Production On Site
During 2015 we invested in a new production facility allowing us to increase our own in-house production of seed and cutting raised plants to over 3.5 million every year, significantly reducing our dependency on young plant suppliers.
Strengthening this step in the supply chain gives increased flexibility, security and a much healthier, stronger perennial plant. With significant investment into this facility, and with the ever changing markets as a result of the Brexit vote, we have been able to stay far more competitive than other suppliers in the industry, meaning prices have remained as low as possible, allowing for retailers of our products to get the highest margins possible.
We use two separate Javo Potting machines in our potting shed. One for the 1 litre range and then the other for the 3 litre range. At full capacity, we can turn out up to 30,000 1 litre pots per day and 15,000 3 litre pots per day when running both machines. Our 3L machine also runs with a Javo bark-topper to add a thin layer of bark topping to the pot, allowing us to keep plants moist for longer and suppress any weed growth.
Our compost arrives on site in 5 cubic metre compressed bales and contains a 12-15 month slow-release feed to encourage prolonged plant growth.
3 Litre Potting Machine
Tray fillers & trimmers
During 2020, after the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic, we realised more and more that labour shortages and quality were going to be a real issue for our industry so we invested further into a second Javo Rotofill tray filler and Lanz V003 seed tray trimmer. These new machines allow us to now fill 1 litre and 3 litre seed trays much faster and on separate lines and also trim seed trays much faster and in a much less labour intensive way. Along with this, these new machines will further increase our in-house production capabilities and make product quality on some varieties much better.