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Recording the podcast

Direct marketing- the answer to all our problems?

This week the first podcast from the BPOA was released into the ether! Why, you may ask when all around are wondering if there will be any plant business….take a listen! Wayne Brough of AHDB got Martin Emmett of Farplants and Graeme Edwards , Woodlark Nurseries on a ‘Teams’ online meeting to discuss the

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BPOA Spring Conference 2020

Many congratulations to our tremendous group of speakers for this year’s Spring Conference. The theme for the technical conference presentations was pot plant culture. The group of exciting, international speakers dealt with a wide range of topics from Rob van Tol on trapping Western Flower Thrips and the insect’s perception of colour traps to Jane

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Brian Whipker from NCSU describing his plant nutrition trials to BPOA members.

Brian Whipker to open the Spring Conference 2020 on New Concepts in pot plant culture.

Brian will open the conference (BOOKING), in Peterborough, this year with presentations on plant nutrition and growth regulation (Speaker programme). He is well known as a speaker as well as a researcher and extension worker in floriculture and below you can read some more about his main focus in his horticultural career. North Carolina State

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Zuidbaak was showing here the ability to handle packs taken directly from the floor.

Automation Study Tour Holland- September 2019

Following on from the Automation Tour on the 17th & 18th September, I thought it would be good to share some of the automation we’ve seen- Vas. Baas Stand alone packing robot, looked futuristic but was in commissioning phase so we did not get to see it run unfortunately. It should be able to produce

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Will Healy, of Ball Horticultural told the audience exactly how to control losses from inaccurate and excess watering to create greater uniformity in plug trays.

BPOA Spring Conference 2019 – a great success!

BPOA Spring Conference 2019   ‘Optimising your own cutting and seedling propagation’ Tuesday 15th January NFU Agriculture House, Stoneleigh Park   Speakers presentations: With such a strong collection of speakers and important details to impart it was quite a task for Chris Need and Mike Smith, chairing the sessions, to keep to the schedule and

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Latina Study Tour party

Poinsettia Study Tour – Latina

The poinsettia growers selected the area of Latina, 80km south of Rome, for this year’s study tour (12th – 14th November 2018). This rural area is a centre for all kinds of horticultural production and its edible and ornamental produce are distribute all over the country and exported to northern Europe. Lazio Province The province

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Stuart Halman addresses the study group about the change to diffuse light screens.

BPPC North West Study Tour

The BPPC has taken up the challenge of engaging with growers throughout the UK and arranged a study tour of the North-West growers, traditionally a very strong area for horticulture and bedding in particular. The tour followed on the North-West’s (and national) favourite annual trade show at Four Oaks Nurseries near Macclesfield and visited two

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Minette Batters, NFU President, visits the prize-winning stand at the Gt Yorkshire Show.

Home Grown display wins a prize at the garden show in the Great Yorkshire Show.

Minette Batters, NFU President, visited the prize winning stand on Tuesday to see the combination of edible and ornamental horticultural produce and chat with the builders of the display which was lead by Mike Prest. The object of raising the profile of new plant introductions from BPOA members was discussed as well as the new

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Press Day- trials on view at Grange Nurseries

15th Meadow Croft Festival stays up to the minute!

The 15th Meadow Croft Viola and Pansy Festival opened last week with a Press Day and the welcome return of the evening event, organised by Mike Smith, with a stimulating programme of speakers. The bedding industry is fortunate to have people and companies that are committed to promotion of what they do and the greater

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Meeting for the Conference Dinner

Spring Conference – Great Speakers, Great Event!

The Spring Conference for BPOA, sponsored by Bulrush and Cambridge HOK, took place last Wednesday (17th January) in the NFU conference centre at Stoneleigh Park. The programme of speakers was a superb mix of technical, business and scientific experts who were fully committed to getting their messages across. All nine presentations were worth the time

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Home Grown, Great plants, great growers

Home Grown, Great plants, great growers

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