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We have been asked on numerous occasions to supply a wider range of tropical seeds for growing either in the Conservatory or in the Home as house plants.  I have carefully chosen a selection personally grown successfully over many years, deliberately excluded items I found difficult or just impossible despite the many catalogue assurances. I hope this brings another dimension to your exotic collection that can be appreciated during the winter months.

Echeveria Peacockii
Echeveria
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Aprx 20 tiny seeds 2.54   JS3706 

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A tender perennial Mexican echeveria with a ground hugging 5" rosette of almost luminous fleshy blue-green leaves heavily dusted with silver. A calf high flower stem arises from the rosette's centre in early summer, terminating in a cluster of red flowers. The blooms attract hummingbirds in its native habitat. Prefers full sun and a well drained compost disliking cold and damp. Water sparingly in summer and keep dry in winter and an unusual windowsill house plant.

Enterolobium cyclocarpus
Elephants Ear Tree
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5 large seeds 3.20   JS1228 

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The national tree of Costa Rica is a fast growing member of the mimosa family, known for its glamorous feathery foliage. The common name "Elephant's Ear" derives from the ear shaped seed pods used for decoration. Useful as a fast growing pot plant in a heated conservatory or greenhouse with large fern like leaves it will handle drier conditions than most tropical trees.

Erythrina lysistemon
Common Coral Tree 
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10 seeds 2.54  JS1752

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A lovely, small to medium-sized, deciduous tree with a spreading crown and brilliant red flowers. It is a handsome tree at any time of the year, and its dazzling flowers have made it one of the best known and widely grown South African trees. The flowers are a beautiful clear scarlet and are carried in short, dense heads, about 9 cm long, on long, thick stalks. The flowers produce abundant nectar that attracts many nectar-feeding birds and insects. It is easily cultivated from seed and grows rapidly. It is sensitive to severe cold but may be successfully grown in areas where light frost occurs, provided it is put in a sheltered corner. Flowering is best though where the spring is hot and dry or used in a dry conservatory position.

Eucomis comosa

New for 2017!
Pineapple Flower 
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10 seeds 2.54  JS3759

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A native of South Africa, where it grows wild, Eucomis comosa is a member of the lily family. It is known as the pineapple plant because it wears what looks like a ruff above a fat column of striking starry-green flowers. The large leaves are also lush and tropical-looking worth including in any exotic scheme. Like all South African summer-rainfall bulbs, it is easy to keep if allowed to remain dormant in winter. Should start flowering after a couple of years from seed..

Gardenia Jasminoides
Gardenia n
20 seeds 1.55   JS1681

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The well known florists Gardenia with pure white double flowers and a scent that will fill a room from a single bloom. Prefers soft water conditions and dislikes alkaline potting compost. It can be successfully grown in doors but they seem to do better in semi shade in a warm humid conservatory or greenhouse and brought indoors while in flower. One of our favourite greenhouse shrubs.
 

Gardenia thunbergia
Wild Gardenia n
10 seeds 3.69   JS2772

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This is a slow growing evergreen shrub or small tree to 1m or 2m if pot grown. It is hardier than the common pot grown plant down to frost level for brief periods and suitable for unheated conservatories. The leaves are carried in whorls of 3 or 4 crowded near the ends of the branchlets and the flowers are large, showy, creamy white and heavily perfumed, particularly at night. It may take a few years before large enough to flower though! A very popular but expensive plant in California.
 

Guaicum officinale
Tree of Life
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10 seeds 2.95  JS3611

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A small evergreen tree native to the West Indies that grows slowly to 30' in the wild but as a manageable shrub if pot grown making it a potential candidate for a warm glasshouse or conservatory. It forms a twisted trunk and produces blue flowers with five petals, followed by bright yellow-orange fruits with red flesh and black seeds. The wood called lignum vitae is one of the hardest known, almost impervious to water and has medicinal properties.

Hamelia Patens
Firebush n

Aprx 25 seeds 2.55  JS2313

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Hamelia patens, a fast growing scrambling shrub like plant, flowers late spring to early autumn and the flowers are bright orange-red borne in clusters. The stems and flower stalks also have a red hue. The Firebush from Mexico is heat and drought tolerant and requires good drainage and a hot sunny position. Very popular with butterfly collectors that love the nectar. (The butterflies not the collectors!)

