Wildflower Nursery Gloucestershire | Herefordshire
Plug production is completed in-house; growing material is sustainably hand-collected from local habitats. This is undertaken in compliance with the Millennium Seed Bank and RBG Kew seed harvesting protocol.
We exclusively use peat-free compost sourced from a company that actively undertakes peat bog restoration in the British uplands. No artificial fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides are used in the production of wildflower plugs or seed. The polytunnel uses integrated pest management techniques to monitor and control pests and diseases. Long life trays are used in propagation and final plug sizes to cut down on single use plastic.
Our small batches of seed are cleaned using a zig-zag aspirator, which allows for removal of impurities and also removes smaller unviable wildflower seeds. Orthodox seeds are dried to ambient conditions for short-term storage (<6 months) and kept in cool dry storage with a desiccant to absorb excess moisture. Seeds that require medium-term storage (0.5-3yrs) are dried to ~30% relative humidity (RH) and stored in the fridge to maintain higher viability. Seed viability is ensured through removal of lighter seed in the cleaning process, cut tests (look for fully formed embryo) or germinating a proportion of the seed.