Figaro nursery is Marcel van Santen’s business. Marcel began as grower of white Gypsophila in 1986. This was the company’s main crop until 1995. After this period there was a switch from white to green. The company switched from gypsum to decorative green. In the first few years mainly Monstera leaf and Asparagus umbellatus were grown, at that time both extremely popular with the florist to use in stylish bouquets. Later the cut leave, Philodendron xanadu was added, In response to the modern person’s need for variety, more types of cut green have been added in recent years, for example, Asparagus cwebe and setaceus. The extra Asparagus has taken the place of the Monstera leaf. Monstera is no longer a main crop, but comparable with other crops. In this way, a better balance has been found between production and demand.
Figaro nursery grows its crops in a modern greenhouse, built in 2006. This greenhouse was built so the quality of the crop could be improved and its energy needs reduced. By using a modern climate-control computer in combination with a screen cloth, the energy consumption and therefore the environmental impact are kept to a minimum. A modern greenhouse has the perfect natural lighting during the day, which means stronger plants can be grown with a minimum of crop protection. These are all ways in which Figaro nursery strives for the most sustainable cultivation possible.
The focus of the business is on quality. Ordinary cut greenery is on sale everywhere, so when it comes to the quality of the products the focus is not just on appearance but actually on the internal quality, which manifests itself in excellent longevity. If the greenhouse plants are grown extremely strong, vase-life is much better than when cultivation focuses only on highest production. The aim is to grow at a steady rate and deliver excellent quality.
Harvesting is only done by experienced personnel, most of whom have worked for over 10 years for the company. Brother Marco van Santen is a great source of support, so that work can continue at all times. Besides the fact that Figaro nursery is extremely happy with its good people, Marcel van Santen also believes this is the only way to bring consistently high-quality crops to the market. Through this steady quality and reliable delivery, Figaro nursery hopes to earn customer loyalty.