Pot plants

One of my favourite plants from seed are tender pot plants that can be grown from in the greenhouse and brought to flowering age ready for spectacular display indoors or in a conservatory. Many a time I have used these as gifts for friends at dinner parties and for many other occasions where something nurtured by one's own hand rather than purchased from a corner store had more meaning. With the right selection you can have beautiful flowering plants all year round.

Adenium obesum mixed

Desert Rose mixed shades 10 seeds
Adenium obesum are succulents that come from dry arid conditions on the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa. They develop large fat trunks even after 2 or 3 months from seed called a caudex, for water storage. They start to flower when quite small only 25cm tall and make excellent house or conservatory plants well adapted to dry atmosphere conditions.

Amaryllis Dutch Hybrids

New for 2015!

Amaryllis Hybrids 10 seeds

Amaryllis or Hippeastrum are a favourite early spring house or conservatory plants grown for their exotic flowers. Bulbs can be expensive but why not try growing a range of colours from this Dutch hybrid selection of seeds. A bit of patience is required as they can take 3 years to reach flowering size but well worth the wait.

Anemone F1 Mona Lisa Mixed

Giant Anemone used for cut flowers 10 seeds
Commercial cut flower variety of Anemone in Vivid colours producing huge blooms up to 10cm in diameter, on sturdy stems up to 45cm long. Normally grown in 10cm pots in a cool greenhouse for winter flowering at 8C to 12C.
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Begonia Non Stop Mixed

Tuberous Begonia Aprx 40 seeds 
Begonia Non Stop  is a really free flowering range of tuberous begonia excellent for pot plant displays or summer bedding. We had a beautiful display of this variety last summer amongst our tropical bedding all grown from seed in the spring. 3 1/2" all double blooms in 10 different colours.


Begonia Non Stop Mocca

Tuberous Begonia Aprx 40 seeds 
A fabulous variety of the Non Stop range, Begonia Non Stop Mocca are free flowering tuberous begonias and excellent for pot plant displays or summer bedding. This one has an excellent colour range, red, pink, yellow and white but all with scrumptious dark green to black foliage.
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Begonia Rex Hybrids

Ornamental Leaf Begonia (Approx 20 seeds Pr Pkt)
A fabulous ornamental begonia with large colourful leaves in shades of green, white and pink. Our mix of Begonia Rex is taken from a number of hybrids and it will be interesting to see what plant leaf colours they produce. Not easy to raise and needs some expertise to manage and grow the very fine seed. Keep out of sun but with bright light they make excellent house or windowsill pot plants living for many years. I used to grow these all the time years ago until my wife became fed up with seeing them year after year and wanted a change! (I must sneak a few seeds in again and hope she does not notice!)

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Browallia speciosa Mixed

Amethyst Flower "Bell Series" 15 seeds
Browallia speciosa is a delightful conservatory or house pot plant that remains compact and uniform and covered with star shaped deep blue to white flowers. Excellent pot plants that after 6 months slow growth will flower all year round even brightening up our dull winters. We offer a mixed selection of white to light blue and dark blue.

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Slipper Plant  20seeds 
Calceolaria has pouch like flowers that smother the plants in brilliant colours of red, yellow and pinks creating a stunning annual display for a cool environment like an unheated conservatory in winter. They can be grown at any time of year but more commonly used for winter flowering from autumn sown seeds. Multiflora makes a larger pot plant in vibrant colours. Cinderella is an F1 hybrid being day length neutral and genetically dwarf, this series brings fresh, bright colors into the darkest time of the year. For weeks on end, the compact plants with their dense cover of bright flowers are a source of delight that brightens anyone's home.

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Crossandra infundibuliformis

Firecracker Plant   10 seeds
Crossandra infundibuliformis is another excellent long lasting house plant with glossy dark green leaves contrasting vividly with bright orange, red or yellow flowers. Easy to raise from seed flowering in about 3 to 4 months. Keep warm over winter.

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Cuphea ignea

Cigar Plant 10 seeds
Cuphea ignea or the cigar plant is native to Mexico and the islands of the West Indies. A sub shrub that grows to about 3ft in height with a similar spread. The leaves are lance shaped or narrowly elliptical and dark green with brilliant orange flowers that inspire this tropical perennial’s common names like cigar flower and cigarette plant. Pinch back the stem tips occasionally to maintain a dense compact shape, easy from seed and a delightful pot plant
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Cyclamen New Wave Mix F1

Cyclamen New Wave 10 seeds
Beautiful compact Cyclamen plants with good leaf markings and an excellent colour range of wavy edged flowers on strong stems.

