Coldpalm.nl is an initiative of father and son Jan and Troy Doedens. In the mid nineties the island of Mainau is visited in the middle of winter. On this botanical island in Lake Constance, various palm trees grow in the snow! This spectacle creates a new hobby, because seeds are sold locally from the palm trees growing there, and the first seeds are bought. A few months later the seeds come up and the hobby germinates. During the years the interest in palms grew and in 2009 it was decided to start a business. A location was found where the palms and exotics can be displayed, and where new seedlings can be cultivated. Meanwhile, more than 3600m2 of greenhouse space is in use for the cultivation of a large assortment of palms and exotic plants. To increase our plant knowledge Troy decided in 2013 to start the Horticulture - Applied plant research program at the HAS university of applied sciences, which was successfully completed in 2017. In addition to growing and selling palm trees and many other exotic plants, we are also engaged in research and breeding of palm trees. For this purpose, trips are regularly scheduled to tropical resorts and we write articles in a scientific context, which is why we hope to contribute to the conservation of palms in their natural environment.
The palm family (Arecaceae) is a special and very diverse plant family. More than 2,600 species of palm are known and new species are discovered each year. In addition to the large quantity of palm species, many species often also consist of many different varieties. Palms occur naturally on all continents except Antarctica. The most northernmost species of palm (Chamaerops humilis) grows to the south of France and the southernmost (Rhopalostylis sapida var. Oceana) on the Chatham islands east of New Zealand. Palms have always been very important to mankind. The appearance of date palms in the desert or coconut trees on an island meant shelter, drinking and eating. Today there are still cultures that depend entirely on palms. But even in the modern western world, palms are still very important for our way of life. For example, we all eat palms almost every day, it is in our fuel, cosmetics or even in our furniture. But palms are also essential for the climate; 6 of the 10 most common plant species in the Amazon are palms. These 2 trillion individual palms have a direct effect on the global climate. The palm family also consists of record breakers with the largest inflorescence with 24 million flowers (Corypha umbraculifera), the longest leaves up to 25m (Raphia regalis), the longest trunk more than 200m (Calamus sp.) And the largest seed up to 20kg (Lodoicea maldivica) .
We are open every Saturday from 10.00 to 16.00 and you are welcome to visit our greenhouse. Our visiting address is De Hoeven 3b, 5254 JV, Haarsteeg. Our telephone number is 06-43215146 and our e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to come by, but can not do this at the above-mentioned time, please make an appointment with us. Are you a company or interested in larger orders? Then we advise to make an appointment.