75 years of pioneering craftsmanship

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Our company culture is about continuity and a no-nonsense approach. Our employees avidly contribute to the quality and growth of the business. Our team is ambitious, and they keep the commitments they make. This makes us a reliable and strategic partner to our customers and allows us to offer customised solutions at the highest level.

We set high standards so that we can guarantee an exclusive level of quality.  We keep innovating and developing in many different ways so that we can continue to meet the demands of our clientèle! That is what we mean by pioneering craftsmanship.

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During the cultivation process, we treat our plants with the utmost care. As part of this, we use integrated crop protection. Wherever possible we use biological agents, because that benefits everyone, of course.

We grow all our crops with
an eye for people and the environment

Certification

We are committed to a sustainable world: we are fully aware of the impact we have on both people and our environment. To demonstrate this, we undergo regular testing by MPS and other organisations, resulting in various certificates. These can be downloaded below.

Dracaena

We have reduced the proportion of peat in our Dracaena growing medium from 80% to 70%. The mixture consists of 30% circular materials known as Hydrafiber, which is made of compost and wood fibre. We are actively working to increase the percentage of circular materials: we subscribe to the supply chain’s collective ambition to use more renewable raw materials in organic substrates.

Phalaenopsis

Our substrates are also produced in a sustainable and appropriate way, with raw materials that comply with national and international regulations. In addition to the ISO standards, they also meet the standards for the RHP quality mark, which include chemical, physical and phytosanitary inspections of raw materials and finished products. Our bark, which we source from Portugal, undergoes compulsory heat treatment to prevent pine wood nematodes.

Water (re)use

We have 76,000 m² of greenhouse space (the equivalent of almost 11 football pitches). We recirculate 100% of our water, which means we use no mains water at all. This delivers a significant saving and helps us grow even more sustainably. Phalaenopsis actually needs relatively little water compared with other crops.

Our wastewater is discharged to horticulture water treatment co-operative De Vlot, where it is purified and has any residues such as fertilisers filtered out. These residues are converted into solids which are reused by others.

Air purifying

The Dracaena is number six in the Top 10 list of best air-purifying plants. This list was compiled by NASA as the result of their own research. Dracaenas clean the air and produce extra oxygen.

Pots and packaging

Wherever possible, the plastic we use for plant pots and packaging is recycled and is made from 100% PCR (post-consumer recycled plastic). We also offer our customers the choice of pulp trays and paper wrappings as alternatives to plastic.

Energy

Our heat and cold storage system saves us hundreds of thousands of cubic metres of natural gas per year. This is equivalent to the gas used by around 150 multi-person households.

We will be switching to geothermal energy in 2023, in collaboration with various growers under the name of the Polanen heat cooperative. The geothermal heat we will use will enable us to make savings on natural gas.

Biological crop protection

We prioritise the use of biological crop protection wherever possible.

LED lighting

We use LED lighting on a large scale to enable us to deliver the same consistent high quality all year round. LED light is more efficient than standard grow light. It produces very little radiant heat, thus creating an optimum greenhouse climate. The crop doesn’t need the additional heat in the growing phase. Using LED lighting enables us to increase the number of lighting hours without changing the climate in the greenhouse. The combination of HPS and LED lights gives us more options for controlling the crop. Being able to switch quickly is very beneficial in terms of planning. And last but not least, LEDs use much less electricity.

We keep innovating and developing in many different ways so that we can continue to meet the demands of our clientèle! That is what we mean by pioneering craftsmanship.

Quality as our cornerstone

Our Phalaenopsis and Dracaena are high quality, thanks to the innovative mechanisation and cultivation techniques we use in our automated processes. We keep a close eye on our environmental impact in these operations. This high quality standard is achieved by our dedicated team – one of the mainstays of our company. Our MPS-ABC (qualification A), MPS-GAP, GRASP and MPS-SQ certifications underline our efforts in this area. We are also listed in the MPS ProductProof register and are a member of Sedex.

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75 years of milestones

Quality, reliability and innovation are important values at the Piet Vijverberg Nursery. Our company’s long history attests to how much our customers appreciate our products. We have always been located in the Westland region of the Netherlands, where the third generation of Vijverberg now operates.

The nursery was founded by Kees Vijverberg. Kees started out as a vegetable grower in Naaldwijk in 1946 and later expanded into ornamentals. His son Piet joined him in 1964, followed in 1993 by Piet’s son and Kees’s grandson Sander. In 1984 we started growing houseplants and have since specialised in this segment. We have grown various types of pot plants over the years. In recent years our focus has been on Phalaenopsis and Dracaena. We grow these at our site on Alkemadelaan in Monster, where the nursery has gradually expanded to 7.6 hectares, with 1 hectare of Dracaena and 6.6 of Phalaenopsis.

We are very proud of our company and of our customers who continue to trust us to grow the most beautiful products for them. To us, the fact that we have been around for 75 years is proof positive that our striving for perfection has paid off, and that the passion we have for our products is valued by our customers.

  • 2022

    Grandma Vijverberg used to quote the famous saying: “Only fools and madmen put their names on doors and glasses“. Now it is: “Be good and tell it” We have therefore had a beautiful corporate video made. Do you want to see it? Are you watching?
  • 2021

    An anniversary calls for a new brochure! We continue to surprise our customers with our products. Now available online as well.
  • 2021

    This year is an anniversary year. We are 75 years old, and we are proud of that. We have proven our authority within our cultivation. This is reflected by the fact that our customers can find us again and again, being satisfied with our quality and service. We are intensifying our communication materials and creating…
  • 2020

    A strange year considering the Covid-19 pandemic. Our business was minimally affected and as time went on it appeared that consumers started spending more on things that brighten the home, often buying plants.
  • 2019

    We collaborate with media partners more and more, to expand our reach. Like with the @Bloemenkrant. We had ourselves interviewed in a beautiful setting at Hotels van Oranje in Noordwijk.
  • 2019

    We are expanding our MPS certification to the highest level. The MPS-A status is now complete with the achievement of the certificates MPS-GAP, MPS-SQ and MPS-Product Proof. This is an important milestone in our aim to cultivate as sustainably and responsibly as possible.

Working for Piet Vijverberg

As a member of the Piet Vijverberg team you’ll be involved in developments in greenhouse horticulture in general and specifically in developing our Phalaenopsis and Dracaena ranges.

We use state-of-the-art techniques, so it’s a modern workplace with good benefits.