Hibiscus mutabilis
Confederate Rose n
10 seeds 2.45   JS2901

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A large shrub or small multi stemmed tree that grows to 15 ft in a warm climate and a native of China. Hibiscus mutabilis will need a warm glasshouse in the UK to over winter but is spectacular when in full bloom starting in late summer and on into autumn. The flowers open pure white and change colour over a three-day period until they are deep pink. The most notable characteristic of this flowering shrub is that flowers of three distinct colours appear on the bush simultaneously as the blooms colour cycle independent of one another.

Hibiscus tiliacius
Beach Hibiscus n
10 seeds 2.45   JS2997

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This Hibiscus is a tropical evergreen shrub, or small spreading tree that can reach up to about 15 foot tall and wide but much smaller if pot grown and kept pruned. The large 10cm flowers open up and start out yellow and then as the day progresses they turn to orange. The flowers and young leaves are edible but the plant likes a well drained compost and a sunny location. Easy to grow from seeds and should make a good conservatory plant with its handsome large leaves.

Holmskioldia sanguinea
Chinese Hat Plant
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10 seeds 2.45   JS3201

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The unusual orange flowers, looking like a mandarin's hat, are the main interest of this scrambling greenhouse shrub. They appear in dense terminal clusters through autumn and winter. The mid-green leaves are oval and slightly serrated. Growth habit is similar to plumbago capensis with long scandent training shoots. Rampant growth can be contained by pruning after flowering and old canes can be removed. This plant requires full sun but will bloom in filtered light.

Hypoestes confetti series
Polka dot Plant n
20 seeds 1.59   JS630

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Easy growing colourful foliage plant for pot work or spot summer bedding. We offer a mixed colour spot range.

Iochroma Sweetheart

New for 2017!
Mini Brugmansia  n
10 small seeds 1.95   JS3796

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Iochroma are related to Brugmansia and the Solonacea family with a shrubby habit and simple greyish green leaves. This unknown species has attractive, reddish, tubular flowers in terminal clusters, followed by cherry-sized, golden yellow, heart-shaped fruits that are said to be edible and sweet. However most of this family are poisonous and I would not recommend tasting them! Not a hardy form like Iochroma australis and best suited to a frost free glasshouse and used as summer bedding.

Ixora coccinea Red

Out of Stock!
Ixora - Jungle Geranium Red n
10 seeds 3.50   JS1550

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We have managed to find a source of fresh seed for a red form of Ixora, a bushy, rounded shrub that has long been a popular hedging plant in subtropical and tropical areas. Ixoras freely produce loose, corymb-like cymes, 2-5" across of red, orange, pink, or yellow flowers. This plant is a member of the Rubiaceae family which includes the Coffee plant and Gardenia. An excellent tropical pot plant subject, but feed with trace elements as it can suffer from iron deficiency in hard water areas.

Ixora coccinea Yellow
Ixora - Jungle Geranium Yellow n
10 seeds 3.50   JS2031

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We have also managed to find a source of fresh seed for a yellow form of Ixora, a bushy, rounded shrub that has long been a popular hedging plant in subtropical and tropical areas. Ixoras freely produce loose, corymb-like cymes, 2-5" across of red, orange, pink, or yellow flowers. This plant is a member of the Rubiaceae family which includes the Coffee plant and Gardenia. An excellent tropical pot plant subject, but feed with trace elements as it can suffer from iron deficiency.

Ipomoea Carnea
Bush Morning Glory n
10 seeds 2.66

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A large leafed tropical bush version of Ipomoea seen throughout the Caribbean. Grows quickly to over 6ft as a bush and should be useful in this country as a large annual for summer bedding or for conservatory use. The large pink or white flowers are a classic morning glory type fading by the late afternoon as they close. Flowers produced in dense clusters making a great show if given enough sun.

Jacaranda cuspidifolia
Purple Jacaranda n
10 seeds 2.25   JS3226

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A Brazilian dry savannah species of Jacaranda with deeper, purple/blue flowers than mimosifolia held in clusters. Said to be fractionally hardier and not quite so tall to 25 metres in tropical conditions. A rare tree that flowers earlier than mimosifolia after perhaps two to three years in ideal conditions. Worth a try as a pot plant for its attractive ferny foliage and possible flowers in a large conservatory. Frost tolerant as an established tree to -3c

Jacaranda mimosifolia
Jacaranda n
15 seeds 2.13   JS632

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A common tree for tropical locations with soft ferny foliage and spectacular lilac blue flowers a bit like upright laburnum or the Paulownia in shape. A tree in full flower is a sight not to be missed! Easy to grow from seed but difficult to reach flowering size in the uk unless you have a very tall heated conservatory. Can be pot grown and stood outside in summer until it gets too large. Worth growing for the foliage alone.

