We visit Fentongollan Farm, a family-run enterprise specialising in beautiful flowers all year round.
You know spring is on its way when the blooms begin to appear, and Cornwall, with its temperate climate, is one of the world’s best places – probably the best – to grow daffodils and narcissi.
The Hoskings family have farmed at Fentongollan since 1889. Brothers James and Jeremy Hosking are the fourth generation of farmers on this large arable and livestock farm on the stunning Fal estuary.
With more than 50 years’ experience, Fentongollan’s expertise in Cornish cut flowers and bulbs has resulted in a worldwide market for its blooms, bulbs and seedlings. The farm sells direct to florists, flower markets, churches, gardeners, wholesalers, councils and gardening clubs, as well as running a thriving mail order business.
This is also a working Cornish farm, so along with the flowers, it grows a staggering 1,600 acres of cereals, has 1,000 breeding ewes and supplies 100 million vegetable seedlings to Cornish farmers and growers.
The daffodil flowering season in Cornwall can last for seven months (depending on the weather) from November to May, with the main flower-picking period being between January and April.
Fentongollan Farm grows 170 acres of daffodils and narcissi, and picks around 15 million flowers to send out as flowers by post. The farm currently grows over 400 varieties of daffodils, including many that are new, unique and rare.
There’s a dedicated team of flower-pickers who go out daily in all weathers to carefully hand select, pick and pack the best flowers for customers all over the UK. Where possible, they ensure a minimum of six different varieties per bunch. This is Cornish enterprise at its glowing best.
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