We raise much of the rosybee stock from seed and then supplement this by buying in cuttings and some additional plugs for varieties that we don't yet propagate ourselves. The germination takes place in the greenhouse next to our house as its much easier to control the temperatures here. This picture shows the hot bench all covered with cell trays containing chieranthus, malvas, scabious, geraniums and oxeye daisy. The propagation process starts in September and we continue to germinate seeds through to November for any species that will take 6 months to grow big enough to sell. Then we we sow the quick growing ones, such as any annuals, end of February and through March which a bit of light and heat to get them going.
Follow our progress running the nursery, watching wild bees, keeping honey bees and creating our own bee-haven in south Oxfordshire