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 assessment of 24 individual stems (ie 3 rows in the middle of each bed) has shown that the plots treated with T34 had a lower level of Fusarium infection.  This trial was undertaken in a tunnel with a high level of disease pressure using very susceptible  varieties and more significant results may have been obtained using less susceptible varieties.  It was also interesting to note that in the variety trial the plots a lisianthus again did not succumb to the stock strain of Fusarium. (see photo below).

Based on what we are seeing at the CFC, the P&D to look out for this week are aphid, spider mite, flea beetle and downy mildew.

Don’t forget our Open Day next Wednesday the 17th starting at 5.15.