Blog: Fittonia is our baby
Paul Schoenmakers explains, "In 1985 we – my two brothers and I – started cultivating and breeding Fittonia. Since then, we have been responsible for creating around 60 new varieties. Rather a large number, which is what makes the plant so unique."
"We cultivate a wide range of colours, with different markings on the leaves and shapes of the leaves. Fittonia is just so versatile. It even grows in an aquarium."
Paul Schoenmakers from Haaren is a grower and breeder of Fittonia.
An early age
"We are allowed to sell Fittonia all over the world. I'm particularly proud of that. The first Fittonia for which we were awarded the breeders' rights is named after our parents and is called Josan, a contraction of Jos and Anneke. Isn't that great?"
"My children have been exposed to Fittonia from a very early age. My son went a bit far when he literally ate a plant once. Luckily, no harmful consequences! It inspired me to make a Fittonia soup one Christmas dinner. It was actually quite tasty. The plant appears even to have a medicinal effect."
"I never get tired talking about our plants, because I find them so amazing. I would love to tell every consumer personally the story behind Fittonia. How strong they are. How colourful. And they need so little care. It is actually a benefit that this plant is boring. Sometimes the leaves appear to be covered in gold or silver dust. Isn't that lovely!"
"Considerable effort is needed to cultivate these lovely plants. It takes about 9 months to develop from a cutting to a mature plant. I think of it as a birth process, but a nice one. Fittonia is a bit like our baby. It is definitely part of the family."
Paul's second and last blog will appear at the end of July 2016.
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Would you like to read more?
- Here is the GROW article about Paul. It contains more about his motivation and the exclusivity of this plant.