2019 Open Day Handout

For those of you who did not attend this years Open Day, the handout can be downloaded at by clicking the link below.   https://projectblue.blob.core.windows.net/media/Default/Events/Horticulture/Event%20Docs/Final%20Booklet%20NCFC.pdf

Week 35 (2019) Update

The Bulrush trial into alternative growing media for lilies is progressing well with the stems now forming buds.  At this stage there is no real difference between the treatments. The veronica which were disbudded at the beginning or last week are now developing into sprays and should be ready to harvest in a few days.  […]

Week 34 (2019) Update

The Eucomis are in full flower this week and some of the varieties, especially Sparkling Burgundy (see left hand photo) are spectacular with the stem length exceeded 90cms?  However the premium price that would be commanded for these stems would probably make it a florist rather than a supermarket product. The Gomphrena is now starting […]

Week 33 (2019) Update

The first planting of Lepidium “Green Dragon” has been flowering over the past couple of weeks but was cleared this week.  Despite what looked like premature budding soon after planting, eventual stem length of the crops was 65 to 75 cms. The outdoor planting of Eryngium has established well and planting through Mypex seems to […]

Week 32 (2019) Update

The Japanese stocks flower trial was completed this week with the 3 colours of Anytime being the last to flower.  Assessments of the stem length and weight have been taken for all planting and will be available in the final report but to summarise, all of the Japanese varieties have consistently produced a longer stem […]

Week 31 (2019) Update

The final planting (week 25) of the Japanese stocks is in flower this  week and vase life tests are being undertaken on all of the varieties (huge thank you to Laura Tebby at Superflora for doing this for us). The second flush of Veronica is now coming into flower (see left hand photo) but powdery […]

Week 30 (2019) Update

The NPD trial of Echinacea was in full flower this week and some of the varieties look quite encouraging.  However further work on yield and vase life is required before this crop can be commercialised. Despite budding up very early, the Lepidium “Green Dragon” is now growing away vigorously and look like it will produce […]

Week 29 (2019) Update – OPEN DAY

Most of this week was taken up by this years Open Day which was earlier than normal because of the emphasis on column stocks.  As usual we had a superb turnout with attendees being able to view a wide range of trials, many of which where at their best this week. However on a negative […]

Week 28 (2019) Update

This year was a week of sending samples to various places including the Great Yorkshire show and RHS Tatton Park Flower Show where Jonathan Moseley continues to do a fabulous job of promoting UK flowers. The T34 trial was assessed this week.  The results were not as marked as we would have liked but an […]

Week 27 (2019) Update

The week 19 planting of “Japanese stocks” was ready to harvest this week.  Assessments were undertaken on 10 stems of each variety with the overall stem length and weight being measured and them all trimmed to 45cms and then weighed again.   The data is yet to be analysed but to summarise, all of the […]