Plantenkwekerij Kapteijns has an interesting history. In 1972 it was established as a company growing vegetables in the ground but has since concentrated on the cultivation of leeks, strawberries and Astilbe plants. The company is located in the small town of Den Dungen in the southern province of Brabant, but in 1999 after a reclassification of some town councils, Den Dungen became part of the municipality of ’s-Hertogenbosch.

During the first few years, Kapteijns cultivated more traditional crops such as strawberries - both for consumption and for processing, Scarlet runner beans, French beans and leeks. However, due to the changes in demand and the increase in the technical possibilities to cultivate crops throughout the year, cultivation plans were changed introducing spinach in 1974 and Brussels sprouts and leek plants were added in the late 1970’s. In order to be able to meet the growing demand for leek plants early in the year,
it was also decided to invest in the cultivation of plant material under glass.