Spring in the nursery

Plants growing in the nursery © National Trust

Plants growing in the nursery

Latest update 05.03.2014 13:29

Spring is the busiest season in the nursery.  This is when cuttings taken from plants in the garden over the previous autumn start putting on new growth and the glasshouse starts to look like a sea of green.  New shoots emerge, bulbs start forming buds and the many seed packets we ordered over the winter are sown.

One of the earliest jobs to be done is to sow the seeds for the summer borders which form the basis of the colourful display of annuals in the Wall Garden. This is our main sowing event and around 5000 annuals are grown.  As well as the summer borders, we sow seeds which form the basis for other flower displays around the garden in the summer.  Many of the plants forming part of the Nymans Collection in the plant centre will have been grown from seed in the nursery too.

As the weather gets warmer, we begin to pot on the cuttings which have been protected in the glasshouse over the winter.  Some of these will be planted back into  the garden, and others will be potted on for the plant centre. As plants start to grow, more cuttings are taken which will then be available for visitors to buy later in the season.  Salvias and fuchsias are two of our most popular plants.

Spring is also the time when we start our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programme which runs until October.  This is the use of biological predators to rid the glasshouse of unwanted pests, such as aphids and white fly. This is a green alternative to using chemicals.

Regular open days are held for visitors to look round the nursery.  So for seasonal tips and up-to-date information on what is happening in the glasshouse, look at the board located outside the nursery gate.