Spencer said: "The Ranunculus event was very successful. We had visitors from cut flower growers, cut flower wholesalers and a major supermarket. We also had visitors from growers producing plants for gardens centres, a major mail order house as well as some garden writers/journalists. We are delighted with the outcome and will now move the project to the next stage, with further production trials and building stock up for a launch anticipated for 2019.
"Visitors were particularly impressed by the robust flower stems that support the flowers, the resistance of the flowers to damage, and the large number of flowers per stem. All four colours displayed received a positive response, with the pink candidate (seedling 2009-21) receiving the most favourable comments. Vase life trials are ongoing, with initial indications suggesting that a vase life around 14 days is typical.
"The trial at the Cut Flower Centre has been an excellent opportunity to show these new varieties to interested parties – it has been very helpful for the independent breeder, John Fielding, who does not have extensive facilities of his own. We are very grateful to the Cut Flower Centre for their support."