As a result of its thorough LED tests, the company constructed a brand new greenhouse at its location on Vrederustlaan and equipped it with the latest technologies to grow Dendrobium Nobilé year round in a special cooling cell. The cooling cell has been equipped with three vertical layers, each illuminated by Philips GreenPower LED production modules using a defined light recipe.
Arjan de Hoog says, “With the LEDs, we have achieved results we couldn’t achieve using HPS lights. The LED lighting gives us a real competitive advantage by inducing more flower buds on a plant, even the difficult orchid varieties, year round.” De Hoog believes this is the first LED installation of its kind for large-scale production of orchids.
Looking ahead, Arjan de Hoog believes that LED will play an even more important role in floriculture by allowing growers to reduce energy costs, while controlling certain growth phases of plants, coloration, blooming, and the overall quality of the plant itself.