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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.

Abutilon x milleri variegatum

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Variegated Semi Hardy Bell Flower 1 litre plants

Abutilon x milleri variegatum is a pretty floriferous Abutilon with cream/yellow variegated leaves and persistant Orange and crimson lantern like flowers.  Over winters easily in a frost free glasshouse but probably hardy if grown against a sheltered south facing wall. If it gets too leggy just cut it back allowing it to regrow.
 

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.

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.

Hibiscus coccineus Alba

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White Swamp Hibiscus 1litre plant җ

Hibiscus coccineus alba is a large white flowered Hibiscus able to take between -5°C once established but not making so large a plant after recovery. It comes from the swamps of Florida and Louisiana, but I usually over winter them in a frost free polytunnel and then use the plants for tropical bedding rewarding me with huge white flowers on 6ft plants worthy of any tropical bedding. Pretty delicate light green hemp type foliage. It naturally dies back to the ground during winter then regrowing up to 10ft in its natural habitat.

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.

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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