Plant sales help garden centres move strongly into autumn

Plant sales have boosted turnover in garden centres for the last week to 9 September.

Plant sales: Image HW
Plant sales: Image HW

Outdoor plant sales leapt 65 per cent and garden sundries – usually double the turnover of other sales departments at this time of year - was up 17 per cent.

Outdoor sales prospered in the warm weather, with aquatics up 18 per cent, furniture up 23 per cent and garden machinery treble last year's sales. By contrast books were down 20 per cent, Christmas was yet to go in, clothing was down 20 per cent, craft down 20 per cent, food up two per cent, gifts down two per cent, houseplants flat, pets up 10 per cent and catering down three per cent.

Compost sales were up by up to a third. Gardman Weedstop sales soared, as did outdoor lighting and wild bird food. Some varieties of bulb sales doubled, with Taylor’s prepared hyacinths top seller.

Top plant sellers were chrysanthemum mixes 15cm and 19cm, cyclamen 10.5cm, 11cm autumn tub and baskets and pansies/violas, which had mixed results. One litre alpine sales were up more than 60 per cent. Autumn veg packs were down 30 per cent while spring veg packs took off early.

Scotsdale MD Caroline Owen said: "Plants sales have done quite well in August - we were 13 per cent up on nursery stock and 11 per cent up on seasonal plants. Other departments haven't done quite so well but plant sales have been good. It's been the right sort of weather though last weekend was too warm."

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