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Alstroemeria are despatched as well established, nursery grown, large 1.7 litre plants (not bare root).
Tall Bearded Iris are despatched as large divisions, ready to plant straight outside.
 
 

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Viv Marsh

Welcome to our family run nursery website, based here in Shropshire. We have been operating as a nursery for over 27 years growing alstroemeria and herbaceous plants. For the last 16 years we have specialised in growing Alstroemeria, selling direct to the public. I am delighted to introduce four new varieties of Alstroemeria for 2015. I am also pleased to introduce the first twelve new varieties of stunning Tall Bearded Iris – a wider range will be available from next year. If you would like any advice or if you would prefer to give me an order over the telephone please do give me a ring on 01939 291475.

To view our full range of Alstroemeria, please click on this link Alstroemeria or use the View Catalogue link above for our range of plants. If you need some help with your selection just give us a ring on the number at the top of the page.

LATEST NEWS – TALL BEARDED IRISES FOR SALE THIS YEAR
After years of investment, we are delighted to announce the start of our new Iris enterprise. The selection for this year is limited in comparison to the Alstroemeria but give us time and you will see us expand it up to the same level. To view our full range of Iris, please click on this link Tall Bearded Iris or use the View Catalogue link above for our range of plants. If you need some help with your selection just give us a ring on the number at the top of the page. Below is a picture of a the Iris in full flower growing in one of our tunnels.

AVAILABILITY OF PLANTS FOR SALE
All Alstroemeria are produced from tissue culture in a micropropagation laboratory. We are currently setting up a laboratory here at the nursery but until this is established we rely on the supply from other laboratories. Some varieties are not always available as they run a strictly seasonal production cycle. If you are interested in plants that are marked ‘Currently out of stock’ please telephone or e-mail us and we may be able to give you an idea of when we expect them to be back in production.

Irises will be sold as large, home grown divisions from July through to December (weather permitting). The reason this sales period is shorter than the Alstroemeria is because you cannot divide these plants outside this window.

MINIMUM ORDER
There is a minimum order of £36 plant value for Alstroemeria orders and a minimum order of £24 plant value for Iris orders.

DELIVERY
Orders will be acknowledged personally by e-mail within a few days, giving an estimated delivery date. In normal circumstances, Alstroemeria plants will usually be despatched within 2 to 3 weeks from receipt of your order according to plant availability, but in extremes of hot (or cold) temperatures, plants will be held here in the nursery until the weather improves. Regarding Irises, please note that orders can be taken 12 months of the year but remember that the plants can only be despatched from July through to December.

P&P for Alstroemeria is £9.95 for orders up to £99.99 and £4.95 for orders of £100 or over for mainland UK. Please note that orders to the Highlands of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Isles of Scilly and Isle of Man will incur and additional carriage charge.

Smaller iris orders are sent via Royal Mail and are the same price throughout the UK.

Larger Iris orders are sent via Parcelforce. The charge for orders between £25 and £99.99 is £9.95. For orders over £100 P&P is reduced for £4.95 for mainland UK. Please note that orders to the Highlands of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Isles of Scilly and Isle of Man will incur and additional carriage charge.

We can send plants to most European countries at competitive carriage rates, please ask for a quote before ordering.

To ensure your plants are received in excellent condition, Alstroemeria and Iris orders will normally be despatched separately. Due to the growing nature of Irises it is botanically impossible to divide them before they have finished flowering. If we were to divide them instead in early spring the divisions would not survive. Due to this being a new enterprise we have to operate a rigid delivery system for this year and send out the orders separately to minimise office management costs and reduce potential mistakes being made in your order, so do please bear with us whilst we run this trial period. Please rest assured that we send each plant type out by the most economic method available, which ensures their freshness upon arrival.

ALSTROEMERIA CATALOGUE
If you would like a copy of our 2015 illustrated catalogue featuring even more new varieties please give us a ring on the number at the top of the page or request one using the Contact us link at the top of the page. Our on-line catalogue will be regularly updated with all the current availability. If you wish to reserve plants that are not yet available please give me a ring.

SECURE CARD PAYMENTS ON-LINE
We take your card security very seriously. When you order on our website you will be taken directly to the Worldpay secure website to make your payment. You will see the address change to https (which means it is secure) and the Worldpay padlock to ensure that your details are safe. Our website complies with the most up to date industry regulations (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard). The logo below verifies that we comply with the strict procedures for processing card payments.

COOKIES
In order to keep track of your order and create a shopping basket, our website uses small text files called ‘cookies’. These harmless files are removed from your computer as soon as you leave our site. We do not use ‘persistent’ or ‘tracking’ cookies that can remember you when you return to the site. Using our website implies that you understand and agree to this.

RHS THE GARDEN ARTICLE ON ALSTROEMERIA August 2014

If you are a member of the RHS, look out for the article on Alstroemeria that I have written for The Garden magazine in August 2014.

