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New range of Tropical Fish

Exciting news, we have a whole new range of Tropical Fish at our Clyst St Mary Aquatics Centre, available from 15th February 2019.

 

Coral Red Mickey Mouse Platy

Labidochromis perlmutt

Albino Strawberry peacock

Julidochromis dickfeldi

Black ghost knifefish

Odessa barb

Rummy nose Tetra

Cardinal Tetra

Japonica shrimp

Dwarf yellow puffer

Assassin snail

Rubbernose pleco

Blue velvet shrimp

Chocolate Pom-pom goldfish

Flash Pleco L204

Royal Panaque L190

L081 Golden Nugget Pleco

Blue Panaque

Red Tailed Red Eye Puffer

Garra Flavatra

Red Crystal Shrimp

Short tail Male Dragon Betta

Burmese zebra Rasbora

Whiptail Catfish

Blue Goby

Yellow Comet Platy

Chubby Pleco

Bumblebee Platy

Super Delta Metallic Male Betta

 

All our livestock are quarantined for a minimum of 7 days prior to sale. If there are any fish of interest to you, please call (01392 876281) to check stock and avoid any disappointment before making a special trip. On occasion, livestock may be held in quarantine longer than 7 days if they do not meet our strict quality control criteria.

Read more about our aquatic department here.

Tropical plant of the month – Lobelia cardinalis

Tropical Plant of the Month: February

Lobelia cardinalis

Lobelia cardinalis grows wild in Northern America. This plant is more commonly cultivated in marshy conditions for use in garden ponds, forming dark-green leaves which are purple underneath. In aquariums the leaves turn a beautiful shade of light-green, with stems 10-30 cm tall and 5-10 cm wide. Lobelia cardinalis has a generally low lighting and co2 demand, so it can be planted in most aquariums and grown without too much difficulty.

New range of Tropical Fish

Exciting news, we have a whole new range of Tropical Fish at our Clyst St Mary Aquatics Centre, available from 1st February 2019.

 

Golden Gourami

Pearl Gourami

Panda Cory

Thai Glass Catfish

Feather Fin Synodontis Catfish

Red Tailed Black Shark

Rainbow Shark

Albino Rainbow Shark

Silver Marbled Molly

Male Blue Endler

Male Gold Endler

Male Pink Endler

Male Super Delta Betta

Male Super Delta Dumbo Ear Betta

Female Crowntail Betta

Male Snow White Guppy

Coral Red Wagtail Platy

Male Red Snakeskin Guppy

Skunk Cory

Male Endler

Neon Tetra

Gold Blue Eye Neon Tetra

Blue King Tetra

Hara Hara Catfish

Black Ghost Knife fish

Bristlenose Catfish

Synodontis Schoutedini

Clown Loach

Julii Cory

All our livestock are quarantined for a minimum of 7 days prior to sale. If there are any fish of interest to you, please call (01392 876281) to check stock and avoid any disappointment before making a special trip. On occasion, livestock may be held in quarantine longer than 7 days if they do not meet our strict quality control criteria.

Read more about our aquatic department here.

New range of Tropical Fish

Exciting news, we have a whole new range of Tropical Fish at our Clyst St Mary Aquatics Centre, available from 18th January 2019.

 

  • Blue Gourami
  • Pearl Gourami
  • Corydoras Virginae
  • Corydoras Lotetoensis
  • Red Tailed Black Shark
  • Rainbow Shark
  • Albino Rainbow Shark
  • Coral Black Platy
  • Half Black Male Guppy
  • Red Snakeskin Male Guppy
  • Mixed Female Male Guppy
  • Columbian Blue Tetra
  • Black Widow Tetra
  • Dumbo Ear Betta
  • Armoured Shrimp
  • Asst Nerite Snail
  • Golden Honey Gourami
  • Gold Lyretail Molly
  • Blue Neon Male Guppy
  • Electric Blue Acara
  • Harlequin Rasbora
  • Clown Knife Fish
  • Bristlenose Ancistrus
  • Weather Loach
  • Tire Track Eel
  • Black Orchid Crowntail Male Betta
  • Japonica Shrimp
  • Blue Ram (Euro)

All our livestock are quarantined for a minimum of 7 days prior to sale. If there are any fish of interest to you, please call (01392 876281) to check stock and avoid any disappointment before making a special trip. On occasion, livestock may be held in quarantine longer than 7 days if they do not meet our strict quality control criteria.

Read more about our aquatic department here.

