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The venture was a great success, and was responsible for the steady growth of the Company until today it has the largest share of the UK amateur seed market. The Company's breeding work continues, especially in sweet peas, and it has the largest annual trial of sweet peas anywhere in the world.Sweet pea seed, like much other flower seed, is produced commercially around the world, including in the United States, Eastern Europe, Malta and Continental Europe, although very little is now grown in Great Britain.
Every operation - from sowing, through "roguing" (the elimination of off-types), to harvesting and sorting - is performed by hand. Seed is hand-picked into an apron-pouch and emptied into clearly-labelled sacks supported by metal tripods. On arrival at Unwins' premises in Britain, the seeds are then tested for vigour and their powers of germination in the company's seed testing laboratory, prior to packeting.Before packeting, most seed is stored in a special chamber which has an environment of 20C and 20% relative humidity, making the atmosphere about as dry as the Sahara Desert at midday. The seed is then hermetically sealed into foil sachets in this same room, so each sachet has its own micro-climate round the seed, keeping it in perfect condition until the seal is broken by the gardener about to sow.
We are so confident with the quality of our seeds and plants that we offer a 100% money back guarantee.
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