During the FlowerTrials last June, the fair where we show our Breeding activities to you, we presented our breeding novelties, among other things. One was Curcuma Siam™ Sweet. We are proud to introduce a customer to you who has grown this novelty for the first time this year: BK Plant.
We spoke with Emiel Barendse, co-founder and owner of BK Plant. The letters BK stand for the two brothers-in-law who started the nursery in 2002: Emiel Barendse and Adri van Kester. Before that, the brothers-in-law were already active in horticulture, respectively in pot plants and vegetables. The collaboration was sought to grow bigger and stronger, a new greenhouse was built in Honselersdijk, the Netherlands. BK Plant now has 12 employees. The main crop is the Curcuma pot plant in 15 and 17 cm, in the winter among others Scindapsus and Ficus are grown.
BK Plant focuses on the higher segment of trade, which means that all focus and investments are focused on the very best quality. The plants get the best lighting and are grown with a lot of space. “We do not only say that we deliver the best quality, we also do it”, says Emiel.
For the first time this year, BK Plant used tissue culture starting material from KP Holland from Curcuma Siam™ Splash, Siam™ Solar, Siam™ Sweet and Siam™ Sunset. “I am very pleased with the result”, says Emiel. “We have had a good season, with the average price above expectations.” Emiel sees the future as positive: “Curcuma is a relatively young product, even though it has been grown for 25 years. There is still a lot of potential, especially in terms of new varieties that are coming. “
We wish BK Plant all the best next Curcuma season!
Would you like to know more about the special properties of Curcuma and the story behind this exotic plant? Then please visit www.rootsformoods.nl