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Peter Hull , Nursery Fresh Plants:

"UK: "It is a good season for outdoor plants"

"So far, this season has been fairly strong" says Peter Hull of Nursery Fresh Plants. Since 2012 the British outdoor plant grower had to deal with some difficult years due to the weather. 2015, however, is encouraging; "the weather is much better" he says.

Siblings Christopher and Peter Hull. Their parents, David and Margaret Hull established the nursery in 1978. Christopher and Peter joined them in 1995 and 1997.

Nursery Fresh Plants
Nursery Fresh Plants, located in South Lincolnshire, is specialized in the cultivation of alpine plants in a range of pot sizes and plant collections. They grow these plants, along with other outdoor plants, from seeds and cuttings in their 15,000 square meters of heated glass greenhouse, 20,000 square meters polythene and 16,000 square meters outside production. "This heated greenhouse is mainly used as frost protection" says Hull.

"We do not export our plants. We supply our plants nationwide directly to retailers, independent and multiple garden centres and high-street retailers." According to Hull, there is no need to export. "The demand from the UK is large enough." The number of plant producers is declining but the customers are getting bigger. "Therefore more pressure is put on the producers", he says

Current trends
Over the last five years Peter recognizes a shift in demand from straight plants towards planted arrangements. "People are getting lazier" he laughs "and are increasingly looking for plants that they can directly put in front of their house." For this reason, Nursery Fresh plant started to supply different plant varieties in different containers. "We call this added value" says Peter.

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