appears to be promising for Dutch growers
Which tropical fruit is
promising in the greenhouses of Dutch greenhouse horticulture
entrepreneurs? With this question, the Business Unit Greenhouse
Horticulture and Flower Bulbs of Wageningen University & Research
started a research into the cultivation of avocado, papaya and mango. Of
those three crops, the papaya turned out to have the most potential in
the short term. Thanks to this research, a Dutch grower has now started
the commercial cultivation of papaya.
the research, different cultivars of the three crops were planted in the
research location in Bleiswijk. Various aspects of the cultivation of
the tropical fruit were investigated, such as light, water and pollination.
The research showed that papaya offered the best chance of a healthy
A papaya is the fruit of a
so-called melon tree. The fruit grows directly on the trunk, under a
leaf. For a good harvest, the leaves must be removed in time in order to
grow fruit properly. A melon tree has three possible genders: male,
female and hermaphrodite. For the cultivation of the papaya, the
hermaphrodite is needed, which gives the desired elongated fruit shape.
This means that seedlings must be sexed by a specialized company.
Partly thanks to this
research, papaya is now being grown on four hectares in a Dutch
greenhouse. That is only a few years after the study in Bleiswijk. The
fact that it can go so fast is also due to questions from the market.
Growers of tropical fruit were regularly asked by buyers whether
tropical fruit can also be grown in the Netherlands. For example, papaya
mainly comes from South America. In addition, the fruit is grown in
Spanish plastic greenhouses.
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