BPOA/ AHDB Horticulture - Poinsettia Study Tour to France proposed

Frrom 16-18 November 2015, the BPOA and AHDB are proposing a poinsettia study tour to France's Alsace region.

Harry Kitchener will be tour representative.

Stars of Alsace production is subject to strict requirements (cutting material from selected young plant producers, use of new pots, use of biological control agents, minimum of five months on-nursery production time etc.) whilst also conforming to a set of finished plant specifications. Product has a unique labelling and is sold through florists and garden centres.

As part of the tour, Simon Pearson will provide an update of the current AHDB Horticulture funded project PO 21: ‘Genetic and environmental interactions in poinsettia production and shelf-life’.

Visits include to Arc en Ciel Baldeck, Cernaym which has 25,000m² glasshouses producing 50,000 poinsettias which are sold wholesale. Then the tour continues to Le Point Vert, Eichinger, Didenheim, which operates from three sites and has a total of 16,000 m2 of glass producing bedding (especially geranium), chrysanthemum, cyclamen and poinsettias. Herbs and vegetables are also produced.

The tour continues to Lycée du Pflixbourg horticultural education centre and trial station, then to Les Serres De Florival, Riedisheim, a smaller nursery consisting of 4,000m2 of glass producing bedding, vegetables, chrysanthemums and poinsettias (6,000)

Next is Meyer, Staffelfelden, a nursery of 10,000m² producing 10,000 poinsettia in 10.5 and 14cm pots.

On 18 November the tour visits Kammerer, Geispolsheim. The nursery has 30,000m2 of glass producing geraniums and poinsettias (50,000 14cm). The nursery has obtained ISO 50001 energy management certification. Next is Gaec Gaentzig, Barthel, Dorlisheim, which produces 10,000 poinsettias in a range of pot sizes, in 3,000m² of glasshouses.

After that is a visit to Sonnendrucker, Brumath, a larger nursery of 40,000m² (including packhouse) producing 90,000 poinsettias for the wholesale market. Next is Schwarz, Geudertheim, a smaller business which produces 3,000 poinsettia together with a range of other ornamentals in 3,000m² glass for the retail trade.

Contact ella.stanton@ahdb.org.uk for details.

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