Stewarts Office Plants

We supply many businesses across the South, from Sussex and Surrey, through Hampshire and Dorset to Wiltshire and Somerset. For more information about the services we offer visit our home page, or contact us here. In this blog you'll find news, interesting snippets, stories and pictures of our staff's adventures out on the road.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Predator bugs

This week, we've been to two of our sites (one in Weybridge, one in Chandlers Ford), releasing insects into the office plants there. Don't believe me? Read on....

We are forbidden by law from using chemical pesticides indoors. Keeping the plants very clean and shiny prevents most pests, but it's impossible to keep large (4m+) trees spotlessly clean all the way up. This is where predator bugs come in. We were treating a common pest called Mealy Bug, by releasing some bugs called Cryptolaemus, which are very small orange ladybirds. We can treat any pest this way, but only on large plants or display beds.
The theory is that the predators start eating the pest, then if there's almost none left their numbers decrease too, so that a stable population is established.
However... They are somewhat frustrating to release, as they seem to be quite happy to stay in the tube in which they are delivered, thank you very much, and don't seem that enamoured with their prey at first. Plus they need releasing in the evening, so a nice late night for me. D'oh!
P.S. It's worth noting that the garden centres sell a whole range of these predators too. You take a card and send it off and they are mailed directly to you.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Gorgeous burgundy rubber plant

I'm in love again!

White/pink-walled office, one of our lovely new burgundy/brown pots and to top it off, a burgundy-leaved rubber plant. My dutch supplier says it's called Ficus Elastica Burgundy or F.E. Abidjan; all I know is it's a real head-turner, and got a lot of attention when we installed it.

You've seen the old-fashioned green rubber plant, well this is similar, but with a deep, glossy dark red colour to the leaves.
As far as I know it's the only one in an office in Southampton, or anywhere in Hampshire & Dorset. Who's going to be second then?