Jatropha podagrica
Buddhas Belly n
5 seeds 3.33   JS2023

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This unusual desert plant of the Euphorbia family has a small woody trunk or tuber swollen at the base, like Buddha s belly with a few leaves and flowers out of the top. I bears clusters of bright red blooms during spring and autumn, likes a sunny spot and copes well with dry air. Excellent for containers or bonsai.

Lagerstroemia indica
Crepe Myrtle mixed colours n]
(Pr Pkt) 2.25 JS984

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An ideal conservatory plant, this highly ornamental, deciduous shrub or small tree from Asia bears large panicles of lovely white, pink or purple flowers with crinkled petals. It should flower the second year from seed, but can be kept pruned to keep it to a sensible size, as it flowers on the old wood in early summer. Maybe hardy in mild areas to -5˚C

Lagerstroemia indica - Little Chief
Dwarf Crepe Myrtle n]
(Pr Pkt) 3.69   JS1189

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If you do not have room inside or the location for a Lagerstroemia outside (in a warm micro climate), then this cultivar originating out of America, is an excellent alternative. Little Chief is a dwarf form of lagerstroemia indica growing only to a height of 1m with purple flowers. An outstanding pot plant, flowering within 4 months from seed.

Manihot esculenta

New for 2016!

Cassava, Yuca, tapioca etc n]
5 seeds 2.95   JS3667

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Cassava the worlds third largest source of carbohydrate is a shrubby perennial that grows to a height of 6-8 feet in the tropics. It has smooth erect stems and resembles the cannabis plant in appearance. The large compound, dark green, reddish veined attractive leaves are palmately divided into about seven leaflets. It is unlikely to produce any sort of sensible crop if pot grown in the UK and should be treated as a novelty. Also be aware that all parts of the plant including the edible tubers contain a small amount of alkaloids and correct preparation peeling and cooking is essential to remove the toxicity. Well worth growing both for its novelty value and ornamental appearance. Our seeds come from the "sweet" variety not the bitter form of Cassava.
 

Maranta arundinacea
Arrowroot n
10 seeds 3.16   JS2644

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One for the heated conservatory where it will make a handsome foliage plant. Maranta arundinacea, is cultivated commercially for its starch-storing rhizome. Because this very nutritious starch is so readily digested, it is often fed to infants, invalids, and those allergic to wheat. The name arrowroot derives from its past medicinal use as a poultice to remove arrow poison from wounds. So if you come home from a bad day at work with poisoned arrows in your back this is just what you need!

Molineria capitulata
Syn Curculigo recurvata or "Palm Grass" n
10 seeds 1.95   JS3272

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The Palm Grass is 3 to 4ft tall, forming large clumps of leaves that are up to 6" wide in tropical regions but smaller as a pot plant. The leaves are sometimes used in flower arrangements and often seen as a house plant.

Mussaenda macrophylla
Sweet Root n
20 seeds 2.95   JS3676

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A native of Asia and Africa, this attractive tropical shrub has large white bracts typical of the family with tiny insignificant flowers. It will grow to 3m or 4m as a lax shrub and will need to be kept pruned if pot grown in a heated glass house.

Nepenthes madagascariensis

New for 2017!
Madagascan Pitcher Plant n
10 seeds 2.95   JS3760

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One of two Nepenthes native to Madagascan it grows slender shoots to about 1 m tall, with thick, leathery leaves that sport vase-like, yellow or reddish pitchers on wiry stalks. These pitchers fill with rain water and attract insects, mostly ants, that are trapped, drowned and finally digested by the plant as a supplement to the poor nutrient situation in its habitat. Grown under glass it prefers to be dry between watering and a good compost is sphagnum moss.

Nerium oleander
Oleander Bush Mixed Colours n]
(Pr Pkt) 2.03   JS179

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This well known shrub seen all over the South of France is a tough one, very tolerant of dry conditions and flowers profusely in full sun. The seed offered is mixed hybrids, but you may have to wait until the second year to see what colours you have grown. Easily over wintered in a cool or cold greenhouse as it will take a light frost without any serious damage

Pentas lanceolata
Egyptian Star Cluster - New Look Mixed n
10 seeds 3.18   JS941

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A tender 18 tall perennial with tiny star shaped flowers in attractive umbels above dark green foliage. This variety has a natural branching habit and we offer a mixed packet of Pink, Red, Rose, White and Violet.

