Bas van Keulen en Kitty de Jong
Nerinegrowers

There’s no doubt about it – nerine growers Bas van Keulen and Kitty de Jong are first and foremost nerine fans. Clearly a strong team, they enthusiastically explain their passion for Nerines.

Bas van Keulen en Kitty de Jong
Nerinegrowers

Kitty: “Growers are always looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack – that elusive flower which will set them apart from the rest. Since we’ve started growing nerines, we’ve stopped looking. We believe not only in the beauty but also in the strength (= durability, Ed.) of this flower. Whenever visitors to our nursery enquire what’s so special about the nerine, I simply ask them to take a moment to really look at the flower. That’s usually enough for them to understand why we are totally smitten by nerines.”

Bas: “But there’s more to the nerine than just its beautiful, distinctive appearance. As a professional grower, I’m also impressed by the inner workings of this plant. By that, I mean the bulb, and the way a flower emerges from that bulb. The bulb of the Nerine bowdenii, for example, represents a kind of storage place for the flower buds. If you cut a bulb in half, you can often see two or even three flower buds. The buds flower in sequence: the largest flower bud first, then the second-largest in the following year, and so on and so forth. The Nerine bowdenii is most probably the only bulbous plant in the world that does this, so we think we are justified in calling it 'the nerine miracle!'”

Kitty: “And from this nerine miracle, we cultivate both nerine bulbs and flowers. We regard it as an exciting challenge to introduce these beautiful flowers to as wide an audience as possible. We each fulfil a particular role: Bas is primarily focused on cultivation work, whereas I take care of the sales activities. Unknown is unloved, as they say, so I spend a lot of time promoting nerines, and in doing so I notice that nerines really make an impression on people – be they flower or bulb dealers, florists or consumers. As well as being beautiful on their own, nerines also offer endless opportunities for being used creatively in gardens and in bouquets. And once people have discovered their potential, they never forget these flowers again!”

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