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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.

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 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 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.

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 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 Thailand Giant

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Giant Elephants Ear 1 litre plants

I have managed to germinate a few of this very rare Colocasia from seed but germination is very difficult and we can only supply plants hopefully by late September. Here is your chance to try out this incredible Colocasia that in tropical conditions will grow leaves up to 6ft long and 2ft wide!! Quick growing but will need 15c+ to keep over winter under glass and mine will be on a heat mat as well. A plant I raised earlier this year in January is now nearly 5ft tall with 70cm leaves!

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 rosa-sinensis Cooperi

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Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Cooperi or Variegated Hibiscus Sinensis 1 litre starter plants
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Cooperi, a lovely, rare, slow growing variegated hibiscus with red flowers. We have seen this grown as hedging in the Caribbean and it looks simply stunning. The leaf variegation is white, pink and green in an unusual mixed pattern. A must have for any collector enthusiast but not an easy plant to grow as a house plant and its slow growing.

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.

Mandevilla Vogue 'Ginger'

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Pink Mandevilla 1 litre pots

This very floriferous hybrid is one of the showiest of all pink flowered vines, with clusters of 3”-4” bright rose pink trumpets with orange throats all year round in heat. Handsome leathery dark green leaves and twining stems. This smemi dwarf variety is popular vine that likes heat and does well in patio containers or even baskets if kept pinched out and will continue to flower all winter in a heated conservatory. It will not tolerate any frost so they need over wintering under glass.

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!

Passiflora exoniensis

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Pink Passion Flower

I acquired this passion flower in Portugal many years ago trailing over a tree in a friends garden. It appears to be a cross of Antioquensis and Mollisima, with almost identical flower colour and size, but with shorter flower stems allowing a more horizontal flower display. The plant is also more robust, cool temperature tolerant, with larger deep green leaves. Will take a very light frost ie -1C

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.

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.

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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