It is nice to visit the subtropical climate at grower Hartog on a cold day. The company who is located in De Kwakel has been growing Kentia for more than 20 years and is known for its large, heavy and top quality products.
The current management is formed by the 2 brothers Jacco and Wim Hartog, the third generation of the nursery. Traditionally, roses have been cultivated and since 2001 the brothers have specialized fully in the growing process of Kentias.
The garden is now more than 2 hectares and is run by the 2 brothers and manager Jeroen. With a team of 7 people in total, an average of 1500 Kentias leave the nursery each week. Especially in the first 20 weeks of the new year it is top-notch for the grower.
A subtropical souvenir
The Kentia is a true evergreen in the living room and at the office. This beauty has had already some life experience before it ends in houses or in meeting rooms.
It all starts on the subtropical island Lord Howe, in the east of Australia. The Kentia has been discovered by the British Admiral Lord Howe. That also explains the name Howea Forsteriana. Because the island is so isolated, a special flora and fauna has arisen with a rare collection of plants, birds and marine life.
The island is still the origin of the Kentias that are cultivated by Hartog. The brothers import them at 2 reliable nurseries that send it to De Kwakel in small boxes as young seedlings. Jacco, Wim and Jeroen are very critical of the plant material that comes in.
Jacco: "if you start growing plants where you don’t know the origin, you have a bad start. Often this doesn’t benefit the growing process. We know exactly where the material comes from and can rely on top quality, which is why we can deliver the same good quality products all year round. "
Before the Kentia’s leaves the company it goes through 3 phases, it starts with the growing of the germs to the desired length. Then several cuttings are put together, followed by a period of possible repotting, expanding and growth. After about 1.5 to 2 years, the plants are ready for sale.
Eye for detail
The brothers are also precise and critical in their own cultivation. They see each Kentia as a solitary plant that ends up in a room or an office. That is why every plant that leaves the nursery must be of good quality. The full Kentia range is available from 80 cm up to three meters high.
The brothers are active in the field of sustainability, the entire greenhouse is heated by residual heat from the rose nursery on the other side of the nursery and only green electricity is used. In addition, predatory mite is used as biological pesticide against spider mites, in our video you can see how this process works.
A partner to be proud of! For a complete impression, see our video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9WcN8oCeDs&t=30s