Reader Panel: What are your production plans for next year?

At the last ornamentals trade show of the year, GroSouth, HW asked growers what their plans were for 2012.


"There is nothing we can say we are selling more or less of. Some parts of the country are different to others, and there is a lag between South and North.

"And plants might go out of favour with garden centres and then get taken up by landscapers. We are growing different things from other growers.

"The big retailers are much of a muchness, but if you go to independents you get different plants, which is what we produce."

Nick Reese, owner, Jackdaws' Field Nursery


"We are increasing production next year. There will be an eight per cent increase and we are moving production to go earlier.

"We're growing plants to go out in February and March because that's what people want. We're bringing rhododendrons back into the range. We brought in Japanese azaleas this year and we're bringing in deciduous azaleas next year. We'll also be doing more magnolias."

John Billington, general manager, Northern Liner Company


"Our costs are going up because retailers are trying to increase their margins. We are a 12-months-a-year bedding supplier and at the moment our potted bulbs are doing well.

"Also, we are doing a lot of basket poinsettias - a different product from that sold in supermarkets. We will be selling fewer impatiens next year, but are not dropping it completely. We will be doing at least half of what we did this year, and maybe a bit more."

Peter Eastwood, owner, Peter Eastwood Plants

Sales director

"We are doing more bigger stock because there is more demand for that at garden centres. It doesn't conflict with the 9cm pots because it's a different market.

"We're working hard on production to make sure we have the plants when the customers need them.

"People are buoyant, and if the sun shines, plants will sell. We need to have the stock ready for the spring."

Steven Lee, sales director, New Place Nursery

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