About plant supply Spring 2021.
As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, gardening has reached new heights of popularity and while the increase in sales is welcome, there are some big drawbacks. Many plants have a long production cycle, often 6 – 36 months, so when plants have sold out, there is no way of quickly replacing them. Some years, spring comes early, but unfortunately, this is not one of those years. During April, there have been more spring frosts than any year for the last 60. With such low average temperatures, growth has been delayed and we are no different from many other nurseries in that we are waiting for plants to grow to a saleable size. As this problem is universal, the supply of plants is very limited and it is coupled with strong demand so stocks of many plants have simply run out.
Growers and nursery people are therefore waiting for a lot of stock to grow roots and shoots to bring it to a stage whereby it can be knocked out of the pot and planted without the root ball falling to pieces. We just have to wait and pray for some mild spring weather. We have good stocks of our own plants, so and the supply side will ease with a few weeks of good weather. For the time being, we supply what we have and carry on with our potting.
Whether it’s Brexit or weather or increased demand. the supply side for the sundries used for growing has also fallen to bits. My compost supplier can’t source enough bark for mulches, or coir for making peat free mixes. These products are not currently available. All the mixes we sell have a minimum of 30% wood fibre so are peat reduced. The supply of terracotta pots is also precarious.
31st May, 2021. At last we have some warm weather and plants are putting on some growth. The availability lists which we receive from suppliers are listing an increasing range of stock, but there is still a long way to go. This is especially true of shrubs which are naturally slow growing and take time to make saleable plants.
Below are lists of plants available on 13th October, 2021. As the plants are sold, the quantities reduce and some plants will sell out.
Fortnightly or weekly, if warm in the spring, we check our stock to see if there is adequate root and shoot growth to make plants saleable. When the plants are large enough and we are satisfied that they will transplant without root damage, we put them out for sale and routinely update the plant lists.
As we grow a large proportion of what we sell, staff are extremely busy we regret we are unable to pick and save customer orders.
Lists are in pdf format for easy printing
List of Winter Flowering Pansies and Violas and wallflowers available beginning of October 2021
Violas and Wallflower availability 20211005