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Conservatory Plants

Unusual Conservatory and Heated Greenhouse Plants.

(Shipping May to Sept 2017) 

In season we sell specialised plants suitable for Conservatories and House plants for those of you wanting to try something different.

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.

Allamanda blanchetii

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Purple Trumpet Vine 1 litre plant
A purple flowered version of this classic climber from tropical regions not at all cold hardy and you will need a very warm heated environment to keep this wonderful climber.

Allamanda cathartica

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Allamanda cathartica or Golden Trumpet Vine 1 litre plants

Allamanda cathartica is a classic climber from tropical regions not at all cold hardy and you will need a very warm heated environment to keep this wonderful climber. We also have a purple flowered form and an apricot/purple flower but they are reluctant to propagate easily.

Alocasia calidora

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Persian Palm 3 litre plants
This cross of Alocasia gageana and Alocasia odora, originally hybridised by LariAnn Garner of Aroidia Research, has huge rounded leaves similar to Odora, but much stronger growing reaching 4ft in its first season given plenty of water, food and heat.

Alocasia Odora

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Giant Elephant Ear 1 litre plants

A common tropical large leaved Aroid very similar to Macrorrhiza but with slightly rounder leaves, will not tolerate such low temperatures as Macrorrhiza but easier to over winter compared with Black Magic. Tall plant perhaps reaching 3 metres in the wild on 2 metre stems and grows very fast from seed to 3ft in the first year if you can provide ideal conditions.

Alocasia portei

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Elephants Ear 1 litre plant

Alocasia portei reaching over 2 metres tall is a large plant with very heavily scalloped leaves over a metre long unlike most Alocasias. Alocasia portei is one of the parents of Alocasia x 'Portora'. It prefers semi shade, plenty of water when mature but will go dormant if the temperature falls below 10 degrees. Try not to over water when young in cool temperatures or you may kill the plant!

Begonia Lucerna

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Cane Stem Begonia 1 litre plant

Begonia Lucerna is a strong-growing, erect cane-stem begonia with attractive large olive green leaves heavily spotted with silver. If kept warm it produces large panicles of pink flowers almost all year round. I have kept one of these plants for many years as it makes a useful, quite tough house plant tolerating full sun as well as semi shade. If left unchecked it will make 4ft to 5ft tall but can be kept pruned for a more bushy plant.

Beloperone guttata variegata

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Beloperone guttata variegata or Shrimp Plant 1 litre plant
Beloperone guttata variegata is a very useful pot plant that I have grown at various times over the years and always a favourite of my wife. We offer here a lovely variegated leaf form for something a bit different.

Bougainvillea

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Bougainvillea  "Paper Flower" mixed colours 1 litre plants 

I have a few Bougainvillea plants in 3 litre pots grown from cuttings two year ago now available for shipping from June onwards. I have the colours available as shown in the option buttons.

Brunfelsia latifolia

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"Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Plant" 1 litre plants

This particular form of Brunfelsia is very scented with a fabulous display of 2" mauve flowers that fade to white over 3 days in spring and summer over light green foliage. One of our favourite woody shrubs to bring in doors from the greenhouse when in flower. Eventually reaching 4ft tall but that takes many years and in any case can be pruned to size. Don't confuse this one with Brunfelsia pauciflora (syn calcynia) that looks identical but with slightly larger flowers but unfortunately no scent!

Carica Papaya Red Maradol

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Paw Paw Dwarf Red Maradol 3 litre plants
A dwarf Papaya capable of fruiting within 7 months from seed when only 50cm tall in tropical conditions. A native of Mexico it has pink flesh rather than the normal peach. This plant will need to be kept between 15°C and 30°C to grow properly and the flowers will not set or will fall off outside of this temperature range. Self fertile variety 9 months old plants available. Ours start flowering after a year, with the first ripe fruit in about 18 months from seed.

Cestrum nocturnum

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Cestrum nocturnum or Lady of the Night 1 litre plants

Cestrum nocturnum has one of the strongest fragrances around in the evening, when the scent becomes almost intoxicating. The masses of small, creamy blooms open up at night releasing their perfume, but some scent still lingers during the day from the semi closed flowers. They bloom on and off during the warmer months of the year and grow quickly so regular pruning will be needed to keep it contained. An extremely popular plant always in high demand.
 

Clerodendrum thomsoniae

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Clerodendrum thomsoniae or Bleeding Heart Vine 1 litre plants

Clerodendrum thomsoniae is an unusual conservatory shrubby climber that you do not see very often. If pruned correctly it will erupt into sprays of pure white flowers, with scarlet crimson centres that last for weeks and weeks.

Colocasia esculenta Black Magic

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Violet Elephants Ear 1 litre plants
An exotic aroid, used in Florida and the tropics for water side gardening where it grows huge 2ft  leaves on clumps reaching 6ft high and wide. Smokey and exotic looking, this unusual plant displays fantastic huge purple black elephant ear shaped leaves. An excellent humid conservatory subject, easily over wintered in a heated greenhouse if kept on the dry side during winter. Requires partial sun otherwise the leaves will turn green. Please note: not suitable as a house plant as it requires warm humid conditions.

