'It turned out that LED interlighting was the best solution,' says Dings. The deciding factor for him was the added value for the plant. 'LED interlighting results in a more vital and stronger plant, something I have seen for myself at fellow Jac Dings, Owner, Gerja BV growers in Poland.' The Philips GreenPower LED interlighting installation spans 7,500 square metres of high-wire cultivation area. Two lines of LED interlighting have been installed in between the crop, and count for 88 micromol/m2/s.
Dings says, 'With the LED interlighting, we will be able to improve the quality of our cultivation practices. We will not use it to start our production earlier, but rather as a support tool to improve the quality and the production. It brings more balance in the crop and a more consistent production.'
Furthermore, the extra light from the LEDs will also have a positive impact on the shelf life of the fruits and will possibly also contribute to the taste experience. Dings is able to ‘read a plant’ like no one else, and his experience will play a crucial role in the development and use of LED technology in cucumber cultivation in the world.