Philodendron bipinnatifidum
Tree Philodendron n
15 seeds 2.55   JS364

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Large glossy cut leaves make this plant (I have grown it for perhaps 30 odd years) an excellent subject for indoor use. It is not always available from your local garden centre and easily grown from seed. For the first 5 years or so it is clump forming but after that does establish a trunk. In the wild it is a slow tree climber. Tough and very tolerant of indoor conditions it is a must if you have not grown it before. 2ft tall until trunk develops with up to 2ft leaves.

Phyrnium pubinerve
Star of the Orient n
10 seeds 2.55   JS3228

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An attractive, banana like plant from the Marantaceae family native to India, southern China and the Philippines. Its underground rhizome produces dense clusters of broad, glossy green leaves on narrow stalks. It adapts well to both tropical and warm temperate climates but may be useful as a warm conservatory plant or house plant.

Plumbago capensis

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Leadwort n
10 seeds 1.25 JS208

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Plumbago capensis with its sky blue flowers is a popular scrambling shrub in temperate climates often used as hedging but also popular as a conservatory plant if given the occasional light prune to keep it in check.

Plumbago capensis alba
White Leadwort n
10 seeds 1.25 JS3719

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This Plumbago has pure white flowers and a popular scrambling shrub in temperate climates often used as hedging but also popular as a conservatory plant if given the occasional light prune to keep it in check.

Plumeria rubra Mixed
Frangipani Mixed Hybrids n
10 seeds 4.95   JS369

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A fleshy stemmed shrub for the warm greenhouse or conservatory requiring full sun and free draining soil. They bear large flowers with a wonderful scent that permeates the air all over tropical gardens. Easy from seed but patience required to raise to flowering size in about 3 years. If you think you have a good position for this lovely plant in a warm conservatory then give it a try. Our seed is from a specialist frangipani hybridiser, containing the latest mixed colour strains including, yellow, pink, red, white and many bicolours.

Protea cynaroides
King Protea n
10 seeds  3.94   JS986

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Protea are the worlds most unusual flowers native to South Africa, but not easy to grow. They need an acid compost so probably not practical even in a pot if you are in hard water area. If you want to have a go with these spectacular plants we have chosen the following varieties both for easiness and variety of form. The King Protea has outstanding flowers up to 12 across with dark pink bracts. Only 5' tall - the leaves are 5" and leathery.

Protea eximia
Broadleaf Sugar Bush n
10 seeds  3.94   JS987

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Flower heads are 5 across rose to red colour with spoon shape bracts. Compact shrub to 7 with dense oval leaves. Useful for growing in alkaline soil.

Protea nerifolia
Oleanda leaved Protea n
10 seeds  3.94  
JS989

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Beautiful 5 flower bracts very satiny with hues deep pink to salmon tipped in black fur. Cold tolerant to -7˚C, prefers acid but may be grown in lime-clay soil.

Protea Mixed
Mix of all three varieties n
10 seeds  3.94   JS988

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A mix of all three Proteas - Protea eximia, Protea nerifolia and Protea cynaroides

Ravenala madagascariensis
Travellers Tree nS
10 seeds  1.52   JS371

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A common site in the tropics with its banana shaped leaves which are produced in a "fan" type pattern. The tree is called by it's common name for two reasons, first by offering the thirsty traveller water from within the leaf bases and secondly the tree tends to grow in an East/West plane as a helping compass guide. Easy enough to grow from seed but needs a warm conservatory to survive our winters.
 

Ruellia brittoniana Pink
Pink Mexican Petunia n
10 seeds  1.95   JS3680

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A useful conservatory semi hardy sub shrub to 3ft tall. It produces masses of attractive 2" bright pink flowers in summer. Strap like dark green leaves similar to oleander.
 

Ruellia brittoniana Blue

New for 2017!
Blue
Mexican Petunia n
10 seeds  1.95   JS3754

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A useful conservatory semi hardy sub shrub to 3ft tall. It produces masses of attractive 2" bright blue flowers in summer. Strap like dark green leaves similar to oleander.
 

Ruellia Southern Star Mixed
Mexican Petunia n
9 seeds  3.95   JS2905

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A brand new hybrid of Ruellia brittoniana this is good plant for mixed containers in warm sunny positions or as a greenhouse or house pot plant but the plant will need full sun. Unlike the species that grows to 3ft this is a dwarf variant growing to only 12" tall in 3 colours pink, white and blue. Tolerant of both dry and wet conditions and from our experience a tough little plant with 2" wide open trumpet shaped blooms.
 

