Dümmen Orange Relocates Pot and Garden Mum Breeding in Europe
Dümmen Orange has moved its breeding facilities for pot and garden mums from Fareham in the United Kingdom to its location in De Kwakel in the Netherlands.
In De Kwakel, newly installed and climate-controlled greenhouses provide stable and monitored conditions for conducting trials to ensure high quality breeding outputs.
With this move, Dümmen Orange has centralized its breeding activities for pot and garden chrysanthemum in one location in Europe. This includes the buildup and maintenance of mother stock, the development of new varieties and the organization of flower trials. All activities are conducted in compliance with high hygiene standards. The De Kwakel location also has a large field for extensive outdoor trials to assess the garden performance of its garden mums.
“We started this relocation process in 2020,” says Paul Maris, breeding director at Dümmen Orange. “Based on our expectation of the future needs for pot and garden mum breeding and the ideal location to realize this, we started drafting the contours of a new facility, together with some construction companies. For us, the Netherlands was the obvious choice because of the close proximity to the majority of our customers and the technologies and knowledge that are available in our Breeding Technology Centre in De Lier, which we opened in 2020.
“Our local breeder, Peter Wain, who has done an excellent job, will be succeeded by a new team of ambitious breeders. They will be supported by our R&D colleagues in De Kwakel and De Lier and the greenhouse operational team. Peter remains connected with the breeding program and will visit the variety trials when selections need to be made.”