New range of Tropical Fish

Exciting news, we have a whole new range of Tropical Fish at our Clyst St Mary Aquatics Centre, available from 11th January 2019.

Albino Rainbow Shark

Vietnamese Zebra Loach

White Cloud Mountain Minnow

Neon Tetra

Blue Rainbow

Moonlight Gourami

Yellow Neon Male Guppy

Black Kuhlii Loach

Dwarf Puffer

Glowlight Barb

Golden Tinfoil Barb

Golden Zebra Danio

Geophagus Brasiliensis

Flame Male Guppy

Sun Set Wagtail Platy

Blue Mickey Mouse Platy

Coral Dark Red Platy

Silver Flying Fox

Siamese Flying Fox

Asst Angelfish

Midnight Rams

Cardinal Tetra

Orinoco Polkadot Pleco

Whiptail catfish

L168 Clown Butterfly Pleco

Vermiculated Synodontis

Crowntail Betta Male

Short Tail Betta Dragon Male

All our livestock are quarantined for a minimum of 7 days prior to sale. If there are any fish of interest to you, please call (01392 876281) to check stock and avoid any disappointment before making a special trip. On occasion, livestock may be held in quarantine longer than 7 days if they do not meet our strict quality control criteria.

Read more about our aquatic department here.

Devon Freewheelers is St Bridget Nurseries Charity for 2019

Devon Freewheelers is our Charity of Choice for 2019

St Bridget Nurseries are pleased to announce that Devon Freewheelers is the Charity of Choice for 2019.

Devon Freewheelers are a team of volunteers who are dedicated to providing a 24hrs a day, 7 days a week service supporting the NHS in delivering essential blood supplies. The blood is used for transfusions and testing in addition they transport organs and human tissue samples for the purposes of transplant, medication direct to the patient at home in the case of urgent need and Donor Breast Milk (which also comes under the Human Tissue Act) to the Neonatal Intensive Care Units throughout Devon.

Occasionally the bike riders are obliged to go further afield to support the patients in the hours of crisis. More recently, they have started transporting life saving blood products direct to Air Ambulances.  Devon Freewheelers carry out this vital service to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust and the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance Trust. Last year alone, DSAA saved over 30 lives with on scene blood transfusions.

St Bridget Nurseries will have collection tins at all their till points as well as raise money for the charity throughout the year at events. The money we raise will go towards maintaining the vehicles and keeping the Devon Freewheelers HQ and call centre open. In 2018 the centre handled 4035 jobs saving lives across the county.

Fish of the month – Santa Platy (xiphophorus) 

Our fish of the month is the Santa Platy (xiphophorus) 

These peaceful yet very active little fish are extremely popular by aquatic enthusiast worldwide. Easy to care for and lovely to watch they are a great addition to most aquatic communities.

Although not a schooling fish Platys thrive in groups and mix well with other breeds such as Guppies and Mollies.

Don’t let size deceive you, they may be small (Males up to 1.5 inches and females up to 2.5 inches) but this species of topical freshwater fish are extremely active so will need a ten gallon tank for no more than five adult fish.

These beautiful little fish come in lots of colours but as it’s Christmas we’re offering our ‘Santa Claus Platy’ for just £1.50 each!

CARING FOR YOUR HOUSE PLANTS THIS WINTER

Fluctuating surges of temperature, dry air, short days and limited natural light are the four main problems affecting houseplants as the winter months draw near. To alleviate the strain on your beloved houseplants then remember to take extra care of them over the next few months to keep them happy.

 

 WATER LESS

This may sound illogical but actually, during the winter season, the growing rate of houseplants will slow right down, some even become completely dormant.

Although the dry air and central heating may be a concern for your indoor foliage, you run the risk of root rot if you overwater.

Obviously all houseplants will require different conditions and maintenance, some will need more watering then others and some such as cacti may not need watering at all until the spring.

Over time you will get to know your plants needs but if you’re ever unsure whether or not they need a drink then poke your finger an inch below the surface of the soil; if it’s bone dry then it’s probably time to give them a little watering. Remember before you fill up your watering can; try to match the water temperature to your plants environment and avoid shocking the roots.

IMPROVING HUMIDITY

Quite possibly the biggest hindrance to your houseplant this winter will be the lack of moisture in the air. Central heating and dehumidifiers sap your home of moisture which can cause your plants to crave a little rejuvenation through other means.

As previously mentioned, overwatering or sitting your plants in water will likely lead to root rot so to give back some moisture try placing rocks/pebbles in a bowl of water then sit your plant on top. This keeps the roots away from direct soaking, creates drainage and allows any water vapours evaporating from the bowl to refresh your plant.

