Seed expert Waltz dies, aged 73

Internationally renowned German seedsman Ernst Waltz has died at the age of 73.

Waltz started the sale of seedlings alongside seeds to bedding plant growers in the 1960s. The late David Colegrave imported white polystyrene half seed trays of Begonia semperflorens from him at that time to start bedding plant seedling sales in this country. The trays were dispatched to growers across the country by former Colegrave director John Gibson. Described by John Whitehead as one of the father figures of the old seed trade, a wonderful gentleman ahead of his time who loved horticulture, Waltz was a director of Fleuroselect from 1978 to 1990, president from 1981 to 1982 and treasurer 1986 to 1990. The Waltz Seed Company was taken over by Florensis.

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