- Holstein Flowers is searching for the perfect light recipe using an initial 10,000 m2 in a full climate compartment
- The setup will determine if LED can facilitate higher quality and yield than HPS
- Philips GreenPower LED toplighting optimizes cultivation and boosts efficiency, while improving quality and yield
Eindhoven, Netherlands – Signify (Euronext: LIGHT), the world leader in lighting, today announced that Holstein Flowers, the world’s largest and most innovative gerbera grower, is beginning a trial project using Philips GreenPower LED toplighting in a full climate compartment of 10,000 m2. LED toplighting will provide the right light spectrum to optimize cultivation and boost efficiency, while improving quality and yield.
“We are seeing a shift in yield optimization and yield quality for gerbera growers, realizing that they can use LEDs to bring the harvest of gerberas forward. This gives them a head start over the competition and gives them a more predictable offer to their customers.”
Udo van Slooten Business Leader Horticulture at Signify
Innovative spirit Being ahead of the competition is nothing new for Holstein Flowers. Established in 1946, the family-run business grows over almost 130 gerbera varieties across 11 hectares and is currently the largest gerbera grower worldwide. Holstein Flowers is also one of the world’s cleanest gerbera growers and has a continuous focus on sustainability.
“We chose to work with Signify because they are the market leader in LED lighting in horticulture,” explained Hans van Holstein, Managing Director for crop and innovation at Holstein Flowers. “So far, they are the most knowledgeable and experienced in growing gerberas with LED lighting and developing dedicated crop light recipes. This makes Signify the best suited partner to meet this challenge. I was impressed with the commitment and flexibility of the team”.