Pauline Beaudoin and Mark Hodson at the IPM Essen.
"Last year, the month of May was very hot. Therefore, people went away instead of spending time in the garden. Next week, however, it will be perfect gardening weather as the rainfall prepared the consumers' gardens for planting. On top of that, many parts of France have had a good winter with frosts and snow, and many people therefore lost their garden plants and are now looking for new plants."
Turcieflor grows around 200 different pot and garden varieties and sells them to garden centers and mail order companies all over France. According to Hodson, the mail order sales are very strong this year.
This year, however, the Pentecost falls on the Monday in advance of Mother's Day. In France it is a bank holiday and therefore, nothing is being shipped out or transported. Fortunately, according to Hodson, it is not influencing the sales. "We just have to ship more plants the days after Pentecost."
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Mark Hodson, Breeder- Grower