Growing sweet peas is our family passion; two brothers and a brother-in-law grow sweet peas too.
After working for one year at the sweet pea nursery of my brother-in-law, I started my own sweet pea nursery named Kwekerij Hoogeveen. Our first location for growing sweet peas was outside at the Paradijsweg in Ter Aar (The Netherlands) in 1992. In 1993 the company continued the activities in a rented greenhouse in Aalsmeer and in 1996 we bought our own greenhouse in the village Nieuwveen. In 2003 we moved to Roelofarendsveen and since 2018 our main branch is established at Mijnsherenweg in Kudelstaart. Furthermore we have another greenhouse, which is only used for the breeding of sweet peas.
The first year we started with a production of 20.000 stems in two colours and this expanded to the present yearly production of approximately 8 million stems in many different colours.
In 2015 the trading name “Kwekerij Hoogeveen” was changed into “Lathyrus.nl”.
Method of working
This plant is related to the papilionaceaous plants and owes the name Odoratus to the characteristic strong scent that the flowers spread.
Since a few years we grow our sweet peas in rockwool. By growing the flowers in this way, they have a high resistance to diseases, plagues and insects. Therefore we can grow on a very environment-friendly way.
The proces of growing sweet peas starts with sowing the seeds in seed-trays, after two weeks they are ready to be planted in the greenhouse. Once the plants are 10 weeks old the first flowers appear and we can start harvesting. During the harvest of the sweet peas, the flowers get a special treatment to lengthen the durability considerably.
We grow our sweet peas year-round, from april to june the production reaches a peak. In these months we harvest around 500.000 stems weekly.
The sweet peas are partially sold through the Dutch flower auctions Rijnsburg, Aalsmeer, Naaldwijk, Eelden and Plantion and partially through direct sales. Our sweet peas reach the whole world from Japan to America because of its good quality.
Of course you can order the sweet peas directly from us by mail and phone. Payments take place through the auctions.