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Peat alternatives trails at Hill's Plants, Chichester

Growing with ‘peat alternatives’.

 Based on various materials or blends of materials including coir, wood fibre and bark, peat-reduced and peat-free products are now available from all the major growing media manufacturers. Trials have shown most of these products can perform as well as peat-based media if they are managed appropriately.  Understanding the cultural management requirements of these products is

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New additions for the committee

BPOA is delighted to announce that, following a management committee meeting,Derek Jarman has been co-opted as a member of the committee and will become chairmandesignate. His position will be confirmed at the AGM in January next. Derek has been a Director of Hayloft Plants Ltd since 2007. Hayloft is a multichannel grower and retailer of

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Joshua Blakey- Peter Seabrook/ BPOA Bursary winner 2021

Joshua Blakey- Bursary winner 2021.

Latest activities Since receiving the Peter Seabrook Foundation/ BPOA scholarship I have completed my Level 5 Commercial Horticulture studies, achieving an average grade above 70% for the academic year. I am now looking forward to beginning Level 6, with the opportunity to focus on a research project that will allow me to utilise practical and

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July newsletter cover

Newsletter out!

The July 2021 newsletter is just out and you can read it here! Peat Action Plan Floral Fantasia Import Costs Pershore Poppins Events programme

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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. Today, we have won the silver gilt medal for our display at the show and spoken to many visitors about cut flower production and breeding

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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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recording of theme 5 at the BPOA Spring Conference 2021

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 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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Home Grown, Great plants, great growers

Home Grown, Great plants, great growers

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