A special man; Dick Eigenhuis is Dahlia grower in Aalsmeer for more than 30 years.
“We will continue until it freezes”, with more than 100 Dahlia species Dick is a real specialist. Outside and in some greenhouses, he flowered dahlias with top quality and in smaller quantities. Do not expect his Dahlias are colorfast. Each Dahlia shines in her own beauty and colors the garden from August to October. Do you know the Dahliaplant needs a lot of water? You can see at the picture how they give water with a sprinkler system.
Dick let nature take its course and says that Dahlia’s are difficult to cultivate, “it’s much fluff work and it’s all handwork”. His exclusive Dahlia’s go all over the world.
Around the nursery it does not look as slick and tight as in many modern horticultural complexes. You see wasps, chickens that eat the weeds, worms make a breeding ground. The waste from the compost and horse manure are spread between the plants and provide a natural process. Lice in the Dahlia you will not find at Eigenhuis because they are eaten by ladybirds.
Once Dick started with the cultivation of spray roses and lilacs. For growing lilacs you need a lot of storage and in summer this storage was empty. Each farmer had in the past a corner with Dahlias. Today Dick Eigenhuis is one of the last farmers in Aalsmeer. I hope Dick continues with his beautiful Dahlia’s at this special place for many years.
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