Supermarket laments rival's 'vicious' plant rumour

Tesco has said "vicious rumours" alleging that supplies of its poinsettia crop imported from Holland have been hit by Bemisia were started by a garden centre.

A Tesco representative told Horticulture Week: "These are vicious rumours started by a garden centre. We had one batch that was tested and what was found on it was found not to be a harmful whitefly. It was just something in one store."

He declined to name the particular supermarket. Tesco has also said that poinsettia sales are up 22 per cent year-on-year.

Meanwhile, the NFU is believed to be requesting a specific off-label approval for poinsettia pest and disease solution nicotine shreds, which are being withdrawn from the market.

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