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Press Release: Brand New Rhubarb Have you been following the journey of the brand-new rhubarb to watch for 2018! We have been tweeting about #SidsJourney from the selection stages, through the successful process in the lab onto it growing up on the nursery until becoming a big strong mature plant! Its been like our baby. We are so proud of the progress of the rhubarb selection which gained its nickname Sid when someone misread label Selection 51D creating its fun nickname and giving this plant a boost of personality. After many meetings trying to give Sid the right new name, we are now so proud to announce the … CLICK TO READ MORE

 

 

 

6th Feb 2018: Hagreaves Plants Release Brand New Patio CollectionAsparagus and Berry specialist, Hargreaves Plants Ltd, has launched a patio collection perfect for the home garden market new for 2018; Opening the door for an easier, healthier lifestyle. In the age of promoting a healthier lifestyle, we’re proud to release this new collection that will help people to lead a healthier lifestyle with ease. The new patio blackberry has already proven popular having been released Autumn 2017, named “Purple Opal”. It has a similar berry growth to the ....CLICK TO READ MORE

 

 

 

Hargreaves Plants Receive Grant: Identifying how popular Rhubarb has become in Britain in recent years, (the Rhubarb business has grown from being worth £15 million in 2007, to £23 million in 2010) Hargreaves Plants Ltd decided to invest in research to develop new varieties of Rhubarb to meet demand and capitalise on this lucrative product. Hargreaves Plants Ltd applied to the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative for a grant of £47,000, to grow new varieties of rhubarb that will improve ...CLICK TO READ MORE

Press Release: 6th February 2018

Asparagus and Berry specialist, Hargreaves Plants Ltd, has launched a patio collection perfect for the home garden market new for 2018; Opening the door for an easier, healthier lifestyle.

Blue Sapphire   purple opal

In the age of promoting a healthier lifestyle, we’re proud to release this new collection that will help people to lead a healthier lifestyle with ease.

The new patio blackberry has already proven popular having been released Autumn 2017, named “Purple Opal”. It has a similar berry growth to the hanging basket blackberry “Black Cascade™” but the upright growth habit is what makes this variety more perfect for easy picking from patio pots if the hanging space is not available.

Brand new “Blue Sapphire™”, due to be released this coming spring to complete the collection, is the first official dwarf blueberry of its kind, growing to a maximum height of 60cm and blooming stunning variegated flowers before maturing white means this variety gives the feeling of a real edible ornamental when it delivers masses of petite cute tasty berries.

These two varieties in addition to the patio raspberry “Ruby Beauty®”  and Hanging Basket Blackberry “Black Cascade™”, make a full rounded collection for the hobbyist gardener by providing them a great mix of tasty fresh fruits!

Black Cascade   Ruby Beauty

   The patio Raspberry “Ruby Beauty®” which was released in 2014 is still selling out every year and this year we have orders that exceed 200,000 dispatched all across Europe; so, this venture is proven a real success as people are opening up to the idea of practical gardening.

Adding these great varieties with “Sweet Colossus™”, which is the popular giant strawberry full of flavour to the very last bite, will certainly put the fun into gardening for the next generation!

“We are proud to release a whole new range of products making it easy for anybody to grow any fruits in their own garden even if they have limited space, the collection is a completely new addition to the market and allows consumers to easily grow a mixture of fruits at home, we want people to know you don’t need a huge garden or a vegetable patch to grow fruit. We hope the fun factor and practicality of these varieties will help encourage the younger generation to get into gardening to set the foundations for the next generation of gardeners and growers to enter the industry.”

 

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Rhubarb Development

Identifying how popular Rhubarb has become in Britain in recent years, (the Rhubarb business has grown from being worth £15 million in 2007, to £23 million in 2010) Hargreaves Plants Ltd decided to invest in research to develop new varieties of Rhubarb to meet demand and capitalise on this lucrative product.

Easter Agri Tech

Hargreaves Plants Ltd applied to the Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative for a grant of £47,000, to grow new varieties of rhubarb that will improve the marketability of the product in terms of aesthetic appearance, whilst also improving the production and quality of rhubarb varieties to suit both consumer and grower demands.

 

Vision

To develop new varieties of Rhubarb that will not only be more flavoursome and look more appealing to consumers, but also be a better quality plant and be more cost-effective for growers to produce.

 

Results

Garth Baxter Hargreaves Plants Rhubarb DevelopmentGarth Baxter, Managing Director of Hargreaves Plants Ltd, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this grant. Hargreaves Plants have been involved in the supply chain of Rhubarb plants for the last few years, but it is evident the industry is crying out for some product development.

“There has been no formal research done on rhubarb since 1990’s and rhubarb has gained tremendous popularity since then. This grant application will add benefit to all sectors involved in the ever expanding Rhubarb industry.”
 
 
 

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