Scented narcissi survive cold snap on Isles of Scilly

Sales of scented narcissi from the Cornish Isles of Scilly remain resilient against the cold snap despite low temperatures threatening to slow down the harvest.

Grower Andrew May of Seaways Farm said: "We started our harvest as usual in October and it's been going according to plan but we might see a shortening up in quantity because of the weather. It's too soon to see if there's a problem.

"The crop is there and it's good quality - the flowers are not being damaged by this weather, but they are just not growing.

"It's not a huge issue for us in the same way that it might be for some other growers because we tend to do somewhere between 15 and 20 per cent of our crop pre-Christmas and we are probably within these bounds."

On prices, he said: "This year we have put a small increase on to reflect the usual cost increases but the weather has not affected prices - they remain fairly consistent."

May added: "We have got new supply chains in place and a significant proportion of the stock goes to the final customer straight from the island - we produce around 20 million stems a year.

"Our biggest customers are through these supply chains and we also supply to the UK supermarkets through various packers."

On plans for the future, he said: "Our long-term objective is to increase production and we would like to do it over a period of time."


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