A range of garden condoms has been launched to encourage older people to practice safe sex.
They’re coming in seed-style packages covered in rude-looking products in hopes they’ll stave off a rise in STDs among the over-65s.
The Hornicultural Society’s contraceptives can even be placed in a pot after romping to biodegrade.
They grew out of an idea by relationships organization Relate, which hopes to end the stigma older people have about talking about sex.
The packages are adorned with suggestive images of fruit and vegetables, including juicy plums, succulent zucchini and captivating avocados.
STIs among those over 65 have more than doubled over the past decade.
However, a survey for Relate found that nearly four in 10 older people avoided talking about the topic because it made them uncomfortable.
Related President Anjula Mutanda said: “We shouldn’t be afraid to speak out about the importance of safe sex, regardless of age.”
Research via OnePoll found that 43 percent of older people claim to be the most sexually liberated.
More than half (52 percent) have a go at it once or twice a week — while 16 percent have considered sex toys.
Ms Mutanda said: “Sex and intimacy can be just as adventurous and fulfilling later in life as it was at any age.
“By bringing the sexual health debate to an unexpected setting like a garden center, we’re once again trying to break taboos and get people across the country talking about the joy of sex later in life.”
The limited edition condoms are available for free this weekend at Finchleys Garden Center in north London – where a customer named Irene picked a handful – or online at Relate.
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