Technical advisers move into UK flowers and bulbs

DLV Plant UK has stepped up its expansion from soft fruit into the flowers and bulbs market with a meeting for growers and nurseries on its consultancy service.

Peter Boskamp, the firm's newly appointed flower and bulb consultant, said: "The UK market is very interesting because it is a flower-minded nation.

"Despite the current economic conditions, the market has expanded in the past 10 years, albeit at a slower rate in the past two.

"Our soft-fruit consultancy is developing well and we can use same formula in other sectors and other parts of UK horticulture."

DLV Plant UK was launched just over a year ago by its parent DLV Plant in Holland, which specialises in project management and technical advice.

The company, based in Milverton, Somerset, is managed by Dennis Wilson. Boskamp has been in the industry for 20 years and previously worked at Winchester Growers.

DLV Plant UK hosted an introductory meeting for growers and nurseries in Holbeach, Lincolnshire, last month.

Peter Vreebrug, a researcher for the Dutch institute PPO Lisse, gave a presentation on developments in sterilising agents in daffodil bulbs.

"Other speakers talked about insights into the production of bulbs in pots, bulbs for cut flowers and the production of summer cut flowers, outdoor or protected," said Boskamp.


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