Container Unit

Containerisation was introduced at Moddershall in the late 1960s following fact finding trips to Holland by GL Dempster and PM Robinson, where this new large-scale growing technique was in its infancy.

A new container site was soon laid out on spare land at Moddershall with gravel beds, irrigation and a centralised potting shed. It was the subject of much interest in the horticultural press at the time and further established the nursery’s forward-thinking approach in this field.

Boultons has continued to invest further in technology to enhance our on-site capabilities. This has included a £100k refurbishment of our irrigation system, complete with state of the art wi-fi controlled smart technology.

We grow in excess of 200,000 containerised plants annually in varying sizes. Plants are given the space they need to grow to their full potential, and are pruned regularly to encourage full and even growth. Many visitors to our site comment on the healthy appearance of our plants.

Heated propagation with mist.
Heated no mist Propagation
Heated propagation with no mist.

Plant propagation

We produce around 750,000 traditional hard and softwood cuttings each year in our plant propagation department for use in our own production. We do not use poor quality imports and cutting material is sourced from our own stock gardens, which have been cultivated over many years.

UK provenance is an increasingly important pre-requisite in sustainable growing. Having our own plant propagation department means we have more control over the production process and the high quality of the plants we produce.

We also propagate young plants for other nurseries and generally where a requirement for more specialised techniques such as grafting, root cuttings and air layering are required.

We supply a full range of field-grown nursery stock

We supply a range of nursery stock and trees between November and March. These include:

  • bare root and root ball trees
  • all kinds of hedging
  • topiary 
  • specimen shrubs
Field Production 5

Have a question?

If you would like more information about our nursery plants for wholesale use, please contact our sales team on 01785 813747 or email

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