Blooms to boost trial sites to tackle climate change

Blooms of Bressingham has revealed it will open more trialling sites this year to help meet demand for drought tolerant plants.

Blooms of Bressingham president Gary Doerr said the firm was planning the changes in order to test plants in a more varied range of conditions.

“People are looking for more drought tolerant plants and we are changing our plant trialling programme in response to that,” explained Doerr.

“We want to get our plants exposed to more drought-type conditions so we are going to go west in the US into Colorado and California.

“In the UK we are going to be doing a limited commercial trial which means there will be about 1,000 plants of a variety that will fan out to growers across the country.

“We’ll see how they do in the various locations and that way we’ll have a good set of data.

“Ultimately we will be able to look at broad climatic territories,” Doerr added.

R.A. Meredith and Son is Blooms’ primary partner in the UK and they have seven growing locations, of which two are in the south. Doerr added Blooms will be starting to implement the programme this year.


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