With a further five years of HDC funding in place the Cut Flower Centre (CFC) is now able to move forward with a wider remit than in previous years, said the HDC. The new product development role, remains as an important aspect of the trials plan but will now be complemented with problem solving work in established mainstream crops.
As part of this wider role there are a number of trials that are being conducted on growers' holdings (under the management of the CFC) including: a column stock variety trial, column stocks Fusarium susceptibility trial and a spectral filters demonstration trial. This year’s open day has been timed to enable the column stocks trials at J A Collison and Sons to be viewed prior to viewing the trials at the CFC.
Trials at the main CFC site include a fully replicated trial of the new ‘Breathus’ and ‘Solomio’ carnations that generated a lot of interest at last year’s open day, demonstration plots of various perennials (including a blacked out Aster ericoides trial), and variety trials for bloom asters, lilies and sunflowers along with plots of ‘Katz’ column stocks. New product trials in 2013 include: basil, Cosmos, lupin, Trachelium and Zinnia.
he programme starts at J A Collison and Sons (Tuxhill Farm) at 5pm to view the stocks variety and Fusarium susceptibility trials and will then move to the main CFC site at Rookery Farm for an update on the wider range of work within the project.