Viking Nurseries is a garden centre supplier that delivers high quality plants to independent businesses and large garden centre groups. Established in 1998, the company is forward-thinking and innovative and likes to stay at the forefront of industry standards.
The nursery production is split into two growing areas, indoor greenhouse and outdoor field grown stock, this consists of a 30-acre site of largely outdoor beds as well as 1.8 hectares under glass. The plant range consists of conifers, deciduous shrubs, ornamental plants, and roses with pot sizes ranging from 1.4 litres to 10 litres.
The same watering and feeding was applied to the peat and peat-free samples throughout the trial. One application of fertiliser in Week 24 at EC 1.8 with a pH of 5.8.
Timeline: Week 21 to 29
Peat-free mix used: Jiffy Peat-Free Pot Mix 2021
Crop focus: Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’ 2L pot
Findings: The plants grown in the peat free mix are roughly two weeks ahead in rooting compared to the nursery's usual growing media mix.
The plants growing in the peat free mix are being fertilised with each watering at an EC of 1.8ms. Even during hot weather, both soil types were watered at the same time, so as to not create problems with the soil drying out too much. When required, the peat free mix was rewetted the same as the main crops.
“The plants are responding well to the feeding programme” says Nursery Manager, Rob. “We are on track to meet the spec for autumn sales.”
Viking Nursery will continue to work closely with our Growing Media and Fertiliser Specialist, Sean Whitworth to further expand the trials across all of their hardy nursery stock. Upon inspection, the early results have proved promising!