on site unit at Kirton Farm has been ‘microproping’ now for
23 years. Caroline and lab manager Gwyneth together with our skilled and
experienced production team continue to produce a range of high quality
micropropagated young plants. We grow a range of over 150 varieties and
produce over 500,000 plantlets a year. A large proportion of the production
is grown on contract for UK nurseries looking to introduce new, high value
lines, the remainder of the production can be ordered from the micropropagated
variety list. (link to this)
The main crop is available from mid-May through
the summer to early September. The plants are graded, in trays of 104
modules, prior to delivery and are fully weaned and ready for life on
the nursery. Some stock can be available as overwintered plugs ready for
potting in the early Spring. These overwintered plants have been established
in the modules since the summer and have well developed roots and crowns.
are welcome to order directly from the catalogue or can request an up-to-date
list for a more accurate guide to current availability. The amount of
free stock available is limited, so customers are advised order as far
in advance as possible so that we can build your requirements into our
production program. This particularly applies to customers who may require
larger numbers of a variety.
Much of our production is concentrated on contract grown crops, bulking
up new, or slow to propagate varieties, to order. Please contact us if
you are interested in this service and we can discuss your individual
There is a minimum free delivered order of twelve
trays (1200 plants) to the UK mainland.
For orders collected from the nursery, there is no minimum order and you
can claim a £2.00/tray collection discount.
We can also offer a discount of £1.00/tray for payment on delivery
How the plants are supplied.
Most of our stock is sold as weaned plants established in our module trays
of 104 (counted as 100) ready for immediate potting into a liner or larger
pot. The cell size of each module is approximately 34mm diameter and 47mm
deep. If preferred and enough advanced notice is given we can supply stock
as rooted plantlets still growing in Agar in their clear plastic tubs
straight from the lab growth room (Stage 3). This reduces the cost by
about 15p per plant but does involve more risk to the grower in being
able to successfully wean the plants on their own premises.
Plants are delivered by our own transport or a haulier and delivery is
included in the catalogue price (UK mainland only).
A large proportion of our production is now concentrated
on contract growing new or difficult to obtain varieties. We can initiate
new stock or take over in vitro material. The plants can be supplied rooted
in agar or fully weaned in modules. Costs will vary depending on the service,
the quantities and production costs involved. Due the high initial costs
involved in initiating new stock, the minimum quantities required need
to be at least 2,000 plants a year, for a minimum of 3 years. The majority
of our expertise lies with herbaceous stock although we have experience
of some soft fruits. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Unfortunately we are unable to guarantee delivery of plant material because
we are battling with nature to propagate successfully.