In all honesty he says: "I realize a grower has to have a climate computer, but I mostly see it as a necessary evil.” Leen van Velden from ’s-Gravenzande (NL) grows a variety of seasonal flowers, ranging from dis-budded chrysanthemums to ranunculus. To precisely control the climate and water dosage in the four sections of his specialized horticultural company, he has been using the new Priva Compass since March of this year. “A user-friendly computer that fits my business perfectly.”
Flower grower Van Velden purchased his first Priva computer in 2000. “Because I have four sections, often with different crops, I had no choice but to buy a very advanced computer. But that version was too complicated for me. After all, I'm not the techie type, I don't grow on substrate and I don't have CHP. So it had lots of functions I never even used. And when it comes to computers, my kids already know far more than I do,” the flower grower says laughingly.
Currently he mainly grows dis-budded chrysanthemums, but that could change next year. “Trips and the loss of necessary resources certainly don't make growing chrysanthemums any easier. So we are going to think carefully about which cut flowers will be included in our cultivation program next year.” Among them there will certainly be ranunculus, which will be grown in the coming months under growing lights for the first time, so they can be harvested several months earlier than usual.