Old Derris stocks sold off at Southport Flower Show

The issue of garden chemicals being taken off the market due to EU regulation came up at the Southport Flower Show, with one exhibitor selling old stocks of Derris, which should have been withdrawn from sale in October 2008.

Hortex Garden Products owner Pauline Hare said she was selling off the last of her stocks: "The old-fashioned gardeners want these things, the tried-and-tested products. Sodium chlorate is the latest thing that is going to go.

"They are not being replaced by anything. We've had stocks to get rid of and have had to throw some products away. There will be nothing soon for the ordinary gardener."

A Chemicals Regulation Directorate representative said it would enforce the regulations if it was told who was selling the product.

Derris can be stored and used until 10 October.


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