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Other Plants

Unusual Subtropical and Hardy Plants.

(Shipping May to Sept 2017)

Apart from Seeds and some Greenhouse Products, we sometimes also sell a range of tropical plants. We only supply these from late May to September and specialise in Banana Plants, Brugmansia, Gingers and some Conservatory Plants. Please Note: We do not grow huge volumes of plants and we may run out of availability by mid season.

All plants are shipped by courier services and because this is seasonal we CANNOT TAKE MIXED ORDERS of Seeds or Products along with Plant orders.  Please place any Plants as a separate order of Plants only. Any mixed orders with other products will not be accepted. Plant orders are only accepted for UK delivery addresses and surcharge areas may require additional shipping charges.

 

Bilbergia nutans

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Bilbergia nutans or Queen’s Tears 1 litre plant җ
Billbergia nutans makes a good conservatory plant and is also happy as a house plant where it can live on a windowsill for years. It is often listed in magazines as one of the top ten house plants that can tolerate almost total neglect. It is a bromeliad, related to the pineapple requiring a well drained, gritty soil. Water only when really necessary and feed only occasionally. Grown in full sun, the foliage loses some of its lustre but produces copious amounts of exotic pink flower spikes. I have had customers tell me that they will survive quite well outside given a sheltered micro climate,

Bilbergia nutans variegata

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Bilbergia nutans variegata or Variegated Queen’s Tears 1 litre plant җ
Bilbergia nutans variegata is a lovely leaf variegated pink/green/white form of Billbergia nutans that makes a good conservatory plant and is also happy as a houseplant where it can live on a windowsill for years. It is often listed in magazines as one of the top ten houseplants that can tolerate almost total neglect. It is a bromeliad, related to the pineapple requiring a well drained, gritty soil. Water only when really necessary and feed only occasionally. Grown in full sun, the foliage loses some of its lustre but produces copious amounts of exotic pink flower spikes.

Chamaerops humilis var cerifera

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Mediterranean Blue Fan Palm 3 litre җ җ
We have some 6 year old plants of Chamaerops humilis var cerifera the “Blue Mediterranean Fan Palm” that produces wonderful blue/green leaves otherwise identical to the normal Mediterranean Fan Palm. However it is reputed to be slightly more cold hardy to minus 15°C, coming from a mountainous region with severe frosts in the winter but in our experience only hardy to -10C

Cyphomandra corymbiflora

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Hardy Tree Tomato 1 litre
A rare tree tomato from the Andes Mountains that is frost hardy to about -8°C to -10°C. Attractive large evergreen soft leaves typical of the tree tomato family with small semi-edible 4cm to 5cm fruits. An interesting flavour to mix in a smoothie but a bit strong to eat raw and full of tiny seeds similar to a tomato. The flowers start out as blue/white stars turning lilac with age in large clusters adding to the attraction of this sub tropical small tree.

Dahlia imperialis

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Dahlia imperialis or Giant Dahlia 1 litre җ
If you are into pretty Dahlia flowers then this is not for you! But - if you are into giant tree size foliage then Dahlia imperialis takes the cake. It is semi hardy and from our own experience will stand a normal winter left outside, regrowing from the root stock again in late spring the following year. In the UK probably 10ft is the best you may see in a season but in it’s natural habitat 10 metres is quite normal for 9 months growth! It does flower with pretty single pink flowers but by November the frost will probably have got there first. Has to be seen to be believed with huge 4" diameter stems and massive leaves.

Iochroma australe

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Iochroma australe or Mini Angel's Trumpet 1 litre plants җ җ
Iochroma australis is a lovely half-hardy shrub or small tree, related to Brugmansia. It has lilac blue pendant flowers produced in abundance throughout the summer months and makes a lovely conservatory shrub. Needs pruning each spring to make a compact form and reasonably hardy with one specimen growing outside at Wisley and another in Cambridge. A trial plant in our garden came through the cold winter of 2005/6 without protection but cut to the ground. New growth in 2006 reached 4ft but flowering was late into autumn. In warmer parts of the country this shrub is hardy outside e.g. London suburbs.

