Generally Plantenkwekerij Kapteijns cultivates Astilbes with the sole purpose of propagating the plant material.
This plant material can then be used by customers to make pot plants or for the cultivation of cut flowers. Because of the excellent quality of the plant material the company’s products are ideal for export to countries such as America and Japan, which have strict health regulations relating to imported plants.

Plantenkwekerij Kapteijns propagates the Astilbe plant by cutting or chopping the bottom part of the plant into pieces with a knife.  These pieces have so-called ‘noses’ (the bud from which a leaf or flower grows). Plantenkwekerij Kapteijns boasts an extensive assortment of Astilbes in different colours and sizes, destined for a number of uses.

At Kapteijns, all Astilbe plants receive so-called ‘warm water treatment’ in the spring. With this treatment the plants are immersed in water at a temperature of 43.5 °C for an hour and a half so that any nematodes are killed. Once the plants have been cleaned, they are bedded out. When choosing the piece of ground in which the astilbes are to be bedded out, Kapteijns is careful to take into account that there should be good crop rotation: once in the 3 or 4 years the Astilbe returns to the same piece of ground.