Van der Hoorn Orchids

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Van der Hoorn Orchids

Phalaenopsis Multiflora

Meet the grower

“I am Maurice van der Hoorn, grower and owner of van der Hoorn Orchids in Ter Aar in the middle of the green heart. I grow the Phalaenopsis multiflora, one of the most famous families of the orchid, we do this in a special nursery that is entirely sustainable. I don’t do this alone, I have a whole team of people around me who ensure that our multiflora enter the market well under the name of Amore Mio Orchids.”

Did you know that Van der Hoorn Orchids has no gas connection?

Did you know that an orchid "breathes" at night?

Did you know that Phalaenopsis is a Greek word and means butterfly?

Our nursery

Van der Hoorn Orchids had a new nursery built in 2006: 15,000 m2 of greenhouses for the cultivation of Phalaenopsis. This is a unique company. Maurice has built ‘the First Greenhouse without Gas’ in the Netherlands. Heating and cooling in the greenhouses is done by using groundwater that is located at a great depth: between eighty and one hundred meters in the ground. In the summer cold water is brought up to cool the greenhouse. In the winter the heated water is used to heat the greenhouses. Van der Hoorn Orchids is checked annually by MPS on various quality, social and environmental aspects. The MPS number is 680290, you can see what these certificates entail via www.volgjebloemofplant.nl.

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Our Fair Flora products

We make orchids with many small blossoms: Multiflora. The Phalaenopsis belongs to the orchid family and grows in the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia and Northern Australia. The orchids grow on trees and plants. Their roots absorb water from the air. In the nursery, the Phalaenopsis is grown in a transparent pot, so that the roots receive light, just like in nature.

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Our Fair Flora score

Van der Hoorn Orchideeën has achieved 4 stars for all products. View the explanation about this below.

Status: achieved for all products

An up-to-date footprint calculation has been made of the product. This gives the grower insight into the environmental performance of the product concerned. He uses this to make an impact reduction plan, with which he expects to achieve a reduction of at least 5% in two years. He is also transparent about the results of the calculation and the reduction plan.

Maurice is always concerned with sustainability. It is not for nothing that he had the first greenhouse without gas in the Netherlands! Van der Hoorn Orchideeën has a number of the most important issues that are currently being worked on:

  • Replacement of the current plastic plant tray with a cardboard variant.
  • Replacement of the clear plastic cover with a paper version. The cover is used to protect the product. The difficulty with a paper version is that the plant is no longer visible. We are looking at how this should be adjusted, for example by making holes in the paper.
  • Replacing the current plastic growing pot with a more sustainable alternative. Tests have already been conducted with a variant made from starch plastic, but it had largely disintegrated before the plant was ready.
  • The soil used partially consists of peat. Together with the supplier, it is being tested whether this can be replaced without compromising on quality.
  • Tests are being conducted to reduce the amount of CO2 used to grow the plants. For example, it is measured when the optimum time is to use this, so that this can be done more efficiently.

Status: achieved for all products

The grower is aware of his duty as an entrepreneur to treat his staff well and demands the same from his suppliers. He confirms this by signing the CSR statement.

The CSR statement has been signed by Maurice van der Hoorn.

Status: achieved for all products

The grower is aware that sustainability goes beyond what happens at his own nursery. That is why he only buys peat, paper and cardboard if it is of responsible origin. He is also actively involved in waste separation. Although the grower is actively reducing his impact, there will probably still be an impact that has not been eliminated yet. The CO2 impact that he still has is therefore compensated for the Fair Flora products..

The waste is actively separated at the nursery, among other things, the different types of plastic (pots, trays and foil) are collected separately and cardboard, paper and green waste are also separated. Maurice does not use gas for his greenhouse and only green electricity is purchased for electricity.

Status: achieved for all products

A nursery has to do with its environment, such as nature, other companies and local residents. These should be relieved as much as possible or, if possible, even better from the presence of the nursery. Staff members, suppliers and customers are also involved: they try to avoid transport movements as much as possible and to plan for moments that are favorable to local residents. To protect employees and the surrounding nature, natural enemies are used as much as possible to protect plants. Other crop protection is of biological origin, with chemical agents only used in an emergency. The water cycle at the company is completely closed: no water is discharged.

The nursery is located in the middle of the Groene Hart. The plot is deliberately not completely built: nature also has some space. Agreements have been made with all carriers and suppliers that loading and unloading is only allowed between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. to guarantee a good night’s sleep. His staff is also doing well: Maurice almost exclusively employs locals, at least half of them cycle to the nursery. In terms of the environment, biological crop protection has been used for a few years: no chemical agents are used. And the water cycle has now also been completely closed for about 2 years, so that the water remains clean outside the company.

Status: Not yet achieved

The production of many flowers and plants uses non-renewable resources such as natural gas, peat and fertilizer. For the fourth star, only renewable resources must be used during the production of a plant. For example, green electricity and green gas, a maximum of 25% of peat and fertilizer.

Van der Hoorn Orchideeën is already well on its way: no natural gas is used and only green electricity. There is still some peat in the potting soil, but work is underway to find a replacement for this. Unfortunately, organic fertilizers are not yet good enough for production: they have too low a nutritional value, which is at the expense of growth rate and quality. Maurice hopes that this will be successfully resolved in 1.5 to 2 years, so that he can run his entire business organically.