Visit us at the HTA National Plant Show, 19th-20th June 2019
The annual HTA National Plant Show will take place on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th June 2019 at Stoneleigh Park, near Coventry.
Came and see us on stand 179 and see what we have new for next year.
The future’s bright with a Leader Grant from the New Rural Development Programme for England
We are completing the installation of LED lights into our second propagation greenhouse, to enable us to expand the weaning of tissue culture plants throughout the winter, with a capacity of 200,000 plants under lights as any one time.
Apart from enabling us to increase the production of Agapanthus in particular, this has also allowed us to retain more members of the team on a year round basis ensuring we keep and develop our skills base.
The facility has been developed with Agapanthus production in mind but can be used for the weaning of a wide range of plants depending on the demands of the market.
The LED lights allow us to economically extend the growing day to 14 hours and improve the quality of the plants by providing the right spectrum and intensity of light. Having previously used 2 Dutch lighting suppliers we are pleased to have given this project to Indo lighting a Southampton based company.
We are fortunate to have been awarded a LEADER grant from the Rural Development Programme for England to enable this project to proceed. The application was approved by the New Forest Local Action Group (LAG) and the New Forest District Council is overseeing the work.
Project Reference and Name: 110587 Aline Fairweather Ltd-installation of LED propagation lighting.
The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development:
Europe investing in rural areas
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)
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.
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!