Plants are growing slowly and that is a good thing, according to Newey Group managing director Alex Newey.
He said: "The market is not ready. If we had 100 acres of plants that are ready we would have a problem. But at the moment I am fairly comfortable where we are at. We can't expect to start filling garden centres and DIYs with product they're not going to sell and to choke them up."
Newey supplies B&Q with bedding via Roundstone. Homebase, recently bought by Bunnings, is currently supplied with non-bedding plants by Newey Group companies New Forest Plants and New Place Nurseries.
He said: "Whether or not the new Homebase plans to compete with discounters is a big question as it will mean a different system of supply from growers."
He added: "I would like to think they selling a value product at the right price in the market they are currently in and not as a discounter."
Other growers have suggested the newly rebranded UK Homebase stores, when they become Bunnings, could use the discount model of supplying a guaranteed amount for a short season, whether the weather is good or not.
Newey said: "That model is a different model. They have to have stock. Even if it is snowing that stock rolls out."