Looking back on our Relationship Day

The Relationship day of nurseries Waalzicht and Sunrise Holland took place on Thursday, April 18. The guests were presented with a very varied programme. The day started with coffee and cake, followed by a tour of the nurseries. There was great interest in the many new BIGSUN varieties, especially at the Sunrise Holland nursery. The guests could take a ‘fun ride’ in a Lamborghini or a Ferrari. That was a lot of fun for many (male) visitors!

At 12 noon there was a delicious cold and warm buffet.

A guest speaker was invited for the afternoon program and that was none other than professional referee Bas Nijhuis. Bas gave us an insight into his profession as an international football referee in a very positive and energetic way and he drew surprising similarities with the growing profession. Bas described managing a nursery as pure top sport, in which important decisions have to be made every day and the stakes (just like in professional football) are very high. Just look at the energy crisis, says Bas.

Jan and Ariën provided professional information and gave an insight into the state of affairs at both nurseries and the future plans for cultivation. There was also a special knowledge quiz about both nurseries and Lisianthus in general.

Afterwards, the guests received a beautiful ‘limited edition’ vase to take home. These vases were blown especially for this business day in ‘glass city’ Leerdam in the corporate colors of both nurseries.

Thank you all guests for your presence and maybe see you in 2 years!

Both the name of our nursery and the shape of our logo are deeply connected to Japan, the land of the rising sun. Our passion for the main product of our nursery, the Lisianthus is very obvious. This beautiful flower has it’s origin in Japan and is still cultivated there.

Meet our new super sized Lisianthus, under the 'BIG SUN' brand, exclusively grown by nursery Sunrise Holland

Since the spring of 2023 there has been big news under the sun: the introduction of a completely new type of Lisianthus under a new label called BIG SUN. Beautiful Supersized flowers with a full appearance thanks to the multi-layered petals. In collaboration with our breeder from Japan, we are able to launch the super sized Lisianthus in no fewer than 16 trendy colors from April 2024. Some characteristics of the super sized Lisianthus under the BIG SUN label:
  • The flowers are grown exclusively by nursery Sunrise Holland.
  • Full multi-layered flowers, available in 7 colours and in april 2024 in 16 colours.
  • The super sized Lisianthus flowers under the BIG SUN label are no less than twice as large as the flowers of the normal Lisianthus.
  • Very long vase life as you are used to from the Lisianthus.
  • Due to the weight of the branch and the size of the flower, 30 branches (3 bunches of 10) go in a container.
  • At the moment, the BIG SUN range is only available through the clock, but starting in april 2024 also via direct sales.
BIGSUN Lavender
If you would like more information about the BIG SUN, please feel free to contact Ariën van Wijk, tel. 0031-(0)6-23 47 78 93

The highest possible quality Lisianthus thanks to a carefully developed and proven cultivation technique!

You will find one of the most modern Lisianthus nurseries in the Netherlands in Brakel in Gelderland (along the Waal): Sunrise Holland. We’re talking to the young owner Ariën van Wijk, a flower grower in heart and soul: “I already used to spend lots of time in my dad’s nursery (Waalzicht nursery in Poederoijen, also a Lisianthus nursery) from a very young age. So I was literally brought up with a love for growing flowers.”

“A unique opportunity presented itself in 2019 to take over an existing market garden in Brakel and to therefore start up my own Lisianthus nursery. We successfully started harvesting our first flowers in the autumn of 2019 after a short but very intensive period of modernisation (including the construction of a double output line, new planting and bunching machine and an expansion of the cold store). Our top quality Lisianthus is the result of many years of continued development of the cultivation technique, a close collaboration between the grower, cutting supplier and the very best cultivation specialists and advisors.”

Our nursery has 2 output lines. This means 2 teams can harvest and pack at the same time. This allows us to absorb peak moments (for example after the weekend) and, at the same time, ensure maturity equality within the same batch of flowers.

We use advanced climate software to closely monitor all aspects of cultivation (including light, temperature and CO2 content of the air). It’s essential, for example, to use the right fertilisers at the right moments throughout the cultivation cycle.

The Lisianthus is originally a plant which likes a great deal of light. That’s why our nursery was equipped with a very energy-efficient hybrid installation of 20,000 Lux SON-T and 12,000 Lux energy-efficient LED lighting in 2021. The effect is twofold:
1. Sustainable and environmentally friendly lighting.
2. The plant is given more energy and therefore more resilience.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Ariën van Wijk on telephone 06-23477893 if you’re interested in our flowers.
Do you have any special requirements? Ask us about the possibilities.


Click HERE to download all BIGSUN images (1200×1200 pixels).

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