As some of you may be aware, we are in the process of moving our plants to a new nursery. From spring we will be renting a space at Hillfield Nursery based 5 miles from my home address. This will enable us to increase stock and have a better environment to grow, package and display my Tropical plants. Due to this, I have tried to keep stock to a minimum to avoid moving huge amounts of stock. The polytunnel has had a new cover and doors and we are in the process of building a smaller heated area inside along with a propagation area with heated beds and hot boxes. These are used not only to keep the tender plants ticking over through colder months but also to start them off in spring.
In the next few weeks I will starting to sow a huge variety of seed that I have been collecting and purchasing over the year. Its is an exciting time for me and the business and will also mean that some of my plants will be available to buy from the nursery as well as online. A ‘Local Pickup’ option has also been added to the website so you can order online and collect from the nursery to avoid missing out. I will post more details as we progress.
We are all lookiing forward to a blooming exciting 2018
Just when we thought spring was almost upon us following a few nice days, the temperatures have plummeted again. Although not as cold as it could be it has put things back a bit again.
We have a few areas of the garden centre that are heated. The small Tropical Tunnel, home to the Colocasias, Alocasias, Bananas and other tender plants, is heated using two electric fan heaters. These just take the edge off the cold, enough to tick them over. Most of the Colocasias have lost their leaves now but have formed a bulb which will shoot again once the weather improves. While they are in bulb form we keep them dry.
Our hotboxes are also heated within an unheated polytunnel, this is where we start the young plants off. Some from seed and others from plugs. They stay in here until ready to pot up. Some of the young Colocasias are now starting to produce new leaves. We have 4 boxes in total, 3 of them are heated with soil warming cables and the other is heated by a fan heater. Each of them seem to have different conditions, this is good for us and allows us to move plants into the correct box. One has just had a full spectrum LED Grow Light installed to help establish the plants earlier by providing the effective wavelength for the plant thrive on, which can be fully absorbed by the plant to photosynthesise. This enables to get the plants ready for sale a lot sooner (we hope) :). Finally our Cactus Conservatory is also heated.
Let’s hope things improve soon as these dull, damp don’t really make you feel like doing much.