Speaking at a committee meeting last week, chairman Geoff Ceasar urged retailers to stock up now in anticipation of a break in the weather.
Despite the multiples and the larger garden centre chains already stocking up, growers expressed concern that many of the independents are currently holding back from doing so until the weather improves. The bad weather at the beginning of the year has meant that people have not yet been able to venture out into their gardens and so there is pent-up demand. It's going to be difficult and expensive to get top-up stocks in from The Netherlands.
With the prospect of better weather coming soon and the fact that Easter falls early this year, growers anticipate that there will be sudden demand for plants this spring. In order that garden centres are able to meet that demand when the sun shines, the ornamentals committee is encouraging retailers to make sure they are ready and stock up now.
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