invest into land and plant
For justifiable reasons
As an asparagus grower, you want the choices you make to make a difference and generate a return, both at present and in the future. One of your most important choices is the soil and crown that you choose. You will carry the consequences of your decisions for the next eight to ten years, and this will have a considerable bearing on your success. Therefore make sure you make an informed decision by opting for Select Plant. Select Plant is the leading quality-plus system – a standard with stricter requirements than the mandatory European basic standard – based on which six reputable Dutch growers grow asparagus crowns, with a focus on the soil and plant. The risk of fusarium and failure is demonstrably lower, which therefore increases the likelihood of better asparagus and a greater yield.
Select Plant | for justifiable reasons
Based on research
Based on return
A belief that is widely shared
• Select Plant asparagus crowns have now been planted in 50-60% of the European asparagus acreage
• More than 300 European asparagus growers grow asparagus from Select Plant asparagus crowns
• In 2021, another 1,200 hectares of asparagus plots will be planted with Select Plant asparagus (Source: Breeders of Select Plant asparagus)
Hundreds of growers who give thousands of hectares of asparagus the start that this beautiful crop deserves. A belief driven by the pursuit of fewer failures, a higher yield and better quality. And it is precisely this commitment that Select Plant wishes to reaffirm, with justifiable reasons.
Based on cooperation
They believe there are justifiable reasons to set the bar higher than required, higher than the European basic standard. This is such a strongly held belief that parties that, on the face of it, compete with one another, are prepared to work together. These parties invest in research and trials and have worked on continually improving quality over the past eighteen years.
All of the foregoing is under the independent watchful eye of Naktuinbouw (the Netherlands Inspection Service for Horticulture). Operating fully autonomously, this centre decides on the sampling and inspection times. It ensures that asparagus crowns within the Select Plant quality-plus system are worthy of this quality mark.
This is how a select group of growers paves the way for demonstrably exceptionally high-quality asparagus crowns: Select Plant | for justifiable reasons
of the European asparagus acreage has now been laid out with Select Plant asparagus plants
European asparagus growers grow asparagus from Select Plant asparagus plants
hectares planted in 2021