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Energy Crisis Empties Greenhouses in World’s Top Flower Producer

  • Dutch greenhouses set for lower than normal output over winter
  • Flower production in the Netherlands may drop by up to 40%
A greenhouse in Bleiswijk, Netherlands.
A greenhouse in Bleiswijk, Netherlands.Photographer: Peter Boer/Bloomberg

The Netherlands, the world’s top flower exporter and one of Europe’s largest producers of fresh fruit and vegetables, is warning of a steep output plunge as crippling energy costs stifle the country’s extensive network of greenhouses.

Royal FloraHolland, the world’s largest flower market in Alsmeer, estimates Dutch flower production will drop by up to 40% between Christmas and next spring due to the rising costs of maintaining greenhouses, spokesperson Michiel van Schie told Bloomberg.