Colocasia esculenta Jacks Giant

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Giant Elephants Ear 1 litre plants

Colocasia esculenta Jacks Giant is an unusual elephants ear that given the right conditions can grow to 7ft with 4ft leaves, creating a spectacular display! Recently seen on a Gardeners World program in a South London suburb tropical garden.

Colocasia fontanesii

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Violet Elephants Ear 1 litre plant
Fontanessii, another cool hardy Colocasia  producing huge heart shaped 2ft leaves on clumps reaching 6ft. The leaves are larger and more leathery than Black Magic. Purple black stems and dark green black leaves create an excellent display. Easily over wintered in a frost free greenhouse or conservatory, if kept on the dry side during winter.

Colocasia illustris

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Elephants Ear or Taro - 1 litre plants 
A beautiful variety a bit like black magic but with deep green veins in the leaf. Unlike Black Magic the leaves turn green in full sun and is therefore best in partial shade or filtered sun. This plant loves water but a free draining compost is absolutely essential.

Cyphomandra betacea

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Tree Tomato 1 litre plants җ
A quick growing novelty plant from Peru that has good use both for its tomato like edible red fruit that is eaten and tastes a bit like a passion fruit (it just looks like a plum tomato!) It has large downy leaves making it a bold pot plant for terrace decoration or summer bedding. Makes a sparse shrub with terminal 4” racemes of 1” pink highly scented flowers spring to summer. Hardy down to cold levels even withstanding a light frost. Excellent if you have a frost free glass house to house it over winter and I have heard it has proven hardy down in the west country. These plants are cutting grown from mature fruiting trees and are already in flower/bud.

Epiphyllum Oxypetalum

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Epiphyllum Oxypetalum or Queen of the Night 1 litre plants

Epiphyllum Oxypetalum is an easily cultivated, fast growing epiphyte. Needs compost containing plenty of humus and sufficient moisture in summer. Should not be kept under 10ºC (50ºF) in winter. Can be grown in semi-shade but not full sun, extra light in the early spring will stimulate budding. Flowers in late spring or early summer and large specimens can produce several crops of flowers in a season. The blooms are stunning 12" wide strongly fragrant and pure white. Each bud only opens for one night though and usually after 7pm, and it is really frustrating if you miss it! This epiphyllum like plant can reach tree like proportions sending out 4ft glossy green shoots that are tougher than they look. Why we do not sell it is that slugs simply love the new growth and I gave up trying to produce "clean" plants, but if you do not mind the odd nibbled leaf we are happy to supply this rare and fabulous plant.

Hibiscus schizopetalus

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Hibiscus schizopetalus or Fringed Hibiscus 1 litre plants

One look at the Hibiscus schizopetalus the fringed hibiscus, and it’s easy to see why the shrub is so popular across the world. It’s unique weeping flowers set it apart from other hibiscus varieties. The gorgeous pink and red pendent flowers make it very popular as a pot plant. Growing naturally to more than eight feet tall, the plant can be pruned and trained but it needs a very warm environment to survive our winters.

Impatiens niamniamensis

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Impatiens niamniamensis or Congo Cockatoo 1 litre plants
Impatiens niamniamensis is a succulent-stemmed, balsam like plant from tropical East Africa has flowers that look like the head of a scarlet, yellow, and green parrot. This dramatic and unusual houseplant can grow to 3’ tall, covered periodically with these quite gaudy flowers. Although not constantly in bloom, it  typically produces its long-lasting flowers several times a year. Grow in a warm part shady position under glass just like a balsam plant.

Ipomea indica

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Ipomea indica or Perennial Morning Glory 1 litre pots 

Ipomea indica is a strong growing tender vine more robust than the normal morning glory with large blue flowers that fade to pink as they age and large three lobed leaves. Propagated by cuttings and over wintered in a heated greenhouse keeping the plant on the dry side. Beware this plant is rampant but not winter hardy so no bind weed problems if planted outside in the UK!

Murraya koenigii

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Murraya koenigii - the Curry Leaf Plant 1 litre plants 

We have a few Murraya koenigii plants grown from seed each year of the Curry-leaf tree. A native of India and Sri Lanka, it is a small tree suitable for pot culture with very pungent aromatic leaves. The leaves are used in curries. Flowers late spring to early summer with small white flowers, 5/16 of an inch across and are sweetly scented.

Murraya koenigii need warm temperatures with full sun to partial shade and a well draining loam based compost mix. The compost should be allowed to thoroughly dry between waterings. Fertilize weekly during the growing season and do not let the winter temperature fall below 18c° when watering should be very light. A small tree perhaps making 4ft in 5 years.

