Most of the water that is used is rainwater and, in addition, sometimes osmosis water (water that has been stripped of all accumulated dirt by reverse osmosis). Large water buffers ensure sufficient collection of rainwater.
For the cultivation of Phalaenopsis you need large amounts of water. The plants get the water through an ebb and flow system. Efforts are being made to use the water as efficiently as possible, while ensuring that the excess water can be reused again. All excess water is disinfected by means of UV and is ready to be used again. In addition, we have decided to use a substrate (type of potting soil) that retains more moisture, so that less water is needed and wasted.
Organic crop protection
Predatory mites are used as natural enemies of various pests. This is the ideal way for organic insect control.
To make the plant a little less tasty for insects, CJ Orchids also uses garlic oil in the casting water. The plant absorbs this water which ends up in the sap flows of the plant making the plant less tasty for the insects.
Furthermore, there are fly lamps against flying insects and UV lamps against bacteria and fungi in the nursery. Everything is supported by good climate control. Problems can also be reduced by rapid climatological intervention.
If there are any diseased plants, they are removed manually to prevent further spread. The area of the diseased plants is then immediately organically disinfected. All control is done in an organic way.
Sustainability is also achieved by generating our own electricity. This is done by means of a combined heat and power system (CHP). All energy obtained in this process is used, such as residual heat. Residual heat is used to heat the greenhouse, CO2 is filtered out of the exhaust gases and used to make the plants grow.
CJ Orchids is in possession of the environmental certificates MPS-A, MPS-GAP and MPS SQ.
– MPS-A – indicates the level of sustainability of the company’s operations.
– MPS-GAP – for companies that supply to retailers and concerns traceability, environment, safety and hygiene. MPS-GAP is the next step beyond MPS-A on the road to sustainability.
– MPS SQ – relates to the social aspects of business operations