M. Mathot’s company started out with a wide range of garden plants in the 80s. Their nursery was about one hectare, located in Tempel, South-Holland. All plants were delivered in Boskoop. Focusing on Pernettyas, their company has now expanded to become a modern nursery spanning over 12.5 hectares. M. Mathot is our grower of the week.
The Pernettya is a 2-year cultivation that involves a lot of work. M. Mathot start cutting around September. Every year, they grow about 3 million Pernettya cuttings in their greenhouses. Here, the cuttings are cared for so they take root. Around March, these rooted cuttings are potted in the desired pot sizes. A year later, the Pernettyas are picked up, cleaned, sorted and driven out to the container field by forklift. Here, they are set up with space in between so as to get enough light on all sides.
Bloom by nature
One male plant can pollinate up to thirty female plants. The male plants are also put in the fields and when the first Pernettya flowers start to bloom in May, these flowers attract bees, which pollinate the plants by flying from one flower to the next. This way, the pollen from the male plants reaches the female plants. In June, the last flowers are pollinated and the first fruits start to swell. This happens all summer long, and from August onwards, the first colours start to show on the berries and the Pernettyas are ready to be delivered.
The Pernettya is one of the loveliest berry shrubs. Superb for the garden, whether directly in the soil or in a beautiful pot. The Pernettya is available in various colours, which are fun to combine, just let nature get on with it. The berries can be white, lilac, pink, crimson, brilliant pink, dark red or white with pink spots. Find more autumn inspiration here
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