CFC 2020 trials update

In  light of the ongoing issues with Covid19 it has been decided to postpone the 2020 trials and move the 2020 workplan to 2021.  The AHDB have also agreed that the project can now be extended by a year which means that the current trials programme will now run until the end of 2023.  The website will still be updated with any topical or relevant information.

Week 40 (2019) Update

The lily alternative growing media trial was assessed this week including stem length and weight measurements.   The peat free and peat reduced media visually seemed to perform as well if not better than the control and the full results will be included in the 2019 final report.

Week 38 and 39 (2019) Update

The Scabious continue to produce a prolific flush of flowers with the area cut back in July producing stems that are as strong as the first flush back in June.

The Bulrush lily media trial is almost ready to harvest and assess although there are not many visual differences between the treatments.

The eryngium trial is starting to flower and while there are a few marketable stems this year, as with most perennials, next year should demonstrate their true potential.

Most of the trials are now coming to an end but the Gomphrena (see left hand photo) and the Asclepias  “Apollo Orange” (see right hand photo) are still being harvested for samples and vase life trials.