Chrysanthemums lead garden centre sales

Sales for the week to 18 September were generally flat but chrysanthemums and autumn flowering plants continue to sell strongly.

Top selling plants were Chrysanthemum mix 15cm and 19cm, with cyclamen 10.5cm and cyclamen mini 10cm up by up to four-fold.

Alpines (9cm) were also 33 per cent up.

Compost, solar lights, wild bird food and bulbs topped the non-plants charts, with each category showing mixed results.

Aquatics were 15 per cent up, books 14 per cent down, Christmas 45 per cent down, clothing four per cent down, craft 10 per cent down, food one per cent up, furniture 14 per cent up, garden sundries four per cent down, gifts three per cent down, houseplants flat, machinery 20 per cent down, outdoor plants 12 per cent up, pets 10 per cent down and catering one per cent down.

Coolings production and operations director Ian Hazon said he was growing 1,000 chrysanthemum in five litre pots as well as 12,000 cyclamen and 20,000 six pack pansies for sale in the garden centre his autumn.

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