On a daily basis Nursery Workers and Team Leaders are allocated to Supervisors and Crop Growers in order to carry out a wide range of nursery work. This includes pest and disease identification and control, grading to maintain quality, trimming, watering and testing irrigation, as well as propagation, potting, despatch, crop protection, laboratory work, maintenance and cultural work, which are explained in more detail here.

  • Rooted lavender plug
  • Batch labels being checked on rooting lavenders
  • The new seed sowing machine 2013
  • Bergenia Appleblossom, a perfect specimen from the Lab
  • Tunnel venting to reduce humidity
  • Filling trays with compost to propagate stock plants into
  • Lavender propagation
  • Next year's stock plant production
  • Atheta homes. Atheta feed on scairid larvae which attack young plant roots
  • Propagation trays fresh out of the steamer, ready for use
  • Seeds being agitated in the new seed sowing machine 2013
  • 15,500 Coreopsis Walberton’s® Flying Saucers
Rooted lavender plug1 Batch labels being checked on rooting lavenders2 The new seed sowing machine 20133 Bergenia Appleblossom, a perfect specimen from the Lab4 Tunnel venting to reduce humidity5 Filling trays with compost to propagate stock plants into6 Lavender propagation7 Next year's stock plant production8 Atheta homes. Atheta feed on scairid larvae which attack young plant roots9 Propagation trays fresh out of the steamer, ready for use10 Seeds being agitated in the new seed sowing machine 201311 15,500 Coreopsis Walberton’s® Flying Saucers12

PROPAGATION – RAISING YOUNG PLANTS– Close to half a million plants are propagated at Walberton each year, and 2.8 million are either propagated or sown from seed at Binsted, about 50% of our combined total plant production. Several specialist propagators on each site undertake this work with additional support during our busy spring period. The humidity and temperature controlled Propagation glasshouses could accommodate up to 650,000 cuttings at any one time. Propagation techniques utilised include cuttings, division and grafting, as well as seed sowing. Back to the top of the page
  • Potting Crinodendrons
  • Liner potting tunnel
  • Pot forks enable even lifting and spacing of potted product
  • Setting down freshly potted Heuchera
  • The Javo automatically filling pots with compost
  • Bare root Dicentra getting trimmed prior to potting
  • Potting Crocosmia bulbs on the new potting machine
  • New Javo 'Optima' potting machine
  • Potting stops in the snow!
  • Liner potting machine
  • One of Binsted’s fixed potting machines
  • 9cm herbs being potted on one of Binsted’s fixed potting machines
  • Fixed machines in central locations at Binsted Lake Lane enable quick and efficient potting
  • Potting bare root Dicentra
Potting Crinodendrons1 Liner potting tunnel2 Pot forks enable even lifting and spacing of potted product3 Setting down freshly potted Heuchera4 The Javo automatically filling pots with compost5 Bare root Dicentra getting trimmed prior to potting6 Potting Crocosmia bulbs on the new potting machine7 New Javo 'Optima' potting machine8 Potting stops in the snow!9 Liner potting machine10 One of Binsted’s fixed potting machines11 9cm herbs being potted on one of Binsted’s fixed potting machines12 Fixed machines in central locations at Binsted Lake Lane enable quick and efficient potting13 Potting bare root Dicentra14

POTTING– Almost all of Binsted and Walberton’s 3.9 million plants are potted on one of 8 potting machines. With a team of four people a Javo potting machine can pot on average 1,400 1L to 3L pots per hour, for the team to place on the ground. This is the mainstay of the potting required at Walberton. Binsted’s potting machines on the other hand are able to achieve 6,000 9cm pots per hour. Our growing media is peat-reduced with a minimum of 25% non-peat materials and is supplied in ‘big bale’ format. Mixes are tailored to meet crop specific requirements. Back to the top of the page
  • A trailer full of plants being transported to the Finishing Centre
  • Walberton's  loading bay
  • Preparing Verbenas for Despatch
  • The Finishing Centre is capable of processing 1700+ trolleys each day
  • Goods Out bay at the Finishing Centre
  • Trolleys loaded ready to go to the Finishing Centre
  • Lavender orders being picked up
  • A team cleans and labels plants ready for Despatch
  • A busy weekend for Binsted’s Despatch teams
  • Readying herbs for despatch to Garden Centres around the country from Binsted, Lake Lane site
  • Despatching herbs at Binsted, Lake Lane site
  • Snakes Head Fritillary being prepared for despatch at Binsted, Lake Lane site
  • Binsted’s busy Despatch Pad
  • A Despatch tractor awaits it’s load
A trailer full of plants being transported to the Finishing Centre1 Walberton's  loading bay2 Preparing Verbenas for Despatch3 The Finishing Centre is capable of processing 1700+ trolleys each day4 Goods Out bay at the Finishing Centre5 Trolleys loaded ready to go to the Finishing Centre6 Lavender orders being picked up7 A team cleans and labels plants ready for Despatch8 A busy weekend for Binsted’s Despatch teams9 Readying herbs for despatch to Garden Centres around the country from Binsted, Lake Lane site10 Despatching herbs at Binsted, Lake Lane site11 Snakes Head Fritillary being prepared for despatch at Binsted, Lake Lane site12 Binsted’s busy Despatch Pad13 A Despatch tractor awaits it’s load14

