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Analysis

How do garden centres and growers deal with anti-neonicotinoid lobbying?

How do garden centres and growers deal with anti-neonicotinoid lobbying?

Defra secretary of state Michael Gove's tough new stance on neonicotinoids has increased the focus on garden centres, which are accused of selling plants dosed with the pesticides that are linked to declining bee health.

What can growers do now to prepare for potential water shortages ahead?

What can growers do now to prepare for potential water shortages ahead?

Growers need to prepare for potential water restrictions if rainfall fails to reach 10-15% more than normal in some areas this winter.

How do Irish growers feel about export opportunities?

How do Irish growers feel about export opportunities?

Current concerns include the border with Northern Ireland, tariffs, increased transport costs and customs delays.


Ranking

Horticulture Week Top 40 plant buyers 2017

Horticulture Week Top 40 plant buyers 2017

Longer spells in positions helps plant buyers to improve grower confidence.

Latest Ornamentals News

Jelitto launches new varieties

Jelitto launches new varieties

Eustice says healthy soil will be at heart of future agriculture policy

Eustice says healthy soil will be at heart of future agriculture policy

National Cancer Institute study finds no glyphosate-cancer link

National Cancer Institute study finds no glyphosate-cancer link

In depth

Zantedeschia

Zantedeschia

These elegant plants feature a variety of striking flower shapes in a range of colours, writes Miranda Kimberley.

Business planning: The labour challenge

Business planning: The labour challenge

With staffing becoming increasingly problematic, Neville Stein looks at the alternatives to finding good recruits.

Growing media: options for ornamentals growers as price increases loom

Growing media: options for ornamentals growers as price increases loom

Reviewing your growing-media use could open up new markets as well as bringing time and labour savings, Sally Drury suggests.

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Products & Kit

Pots and containers

Pots and containers

Taking advantage of the latest available sizes, shapes and formats could help you boost production as well as sales, Sally Drury suggests.

Growing media

Growing media

With a scheme promoting responsible sourcing nearing completion, growers need to take a fresh look at what they are using, says Sally Drury

Ornamentals fertilisers

Ornamentals fertilisers

Manufacturers are developing new ways for growers to manage crop inputs while reducing reliance on pesticides, Sally Drury reports.

Plant Focus

Cotoneaster

Cotoneaster

The fruit on these shrubs and small trees offers winter colour in the garden and food for birds, says Miranda Kimberley.

Taxus

Taxus

This classic evergreen offers excellent structure and is ideal for topiary or as a specimen tree, says Miranda Kimberley.

Colocasia

Colocasia

These dramatic tropical plants can be a food source but make great ornamental garden plants, notes Miranda Kimberley

Phygelius

Phygelius

Masses of colourful tubular flowers can give these plants a substantial presence in the border, says Miranda Kimberley.


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