Schefflera arboricola
Dwarf Umbrella Tree  n
10 seeds 2.95   JS3277

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Schefflera species are wonderfully tropical plants. The dwarf schefflera (sometimes called the dwarf umbrella plant) features long, shiny, oval green leaves that droop gracefully from a central stalk with many leaflets. Schefflera will thrive alongside your other tropical plants as quite a tough house plant. Sadly, schefflera is unlikely to bloom inside, so you'll miss the spectacular long, red tentacles that pass for flowers!

Schizolobium parahyba
Brazilian Fern Tree  n
5 large seeds 4.27   JS1211

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A fast growing tropical tree from Brazil (18ft in a year from seed in its Brazilian habitat) that can be pruned to size for a warm greenhouse. 3ft long fern like leaves that are both light and touch sensitive makes this a very unusual plant. Very odd large flat seeds that after edge nicking and soaking for 4 hours excrete a mass of root like fibres from the damaged part of the seed as the water pressure swells the inside. After 2 days in a propagator a large tap root appears. Young trees exhibit a very sticky sap that traps small animals and insects to their death, leading many to believe that this tree is carnivorous! In our 2005 trials they did well as outdoor summer bedding in a warm position, while under glass they reached over 7ft in 4 months from seed.

Sesbania punicea
Red Wisteria  n
10 Seeds  3.82   JS646

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A South American subtropical short lived shrub from the pea family, grown for its 4 long racemes of bright red flowers. Good for a conservatory, or used as a pot plant outside in summer in a sunny position. This is a new plant for us, thanks to one of our customers telling us about it. Water sparingly in winter when it should tolerate down to 5c or 10c in a heated conservatory.

Sparmannia africana
African Hemp  n
10 Seeds  1.99   JS648

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A tropical open woodland plant from Africa and Madagascar grown for its large clusters of white flowers and large ovate leaves. This is the first time that I have been able to source seed for this pretty plant often seen in Kew or Wisley greenhouses. Needs a warm humid environment and space to grow it successfully with a minimum of 10c in winter.

Spathodea campanulata
African Tulip Tree  n
10 Seeds  1.95   JS2646

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Planted extensively as an ornamental tree in the tropics for its showy reddish-orange or crimson bell shaped flowers. The open flowers are cup-shaped and hold rain and dew, making them attractive to many species of birds. Best grown as a novelty in the UK as this tree is normally 10m to 30m tall!

Strelitzia nicolai
Giant Bird of Paradise Flower  n
10 Seeds  2.15   JS75

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A spectacular foliage plant for the conservatory even if you do not have room to get it to flowering size. If you really want to be experimental this giant Strelitzia from South Africa grows to 18ft with white and blue flowers. Not so cold hardy as Reginea.

Strelitzia parvifolia juncea
Bird of Paradise Flower
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10 Seeds  2.95   JS760

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A Bird of Paradise species that begins its early growth by looking like S. reginae but instead grows into many long spear shaped stalks in a reed-like manner and in clumping form surrounding the flowering "birds". This uncommon variety is in great demand and flowers more profusely. The flowers are almost identical to reginae but smaller.
 

Strelitzia reginae
Bird of Paradise Flower  n]
10 Seeds  2.15   JS31

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This plant is a definite must if you want to grow an exotic plant for the patio with stunning flowers. Hardier than it looks and capable of bearing a few degrees of frost, either in a micro climate or in an unheated conservatory. The bonus for waiting maybe three years for it to flower is that it is just beautiful and doesn't it just remind you of holidays in warmer climates? Germinates slowly but with reasonable success rates at a temperature of 25c to 30c.

Strelitzia reginae - Mandelas Gold
Bird of Paradise Flower  n] 
8 Seeds  3.95   JS705

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We are really excited to be able to offer you again seed this year of a rare form of the Bird of Paradise from South Africa. The flowers are of a lovely yellow gold and purple, rather than the normal orange and blue, with large flower heads. Sorry about the price but it is really hard to source and expensive.

Tabebuia rosea
Pink Poui  n
10 Seeds  2.66   JS2386

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This fast growing tree from the Bignoniaceae family, also known as Pink Poui, is a wide upright evergreen or deciduous tree with funnel-shaped, pink or lilac flowers. Tabebuia makes an excellent shade, lawn, or street tree, or border plant in the tropics, but it might be worth a try growing in pots for a large conservatory if kept pruned to size.