Ricinus New Zealand Purple

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Ricinus New Zealand Purple- 1 litre pots
Ricinus New Zealand Purple is a fabulous plant in our trials with 8ft towers of rich metallic re/purple leaves and stems. Flowers and seed pods are also a deep red/purple. Quite a stunning plant and quite rare as it was only introduced a few years ago and not widely available. Please don't forget that all parts of Ricinus plants including the seeds are poisonous if eaten.

Salvia Black Knight

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Hybrid sage 1 litre plants

Salvia ‘Black Knight’ is a strong plant that can achieve 6ft in a season but sadly not as frost hardy as guranitica (one of the parents of this hybrid). Best to take cuttings in late summer and overwinter them in a frost free place for plants the following year if you live in a colder area. Its well worth the effort for this gorgeous bold plant. The bright, richly purple flowers emerge from long-lasting deep aubergine purple calyxes on dark purple stems. Unlike the similar Purple Majesty Salvia it flowers over a longer season (all winter in a heated glass house) and is more vigourous with darker leaves and black stems. This makes a big plant, ideal for adding an exotic feel to the back of a late summer border. Its happy in full sun, but will also take some shade.

Salvia Embers Wish

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Hybrid sage 1 litre plants җ

Salvia ‘Embers  is a non hardy strong plant similar in habit to Black Knight but with stunning bright red flowers that can achieve 4ft in a season. Best to take cuttings in late summer and overwinter them in a frost free place for plants the following year if you live in a colder area. Its well worth the effort for this gorgeous bold plant. This makes a big plant, ideal for adding an exotic feel to any summer border. Its happy in full sun, but will also take some shade. The Wish range of Salvias flower non stop from spring to the first frosts.

Salvia Love & Wishes

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Magenta Hybrid sage 1 litre plants җ

Salvia :ove & wishes is a non hardy strong plant similar in habit to Black Knight but with stunning magenta flowers on purple calyxs that can achieve 4ft in a season. Best to take cuttings in late summer and overwinter them in a frost free place for plants the following year if you live in a colder area. Its well worth the effort for this gorgeous bold plant. This makes a big plant, ideal for adding an exotic feel to any summer border. Its happy in full sun, but will also take some shade. The Wish range of Salvias flower non stop from spring to the first frosts.

Salvia uliginosa

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Bog sage 1 litre plants җ җ

Salvia uliginosa is an herbaceous perennial growing up to 3 to 6 feet tall in one season, with multiple thin stems and yellow-green lance-shaped leaves that have serrated edges. The plant quickly spreads on underground runners and is readily divided. The bright azure-blue flowers are 1/2" long with a white beeline in the throat pointing toward the nectar and pollen. They grow in whorls beginning in summer until fall, with many flowers coming into bloom at the same time. Another must have plant for the sheltered garden with a preference to damper areas.

Smallanthus sonchifolius Yacon

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Smallanthus sonchifolius or Yacon 1 litre plants

A rare South American delicious root crop

Smallanthus sonchifolius or Yacon is native to Colombia and Ecuador and is a semi hardy, attractive herbaceous perennial that yields a large harvest of tubers. The tubers have an appealing crunchy crispness that tastes like a cross between apple and watermelon, with overtones of sugar cane. As a member of the sunflower family, Yacon can grow to 2 metres in height with small, daisy-like yellow flowers and large sunflower like leaves.

Yacon actually produces two types of underground tubers, small reddish rhizomes directly at the base of the stem, which can be eaten when young but are mainly used for propagation and the larger brown tubers, which have no growing eyes and the main cropping tuber. Best started off in a greenhouse before planting out as they are not frost tolerant and takes 6 to 7 months to reach maturity. The large tubers can be peeled and eaten raw for a thirst quenching snack but is also excellent cut into chunks and added to a fruit or green salad. If you prefer them cooked they are best roasted or steamed.

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To Grow -- Easy Moderate and Challenging

May be ok for a dry Conservatory ♣

Hardiness - To -5°C җ To -10°C җ җ Fully Hardy җ җ җ

Needs Shady Position Sunny Position Water Loving