Kwekerij Bakker takes care of the virus-free propagation up to the flower cultivation in-house. Flower cultivation takes place in four phases, because cultivation takes place on rolling tables. In the initial stage only LED lighting is used. In stages two and three LED and HPS lighting are combined and in the last stage only HPS light is used. The results are promising, according to the managing director. "This is demonstrated by the firmness, the size of the bud, length of the stem, number of buds and leaf color."
Bakker nursery is always looking for ways to increase sustainability. For example, by reducing the waste from energy and raw materials and by using crop protection more effectively. "We want to make better use of our hectarage and reduce the cost price," says the managing director. "We saw in other flowers such as lisianthus and chrysanthemums that production increases with a higher light level under LED grow lights. That was the decisive factor for us to switch to LED toplighting."