wholesale plant grower & supplier

Plant Care

All our plants are grown by our efficient and highly skilled team.

We are committed to caring for the environment and will continue to reduce our carbon footprint in any way we can by, amongst other things, maintaining our policy of buying Proudly South African wherever possible. Like any grower we endeavour to control pests and diseases we aim to keep our plants in tip-top condition. To protect the environment and Di’s love for bees we feel that we should be as careful as possible. We, therefore, use an integrated approach to managing problems.

Pests and disease control at Peebles Plants involves a tiered response to any problems. We always start with the mildest solution and build from there.

We start with cultural control – putting the plants in the right spot on the nursery, controlling the water and growing them carefully as this can significantly reduce the problems from the start.

We try not to ‘mollycoddle’ our plants too much as we know that when they leave us they are destined for the real world and once planted have to fend for themselves, however, we do recognize our ‘duty of care’ to ensure that our plants are healthy and fit for purpose when they leave us.

a bee-friendly garden

Bees are very important because they pollinate a third of everything we eat! Without pollination, the food plants can’t make seeds. Around 400 different types of plants need insects to pollinate them. These are plants such as fruits and vegetables, many nuts, sunflowers, cocoa beans, coffee and tea.

Crops that feed livestock also rely on pollination to grow!

  • To produce a pound of honey, foraging bees have to fly around a whopping 88,500 kilometres
  • That’s a lot of honey bees, working very hard because each honey bee will only produce around one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in its life!
  • That’s despite the fact that a foraging honey bee visits up to 100 flowers – per foraging trip
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Honey is the only food made by an insect, and eaten by both the insect and humans.

Recent research tells us that natural homes for bees are becoming less in abundance. Which means that planting a bee-friendly garden should become a priority when planning one. Interestingly enough, bee-friendly gardens also contribute to increasing bee varieties. If you have a garden already and would like to start creating a bee-friendly haven, then doing so isn’t as complicated as you may think.

  • Choose plants that attract bees: This is fairly self-explanatory but there are certain plants that are more attractive to bees than others. These plants include the likes of basil, sage, thyme, lavender, watermelons, cucumbers and pumpkin.
  • Pick plants with long blooming cycles: This will keep the bees coming back to your garden.
  • Let your plants flower: Leave the flowers on your plants, this will allow the honeybees to get the pollen and nectar they need.
  • No pesticides or other chemicals: Most chemicals are toxic to bees, so when in doubt, rather leave it out.
  • Weeds: Flowering weeds are very important food sources for bees.
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Peebles Plants is a wholesale plant grower and supplier of quality nursery plant stock to meet the needs of Garden centres and landscaper in and around Gauteng.

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