Groundwater and rainwater are used on both farms. Rainwater is collected in water basins so they always have enough water available.
In the Netherlands they use an ebb and flow system on rolling benches. The water that is not absorbed by the plants is collected and stored again in a water basin, so that it can be reused.
In Spain, they use a rain installation to collect this water too and return it to the water basins for reuse.
Integrated Crop Protection
Biological crop protection is used on both nurseries. This means using natural enemies against disease and pests in the crop. If this is not sufficient, we try to solve the problem locally with as few chemical pesticides as possible. The natural enemies then take over again.
They use mainly own cutting material. When they buy cuttings, this is only done by certified suppliers.
Potting soil and fertilizers
They grow in peat free soil mixture with coconut.
This keeps the soil always moist . This way the plant is always provided with moisture. This also helps that there is always some nutrition left behind in the pot so that the plant can still make use of it.
All industrial waste is recycled. All waste is separated. Cardboard, plastic, soil residues and residual waste are collected separately for optimal recycling.
Because the greenhouse is equipped with double-walled panels, there is a tropical climate in the summer as well as in the winter. The facades are fitted with double glazing in order to reduce the loss of heat and thus the need for heating. In the winter months they use lighting to keep the quality of the plants optimal, while strictly adhering to the government’s lighting policy.
Sunshine Grow has its own truck to bring the products to the auction of Floraholland so that they reach the right customers again. They work together and share transportation with their neighbours to ensure that truck is fully loaded at all times and to avoid unnecessary trips.