OUR GREAT STORY
De Jong Plant B.V. has been specializing itself in the cultivation and development of hydrangea since 1988. We also supply other species such as Lavatera, Malva, Paeonia and Syringa. Our company of 12 hectare with experienced personnel, both national and international customers and an always evolving product line has developed into a professional company within the ornamental horticulture.
Now, with more than 40 years of experience, we are a professional company with ornamental plants of the highest quality.
1978 THREE BROTHERS
Cor (25 years old), Wil (24 years old) and Jos de Jong (21 years old) started growing on a piece of land in their spare time. The 1.5 ha piece of grassland behind the land of father Cor de Jong was bought and drained by hand for cultivation. This piece of land could only be reached by boat.
Almost immediately with the start of cultivation, the first products were also traded. Import of floriculture products from Belgium. The products were loaded by the brothers themselves in the evening and transported to the Netherlands at night. Everything had to be unloaded before 7.30 am. After that, they all had to return to their regular jobs.
1982 GEBR. DE JONG
Gebr. The Jong Handelskwekerijen was officially started in 1982. From that moment on, the brothers were able to work full-time in their own company. Almost from the start, the selling of floricultural products to Scandinavia was also started. From this moment on, exports to England and Sweden also began. The company's first specialties were rock plants and rhododendron.
In collaboration with other Dutch floriculture companies, a sales channel was jointly set up in Italy under the name GRUVIOL Grupo Viasti Olandes. A group of Dutch growers, each with their own specialism. De Jong supplied Rhododendrons and Azalia's. From Gruviol, Plant Ollanda was founded in 1992 for the sale of products in Spain.
1989 FIRST HYDRANGEAS
In the spring of 1989 the first 4000 to 5000 hydrangeas were potted. The first customer for these hydrangea plants was Intratuin Nederland.
1990 NEW LOCATION
From the Reijerskoop in Boskoop, the company moved to the Alfensvaart in Boskoop, where the company is still located today. From that moment on, the nursery on the Alfensvaart was the first recirculated nursery in Boskoop.
The hydrangea cultivation has continued to grow over the years. In 1997 Gebr. de Jong has decided to specialize in the cultivation of hydrangeas. From this moment on, the nursery was completely potted twice a year. Rhododendrons were only imported from 1997 onwards, but no longer been cultivated by Gebr. de Jong.
2001 FORKLIFT TRUCK
A big step in automation was taken in 2001 with the purchase of a fork for the forklift truck. This fork drives blocks of 8 by 12 plants to the correct spot in the nursery and immediately places the plants at the correct distance from each other.
2003 VISITED BY THE QUEEN
In 2003 Gebr. De Jong were delighted by the visit of our former Queen Beatrix and we've handed over the newest variety Lady in Red (named after former Queen Beatrix) to her.
2006 DE JONG PLANTS B.V.
The nursery activities of Gebr. De Jong will be continued under the name of De Jong Plant B.V.
After several years of renting greenhouses, De Jong Plant B.V. decided to expand the company with an additional location of approximately 3.5 ha in Stompwijk. This new location gave extra space to grow hydrangeas in the season and to meet the growing demands.
A new employee from Amerika joined De Jong Plant B.V. Harvey the robot. This independently operating robot can perform tasks such as moving and spacing plants at the nursery. Until 2019, many of these tasks were still performed by hand.
2021 NEW PRODUCTS
Where De Jong Plant used to market hydrangea varieties in a 5 liter pot, the successful hydrangea Royalty® Collection has been added to the range since 2021. The Royalty® Collection is available in a 3.5ltr. and 5ltr. pot. Also new from 2021 is a large licensed assortment in a 2 ltr. pot, available in the spring. Plants with a label but also with a potcover to stimulate sales in garden centers.
De Jong Plant B.V. is serious with the environment. Therefore we strive to reduce our climate footprint. We grow our Hydrangeas with less pesticides, use recyclable information holders and we are MPS A, GAP and Social Qualified certified.
WIDE PRODUCT RANGE
During the season De Jong Plant B.V. grows other products as Lavatera, Malva, Paeonia en Syringa. With these products we deliver high quality outdoor plants yearround. Are you interested in receiving our weekly availability mailing?