The Horticultural Development Company (HDC) has launched a £100,000 fund for trials to address new product opportunities relevant to the production of pot and bedding plants.
The funding is to develop a programme of work that delivers new product opportunities or answers production problems for demonstration and uptake by pot and bedding plant growers.
Up to £50,000 per annum is available for up to two years to undertake the work. The HDC will consider all crops with potential for protected ornamental production in containers, with the work being designed to deliver practical solutions particularly to growers of finished product who rely more heavily on growing skills than high tech glasshouse systems.
Trials should focus on new product development for pot and bedding plants and/or practical solutions to problems encountered on a typical pot and bedding plant nursery.
Demonstration and knowledge transfer will be an essential element of the work and this will include clear demonstration of the financial impact of the work on the UK pot and bedding sector as trials progress.
The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2014. See: www.hdc.org.uk/tenders