The horticultural business of Karsten and Silke Reymers produces flowers for the big florist Blume2000. In long greenhouses, the family with two employees grows horned violets and a summer flower mix in hanging baskets. Later in the year, the products then change to daisy shrubs, lavender and chrysanthemum shrubs, depending on the season.
The residential area in the Vierland and marshlands directly behind the northern Elbe dike is very old and is a traditional location for growing vegetables. The plots of land have grown accordingly: they line the street, close to each other, house on house. Behind the houses, however, extend long, narrow plots, many of them with greenhouses. "You have to travel long distances on such long plots of land", says Karsten Reymers, who took over the over 300-year-old family business from his parents in 1991. The trained gardener maintained two old narrow-gauge tractors to move the plants and heavy CC containers over the long distances. However, this solution was not ideal and the technology was outdated. When a farmer friend raved about his Weidemann, the Reymers family began to think about the idea of wheel loaders and visited the Tarmstedt exhibition. They took a close look at the Weidemann trade fair stand here. In addition to the technical advantages, they are also impressed by the design of the machines. Finally, the flower producers contacted their local Weidemann dealer, the company Westphal in Hamburg. They just happened to have had a matching Weidemann 1250 CX35 in a dark red special colour on the lot, which he brought to the Reymers family to try out the same evening. Not just the colour, but also the functionality, manoeuvrability and the quite operation convinced them and so the machine remained on the farm. When Karsten Reymers took over his parent’s business in 1991, they were still specialised in vegetable cultivation. He converted the production to bedding and balcony plants and initially supplied many weekly market suppliers, flower shops and dealers. As the cooperation with the bulk buyer Blume2000 intensified, the product range was slowly reduced and the quantities increased. In 2008, Silke Reymers took over her parent’s gardening business. Since the two farms were practically adjacent, the areas were simply merged together.
After the Weidemann that was purchased in 2010 had proved itself so well, the couple considered replacing it with a slightly larger one. In the end, however, an additional machine was added in 2014, which of course also had to be painted in the special colour. The decision to buy a second machine instead of a different loader was easy for Karsten Reymers: "I calculated the 100-gram price of the machine and it came out to about €1.35. A good bar of chocolate costs €1.80. The investments are therefore in the green". "And besides, the 1250 already had a family connection", adds his wife Silke Reymers. Since then, both loaders have been working in a division of labour: the 1250 CX35 with lightweight bucket is used to feed the potting machine, while the 1350 CX45 with pallet fork is used to load the CC containers. 60 to 65 of these containers often have to be moved for each order. "It's much easier to move the goods with the Weidemann than with a tractor or forklift", says Silke Reymers. “Loading has been much faster since then”.
By now, the Weidemanns are almost family members, and the Reymers’ daughters want to learn to drive. While the 6-year-old twins Mirja and Annika are still too young, the 8-year-old Nina is already big enough to reach the accelerator pedal from the seat. And anyone who has three active daughters, of course, must also keep a Weidemann for each daughter. Actually, the third loader was scheduled to be purchased in 2018, but because it is nice to have good technology and because the funding is made easy, the next member of the Reymers Weidemann family already arrived in 2017. This time it was a 1380, which is tailored to the horticultural business: slightly larger than the first two loaders, so that heavy earthworks can easily be taken care of, for example. One thing was very important – it had to have a heated seat and not least, of course, the characteristic dark red special colour! The Reymers family and their neighbours organised a small reception with sandwiches and drinks to greet the new Weidemann. The managing director of Westphal, Jens Mewes, insisted on delivering the wheel loader personally.
"Next, I would like to have an electric eHoftrac®", gushed the gardener. "This would make it possible for us to do a lot of work at the nearby campsite (part of which we own) during ongoing operation”.