We’ve had some great developments with tangible results - World Horti Center
29.03.2021

“We’ve had some great developments with tangible results"

From climate control with three screens for the cultivation of sweet peppers to insect netting for growers of chrysanthemums. Sonja Muijres of Holland Scherming is here to tell us all about these wonderful developments.

Holland Scherming continues to look at various situations with a critical eye, translating them into improvements in the field of screening and the application of insect netting in greenhouses. The past period has seen a number of very interesting developments. A good reason for an interview with Sonja Muijres. 

Participation in World Horti Center

The Dutch horticulture sector ranks among the highest performing in the world and World Horti Center is visited every year by countless professionals from all corners of the globe. ‘Our participation provides us with a wonderful opportunity to present our products, share our knowledge and further expand our network. Moreover, our products are also presented “live” here. Our screening and insect netting systems help ensure that the plants in the research facility can grow under optimum conditions,’ says Sonja Muijres.

New developments

Greenhouse horticulture is developing at a furious pace. This also applies to screening systems. Holland Scherming is constantly examining situations that call for different or better screening solutions with a critical eye. This has already resulted in a number of smart innovations. Holland Gaas is also constantly responding to these innovative developments thanks to its collaboration with greenhouse builders and in various research projects in various crops. Improvements regarding ease of installation, integration into greenhouse roofs and new guide systems are part of this.

Unique in sweet pepper cultivation: the triple screen

‘Apart from product innovations, we have also facilitated several other developments,’ Sonja continues. One of these concerns the triple screen installed by Holland Scherming at a sweet pepper farm last year. The ability to control a greenhouse climate using three screens is unique in the cultivation of sweet peppers. This third screen – made from fabric that serves as a sun shield – enables the greenhouse climate to be stabilized and sweet pepper growers to achieve an even higher yield. This translates into further improvements in the way of quality, plant health and productivity. The specifications of the various screening fabrics can be adapted entirely to the customers’ wishes. The first tangible result is now the improved working climate in the greenhouse. ‘It is great that our skills and knowledge can contribute to this,’ confirms Sonja.

Floriculturists increasingly opt for insect netting

Holland Gaas was the first company to introduce the accordion system to the market and has been able to guarantee a high standard of quality and continuity ever since. Holland Gaas developed this system independently, but when it was launched on the market the floriculture market was not entirely convinced of the benefits of insect netting. ‘Now that Holland Gaas has made its entry into the chrysanthemum sector this year, this is changing on a rapid scale,’ says Sonja. The use of insect netting in air vents keeps insects or birds from flying in through these openings, thus preventing viruses from entering the greenhouse. It is also better for the environment and creates a healthier working climate. Pesticides are hardly needed, if at all, and this is also of crucial importance in the cultivation of ornamental plants. At the same time, the New Way of Growing offers numerous opportunities, while any disadvantages are minimised.

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