The Bulrush trial into alternative growing media for lilies is progressing well with the stems now forming buds. At this stage there is no real difference between the treatments.
The veronica which were disbudded at the beginning or last week are now developing into sprays and should be ready to harvest in a few days. It is hoped to undertake vase life tests comparing these with the standard non disbudded stems.
The “Fusarium tunnel” was cleared a couple of weeks ago but the plots of lisianthus were left in situ and these are now coming into flower. This again clearly demonstrates the varietal specificity of Fusarium oxysporum. (see photos below)