Veg seeds and plants plus seed potatoes boost sales
I’m delighted to hear that in these troubled times for horticulture, it’s been a bumper year for Suffolk mail-order seed specialists D.T. Brown, who have reported record sales this year.
Even though the ‘Beast from the East’ caused havoc during the main selling period, sales recovered to deliver the good results.
Vegetable seeds, seed potatoes and vegetable plants experienced significant growth compared to last year.
New seed varieties and the re-introduction of the famous Kelsae onion plants (back after several seasons after a crop failure) helped to propel revenue to record levels.
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Upturn in vegetables and fruit
Spokesman Tim Jeffries thinks that wider gardening trends also played an important part: “We’ve definitely seen an uplift in gardeners wanting to grow vegetables and fruit this season.
“We think that rising food prices and more people enjoying a ‘staycation’ this year has motivated gardeners to get sowing and growing.”
Top-selling new vegetable seed varieties included blight resistant tomato Mountain Magic F1, exclusive ‘monster’ Halloween Pumpkin Wicked F1, super sweet Sweet Corn Amaize F1, 20 years in development and Chilli Pepper Trinidad Perfume, a chilli with the intense flavour of a habanero but none of the heat.
To request a copy of the new Fruit and Vegetable Grower’s Seed and Plant Catalogue 2018, write to D. T. Brown Seeds, Bury Road, Newmarket CB8 7PQ, telephone 0845 371 05 32, or go online www.dtbrownseeds.co.uk.