HDC trial explores UK-based cut flower lines

Supermarkets are looking to buy in pinks and "German" asters following major trials on sourcing new UK cut-flower lines.

The HDC project looks at the potential to grow new cut-flower crops commercially for the UK market and is being held at Warwick's HRI Kirton site.

A representative said: "Supermarkets are actively looking to source certain UK cut-flower lines as a direct result of trials in 2007.

"These include pinks and "German" asters, with others being considered in the light of 2008 trials." His comments were included in an annual report published recently.

The project includes trials with Ageratum, Godetia, Larkspur and Cynara and the report covers the first year of a two-year trial.

A number of "action points" included advice for growers to consider production under Spanish tunnels because of the bad weather, and to liaise with customers on their needs.

"There is enormous potential for UK flower growers providing they are producing the right product of a suitable quality at an economically viable price."


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