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.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Feature Plant: Sansevieria Laurentii

This month's feature plant - Sansevieria Laurentii - is one of our most popular species for modern, architectural looking installations.

It's also really easy to look after, if you can restrain yourself from watering it. If you do over-water it you'll regret it, as the leaves turn to mush, like a cucumber that's gone off, only very, very smelly.

S. Laurentii is part of a large family of different Sansevierias, that come in a wide variety of colours and shapes, but this one is what you could call the default, 'vanilla' Sansevieria. The family name is the decidedly un-PC "Mother-in-Law's Tongue".

They are a bit of a Marmite family of plants - you either love them or hate them. When I'm selling them to clients, I'd say the boys like them more than the girls.

So why is such an ordinary plant being honoured this month? Because I'm missing it!

They are imported via the same route into Europe as another plant, the latter which is currently banned from import due to some kind of disease. So even though there is nothing wrong with them, I haven't been able to get the larger sized ones for months. I can still get the plain green S. Zeylanica (at a higher-than-usual price) but as yet not S. Laurentii. I keep being told "another month" but that month never arrives.

So absence is making my heart stronger!


The five best houseplants that help you sleep better

This little story is doing the rounds of click-bait & social media at the moment, so I thought I'd post it on our blog.

Offered entirely without comment as I have no idea about the science behind it.

As I commented when I read the story on Stewarts' Facebook page, I find looking after 150 of them in a day makes me sleep like a log.

So if you want to sleep well, come and work for us!