From greenhouse to vase

Cut Hydrangea is a very slow, but challenging cultivation

From greenhouse to vase

From greenhouse to vase
Before our hydrangeas are ending up in a vase at some one’s home, there is a whole period in advance. For us it starts with selection of interesting varieties. For growth of 2 years the hydrangea needs a good temperature, light radiation and protection from diseases. After 2 years we harvest, bunch, grade, sell and transport the cut hydrangea. Via our customers the hydrangeas will end up in your vase.

Herewith some further explanation of the journey from greenhouse to vase.

Selection
We are always searching for the best varieties. We select varieties based on features as colour, sphericity, growth and flowering security.

Planting
After propagation of the varieties selected by us, the rooted cuttings are planted in pots on rock wool cubes. The first year is used to develop cutting into a mature plant, which is ready for producing quality flowers for years.

Winter season
The winter season might be the most important period of the year. In this season we prepare, with help of nature, the plants for the next harvest season. In the winter cold flower buds are laid out in the winter cold. This is also the moment to prune the plants, so the branches will get the right quality.

The cut hydrangea will start to develop in the spring, when the temperature rises. We have two types of hydrangeas in our assortment: varieties which bloom on old wood and varieties which bloom on new would. Both types get another treatment during the winter.

Environmental friendly cultivation
The cultivation of cut hydrangeas is cold, so our power consumption is very low. Besides the flower of the hydrangea is not very pervious for pests and diseases. We are working with natural predators against insects to protect our crop.

Blue-ed
A share of our flowers will be 'blue-ed', which means that with help of specific fertilizers the plants will develop flowers with very specials blue tints. Some varieties will produce very bright blue colours, while other varieties will become purple or lilac.

Harvesting
After 2 years the first flowers can be harvested. By cutting the hydrangeas in more than 3 stages we unburden the crop in time. The result is that we are able to grow strong quality products. Therewith we are harvesting wonderful nuances to bring a lot of joy to the consumer.

The fresh flowers have intense, bright colours, but are more sensitive than the (old) classics. We are cutting the classic green colours from June. Later in the season the colours of the classics have more shades of typical fall colours. (Old) classic hydrangeas can sheer your living room for a long period of time and are suitable for drying.

We are cutting the most hydrangeas at 60 or 80cm. Also 40 and 50cm are available.

Flower processing
In our flower processing hall our employees are grading and bunching the hydrangeas. They select on length and colour. Only A1 quality hydrangeas are bunched. We bunch the hydrangea’s in bunches of 5 or 10 stems.

Prevent ripening
Immediately after harvesting, grading and bunching, we put the flowers in water with pre-treatment solution and put them directly to the cold store. This way we prevent the hydrangea’s from ripening.

Sales
The cut hydrangeas of Ammerlaan Hortensia are being sold via the flower auction of FloraHolland Aalsmeer, via the network of wholesales, to florists, garden centres and supermarkets in Europe and beyond. This way they are ready for the consumer to use. Read more about our sales.

Long vase life
With proper care our quality hydrangeas will stand in the vase for approximately 2- 3 weeks. The old classic can sheer up your living room even for months.
Follow the care instructions on our site and enjoy our quality hydrangeas for long time!