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 […]

Week 23 (2019) Update

This week the  first assessments were undertaken on the Fusarium susceptibility trial.  Its too early to give any firm results yet but there are certainly some significant differences  showing up between the varieties.  The following photos show an overview of the trial as well as the worst and best plots as regards Fusarium infection. The […]

Week 22 (2019) Update

Trials undertaken by The Warwick Crop Centre have found that when applied to the peat block at sowing (with further follow up treatments) T34 which is a biopesticide containing Trichoderma asperellum, showed a significant degree of control of Fusarium oxysporum  in lettuce crops.  Trials undertaken at the CFC and STC five years ago on column […]

Week 21 (2019) Update

The second planting of the “Japanese” stock variety was made this week (see right hand photo) and as well as selected plants supplied by Globe Plants, we have also planted some unselected plants from Newey.  The planting made in week 19 has established  and is now starting to grow away well (see left hand photo). […]