Biomass allows Pentland to buck trend for poinsettias

Low-cost heat from biomass has enabled Midlothian's Pentland Plants to maintain production of poinsettias - a crop that increasing numbers of growers are finding too expensive to produce.

Pentland partner David Spray said: "The cost of kerosene is up to 67p per litre - that's six times what it was four years ago.

"You couldn't think of growing poinsettias at that cost, and indeed several growers in Britain and Holland have cancelled production," Spray adds.

"As a result there are now around a million fewer plants being grown than last year - about 10 per cent of the market."

The 2ha glasshouse complex is in its second year of being fuelled by a 2,000kW woodchip-burning boiler, for which the nursery delivers and chips its own wood supply.


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