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IPM Essen 2019

IMP Essen Germany 2019 January 22nd to 25th

2019 will be our Sixth year of exhibiting at IPM , Essen in Germany. We have seen our export sales go from strength to strength over  the past few years.

This year we will be launching a great range of Evergreen compact Agapanthus- Fireworks, Ever Sapphire and Ever White.

Come and visit our stand and see what we have new  for 2019 in our Agapanthus range of P104, P40 and 9cm liners

We are in Hall 7 ( which where we normally are but just been renumbers)

 

 

 

Agapanthus Fireworks wins ‘Best in Show’

Agapanthus Fireworks

Fireworks wins ‘Best in Show’ at Glee 2018.

Fireworks is a fantastic evergreen with large bicolour Blue and white flowers. The flowers are very large and can last up to 8 weeks in bloom.

Fairweather’s are the only UK nursery offering young plants to the UK. Contact us for more information and availability.

Its all gone rather Pink at Fairweather’s

New LED lights

Traditionally at this time of year the nursery is focused on cleaning liners ready for spring dispatch and catching up with maintenance around the nursery. One department that is usually very quiet is propagation as we stop production after week 30. This winter in order to increase Agapanthus production, improve quality and make better use of winter labour we have installed LED lights into one of our propagation greenhouses.

Initial results of tissue culture plants weaned from the laboratory in week 40 are very encouraging with plants establishing very evenly under lights that extend the day to 14 hours with 50umol of light intensity. This will enable us to produce one or 2 more crops from the same space during the year. Plants receiving less intense lighting on adjacent beds are also responding so we are experimenting with different light intensities.

The pink glow from the glasshouses attracted the attention of a neighbour who questioned whether we had gone into marijuana production- the answer was no, but then it might be more profitable than growing garden plants!

Geum Scarlet Tempest

Geum Scarlet Tempest achieves second place at the Chelsea Flower show ‘Plant of the Year 2016’

Geums as a genus have become more popular over the past few year especially with the successes for Totally Tangerine being launched at Chelsea flower show over 5 years ago.

This new Geum comes from the breeder of the Anemone Swan series Elizabeth McGregor. Hardy Cottage plants launched this new hybrid. With its early large flowers of brilliant-scarlet, open, slightly double flowers of about 5cm across.

This Geums starts to flower in early March and continues throughout the summer and into autumn. Its height is also a good size at 35-40 cm.

Liners available from spring 2017.

Geum 'Scarlet Tempest'