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.
January is a busy time of the year for mail order company Thompson and Morgan as it is when they start shipping their bare root fruit trees. The year-old trees come in 9cm pots, on dwarf root stocks meaning they can be kept in pots on a patio and will only reach 6ft and will pollinate amongst themselves as buyer, Peter Freeman told Ken Crowther.
Petunia’s can’t be beaten for their versatility or flower power. It is for this reason Thompson & Morgan have picked them as their top genus for 2016. There have been some vast improvements made by the plant breeder including their weather resilience as managing director Paul Hansord explained to Ken Crowther.