We aim to have as little impact on the environment as possible.
Growing Practice We specialise in carnivorous plants that do not require heating over the winter. The only growing area we heat is our 3m x 4.5m tropical house, which is situated within our larger non-heated glasshouse to reduce heat input.
Use of Peat
Peat is a green issue at the moment, and many of us are trying to be peat free. For most plants this is no problem, but carnivorous plants do need peat to grow well. The acidity and poor nutritional value is precisely the reason they are carnivorous in the first place, and peat is the natural growing media for many carnivorous plants in the wild.
The plants are standing in water and are in the pots for around 2-3 years, it is important that the compost retains its structure to keep the roots healthy. Peat is the perfect substrate for this.
Commercially, as there is no really alternative for carnivorous plants, we try to keep our usage to a minimum by decreasing the frequency of repotting of stock plants, using alternative growing media where possible. We have found an excellent product called Supersphag and also grow our own sphagnum moss.
Old compost does not go to waste and is available free of charge (collection only) if you are building a bog garden.
All our electrical power is supplied by the sun via our off grid photovoltaic system. This powers all our office, potting and packing facilites.
Sprays and pesticides
We try to keep our use of pesticides and herbicides to a minimum letting natural predators do their thing. Aphids are probably most problematic but we use a parasitic wasp to control them. It is a wasp that is already in our natural environment and lives on nettles - there are always nettle patches around. There are usually a few aphids and we don't worry too much about them, but if the infestation gets out of hand we spot treat with insecticide.
We hand weed inside the tunnels which are full of frogs and toads. We also have a colony of Common Lizards living in the hedge.
All water used on the nursery (even that to make our coffee) is collected from the roof of the glasshouse and office/sheds. We have no mains water.
We use our plastic flower pots over and over again until the fall apart (though we use new ones for the sales plants) and all waste is recycled or disposed of responsibly.