Chinese students boost Lancaster business

Owners of the Hanging Basket John and Amanda Mills with the cacti, which have proved popular with Chinese students, who believe they can absorb radiation from computers.
Owners of the Hanging Basket John and Amanda Mills with the cacti, which have proved popular with Chinese students, who believe they can absorb radiation from computers.

A LANCASTER florist has enjoyed a spike in sales thanks to an unusual request.

John Mills, who owns The Hanging Basket in Brock Street, has been bombarded by requests for cacti from Chinese students who have recently moved to the city.

The influx led to sales of cacti increasing threefold in a week for the city centre shop.

It began when a young Chinese woman visited the florists last week, asking to buy a cactus.

She explained that she had been told that, if positioned next to a computer, a cactus would absorb any harmful radiation from the machine.

“I hadn’t heard anything about this so I looked it up online and found websites that said this is apparently true,” Mr Mills said.

Within days, word spread and the shop was inundated with requests for cacti.

See the Lancaster Guardian (27-10-11) for full story.