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DEFRA Peat Exemptions

The new BPOA Technical Committee Propagation Subgroup are interested if you have any evidence you would like to share as part of a proposal to request a peat exemption for propagation. The BPOA believe there is a strong case for…

DEFRA Peat Consultation

Ending the retail sale of peat in horticulture in England and Wales consultation is available online and it is vital your views are heard.Please have your say, every opinion counts Please note that DEFRA has asked for as many individual…

Conference 2022

Spring conference 2022 3rd February We have taken the decision to make this year’s BPOA Spring conference online only. We feel the risk of spreading COVID is too great at this time and we need to act responsibly to ensure…

Tracker update

With many poinsettia crops at or near pinching, now is the time to set up graphical tracking. Graphical tracking allows growers to monitor growth against pre-set growth curves and adjust growing regimes to suit to ensure crops meet target specifications…

New additions for the committee

BPOA is delighted to announce that, following a management committee meeting,Derek Jarman has been co-opted as a member of the committee and will become chairmandesignate. His position will be confirmed at the AGM in January next. Derek Jarman Chairman elect…

Growing with ‘peat alternatives’

Hills plants Workshop Based on various materials or blends of materials including coir, wood fibre and bark, peat-reduced and peat-free products are now available from all the major growing media manufacturers. Trials have shown most of these products can perform…

Managing pests naturally

Lovania and IPM In its large scale production of ornamental plants, Lovania Nurseries uses Integrated Pest Management (IPM), managing pests naturally, which is a bio-friendly approach to growing that focuses on managing insects, weeds and disease through a combination of…