Houseplants were the best performing traditional category at garden centres which are members of the Garden Centre Association (GCA) during February (2016).
Sales were up 29.83 per cent up compared to the same month last year (2015) according to the GCA’s Barometer of Trade (BoT) report. Other good performers were furniture and barbecues and the best performing non-traditional category was clothing.
Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, explained, “After a couple of months of good performances in clothing and gifts, it’s great to see the houseplants category now having its moment. When the winter weather is properly set in it is always nice to be able to bring some much needed colour into the home and one of the best ways to do this is with houseplants, particularly cyclamen and orchids. February was a particularly popular time for houseplants due to Valentine’s Day.”
However, other plant lines performed less strongly. Iain added, “Seeds and bulbs sales were just 3.76 per cent up, however this is expected to pick up in the following months when more people get out into their gardens.”
For the month of February the overall garden centre performance and Year to Date change showed an increase of 20.92 per cent.