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 […]

Week 26 (2019) Update

The first flush of the overwintered Veronica was cut down this week.  The trial was originally planted at a density of 25 per sq/m but they have now been thinned to 12 per sq/m in order to ensure more air movement and hence make powdery mildew control a little easier.   The stem length (over […]

Week 25 (2019) Update

The Fusarium column variety trial continues to show marked differences between varieties and at this stage it looks like some plots may even produce marketable stems.  Regular assessments are being made and the summary of these will be presented at the Open Day on the 17th of July. Bulrush have again sponsored a trial to […]

Week 24 (2019) update

What a difference a week makes, last week we were almost in drought conditions and then this week Holbeach is topping the UK rainfall chart (until Wainfleet overtook it that was!).  The field that we intended to use for perennials looks suited for rice than Eryngium! However towards the end of the week the weather […]