Seed sales helped by warmer weather

Seed companies are seeing a good start to the year as the warmer winter weather is bringing in orders earlier.

A number of companies exhibiting at this year's Garden Press Event in London reported orders well up on last January.

Kings Seeds sales manager Tracy Palmer said: "January sales are through the roof. We are 800 orders up on this time last year."

Franchi Seeds' Andrew Collings added that the weather had helped sales. "Last year was a cold season, which suppressed demand.

"We can't tell until the end of the season how well it has gone, but it seems good at the moment. We have customers wanting to bring orders forward, which is a good sign. They ordered much later last year, probably because of the weather."

Suttons Seeds also reported strong sales and said its new grafting process for vegetables, which provides earlier cropping and more trusses, was proving popular with garden centres by providing a value-added product.

Garden Press Event exhibitor numbers were up 20 per cent to 87, with visitor numbers up to 250.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Read These Next

Has vertical farming passed a peak on the 'hype cycle'?

Has vertical farming passed a peak on the 'hype cycle'?

Several senior industry figures sounded a note of caution on the potential of urban farms at last week's GreenTech international trade show in Amsterdam (12-14 June).

How can growers benefit by supporting agroforestry?

How can growers benefit by supporting agroforestry?

Agroforestry has the potential to deliver on a range of policy objectives in England, according to a new report from the Woodland Trust and the Soil Association.

How should perceived shortcomings in Defra's farming policy plans be addressed?

How should perceived shortcomings in Defra's farming policy plans be addressed?

The Government needs to provide much more detail on its post-Brexit farming policy if its twin aims of increasing farm competitiveness and enhancing the environment are to be met, according to a new report published this week by the parliamentary Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Committee.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +

Horticulture Week Top UK FRUIT PRODUCERS

See our exclusive ranking of fruit producers by annual turnover. 

Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here

Professor Geoffrey Dixon

GreenGene International chair Geoff Dixon on the business of fresh produce production
 

Read Professor Geoffrey Dixon