Plantenkwekerij Leo Ammerlaan: the story

From market gardening business in Bleiswijk to international plant nursery

The history of Plantenkwekerij Leo Ammerlaan goes back to 1954. Leo Ammerlaan started a market gardening business in his birthplace in Bleiswijk. Initially the business was not a plant nursery. Later, Leo cultivated vegetable plants for his neighbours and bought a modern pot press, which he used to press soil pots for lettuce plants. That is how the business grew to become a plant nursery in 1968.

Leo Ammerlaan expanded his business gradually and made increasingly larger investments. He bought two new locations, purchased a roller table system and rented some gardens. When his children – John and Ilone – took over the business from him in 1993, they continued to expand the plant nursery.

Plant nursery becomes leading business

In 2005, 7.5 hectares of newbuild was added to the facility at Irisweg 40 in Bleiswijk. Six hectares of greenhouses with concrete floors and almost 1.5 hectares of industrial space with a second cultivation layer and an entirely new office. A professional jury announced Plantenkwekerij Leo Ammerlaan in 2006 the winner of ‘the Entrepreneurs prize Oostland’ of the Dutch employers’ federation VNO-NCW. That same year, our business in Bleiswijk received a place in the Hillenraad 100. This top 100 is selected from more than ten thousand leading businesses active in the intensive horticulture and greenhouse horticulture sectors. In 2009, the plant nursery on Irisweg 50 saw the arrival of 4 hectares of new greenhouses and industrial space.

Today, Plantenkwekerij Leo Ammerlaan has a total cultivation area of 27 hectares. As a plant nursery we grow 50 million plants from seed and cuttings. We have 80 permanent employees who are assisted in peak periods by approximately 100 temporary colleagues.