Snapdragons and lisianthus mooted as UK-grown cut flowers

The HDC National Cut Flower Centre has issued an information sheet on snapdragons as a cut flower crop grown in polythene tunnels.

Snapdragon
Snapdragon

Antirrhinum majus are usally imported but have the potential to be UK-grown, says the HDC. It recommends 'Apollo'. 'Attraction', 'Potomac' and 'Trumpet' for outdoor production.

Trials at the National Cut Flower Centre showed conventional and 'Trumpet' cultivars could be produced using Spanish tunnels or grown outdoors.

Under tunnels crops could be obtained from planting from week 14-26, picking eight weeks after transplanting.

Specification is stem weight of 50g and spike lengths of 20-30cm. A second flush could also meet specification.
 
Lisianthus is another cut flower the HDC National Cut Flower Centre has looked at for an information sheet. At present, all UK supplies are imported.

But the HDC says lisianthus can be UK-grown from Spanish plug plants in Spanish tunnels. Haygrove tunnels worked best, with steam-sterilised soil, no plastic film mulch, 64-96 plants per sq/m, and PH of 6.5-7.2 soil.

Gordon Hanks compiled both information sheets.


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