Tabernaemontana divaricata
Carnation of India or Crepe Jasmine  n
10 Seeds  2.99   JS751

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A tropical plant from India very reminiscent of Gardenia with scented white flowers and leaves like the coffea plant. An interesting alternative to grow and it has taken us two years to find a source of seed. An evergreen shrub growing to a height of 1.5m with a spread of 1m. A native of India, China and Thailand, it prefers well-composted, well-drained, sandy soils in a protected sunny or partly shady position, and is drought and frost tender although roots are prone to rot in poorly draining soil. Seed should be planted within a few months of delivery as this rainforest species has a fairly short viability. Germination is not good even under ideal conditions. They should be sown into sand or sandy soil, kept warm and moist, but not wet.

 

Tecoma Mayan Gold
Hybrid Tecoma  n
10 coated Seeds  3.95   JS2709

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Tecoma 'Mayan Gold' is a fabulous new variety of Tecoma that blooms earlier from spring to late summer from seed sown plants. The flower is a large golden bell shape, hence the common name Yellow Bells. The foliage is a deep glossy green adding a nice tropical look to the plant. This plant dies back in the winter from any light frosts but if kept frost free it will max out at about 8 ft! 'Mayan' Gold' is heat, cool and drought tolerant and is great for attracting bees and butterflies into the garden. Try growing as an annual or as a long term conservatory shrub and it will flower the first season from seed given good conditions.
 

Thevetia nereifolia
Yellow Oleander or "Lucky Nut"  n

10 large Seeds  2.95   JS652

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A tropical south American plant with showy fragrant yellow or orange, funnel shaped flowers and leaves similar to Oleander. Needs a minimum of 10c and easy from the large 3 cornered ornamental seeds. Please note seeds and plant are poisonous if eaten.
 

Thysanolaena maxima
"
Tiger Grass"  n
10  1.95   JS3401

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Thysanolaena maxima is a fast growing, ornamental, luxuriantly foliaged, clumping tropical grass that does look like a small tropical bamboo. Like most large clumping grasses, it can be cut right back every few years to maintain a clean tidy look. Attractive conservatory foliage plant if pot grown. In Asia the large leaves are used to wrap food for steaming, and the flower heads are tied together and used as brooms.
 

Tibouchina semidecandra
Brazilian Spider Flower  n
Pkt  3.95   JS3585

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A fairly hardy shrub able to take a few degrees of frost. Tibouchina have soft hairy leaves with spectacular flowers and the centre stamens look like a jungle spider - hence the name. I use mine as bedding for the late summer flowers and pot culture. The seed of Tibouchina is tiny, similar to gloxinia seed, so please don't expect a large packet!

Wercklea ferox
Hibiscus ferox
  n
10 seeds  1.95   JS3697

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This unusual upright clump forming dianthus with stiff grey green leaves produces clove scented flowers that have the appearance of shredded material, dancing gracefully on the slightest breeze. In a mix of colours including lilac, pink and white shades. Flowers June-August. Height 30cm

Fynbos Smoke Primer Papers
Packet of 5 Papers  12.75   JS1605

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Many seeds can benefit from soaking in smoke impregnated water solution to simulate seed growth after natural bush fires in countries like Australia and South Africa. In particular Anigozanthus, Strelitzia and Protea benefit from this treatment enhancing the likely germination % but research suggests many other recalcitrant species can also benefit like Palms and Musa seed.

Cape Smoke Primer is an absorbent paper that is impregnated with fynbos-smoke-saturated water. The paper is then dried and sealed in a polythene packet. When dormant seeds require "smoking", a predetermined volume of water is added to the paper in a suitable container and the seeds are "smoke-primed" by soaking in the smoke-water solution for 24 hours. In order to have the maximum effect in breaking seed dormancy, a range of natural germination stimulators has been added to the smoke solution to overcome other forms of seed dormancy found in many species.

Each standard packet contains five papers, and 50ml water should be added to each paper. Each packet is thus sufficient to make up 250ml solution ( approx. 8 oz. ) and enough to treat approximately 500 large seeds.


 

 

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Germination --- Easy n, Moderate n and Challenging n

Backlog for Fresh Seed --- u     New Seeds not in Catalogue ---

Hardiness --- ] (To -5C) ]] (To -10C) ]]] (To -15C) 

Growing Symbols ---  Sunny position Shady position S  Lots of Water