If possible try to relocate your plants to locations within the home that offer higher humidity such as the bathroom or kitchen as they tend to offer the steamiest conditions.

Home dehumidifiers draw moisture from the air so if you have one in your home, try to group houseplants together as they will tend to release and absorb any moisture from a neighbouring plant.

Some would advise to mist your plants with a hand held spray but there is actually little benefit unless of course you are prepared to do this several times a day as fine water droplets will evaporate before the plant has a chance to feel the benefit.

NICE AND COSY

Like yourself, your houseplant will prefer a comfortable temperature around 20 degrees Celsius. Avoid fluctuations of extreme temperature changes and drafts. It’s important to avoid contact or placing your plants too close to radiators, drafty areas, active fireplaces and electronic devices that may produce spikes of temperature change.

SUN SEEKERS

As we know, natural daylight is limited during the winter months so if you can, try to find a brighter sunnier spot, south facing is best for all day sun but be sure to avoid frosty or drafty windowsills.

Remember to occasionally rotate your plants as they will naturally grow towards the sun, this keeps the direction of your plant growth even.

DON’T KILL THEM WITH KINDNESS

Now is not the time to fertilise your houseplants, it’s always best to wait until the spring for this job as it could easily hinder the natural cycle of your plant.

If your plants are outgrowing their pots, don’t move them now, wait until the spring before you re-pot or take cuttings, they will grow very little through the winter so it’s best to let them rest and sleep during the winter and pamper them in the spring time when they are ready to grow again.

Creating a bulb lasagne this November

In order to attain an abundance of flowering plants next sprint, have a go at making  bulb lasagne this November.

This easy and effective technique utilises the different planting depths required by bulbs enabling you to grow a punch of colour in one small space.

This technique is fabulously easy and can be achieved in plant pots as well as in the garden, giving you greater scope to spread some colour throughout your outdoor space.

Here are some handy tips to help you create your own bulb lasagne…

Begin by layering the bottom of your pot with pottery shards (crocks) or pebbles to keep the drainage holes in the bottom of your plant pot from becoming clogged with compost. This allows any water to pass through easily without water-logging your planters. Choose a bulb fibre or multi-purpose compost and scatter a layer of this compost on top of the crocks.

Always plant the largest flowering bulbs first at the deepest layer, moving upwards in size to the smallest on the top. Typically, a bulb lasagne will have daffodils at the bottom, tulips in the middle and crocus at the top.

There’s no need to worry about the bulbs that are planted deep at the lowest level, they will grow and surface naturally moving around anything in their way.

When making your bulb lasagne, the bulbs will need to be planted a little further apart than you would if you were planting a single layer, approx 1.5 inches apart is about right and if you’re planting in pots, try to arrange your bulbs so that they don’t touch each other or the sides of the pot.

Follow the planting depth instructions on your packets of bulbs and add a 2 inch layer of compost after each bulb layer.

When making your bulb lasagne get creative and bold, you can make two or even three layers of bulbs if you wish and with a large choice of flowering plants to choose from you can have fun concocting your own ingredients. Here are some suggestions: Tulips, daffodils, lilies, hyacinths, snowdrops, crocus, scillas, anemones, iris etc, all of which we have in store.

Remember if you are planting in pots, drainage is key to prevent your bulbs from rotting and make sure you position your pots before filling them as they will become heavy and difficult to move once filled and watered.

Once you have planted your bulbs, water right away and regularly for the first few weeks whilst the roots are forming and make sure that the compost doesn’t dry out.

If you’re planting spring bulbs you may well need to protect and insulate your pots from severe cold conditions. The simplest way to do this is to wrap your pots in bubble wrap or plant fleece to protect them from frost and snow.

Whatever you decide to grow, we hope you have fun creating your bulb lasagne and enjoy the onset of colour from next spring.

 

Happy gardening everyone!

Fish of the month

Our fish of the month is the Madagascar Rainbow fish also known as Bedotia geayi. 

The Madagascar Rainbow fish is generally a peaceful fish and mixes well with other species.

As a schooling fish, they will need to be kept in groups of at least six to be content.

Ideal for larger tanks, these eye-catching fish will be a wonderful addition to your aquarium.

During November 2018, these fish are on offer for £2.50 each from our aquatics department at St Bridget Nurseries, Sidmouth Road, Clyst St Mary, Exeter EX5 1AE