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Cyclamen Sierra Mix F1

Cyclamen  10 seeds 
A 30cm tall Cyclamen with some of the largest flowers in 7 separate colours. Flowers December to January brightening up those dark winter days with a fabulous display.

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Eustoma grandiflorum - Lisianthus

Lisianthus Echo series 15 seeds
The Echo series of Eustoma grandiflorum is the world’s first 100% all double-flowering cut flower type Lisianthus. Echo is a Group 1, early-flowering, spray type Lisianthus with the strong stems necessary to support the luxurious satiny double blooms on stem lengths of 32 inches. Colours include blue, blue picotee, lavender, light blue, rose, pink picotee, white and yellow.
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Exacum affine

Persian Violet   Pkt
Exacum affine or Persian Violet is a small herbaceous biennial plant with small dark glossy green leaves. Older plants will only reach 2 foot tall even after many years so they make a great windowsill plant. Seed sown in mid-winter will bloom in the summer. The small ½ inch bluish-lilac star-shaped flowers with deep yellow stamens are delightfully fragrant and showy.


Exacum Royal Dane Mixed

Persian Violet  10 seeds 
A unique colour mix of Persian Violet, Exacum Royal Dane Mixed comes in pink, white, deep blue and light blue in pelleted seed form for easier sowing. These are small herbaceous biennial plants with small dark glossy green leaves. Older plants will only reach 2 foot tall even after many years so they make a great windowsill plant. Seed sown in mid-winter will bloom in the summer. The small ½ inch bluish-lilac star-shaped flowers with deep yellow stamens are delightfully fragrant and showy.

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Freesia hybrida

Freesias   10 seeds
Freesias are so strongly scented that even a few potted or cut blossoms will bring fragrance to an entire room.  They have slender sword-shaped leaves and wiry stems 12” to 18” long that may need support. Most freesias bloom in winter or early spring and are ideal as pot grown plants in a cool greenhouse and brought indoors when flowering. Normally grown from small bulbs but many more plants can be raised by seed growing, flowering in their second year. Mixed selection also includes red, yellow, blue and white shades.

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Geranium Black Velvet Mixed

Geranium (Pelagonium) 12 seeds
Geranium Black Velvet, a spectacular new seed grown geranium with near black leaves edged in dark green that really show off the flowers to perfection. We supply a mixed packet of seed in Appleblossom, Red, Rose and Salmon.

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Geranium F1 Horizon Mixed

Geranium (Pelagonium) 10 seeds
Seed grown hybrid geraniums have come a long way over the last few years and are often indistinguishable from cutting grown hybrids, early to flower, good branching habit and zonal foliage. Geranium F1 Horizon range is an excellent example of a superb colour range and most with zonal foliage all with a compact habit and ideal for pot plants or bedding. I remember the first geraniums I grew from seed many years ago when they first came on to the market and I would have given my right arm for this or the Maverick selection!

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Geranium F1 Horizon Picotee Mixed

Geranium (Pelagonium) 10 seeds
Seed grown hybrid geraniums have come a long way over the last few years and are often indistinguishable from cutting grown hybrids, early to flower, good branching habit and zonal foliage. The Geranium F1 Horizon Picotee range have paler centres giving a two tone colour effect together with zonal foliage, all with a compact habit and ideal for pot plants or bedding.

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Geranium F1 Maverick Mixed

Geranium (Pelagonium) 10 seeds
The Geranium Maverick series bred for volume commercial use is one of the best seed grown geraniums, easy to grow and very uniform to flower on strong zonal foliage. Large 15cm shatter resistant flower heads in a wide range of colours make them very suitable for bedding out or for Pot/Patio use.


Gerbera jamesonii

Transvaal Daisy
Gerbera jamesonii cut flowers or pot plants give fantastic colour and beauty to any room.  For best results though the plants need a liberal amount of sun and water. Half day of direct sun and half day of partial shade and remaining slightly moist at all times is ideal. Healthy Gerberas are rarely bothered by pests but fungus and stem rot is a common problem with over watered plants. Remove old leaves regularly to prevent fungus infections. Duplex hybrids have long stems and 3" to 4" flowers and is the form seen as a cut flower.Festival is an F1 hybrid earlier flowering and a more compact plant with large flowers held just above the foliage on shorter stems.
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Gloxinia Avanti Mixed

Gloxinia  15 seeds
Gloxinia Avanti  Mixed includes a good colour range from purpley-blue, pink, white and some picotee white and purple or white and pink flowers. Gloxinias enjoy bright light but not direct sun. Because the leaves are velvety they do not like getting wet.

