Horticulture Week Podcast
Horticultural lighting - Signify on lighting for strawberries
Season 1, Ep. 24
Horticultural plant specialists at leading LED technologists Signify - Erik Stappers and Peer Hermans - speak about how to optimise horticultural lighting for production of strawberries, latest developments and predictions for the future.
Growing and selling cut flowers in the post-lockdown period with Flowers from the Farm
Season 2, Ep. 34
Flowers From the Farm co-chair Meg Edmonds runs the the Roots Family Farm Shop with her husband Will, part of their diversified organic farm business based in Worcestershire for some 20 years.In 2017 they returned to the cut flowers market and she talks about how she is facing water storage challenges presented by climate change as well as how to expand in the tricky post-lockdown period:"There is certainly a change in the market place that we are seeing...We're emerging from the lockdown period where people are starting to question even more what they can do with their money and who they can support.".With the Flower Farmers’ Big Weekend festival on 5-7 August due to showcase the best of flower farming, Meg gives valuable advice to others who would like to start up a cut flowers business.FFTF estimate that 85% of the UK population are now within 30 miles of a flower farmer and says there's plenty of scope to increase the 1,000-strong membership.
Selling garden products with Edwin Meijer of Garden Connect
Season 2, Ep. 33
Garden Connect creates online solutions to connect garden centres with their customers -websites, webshops and loyalty programmes and Meijer is helping organise the International Garden Centre Association Congress, held in the Netherlands from August 28-September 2.Meijer speaks about how his business grew in lockdown as retailers moved online and thedifferences between Netherlands and UK trading in garden centres, such as differing uptake of online and furniture sales in the two countries.
The art of spray application on ornamentals crops with ICL's Sam Rivers and Syngenta's Sean Loakes
Season 2, Ep. 32
Sam Rivers, ICL Technical Controls Manager and Sean Loakes, Syngenta Ornamentals Technical Manager speak about spray application in this podcast.They talk about the benefits to growers getting a spray right how to do that including the effect does pressure have on droplet size, why is boom height over the crop is important and the effect of forward speed when making an application.Rivers gives example of using these principles and talks about legislation such as groundwater regulations and Sustainable Use Directive effect on how people spray now.