Ultra-modern, well-insulated greenhouses are equipped with efficient heating systems, energy-saving screen installations and computer-controlled climate control. The plants grow under optimum conditions with minimal input of heat, electricity and nutrient water. Mechanised systems for potting, internal transport and processing of the plants make the work easier and contribute to good working conditions. All Kalanchoë.nl growers comply with the highest production standard MPS A and they all have the FSI label.
Kalanchoë growers also make massive use of the CO2 that is released by industry. In this way, they help reduce the climate problem. Heat that isn’t needed immediately is temporarily stored for later use. Electricity that isn’t needed at the farm is used by a colleague or by the grid.
The water systems on the farms are completely closed. Any water - including the nutrients - that’s left over after watering (drain water) is filtered and passed through a disinfection installation, and then it can be reused.
Kalanchoës are strong plants which aren’t prone to diseases and pests if they’re cared for properly. Where necessary, these are mainly controlled with products with the lowest possible environmental impact or biologically with natural enemies and products of natural origin.
Kalanchoë growers and their suppliers have been working for years to reduce the use of peat in potting soil and partially replace it with sustainable alternatives, like wood chips, coconut fibre and coconut chips. An additional advantage of the latter products is that Kalanchoë growers also help to make coconut plantations more sustainable, for example in India and Sri Lanka. It turns out that plants can grow perfectly well on their ‘waste’. That is really a win-win situation.
It isn’t difficult for consumers to keep their Kalanchoë beautiful, strong and healthy for a long time. Water it sparingly and allow the top layer of soil to dry out between waterings. Also use plant food sparingly because, as a succulent plant, Kalanchoë naturally gets by with very little. When you’ve had enough of your Kalanchoë, it can go straight into the garden waste to be composted. This also makes Kalanchoë a plant that you can thoroughly enjoy from ’cradle to grave’.