In light of the ongoing issues with Covid19 it has been decided to postpone the 2020 trials and move the 2020 workplan to 2021. The AHDB have also agreed that the project can now be extended by a year which means that the current trials programme will now run until the end of 2023. The website will still be updated with any topical or relevant information.
The following link is to a recent AHDB podcast on the effect of Covid19 on the ornamental industry.
During 2019, samples of column stock downy mildew were submitted to The James Hutton Institute for further sensitivity testing. The results of these tests are summarised in the attached technical note.
The tunnels have now been uncovered and the perennial trials have been cut back.
The blog will now be suspended until the start of 2020 trials in spring.
The Scabious continue to produce a prolific flush of flowers with the area cut back in July producing stems that are as strong as the first flush back in June.
The Bulrush lily media trial is almost ready to harvest and assess although there are not many visual differences between the treatments.
The eryngium trial is starting to flower and while there are a few marketable stems this year, as with most perennials, next year should demonstrate their true potential.
Most of the trials are now coming to an end but the Gomphrena (see left hand photo) and the Asclepias “Apollo Orange” (see right hand photo) are still being harvested for samples and vase life trials.