Garden centre mistletoe auctions underway

The world famous auctions, which have been held since the Victorian times, will for the second year running be held at Hillview Group's Burford House & Gardens, Burford House Garden Store, Tenbury Wells.

The auctions take place over three Tuesdays with a 11am start ending on 8 December.

The mistletoe on offer is freshly cut from the apple orchards of Herefordshire, with Tenbury Wells being the capital of English Mistletoe. 

Gold and silver variegated holly, tied in a bundle of about 10kg and white berried mistletoe with dark green leaves in round bundles or wraps of 10/15kg is available to buy.

A representative of auctioneer Nick Champion said mistletoe was slightly yellower than in 2014, perhaps because of mild weather, while holly was well berried, as the mild weather meant birds were not eating them as much.

At the first sale "there is a bumper crop of both holly and mistletoe this year with quality holly easy to find and as a result trade was back a lot on 2014 levels. Mistletoe quality appears to be very variable with far too much being yellow with un-ripened berries which affected the prices. The better quality mistletoe was easy to sell". Prices were on average £1.50/kg for berried holly and £1.50/kg for mistletoe after a large auction entry of 1,022 lots of holly and mistletoe. Prices were £2.50/£1.50 in 2014.

Prices for first quality berried holly at the second sale were £3/kg, plain holly £1/kg, golden variegated £3/kg, mistletoe £2/kg and holly wreaths £5.50. 

Mistletoe at the second sale in 2014 was £1/kg. There were 890 lots of holly and mistletoe.

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