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Conservatory Plants

Unusual Conservatory and Heated Greenhouse Plants.

(Shipping May to Sept 2018) 

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.

Acalypha hispida

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Red Hot Cat Tails 1 litre plants

This is a very attractive tropical shrub with its bright green toothed leaves toothed and long, hairy tail like crimson drooping red flower clusters. Capable of reaching a height of 2 meters careful pinching and pruning may be necessary to keep Acalypha Hispida from becoming too tall and untidy. The red flowers can reach up to 10-50cm long. It requires bright light, well drained soil and tropical warm conditions. Dead flowers should be removed and watering should be minimal in winter and spider mite can be a problem without control.

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 1 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 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!

Carica Papaya Babaco

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Carica Papaya Babaco or Paw Paw fruit 1 litre plants

This mountain hybrid Papaya comes from the highlands of Ecuador and thrives in a cool subtropical climate, free of frost. The Babaco is much more tolerant of cool, damp winters than the papaya. It will withstand temperatures to about 28° F in very short bursts, although it may lose most of its leaves. The Babaco is ideally suited to container culture and also excellent for greenhouses in a sunny spot.

Eventually growing to about 6 feet in height it does not branch and during the cold winter months the leaves degenerate and are usually shed below 12C but will keep growing if kept warmer. As these plants are vegetatively propagated they only produce self fertile female flowers. The excellent large seedless fruits, to 12" long ripen in the late autumn to winter depending on the season. The flesh of the Babaco is very juicy, slightly acidic and low in sugar with a unique flavour, perhaps not to everyones taste, that has been described as having overtones of strawberry, pineapple and papaya. New growth from the base should be only encouraged when the old stem has become too old to be productive.

Carica Papaya Thai Dwarf

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Paw Paw Thai Dwarfl 3 litre plants

A dwarf Papaya capable of fruiting within 7 months from seed when only 50cm tall in tropical conditions. A native of  Thailand 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.

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.

Clerodendrum thomsoniae variegata

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Variegated Bleeding Heart Vine 1 litre plants
We have a few rare variegated plants of Clerodendrum thomsoniae a really 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. This form also looks attarctive when not flowering.

Colocasia Jacks Giant

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Giant Elephants Ear 1 rhizome

We have a number of fresh Colocasia esculenta Jacks Giant rhizomes available from our own harvest. This Colocasia is a fabulous elephants ear that given the right conditions can grow to 7ft with 4ft leaves, creating a spectacular display! Has been seen on the Gardeners World program in a South London suburb tropical garden.

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.

Megaskepasma erythrochlamys

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Megaskepasma erythrochlamys or Brazilian Red Cloak 1 litre plants
Megaskepasma erythrochlamys is a showy, tropical shrub with a grotesque botanical name occurs naturally in Venezuela. The showy ‘flower’ consists of red bracts surrounding the true white flower, a magnificent shrub to 10ft, but containable as a warm conservatory exotic if pruned. Our stock plants all flower profusely from August to October - very rare 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!

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 1 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.

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.

Strobilanthes dyerianus

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Strobilanthes dyerianus or Persian Shield 1 litre plants

Strobilanthes dyerianus commonly called Persian Shield is among the most sought after foliage plants worldwide. It produces quite unique shimmering iridescent purple coloured metallic looking leaves. Used as a house plant in the UK it is a shade lover but with dappled sunlight the colouring is much stronger. However strong sun burns the leaves. Always late in the season to propagate so please be patient.