De Ridder Bloemen-en Bloembollenkwekerij
Jacques and Léon de Ridder’s flower and bulb nursery, De Ridder, was founded at the end of the 19th century by their great-grandfather. He started the company in Noordwijk and cultivated mainly Tulips and Daffodils. In 1928 the company was taken over by his son, Jacques and Léon’s grandfather. In 1965 their father Hein de Ridder took the helm, and about 1970 began to grow summer flowers, the most important species being: the large-flowered gladiola and the Gladiolus nanus. Hein also started to grow Tulips and Narcissus. In 1974 the company moved to the Ambachtsweg in Noordwijkerhout, where it is still located. Jacques and Léon joined the business in the 1980s. Since then, the number of flowers and later flower bulbs grown, has steadily increased. At the end of 2001, Jacques and Léon took over the running of the business completely when Hein, at the age of 62, decided to give up his partnership. The current cultivation plan consists of 30 ha Tulip cultivation, of which 2 ha Peony Tulip for the flowers. They also grow 1 ha Alliums and over 10 ha Gladiolas for the flowers. In the winter months, 13 million Tulips from their own nursery are forced.
We start to bring Gladiolas to auction from about mid-June until early November, depending on the weather. The Gladiolas are planted in stages so we can offer a wide range of 20 top quality Cultivars in all the major colours throughout the entire season. Sustainability is an important element of our business; we do all we can to make the company as sustainable as possible. We are MPS-A and MPS-GAP certified. We also have solar panels on the roofs and use a water purifying installation so that water can be re-used and no longer needs to be discharged into the surface water. We participate in Summerflowers to bring our flowers more to the attention of buyers. We believe it is important that buyers know what flowers we have and when these will be auctioned. This is particularly important for our Gladiolas at the top of our range, to help buyers anticipate better and faster.
Greetings from Jacques and Léon de Ridder