Cut Flower Centre Open Day – Wednesday 6th July 2014

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National Cut Flower Centre Open Day  

6 August 2014

17.00 to 20.00 then evening refreshments

E M Cole Farms Ltd, Small Drove Lane, West Pinchbeck, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 3NL

National Cut Flower Centre, Rookery Farm, Joys Bank, Holbeach St Johns, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE12 8SG

Now in its second year, The National Cut Flower Centre (CFC) is staging a five year programme of HDC funded trials work; this year the programme includes a combination of new product development and research on ‘mainstream’ crops.

Once again, trials are also being staged on a commercial cut flower nursery.  The host site this year is E.M. Cole Farms Ltd and the topic is alternative growing media for tray-grown cut flower lilies.  The trial includes a range of substrates based on green compost, anaerobic digestate and coir.  The open day has been staged to enable the trials to be viewed prior to attending the trials at the CFC.

Trials at the CFC site include an evaluation of a wide range of direct seeded ‘filler’ species (grown both outdoors and under protection), a ‘spot crop’ of traditional alstroemeria, a zinnia variety trial, demonstration plots of various perennials (including a blacked out Aster ericoides trial) and hardy foliage and indoor sunflower variety trials.  Plant species included in the new product trials for 2014 include: Dicentra, Leonotis, Trachelium and ornamental peppers.

This year the CFC is also hosting a number of herbicide trials funded by the HDC and undertaken by ADAS to look at potential replacements for Ronstar Liquid as well as a lily herbicide trial.  The former work has been undertaken on direct drilled and transplanted asters as well as sweet williams and wallflowers.  The aster and lily trials have been timed to coincide with the open day.

The event will not only provide growers with a good overview of the current trials programme at the CFC it will also provide details of other relevant on-going HDC funded work such as the Managing Ornamental Plants Sustainably (MOPS) programme.  As ever, it is also an important opportunity to contribute to the planning of future work within the cut flower sector.

The event starts at E. M. Cole Farms Ltd, (West Pinchbeck) at 17.00 and will then move to the CFC site at Rookery Farm for the remainder of the evening.  The event will be rounded off with a hog roast and a chance to informally discuss developments at the CFC and in the cut flower sector.

Event programme





Meet at E. M. Cole Farms Ltd to view the lily alternative growing media trial


Coffee and registration at the CFC site (Rookery Farm)


Cut flower herbicide trials (ADAS)

John Atwood, ADAS


The HDC MOPS programme of work

Debbie Wilson, HDC and John Atwood, ADAS


CFC trials overview (2014)

Lyndon Mason, project leader


Tour of CFC trials


Hog roast refreshments and depart

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