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Gloxinia Brocade Double Mixed

Gloxinia   15 seeds
Gloxinia Brocade Double is a beautiful double form of Gloxinia in a range of blue, red, white and some bi-colours.
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Gloxinia Empress Mixed

Gloxinia  25 seeds 
Gloxinias are one of the most beautiful houseplants you can grow. Each flower is velvety and bell shaped with blossoms of at least 3-inches in diameter! Gloxinia Empress has one of the widest colour ranges that we have found with pink, red, purple, white, lavender, including both spotted and bicolour forms. Gloxinias enjoy bright light but not direct sun. Because the leaves are velvety they do not like getting wet. Gloxinias die back in the autumn and as the plant begins to fade, water less frequently and then stop watering all together. The tuberous stem needs about 2 to 4 months of dry soil combined with a dark place to re invigorate. When new leaves appear bring the plant back inside the house and resume watering. Place it in a sunny location to grow again. Another plant I grew in my youth to give away to girl friends or their mothers! They all nicknamed them “Peter’s Gladutias”!

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Impatiens Balsamina

Balsam   Pkt
Impatiens Balsamina are unusual impatiens with columns of beautiful camellia type flowers in a wide range of colours on dwarf 12" to 15" plants that make very attractive pot plants. I have grown these on and off for many years and in my opinion should be more popular.

Impatiens New Guinea Divine Mixed

New Guinea Busy Lizzie  10 seeds

Impatiens New Guinea Divine  is a new series that features plants with a greater branching habit that produces lots of flowers all season long. This branching habit also creates nicely shaped, mounded hanging baskets. Foliage ranges from green to bronze-green, providing an excellent contrast with the blooms.

Please Note that the New Guinea Impatiens are not susceptible to the downy mildew disease currently attacking ordinary varieties!

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Impatiens New Guinea Java Mix

New Guinea Busy Lizzie  10 seeds

Impatiens New Guinea Java is a large flowered variety in an array of bright colours, with green and bronze foliage. The best so far for pots, patios, tubs and baskets. Halfhardy perennial that can be overwintered in a warm greenhouse for huge plants the following year. Colours in red, salmon, white, pink, lilac and some bicolours.

Please Note that the New Guinea Impatiens are not susceptible to the downy mildew disease currently attacking ordinary varieties!

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Porphyrocoma pohliana

Brazilian Firework  10 seeds 

Whether you use this splendid tropical plant indoors in containers, or in a warm greenhouse, Porphyrocoma pohliana or Brazilian Fireworks is a fabulous plant closely related to Justicia. With its long, angular leaves of deep green scored with silver and its central bloom cluster of vivid pink and purple, it distinguishes itself beautifully as an oasis of rich colour and fascinating foliage. This plant grows readily from seed, blooming the first year. Showy enough to give as gifts even to non-gardening friends as it is an easy houseplant given warm humid bright light conditions, (but not direct sunlight).

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Primula malacoides Prima Mixed

German Primrose  Pkt
Primula malacoides Prima  is an exciting winter flowering new hybrid, large dense flowers umbels borne on compact uniform plants in carmine and white shades. It is early flowering so should be sown mid-July to Late August. A lovely tender Primula suitable for cool glass house growing and one of my favourites from a past life when I used to grow all of these primulas for pot display.

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Primula Obconica F1 Libre

German Primrose   Pkt
Primula Obconica is a hardy flowering tender pot plant that will give you an almost continuous display of flowers for many years in delicate pastel shades of pink, blue and white. Easy to grow from seed but with some plants the leaves may be touch sensitive for some people creating an allergic skin reaction. This strain is “primine-free” though eliminating the problem.  A really excellent tough house plant capable of withstanding some abuse!

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Primula Polyantha F1 Supernova

Giant Polyanthus  Aprx 40 seeds 
Primula Polyantha F1 Supernova is a gigantic 12" tall polyanthus with flowers up to 3" across, best grown as protected pot plants in a cold greenhouse or planting out in mild areas. This early flowering F1 mixture contains an excellent colour range with a good repeat flowering habit.
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Rehmannia elata

Chinese Foxglove   Pkt җ
Rehmannia elata forms a bold rosette of slightly oval, serrated leaves which anchor the flowers, forming a spike to 50cm of rose coloured bells that are similar to foxglove. Flowers all summer long but in bursts, this gesneriad is not that hardy in the UK and best grown as a cool greenhouse pot plant if you are in a cold area. Used in Chinese herbal medicine.

