As one of the UK’s largest mail order seed and plant companies, Thompson & Morgan would not be where they are today without plant breeders. It’s a job which means looking for the usual, new, exciting and successful new plants. Charles, a plant breeder for T&M explained to Ken Crowther what he is working on at the moment.
Thompson & Morgan has grown considerably since its first seed catalogue was published in 1855, they are now one of the UK’s largest mail order seed and plant companies shipping products from their Suffolk base. The range includes loads of garden ready sized plants as Michael Perry told Ken Crowther.
The greenhouse at Thompson & Morgan in Suffolk is packed with a huge range of plants in various sizes ready to be despatched. The company is known for its plug plants but now they have got bigger with ‘Postiplugs’ which can fit through most letter boxes to garden ready plugs that ready to go outdoors as soon as they are delivered as T&M’s Michael Perry explained to Ken Crowther.
It’s a really important time in the potato world, as you need to get in early if you want to grow some of the rarer varieties as some are in short supply. One of the biggest problems with growing potatoes is blight, work is on going to find blight resistant varieties as Colin Randall, or spud, from Thompson and Morgan told Ken Crowther.
As their top plant for 2016, Thompson and Morgan are showing off their fantastic range of petunia’s in their Petunia Parade with several new varieties in their spring catalogue. They are hoping to inspire UK gardeners and change perceptions of this great plant. Ken Crowther has been finding out more.