WAM Pennings is a large bulb grower with a wide and extended assortment. Our company grows tulips, cannas and oxalis on around 200 hectares of production fields.
WAM Pennings has about 30 permanent employees yearround and in our peakseasons around 80 to 100 season workers join our team to help with the processing of the flower bulbs. On our fields we grow tulips, cannas and oxalis of which 75% is tulips, 20% cannas and 5% oxalis.
Some key-points of the company are:
WAM Pennings has been active in the flower bulb sector for more than 60 years and during this time the company has experienced many developments. Some important past events are:
This is Wim Pennings, founder of W.A.M. Pennings in 1951 at the age of 17. The company started with the production of several varieties of typical gardentulips.
Simon Pennings, one of WAM Pennings' sons, joined the company in 1979 and has grown it into what it is today.
Allan Visser is the third generation in the company. Allan is mainly concerned with the logistics processes within all companies.
W.A.M. Pennings was one of the first bulb growers that peeled his bulbs with machines. Many bulb growers followed.
WAM Pennings is every day active with its environment, we are very much depending on what the planet is offering us. By being in contact with researchers, government, NGO's and our stakeholders around the company we strive to be as sustainable as possible.
To help us in this process we use certifications systems to improve our way of working and to proof our customers that we are a sustainable company. Therefor WAM Pennings started in 2015 with PlanetProof as one of the first companies in the flower bulb sector. And since 2022 WAM Pennings is certificied Global G.A.P. and GRASP.
In 2022 we also installed on our roofing solarpanels which helps us to generate 50% of our own energy.
On our nursery the whole proces from a small tulip till big tulip is taking place. In autumn, just before winter comes, our bulbs are planted on the fields and they will start growing into bigger bulbs till their harvest in summer.
The tulip bulbs are planted with the help of a machine from October till December.
In spring the tulips start flowering and they will be selected by hand on any anormalities. After that the flower is being cut of to stimulate the growth of the flower bulb.
Our tulips are digged out of the ground with our harvesting machines in June and July. They have been in the ground for almost 7 to 8 months now and have grown from a small bulb into a bigger bulb.
After harvesting, flowerbulbs have to be cleaned by hand and graded on size. Smaller bulbs will be used as planting material for next season again and bigger bulbs are ready to be sold.