DESPATCH– The Despatch teams lift product in bulk onto Danish trolleys. They are delivered to the Farplants Finishing Centre (FC), accessed by internal road from our two main sites, using a tractor and trolley mover. The FC Team clean the plants and apply colour and customer specific retail price labels. On a busy day up to 430 trolleys may be delivered from Walberton’s sites into the FC, and 450 from Binsted’s sites. Back to the top of the page
  • The Crop Protection Team use hand lenses to inspect crops for pests and diseases
  • Applying Naturalis-L in Propagation house
  • 400L boom sprayer at the Haven
  • 400L boom at the Haven
  • Pheromone lure to trap brown apple tortix moth
  • Sticky traps are used to trap pests in and around plants
  • Biological controls are used to combat a range of pests including vine weevil
The Crop Protection Team use hand lenses to inspect crops for pests and diseases1 Applying Naturalis-L in Propagation house2 400L boom sprayer at the Haven3 400L boom at the Haven4 Pheromone lure to trap brown apple tortix moth5 Sticky traps are used to trap pests in and around plants6 Biological controls are used to combat a range of pests including vine weevil7

CROP PROTECTION – As BOPP accredited businesses we work to a strict Integrated Crop Management Programme (ICM), which ensures that the minimum of pesticides are applied to a crop. Our aim is to be good growers working within clean, healthy environments, where the risk of pest and disease is reduced. The Crop Protection teams are often called upon by other institutions to share their knowledge and learning. Back to the top of the page
  • Freshly subcultured Coreopsis Walberton's Flying Saucers
  • In vitro propagules in tubs under lights in specialist growth room
  • Young Lavender Munstead initiations
  • Scabious 'Butterfly Blue' held in vitro
  • Media being poured into jars
  • Sisyrinchium Rocky Point initiations in test tubes
  • Subculturing of Coreopsis Walberton's Flying Saucers
  • Crocosmia Walberton’s® Bright Eyes
  • New initiations of Choisya Walberton’s® Moonshine
  • In vitro tubs are inspected daily
  • Quinoa plants are routinely used as hosts to test other plants for signs of virus
  • Quinoa testing work station
Freshly subcultured Coreopsis Walberton's Flying Saucers1 In vitro propagules in tubs under lights in specialist growth room2 Young Lavender Munstead initiations3 Scabious 'Butterfly Blue' held in vitro4 Media being poured into jars5 Sisyrinchium Rocky Point initiations in test tubes6 Subculturing of Coreopsis Walberton's Flying Saucers7 Crocosmia Walberton’s® Bright Eyes8 New initiations of Choisya Walberton’s® Moonshine9 In vitro tubs are inspected daily10 Quinoa plants are routinely used as hosts to test other plants for signs of virus11 Quinoa testing work station12

LABORATORY – The micropropagation Laboratory at Walberton is a rather unique facility. It develops and supports our nursery breeding programme, producing elite propagation stock and initial multiplication of new plants. Much of our work is to test for virus and to clean up stock where needed by meristem culture techniques. We also undertake work for other members of The Farplants Group. The Team develops protocols for a number of our exclusive introductions, and we send micro-propagated material around the world in order to supply ours, and our customers, elite stock to other countries, and to support our plant breeding programme. Back to the top of the page
  • Beginning to lay a pad for our new garden benches to sit on
  • Glasshouse fan being fixed and tested in the workshop
  • Welding work in the pumphouse, 2011
  • Reservoir construction at Binsted, 2015
  • Outdoor beds being converted to a base for the new cold treatment facility
  • Binsted’s cold store being constructed in 2016
  • Demolition work to make way for new glass in 2011
  • Construction of Walberton’s 3 water storage tanks, 2015
  • Work starts to develop outdoor areas at Lake Lane
  • Making way for a new acid tank and bund structure in 2014
  • Foundation work under way for Walberton’s new glasshouse, 2015
  • New Fertiliser Store being lowered into place, 2015
Beginning to lay a pad for our new garden benches to sit on1 Glasshouse fan being fixed and tested in the workshop2 Welding work in the pumphouse, 20113 Reservoir construction at Binsted, 20154 Outdoor beds being converted to a base for the new cold treatment facility5 Binsted’s cold store being constructed in 20166 Demolition work to make way for new glass in 20117 Construction of Walberton’s 3 water storage tanks, 20158 Work starts to develop outdoor areas at Lake Lane9 Making way for a new acid tank and bund structure in 201410 Foundation work under way for Walberton’s new glasshouse, 201511 New Fertiliser Store being lowered into place, 201512

MAINTENANCE – Our highly skilled Teams, comprising 5 permanent people across both businesses, design, construct, maintain and repair many of the facilities and machinery required for the smooth running of our business. Examples of projects undertaken include building a new cold storage facility at Binsted and building a bespoke Despatch loading bay facility at Walberton. External contractors are commissioned to carry out big building projects, such as construction of new glasshouses, but our teams always assist throughout. Back to the top of the page
  • Light hand trimming is needed from time to time
  • Walberton’s Eazycut trimming machine can trim up to 10,000 liners or plugs per hour
  • Walberton’s Tea XRL trimming machine produces a uniformly trimmed crop of Lavender
  • Constant cultural work and attention to detail ensure crops are kept looking their best
  • Automated trimming machine at Binsted
Light hand trimming is needed from time to time1 Walberton’s Eazycut trimming machine can trim up to 10,000 liners or plugs per hour2 Walberton’s Tea XRL trimming machine produces a uniformly trimmed crop of Lavender3 Constant cultural work and attention to detail ensure crops are kept looking their best4 Automated trimming machine at Binsted5
CULTURAL WORK – Alongside the more specialist areas of work described above, of course the 3.9 million plants need varying degrees of nurturing, monitoring and manipulation in order to produce the highest specification product for customers. Work will involve monitoring, watering, feeding, trimming, and the alteration of environmental factors in order to provide optimum growing conditions. Back to the top of the page