ABOUT OUR COMPANY
The first year of our lily hybridizing venture was 1977.
That year only Asiatic lilies were used.
A year later in 1978 Oriental lilies were added to our breeding program.
1990 was the year our whole family moved to the state of Oregon, U.S.A. where we started to import bulbs in order to sell these to greenhouse growers as well as to wholesale companies.
Besides breeding lilies we also grew several types of perennials as well as many of our own hybrid lilies.
In 2005 we decided to scale back and keep doing what we loved most: Hybridizing lilies, mainly Oriental Lily hybrids for the cut flower and and for pot flower industry.
Johan is the "Mak' of Mak-Leek, Inc.
Ria is the 'Leek' of Mak-Leek, Inc.
Besides having some extra help when planting lily material in our fields, most of the time it is just the two of them
SEEDLINGS & SELECTIONS
Our seedlings and selections are among the strongest in the world and there is a reason for that.
They are able to survive the challenging Oregon environment.
In Oregon we have a varied climate. Winter and spring are usually wet. Summer and Fall are typically warm and dry with several stretches of hot weather and a lot of wind. They also have to survive all type pests, like aphids, because we don't spray mineral oil.
After one or two years in the seed house, two or three years in the field and when selected, one or more years in our greenhouse; most of our selections are still free of any viruses.