Suppliers at Four Oaks upbeat over grow your own

Fruit and vegetable young plant growers confident market will stay strong despite demand levelling off after rapid growth.

Quantil director Alistair Hill is confident of healthy sales in grow your won - image: HW
Quantil director Alistair Hill is confident of healthy sales in grow your won - image: HW

Fruit and vegetable young plant growers are confident the grow your own market will continue at a high level.

While some feel that interest in fruit and vegetable plants has peaked, many growers are confident that sales will remain strong.

Quantil director Alistair Hill said: "It's not slowing down. The rapid growth may have levelled off, but there's been nothing detrimental. I would be surprised if there was a lot more growth, but that's not a problem."

A Quantil representative added: "The market was flooded with weird and wonderful products, but the market for the core products is still there. All the products around grow your own such as support systems have probably peaked, but the plants themselves are going well."

Bell Brothers sales manager Carl Presgrave said: "We have seen it level off, but there has been no decline. I don't see why it wouldn't pick up again."

Hawkesmill Nurseries director Richard Evans said young vegetable plant sales had dropped off slightly after a strong start to the year. "People bought earlier than normal this year, but there has been a lot of interest," he said. "There is a general feeling that it has probably peaked. People aren't expecting much growth. Herb sales are still very high, there's been no decline there."

Ball Colegrave marketing manager Stuart Lowen said: "The vegetable market seems to be slowing a bit and reaching the top of the curve, but tomatoes and peppers are still climbing fast for us. There is huge interest and there is an opportunity for a range of patio tomatoes and peppers."

Expert View

"A lot of people are talking grow your own down, but we're seeing a lot of interest. It will drop, but it will probably come back and be maintained at a higher level than when it started. People are looking for jumps all the time, but it's important to hold onto the higher levels we've got. Sales are up across our range. A few faddy items such as goji berries might affect sales figures for a year and then go out."

David McIntyre, James McIntyre & Sons.


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