IPPS members were particularly interested in the new CRC technology being developed at the ornamental research site, and the tour include trials of new fertilisers including Osmocote Bloom which is tailored for bedding plants.
Scotts’ professional marketing manager Dave Steward said of the new CRC technology: "This new platform technology, which has taken ten years to develop, has been initially applied to Phyphthora control.
"This is a notoriously challenged disease of container nursery stock. In the future, we will be looking to apply this technology to other diseases and sectors, such as bedding."
IPPS president Michael Norris said of the visit: "The opportunity to visit Levington Research Centre was one the society simply couldn’t miss.
"Our motto is to seek answers to questions and then share the information with others – which is exactly what we have seen here today."