Propagation of Perennials at Schram's Nurseries
The nursery was established in February 1981 to supply perennials for the author's landscaping business. At the time, perennials were not grown in Ireland on any commercial scale and the nursery soon started to supply perennials to the trade. In 1987 it replaced the landscape business as the author's sole occupation.
At present 88% of plants produced are sold to garden centres, 4% to the wholesale trade, 4% to export, mainly Northern Ireland, and 4% to the landscape trade.
Because of Ireland's location in the EU and because it is an island with a small population, it is important to offer a diverse range of plants and a good service. Therefore, approximately 1500 different taxa of perennials are grown, from propagation stage to final product. Marketing, promoting, and delivery are all undertaken in house. Recently, several new perennial nurseries have been established in Ireland and it is now not so important to carry such a wide range. Instead, it is important to
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