10cm poinsettia pots at Lazzeri.Growers review the 2018 Meadow Croft Viola and Pansy Festival

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Poinsettia growth curve

Tracker Update

With many poinsettia crops at or near pinching, now is the time to set up graphical tracking. Graphical tracking allows growers to monitor growth against pre-set growth curves and adjust growing regimes to suit to ensure crops meet target specifications One tool that can be used is the AHDB Poinsettia tracker, administered and hosted by

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GYS 2021 show stand

BPOA_Home Grown at the Great Yorkshire Show 2021

Back again after a break due to the pandemic and we are pleased to be involved again showing the best of Home Grown plants and some new cut flower introductions. Thanks Our grateful thanks go to: Cobbins Nursery Cut Flower Centre Beekenkamp Syngenta Earley Ornamentals Walberton Nursery Slide show of the stand this year- Gaura

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Peter Seabrook guiding visitors in the Flral Fantasia garden at RHS Hyde Hall

Pansies trialled at Hyde Hall

Join Peter Seabrook in the Floral Fantasia garden at RHS Hyde Hall in Essex for a guided tour of the 270 commercial varieties of pansies and violas that are flowering now. This trial is a continuation of the commercial planting from Meadow Croft Garden Centre that has been producing these plants for many years and

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Spring Conference 2021 downloads & video

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Hopin sessions

Hopin to the Spring Conference!

This January you can experience a new type of conference from the comfort of your own desk/ laptop or tablet. Due to the continuing need for virus distancing precautions with large gatherings, BPOA is using Hopin.com to stage its annual conference virtually. You can go ahead and reserve your place for this event (free entry

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AHDB review and strategy

Press Statement – 27/10/2020 James Alcaraz, chair of the association, has written on behalf of BPOA members to urge the Secretary of State to make a radical reform of the AHDB and would be supportive of a new structure to carry forward levy funded R&D provision by other means. BPOA regards the need for ongoing

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Floral Fantasia and the Rudbeckia trial.

Floral Fantasia The new display area at the RHS Hyde Hall garden in Essex has been a popular visit destination in these post-lockdown days.One of the attractions has been the colourful display of ‘Floral Fantasia’ which is incorporating the work of breeders of new pot and bedding plants. This year some of the plants have

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©Argyll College, Lochgilphead

Argyll College is winner of Peter Seabrook Bursary 2020

This year’s bursary winner is the HNC & HND class in horticulture at Argyll College, Lochgilphead (14 students) under the tutelage of Amber Crowley who has made the application on their behalf.They intend to use the bursary to go on a field trip, now delayed to next spring, to visit commercial nurseries. There will be

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Managing pests naturally.

Lovania and IPM In its large scale production of ornamental plants, Lovania Nurseries uses Integrated Pest Management (IPM), managing pests naturally, which is a bio-friendly approach to growing that focuses on managing insects, weeds and disease through a combination of cultural, physical, biological and chemical methods.   These methods need to be cost effective, environmentally friendly and

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Trading priorities: Dealing with the demand post-lockdown and managing business in the ‘new normal’: the latest podcasts.

Encouraged by commentators outside the production industry, we are continuing to tell our story changing trading priorities in this ‘unprecedented’ year and sales season, massively affected by the ramifications of the Covid 19 crisis. Garden Centres have re-opened and those businesses that have managed to continue some trade via direct sales, online sites and local

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