Just a few more weeks left before the Campanula season comes to an end. Danish breeder and grower Thoruplund looks back to a challenging season. However, the new variety of Midnight Campanula had a running start.
Jacob Andersen, Bodil Clara Johansen and Jorgen Andersen of Gartneriet Thorupland presenting Midnight Ocean at IPM Essen 2019.
"The quality of the plants have been very good this year”, says Bodil Clara Johansen of Thoruplund, “but it took us more work to get them on the market. We sold the same amount as last year but the prices were a few percent lower than last year, because there were more plants on the market.” 90 percent of the production of Thoruplund is exported, with Germany being their most important export market.
Campanula is sold both as an outdoor and indoor pot plant
Scaling up production
Until the return of the Campanula to the greenhouse in January, they will make place for the Schlumbergera, or the Christmas cactus. “In January we will upscale the production of the Midnight Campanula. We have seen big interests for it this season."
The Campanula Ocean series – White Ocean, Blue Ocean and Deep Blue Ocean – are bred by the company itself. They have production locations in Vietnam and Turkey, where cuttings and young plants are being produced. “We want to find plants that don’t use much water, so they can easily survive hot summers. They are also winter hardy and can be recognized by their compactness, their good budding and a long shelf life.”