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Ornamental Conference on 26th February 2019

Improving the performance of biopesticides in the production of ornamental crops. With more and more conventional pesticides regularly being removed from our armoury, biopesticides will inevitably  play an increasingly important role in everyday crop protection in the future.  In order to help ornamental growers to better understand the use of biopesticides the AHDB has brought […]

Latest Factsheet on The Control Of Downy Mildew on Protected Column Stocks

Following on from the work that the CFC has undertaken with column stock growers relating to the issues with downy mildew in 2018 and the subsequent sensitivity trials at FERA, the CFC and AHDB have produced a detailed fact sheet giving information about the biology of the disease and how it can be managed by […]

Week 42 (2018) Update

The Bulrush lily herbicide trial was harvested and assessed this week.  There were clear differences between the treatments and the results will be reported in the annual report which will be available next year.

Week 39 (2018) Update – The End of the Season (Almost)

Most of the trials are now complete (except for the Bulrush lily growing media trial that has been moved into a glasshouse) and the annual crops have been cleared, the perennials cut back and the tunnels uncovered.  The blog will now not be updated on a weekly basis and posts will only be added infrequently […]

Week 37 & 38 (2018) Update

The Fusarium tunnel has now been cleared with the poly mulch and dead plants put into bags and burnt, the soil rotovated and the cover taken off the tunnel. The week 29 planting of Ammi visnaga is now in full flower (see left hand photo) and the week 32 planting (see right hand photo) has […]

Jonathan Moseley’s British Flower Bus 2018

During  2018 Jonathan Moseley led a nationwide campaign to promote commercial British Flower growing and highlight the 12 month availability of British Grown Flowers. Jonathan has been working with  FlorismartUK to launch a ground breaking three-year project with a major industry and retail campaign to establish wide scale seasonal growing of cut flowers in Britain […]

Air Movement Day on 9th October 2018

On the 9th of October an Air Movement Day will be held at W D Smith,  Smith and Son, Grange Nurseries, SS11 7QU. The day will start with presentations and interactive discussion covering the following questions: Why do you want air movement in a glasshouse? What techniques are available and how do they compare? What […]

Week 36 (2018) Update

The Lysimachia is in full flower this week (although they have been producing flowers over the past 2 weeks).  The Jumbo is still far superior to the Mambo which is still showing leaf necrosis and chlorosis.  They are also apparently very prone to spider mite? The second planting of Asclepias “Apollo Orange” is now in […]

Week 34 & 35 (2018) Update

Some of the Scabious that were cut back in week 33 have started to shoot again but some are very slow to recover.  It will be a few more weeks before we know if the “hard” cut to the ground or the “soft” cut leaving about 50cms of foliage is the most successful. As stated […]

Downy Mildew Sensitivity testing – update.

We have today received the report of the sensitivity testing that FERA have been undertaking for us and it makes very interesting reading.  Firstly just a quick reminder that these tests were undertaken on isolates from 5 nurseries (2 in Norfolk and 1 each in Lincolnshire, Northern Ireland and Cornwall) using 9 different fungicides.  The […]