PRAISE BEE CHARITY

You might have heard on the BBC Radio Shropshire or seen on Countryfile last May about the new charity I have set up where I have been breeding osmia solitary bees in the wild for nearly ten years. This is after building a bee nursery similar in construction to mine for a client a number of years ago. The project was met with limited commercial success due to unproven technology at the time.

My remit is to initiate the concept of breeding these bees back in the hands of the general public. As a qualified farmer as well as horticulturalist, I feel well placed to carry out this task.

Please log onto the charity’s website for further details PraiseBee.org.uk

GIFT VOUCHERS
If you are stuck for gift ideas, why not let the gardener in your family or friends choose their own present? You can order a gift voucher for any amount of your choice by telephone, on the number above. We will include a card and catalogue which will be sent to the delivery address of your choice (or to your address to give personally).

NURSERY OPEN WEEKENDS FOR 2015


Come and visit our nursery in the beautiful Shropshire countryside and look around our tunnels and see the plants in flower. Dates for our 2015 open weekends are 18th & 19th July and 5th & 6th September from 11am to 4pm. However, you don't have to wait for our next open weekend - if you would like to visit us please telephone or e-mail us to arrange an appointment. Look for the link at the bottom of this page to find us on Streetmap - note that we are approx. 300 yards from the crossroads

WEALTH WARNING
ALSTROEMERIA BARE ROOT PLANTS OR POTS?

The old adage 'You don’t get something for nothing' has never been so true! We only sell large, 1.7 litre plants, which is the equivalent of a standard 2 litre plant you would find in a garden centre. Our plants are well established which means they will flower this season. When comparing our prices, please bear this in mind. We do not send out plugs or small, 7cm or 9cm pots as we feel these are too small to plant directly into the ground.

We would never send alstroemeria plants bare root, as we feel there is a strong possibility that they will not survive. To buy bare root Alstroemeria is very risky, with high mortality rates from bacterial and fungal root rots. To plant bare root in the autumn is simply utter folly. Please don’t be tempted when you see adverts like the one below for bare root plants.


Advert for bare root alstroemeria

To illustrate my point, I sent for some different varieties as bare roots in the spring and grew them alongside my micropropagated varieties. You can see for yourself the results in the picture below.


Bare root tubers planted last spring

Just compare this with a micropropagated plant that was potted up at the same time growing in the same tunnel!


Alstroemeria ‘Princess Fabiana’ (micropropagated from tissue culture)

Put two of these plants in a large pot and you will end up with a display like the one below in a year’s time, which will give you flowers from late spring until the first frosts.

AT LAST
After many years of building the laboratory in the nursery, working late into the night with numerous trips to the DIY, sourcing the equipment and literally travelling the world for the know-how, we have finally started production of micro propagated Alstroemeria.

The next few years will see improved media formulae analysis alongside growing techniques before production is where I would like it to be. This is the nature of the work.

I would like to thank my mentors and tutors: Professor Mark Bridgen at Cornell University, New York and Ros Smith at the Duchy College in Camborne, through Plant Heritage, for their knowledge, kindness and patience in supporting me to achieve this goal.


Step One sourcing of buds from the mother plants


Step Two Meristem production


Step Three Alstroemeria budding up on agar gel ‘in vitro’


The laboratory growing room

AND FINALLY ….
Do please bear in mind that it costs substantially more to grow a plant from micropropagation in a laboratory. Accordingly, I have to charge more for the final article to cover my costs. I wish I could say that this could make me a millionaire, however, this is not the case as there is a simple rule that no-one gets rich growing plants!

NATIONAL COLLECTION OF ALSTROEMERIA




The National Collection tunnel

On 14th February, 2011 we were granted the National Collection status of garden hardy Alstroemeria by Plant Heritage NCCPG National Collections In the collection there are well over 100 garden varieties, along with an ever increasing selection of wild species from Chile. Do come and have a look at them if you are passing but please telephone me first to make an appointment – alternatively you can see them at the nursery open weekends.

SECOND NATIONAL COLLECTION OF ALSTROEMERIA
Look out in the next few months for details of the Second National Collection of Alstroemeria that we are supplying to Pershore College in Worcestershire. The students have already dug out and created the flower beds which can be easily seen as you enter the college grounds on the left.



AERIAL VIEW OF OUR NURSERY LAST SUMMER



THE REAL BOSS!


'Beagle', the Labrador, will be happy to greet you!


Any suggestions?

We have tried to give you a comprehensive guide about our nursery and the plants we grow. If you have any suggestions about what else you would like to see on our site, please let us know by contacting us at the address below.

Viv Marsh Postal Plants
Hunkington Nurseries
Walford Heath
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY4 2HT
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1939 291 475
e-mail: mail@postalplants.co.uk

VAT number 451 6814 48

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