Poinsettia Day 2021

BPOA Poinsettia Discussion Group Meeting

‘New varieties and trending topics’

Bridge Farm Group, Clay Lake Nurseries, Clay Lake Bank, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE12 6RN

25 November 2021

This is the second year of the AHDB Bedding and Pot Plant Centre variety trial of coloured poinsettias (for a summary of the first year click here). The event this year will allow delegates to see first-hand a range of new varieties from various breeders/propagators and to participate in the project quality assessments.   Along with the trial, there will be opportunities to hear and discuss the policy options for Bemisia, peat-free poinsettia production, carbon footprinting protected ornamentals, the practical requirements of regulated water deficit irrigation on poinsettias and the future R&D needs of the industry.   Lunch and refreshments will be provided, but numbers may have to be limited to ensure the safety of delegates and compliance with prevailing Covid event restrictions.  

Event agenda

09.30Registration tea, coffee and biscuits at the Clay Lake site
10.00Welcome to Neame Lea, Horseshoes site – Andrew Fuller, Bridge Farm Group
10.05Round up of season so far – Graeme Edwards, Woodlark Nurseries; Poinsettia Group Chairman
10.15Update on policy options for Bemisia and a general update on importation of product and expected changes for 2022 – Dominic Eyre, Plant Health Entomologist and Derek McCann, APHA
11.00Tea, coffee, biscuits and comfort break
11.15  Poinsettia peat-free production – facilitated by Paul Alexander, Bulrush
11.45Carbon footprinting protected ornamentals: starting the journey – Andrew Fuller, Bridge Farm Group
12.15Viewing the poinsettia variety trial and scoring – Harry Kitchener, Consultant, followed by industry future R&D needs discussion
14.00Initial views on the new coloured varieties in production – Graeme Edwards, Woodlark Nurseries and representatives from recipient nurseries.
14.30Getting started with regulated water deficit irrigation on poinsettias: practical requirements – Mark Else, NIAB EMR
15.00Initial feedback from the variety trial scores and industry R&D needs – Andrew Fuller, Bridge Farm Group, Harry Kitchener, Consultant and Graeme Edwards, Woodlark Nurseries
15.30Delegates depart

To book a place

To book a place send an email to info@homegrownplants.org.uk and include business name, job role/title and a telephone contact number. If you are booking for yourself and someone else, please provide details of both delegates. Confirmation of your booking will be by email. Please note that you may not receive a confirmation of your booking immediately as it is not an automated system. BASIS points will be sought for the event.

Please note some Covid restrictions may still apply at the time of the event.


Bridge Farm Nursery- Clay Lake Site


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