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Could enhancing working conditions prove key to helping growers attract seasonal workers?

Could enhancing working conditions prove key to helping growers attract seasonal workers?

With doubts only growing on the availability of overseas seasonal workers to pick next year's crops, growers will have to compete extra hard to lure increasingly savvy potential recruits, industry figures suggest.

What are the keys to success for landscape business expansion?

What are the keys to success for landscape business expansion?

North Yorkshire horticulture supplier Green-tech has expanded turnover, headcount and its takeover portfolio.

What can growers do now to prepare for potential water shortages ahead?

What can growers do now to prepare for potential water shortages ahead?

Growers need to prepare for potential water restrictions if rainfall fails to reach 10-15% more than normal in some areas this winter.

How can tree officers maintain a quality service in the age of austerity?

How can tree officers maintain a quality service in the age of austerity?

Tree managers are taking a range of approaches to overcome local authority budget cuts, the National Tree Officers Conference heard.

What will crop-protection regulation in the UK look like after Brexit?

What will crop-protection regulation in the UK look like after Brexit?

Industry figures are hoping for a more "risk-based" approach to pesticide regulation following a recent address by farming minister George Eustice who also called for more use of natural predators and biocides to supplement chemical based products.

How do garden centres and growers deal with anti-neonicotinoid lobbying?

How do garden centres and growers deal with anti-neonicotinoid lobbying?

Defra secretary of state Michael Gove's tough new stance on neonicotinoids has increased the focus on garden centres, which are accused of selling plants dosed with the pesticides that are linked to declining bee health.


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Latest Plant Focus

Zantedeschia

Zantedeschia

These elegant plants feature a variety of striking flower shapes in a range of colours, writes Miranda Kimberley.

Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster

The fruit on these shrubs and small trees offers winter colour in the garden and food for birds, says Miranda Kimberley.

Taxus

Taxus

This classic evergreen offers excellent structure and is ideal for topiary or as a specimen tree, says Miranda Kimberley.


Pest & Disease Factsheets

Pest & Disease Management - Fungal leaf spots on ornamental crops

Pest & Disease Management - Fungal leaf spots on ornamental crops

Control is needed to prevent economic losses in year-round ornamental crops.

Pest & Disease Factsheet - Vine weevil

Pest & Disease Factsheet - Vine weevil

Avoid costly damage by this serious plant pest.

Pest & Disease Factsheet - Mealybugs

Pest & Disease Factsheet - Mealybugs

Vines, tomatoes and tropical plants are among those at risk.


Latest products and kit

Growing media: options for ornamentals growers as price increases loom

Growing media: options for ornamentals growers as price increases loom

Reviewing your growing-media use could open up new markets as well as bringing time and labour savings, Sally Drury suggests.

Products special: pots and containers

Products special: pots and containers

What are the latest options to help growers grab buyers' attention for their plants? Sally Drury reports.

Products special: labels and labelling

Products special: labels and labelling

How can growers ensure that their plant labels match up to what customers want from them? Sally Drury investigates.