Kooij = Nertera
Mr P.J. Kooij from Boskoop started to grow Nertera granadensis in 1976. Nertera is difficult to grow and this was a challenge that he mastered, after trial and error. Working together with his sons Hans and Ruud Kooij, they wanted to expand the nursery and grow more plants. Space was limited at their current location and so the company began looking for a suitable place for this expansion to take place. A location was found at Ens in the Noordoostpolder (north-east polder). A 25,000 m2 foil greenhouse was built for Nertera cultivation. To this day plants are exported all over the world from Ens.
Ruud Kooij retired on 1 January 2017 and passed the baton to Henk Kooij. Henk has worked with passion for many years at the nursery and wanted to continue cultivating Nertera. Henk will continue to run the nursery under the name Kooij Nertera Natural. The nursery is still undergoing development, especially when it comes to environmental conservation measures. A new water purification plant was purchased in spring 2018 and the nursery is MPS certified.
Kooij Nertera Natural supplies, via the Royal Floraholland auctions, to exporters, wholesalers, garden centres, supermarkets, brokers and buying groups.