Pachystachys lutea

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Lollipop Plant 1 litre plants

This evergreen shrub grows in a clumping manner with multiple erect/upright stems emerging from the base. At the tip of each stem, colourful spikes of yellow bracts are borne, within which white flowers are held. Once the flowers mature they begin to protrude from the spike of bracts creating a lovely bright yellow and white display. This plant looks spectacular when in flower and makes a stunning pot plant. A rare plant and not readily available in the UK from anyone else!

Passiflora Alata

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Passiflora alata "Wing Stemmed Passion Flower" 1 litre plants

An excellent vigorous plant, Passiflora alata is my all time favourite passion flower and similar in appearance to Passiflora quadrangularis with large leaves and huge purple flowers with a stunning heavy scent. Really only suitable for the conservatory as it makes a big plant so beware, when looked after it will become very rampant!

Passiflora Temptation

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Hybrid Passion Flower 1 litre plants

This hybrid passion flower is a vigorous plant and flowers prolifically with stunning lilac blue frilly flowers, as a bonus it has a slight scent. Ideal for a greenhouse or conservatory and tolerant of cool temperatures but not frost. 

Plumbago capensis

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Plumbago Capensis Darker Blue Clone 1 litre pots 
Plumbago capensis is a shrubby plant that throws long runners almost like a non clinging climber. If pruned it can be kept to shape and is often used as hedging in the Tropics. This year I have located an improved new clone of this plant with darker blue flowers,  more shrubby in form, making a compact bush. It is also proving very floriferous and will be the only variety offered by us from now on. The one in the picture above and behind is the darker clone.

Russelia equisetiformis

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Russelia equisetiformis or Coral Blow 1 litre plants
Russelia equisetiformis the Coral plant is a multi-branched sub shrub with slender rush like stems. The wiry branches start out erect then fall over cascading down in lengths as long as 4 ft (1.2 m). Flowers from spring until autumn outdoors in warm climates and all year long indoors. The flowers are produced in hanging clusters of scarlet tubular flowers about 1 in (2.5 cm) long that look like little firecrackers, inspiring the plant’s common name. Slow growing at first it will eventually fill quite a large pot given warm conditions. In the tropics it attracts humming birds for the flower nectar.

Saccharum officinarum

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Saccharum officinarum or Sugar Cane 3 litre plants
If you are into novelties and pampas grass, then this one fits the bill. The course grass like foliage is almost identical to pampas, but with stronger stems. Difficult to over winter below 10C, and can become chloritic in alkaline conditions. One year growth maybe to 5ft in ideal conditions and the suckers can be propagated once the plant is established. Saccharum officinarum is not suitable for planting outside in the UK even if we have a warm summer and needs to be under glass all year round.

Saccharum officinarum violaceum

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Saccharum officinarum violaceum or Purple Sugar Cane 1 litre plants

Saccharum officinarum violaceum is an excellent architectural plant that grows at an astonishing speed to 10ft given enough warmth. It is definitely a lot tougher and cold hardier than the ordinary form with March propagated cuttings already reaching 6ft tall by August under glass and 5ft plus outside. A graceful elegant large grass with purple/green leaves and purple veins that also performed really well as summer bedding in our trials, forming large purple grass clumps to 6ft by August/September. This plant is quite tender at the root level and needs a warm winter environment keeping it on the dry side to keep it alive. Much easier to look after though than the tropical green edible form.

Solandra maxima

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Solandra maxima or Chalice Vine 1 litre plants

Solandra maxima is a fast growing very large tropical climber, only suitable for large conservatories, that bears massive yellow flowers the size of dinner plates. An excellent specimen can be seen at Wisley in their tropical House. The large yellow cup shaped flower gives the plant its common name.

Solanum macranthum

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Brazilian Giant Potato Tree 1 litre plants

The Brazilian Giant Potato tree with its huge ornamental leaves, is a rare fragrant blue flowered large shrub typical  of the solanum family. The blooms start white, fade to a light pink and then to blue, much like the Brunfelsia. Best for a large warm conservatory and although closely related to the Solanum glasnevin it does need a minimum of 10C over winter. It develops large decorative fig like leaves adding to the attraction and in enough warmth  flowers continuously. A stunning small tree or large shrub that should be better known. Useful as a tropical patio plant outside in summer given a warm sunny sheltered location.

Thunbergia grandiflora

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Thunbergia grandiflora or Clock Vine 1 litre plants

Thunbergia grandiflora is a blue flowering conservatory vine of good habit, the dark green foliage compliments the large waxy flowers with a yellow throat. The one in the picture under trials for outdoor summer bedding was a year old growing up a frame by our front door and 7ft tall. It flowered non stop from May to October. In a conservatory it can become rampant unless controlled/trained and in warm conditions flowers all year round.

Thunbergia Mysorensis

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Thunbergia Mysorensis or Red Glory Vine 1 litre plants

Thunbergia Mysorensis is a rare “clock Vine” from India with large hanging clusters of red and yellow flowers. This fast growing vine will need a warm humid conservatory or greenhouse to be seen at it’s best.

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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