A GARDEN centre is enjoying a spike in cactus sales as the hot weather and hosepipe bans threaten to wipe out ordinary garden plants.
Cactusland is the UK’s largest cactus grower.Linda Goodey, 60, runs the business at Southfield Nurseries in Bourne Road, Morton, with husband Bryan.
She said: “People are buying more indoor plants for their homes and conservatories because they’re struggling to keep plants alive in their gardens.
“We’ve also noticed a growth in sales that matches the increased popularity of conservatories.
“Normal house plants can’t cope with the heat in a conservatory – they burn up.”
Bryan said: “It takes three years to grow a seedling into a plant that’s big enough to sell – some of our larger sale-plants are 18 years old.
“I still have my first ever cactus, a Ferocactus called Fred. I’ve had it 50 years, since I was a boy. I keep it with my other display cacti and the ones I use for propagating and making new hybrids from.”
The nursery sells more than 800 varieties of cactus. Bryan said they do not recommend keeping them outside because they need to be protected from frost.
The couple exhibit at shows around the country and have won 19 gold medals at Chelsea Flower Show.