africa. Fer Weerheijm took that leap. And not without reason. “I had a vision. Improving the local food production and employment in Ivory Coast by means of coconut substrates. I now know that that’s feasible. The…

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Good results with emission-free growing on unbuffered coir substrate

Recycle water streams or purify waste water? Every grower in the Netherlands will need to decide soon. But one thing is certain: in 2027 the sector must be completely emission-free. That’s why Wageningen University & Research has been investigating the various possibilities. After trials with cultivation on rock wool and buffered coir substrate, it was…

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Benefits of Nature is working on a green and healthy environment

Bringing green life to the living environment of millions of people. And, in the process, reducing the footprint of companies and their products in the international agriculture and horticulture sector as much as possible. That is the mission behind Benefits of Nature. Dutch Plantin is a member of this quality label. Testing new substrates together…

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Ecuador’s rose cultivation industry is booming

Those thick-stemmed roses with large flowers in bright colours? It is quite likely they stem from Ecuador. Here, at the equator, there is plenty of sunlight while the nights remain quite cool. As a result, the young plants grow slowly but develop fully, and the roses grow firm and large. Increasingly, nowadays, growers in Ecuador…

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Blueberries on coconut substrates: these are the benefits

Worldwide, coconut substrates are the go-to soil for strawberries and raspberries, and increasingly for blackberries as well. Blueberries have hardly been involved in this development; they are still largely grown on peat substrates – while for this plant, too, coconut is the ideal soil material. We can explain why. Peat: essential or not? A soil…

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Dutch Plantin at IPM in Essen

Dutch Plantin was one of the 1,600 exhibitors at the Internationale Pflanzenmesse (IPM), the largest international horticultural tradeshow held in Essen from 23 to 26 January 2018. We met both old and new relations and acquired a lot of knowledge and inspiration. Read our impressions of IPM 2018.