Saintpaulia ionantha Fantasy Hybrids

African Violet Hybrids Aprx 30 seeds
If you love African Violets, the sheer variety Saintpaulia ionantha  will delight you! You’ll get single, semi-double, and double-flowered blooms in all the bright jewel tones of the family, including bi-colours! Blooms of deep purple, lilac, pink, rose, red, and white, all with a tiny buttery centre! Excellent neat, rosette-shaped 4” plants for a long-lasting display! Blooming just 5 to 6 months from sowing, these 1.5” to 2” blooms arise in clusters above handsome, heavily textured dark green foliage.
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Salpiglossis grandiflora

Painted Lady Mix  Pkt  
Salpiglossis grandiflora or Painted Tongue was a favourite of the Victorians who loved its rich, jewel tones in gold, red, pink, blue and many other colours and patterns, even herringbone. This annual reaches up to 2-feet tall making a spectacular pot plant if pinched out to encourage a bushy habit. It prefers a cool house position and can be used as a cut flower.
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Schizanthus Angel Wings

Poor Mans Orchid Mix   Pkt
Schizanthus are very showy annuals also called "Butterfly Flower" or "Poor Man's Orchid." This truly lovely plant hails originally from the South American country of Chile. Although not a well-known flowering annual, you're sure to fall in love with it when you see its remarkable flowers. Schizanthus can be slow to germinate but you will be rewarded with a dazzling display of vibrant colours in reds, pinks, blues and lavenders all with a central golden eye. This strain is more compact and less lax in habit than most, and ideal for pot growing.
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Senecio cruentus

Cineraria   15 seeds 
Senecio cruentus Souvenir is a superb large cineraria early flowering and huge flowers up to 8cm across. If you want to grow this one in a pot, pick a big pot (20cm plus) for fabulous results. Jester is a more compact form to 10" tall, smaller leaves and very free flowering.

Cineraria need cold period when nearly fully grown of below 15°C to encourage them to flower. Excellent as greenhouse winter flowering pot plants sown in the autumn.

Solanum capsicoides

New for 2015!

Devil Plant 10 seeds

A frost tender perennial 2ft to 4ft. It is native to eastern Brazil but naturalized in other tropical regions. This plant is often used in colder but frost free regions as a rootstock for perennial eggplants where it can increase the crop some 10 fold. Also a very ornamental pot plant where it produces lots of bright orange fruits. In autumn the leafless branches with ripe fruits can be used in dry bouquets as the fruits will not dry out, rot or fall off. Easy to grow but for the UK best sown early in the year to produce summer fruits.

Solanum Thurino

Winter Cherry 10 seeds n b

This member of the Solanum family, has green berries in summer which mature at different rates, so you get green, ivory and tomato looking red fruits at the same time. Used widely as a house plant and virtually indestructible the fruits are toxic although not life threatening. Keep away from any frosts and this little pot grown plant will reward you with its colourful fruits for many years.

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Streptocarpus hybrids

Dragon Hybrids Mixed  15 seeds 
Streptocarpus are a close relative of the Saintpaulia, Their native habitat is the southern African continent and Madagascar. Like the African violet, modern Streptocarpus hybrids have come a long way from their species ancestors and we offer a modern small leaf Dragon Mix hybrid for you to try. I have not been without a plant for 30 years or more and a great favourite of mine.
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Vinca Cooler series Mixed

Vinca  25 seeds
Vinca a tender perennial is usually grown as a greenhouse pot plant annual in the UK. They require hot dry full sun conditions and if used as bedding plants do not plant out until the weather is warm at night and well past any frost possibility. The Vinca Cooler series are lush 8-10 " plants with huge blooms (2¼" across) including 9 vivid colours. Best not sown too early under glass i.e. wait for high light ventilated conditions from March onwards. Good for warm patio displays or a warm tropical bedding sunny corner and flowers in 60 days from sowing.


Zygocactus truncatus

Easter or Christmas Cactus 20 seeds 
Zygocactus truncatus or Christmas Cactus is a well known house plant flowering during our winter. Compact plants ideal for growing in pots with red to pink flowers. Slow to start from seed like any cactus but once the seedlings are established it grows quickly in warm conditions.


Symbol Codes

Germination -- Easy Moderate and Challenging

Backlog for Fresh Seed Flavour

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

Needs Shady Position Sunny Position Water Loving