Organic orchids hit the market

Dutch grower Jan Stolk, of Stolk Flora in Bleiswijk, has been making "fundamental changes to his method of cultivating Phalaenopsis".

His aim was to achieve a method that was as "close as possible to nature". The company’s two nurseries, which cover a total area of 6.1 hectares, now produce all their orchids 100 per cent organically.

Stolk Flora will present ‘Your Natural Orchid’ at the Royal Flora Holland Trade Fair in Aalsmeer (2-4 November 2016). Waterdrinker’s Cash & Carry store will also be introducing the new product to customers. Stolk Flora’s butterfly orchids are cultivated using only organic nutrients. If any plant protection products are required during cultivation, exclusively organic and bee-friendly products are used. The new ‘licence to produce’ is MPS ProductProof certification and monitoring.

Stolk said: "I guarantee that there will not be the tiniest residue of chemicals on our plants.
Making the transition to a 100 per cent sustainable crop was something that I always knew in my heart that I had to do. Our business is based on respect for people and for nature. We treat our staff in the way that we would like to be treated ourselves. We use no more energy and water than is needed and we also provide power for 3,000 households near the nursery and 100 per cent of our rainwater is reused in the cultivation process. We store any water that is left over in a basin and filter it for reuse. Stolk Flora only buys sustainable products and 100 per cent of our waste is recycled. It just makes me feel better."

The products come in a new four-cell cardboard tray.


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