Pared down Flemish chrysanthemum sector flourishes again

Flanders has always been known as an important chrysanthemum producer, but the acreage of Flemish chrysanthemum had started to decrease. However, it seems like the coronavirus pandemic turned the tide. “Negotiations with traders have been much easier.” Whether the revival of potted chrysanthemums will be a long-term phenomenon remains to be seen.

The chrysanthemum production reaches its peak by the middle of October. The first plants already left the greenhouses in June, but it’s now time for the outdoor crops. Five seasonal workers are busy putting sleeves around potted chrysanthemums in the wet fields of Verhelle’s nursery in the West Flemish town of Pittem.“

Steven Verhelle.

Lovely weather; real chrysanthemum weather”, jokes Simon Verhelle (28) while he drives a full load of packaged chrysanthemums to the company lorry parked by the side of the road. To the left of the chrysanthemum field, another team of seasonal workers is busy harvesting cauliflower. Winter vegetables are also harvested at this time of year. (..)

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