Company representative Edward Keijzer said: "Labour is becoming more expensive, so with this we have tried to save labour as much as possible."
The pots are rotated in a laser beam while the system builds up a 3D image of the plant in order to select the best position for the stake.
The company has also developed an adjustable clip that is simple to handle, reducing labour further. The system is already in operation at De Vreede Orchids of Bleiswijk.
Meanwhile, Florist De Kwakel won the Horti Grow & Trade category for its Garvinea range of perennial Gerbera. According to company representative Niels Kuiper: "They have already attracted a lot of interest from growers, because they can be grown outside as well as under glass." The 14-strong range will be available as young plants from next spring.
The winners were announced at the start of the substantially reduced Dutch trade show, which runs until 16 October.
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