|The scent of the lance like leaves when
brushed up against is a spicy bouquet of gingerly scent which is
unforgettable. Some of the alpinia listed have different pubesens, waxy
cascading shell like flowers or soft cerise bracts of reds and pinks or
even cone-shaped. Whichever you prefer, the leaves have that wonderful
aroma. Alpinias are easy to grow requiring well draining soil kept on the
moist side and preferring humidity and partial sun/shade. Some varieties
will not tolerate periods of cold temperatures and others are more
hardier. They make very impressive container plants or can be planted in
the garden and removed for winter storage.
|Costus is the wonderful world of
spiral ginger. Its foliage spirals around bamboo like stalks, know for
this species. Some varieties have a velvety soft texture on the backs
of its leaves, while others maybe smooth with purple undersides. Its
bracts and flowers can range from a cone like bract, pineapple shaped
or soft crepe like flowers emerging from green cones. Very easy to
grow, they do well in partial sun in mild climates and partial shade
in hot climates. They love a rich well draining soil kept on the moist
side. They make beautiful garden specimens or container plants for the
garden or patio.
|Curcumas are the unimaginable world of
hidden gingers, which get its name from some of the varieties because
they bare there flowers on short stalks amid its foliage. Foliage is
lush, broad and sometimes pleated. Curcumas love filtered light or
light shade and enjoy moist soil. Blooms appear spring, summer or fall
depending on variety. They should be fed with a good application of
fertilizer in early spring to produce an exciting and unusual flower
that can be enjoyed for weeks. All varieties listed are very hardy,
but go dormant for the winter where they will die down to rest. Keep
on the dry side while resting for the winter. We offer the newest
|Hedychiums make a marvelous tropical
subject for the garden. They fill air with breathtaking fragrances of
their blooms. There are many ranges of color which include reds,
pinks, whites, yellows, oranges and soft pastel shades. Showy
butterfly shaped blooms emerge from the terminal spike atop a cane
like growth. We are happy to say we carry one of the best hedychium
selections around with many new varieties and some old. Hedychiums
grow in any good garden soil or potted container and are not
particular about drainage. They prefer a little afternoon shade of
filtered light in warmer climates. Very hardy they can take
temperature to almost freezing. Hedychiums will reward you with lush
green tropical foliage and exquisite fragrant flowers summer through
|Pendulous bracts of purple, yellow and
white and vivid colored flowers are adorn on the small petite plants,
sometimes called Dancing Girls or Ladies. Short 1' to 3' they can be
grown in containers or garden. They prefer filtered sunlight, moist
soil and average feeding. A summer/fall bloomer they go dormant for
the winter to rest, as warmer temperatures approach new growth beings
May-June. Fertilize in early spring. Look for new varieties for mid
|Dark green pleated ovate leaves adorn
these beautiful and unusual plants. The bracts can range in shape from
glistening beehive shape flower bracts to rattlesnake tail shape. Flowers
are the most gorgeous of the marantaceae family. Truly a tropical wonder!
Calatheas love heat and humidity and should be shaded from hot direct
sunlight. They may be grown outdoors in the garden or as container
specimens kept on the moist side and fed nutritional fertilizer, they will
flourish and give you years of enjoyment. Rhizomes can be lifted in cold
winter climates and stored. Easily grown tropical!
Musa Ornamental Banana
|Bananas of exquisite taste and grandeur. All of our
bananas are easy to grow and flower and add lush tropical feel to any
garden. They can be grown and over wintered by removing from the soil,
cutting back foliage and keeping above freezing. Fertilize with a balanced
fertilizer during the growing season.
Musa Banana (Fruiting)
|Bananas are becoming more popular everyday,
there fun to grow and one of the easiest ways to create a tropical
setting. Very quick to mature, most bananas produce in their second year
when given care. Known for their delicious fruit, their many tastes and
textures, most are better than those purchased at the market. All bananas
love full to partial sun and generous amounts of water and fertile soil. A
regular fertilizing program is highly recommended to maintain productive
healthy growth and to produce the largest bananas possible. When starting
bananas from a corm, it is always essential to have good drainage. The
soil should be slightly moist not soggy. Careful monitoring of water is a
must in the rooting stage to avoid rotting. When container planting we
recommend that you give at least 3" to 4" of space between the corm and
the sides of the container or it can be planted directly in the garden
when temperatures reach 50 degrees or warmer.
|Heliconia are grown for their beautiful, brilliant
colorful flowering bracts. Breathtaking and unusual flowerheads (bracts)
rise from clumps of banana like leaves, sometimes very large or slender.
Their height may on some species vary from as small as 2' to 25' depending
Heliconia are actually highly modified leaves and bracts,
their colorful bracts may be erect, pendulous or spiraling with bracts in
the shapes of bird's beaks, lobster claws or fan shaped and colors of
reds, pinks, golds, oranges and splashes of a mixture of colors. Some
Heliconia are an excellent choice for container plants that can be grown
indoors for the winter and moved outdoors for the spring and summer.
Rhizomes should be planted in a well draining soil with the very tip
protruding out of the soil. Water thoroughly and let dry out somewhat
between watering. If kept too wet, there is a good chance they may rot.
Average temperatures should be least 60° F, some varieties are much more
hardier and can take cooler temperatures. They require bright light and
are heavy feeders of any well balanced fertilizer.
|Plumerias (Frangipani) also known as the Lei flower, is native to warm
tropical areas of the Pacific Islands, Caribbean, South America and
Plumerias can grow to be large shrubs or even small trees in mild areas
of the U.S. In tropical regions, Plumeria may reach a height of 30' to 40'
and half as wide. They have widely spaced thick succulent branches, round
or pointed, long leather, fleshy leaves in clusters near the branch tips.
Sensitive to cold, leaves tend to fall in early winter since they are
deciduous. In colder climates they should be grown in containers. They
make beautiful potted plants for the patio or greenhouse.
In milder climates, plumeria can be grown outdoors in the ground, where
they may be a small beautiful landscape trees. When temperatures dip into
the low 40's they may be stored in their containers or uprooted carefully
trying to take as much root as possible and stored over winter in a heated
basement or garage where temperatures are kept above freezing. As soon as
temperatures rise outdoors they can be brought out and planted again. They
will resume growth, leaf out and begin to grow as if nothing happened.
The real payoff comes during the early summer through the early fall
months, when very fragrant clusters of showy, waxy flowers provide the
makings for your own Hawaiian Lei. There is absolutely nothing like the
sweet fragrance of Plumeria in flower, with fragrances of jasmine, citrus,
spices, gardenia, and other indescribable scents. These flowers are
treasured by the Polynesian Islanders for their durability, fragrances and
colors of whites, yellows, pinks, reds, and multiple pastels.
Flowering can last up to 3 months at a time producing new blooms
everyday. Once picked, a bloom can last for several days without wilting
if kept in water.
|An evergreen shrub. Moderate to fast growth, most varieties
reach a maximum height of 6' to 10' and 5' wide if not pruned for shape.
Easily trained into a handsome single or many trunked tree. Narrow leathery
leaves are dark green and glossy clustered at the twig or branches. Flowers
2" to 3" across clustered at the twig or branch ends. Blooms May to October.
A near relative to Plumeria!
|Cannas are an easy to grow tropical
plant that will beautify your yard for years to come. We have chosen the
hardiest and most exotic Cannas available. Glorious flowers from white,
yellows, pinks, reds and multiple pastels are graced by some of the most
interesting and colorful foliage one could ask for. Everything from
striped to burgundy red and luxuriant dark green. These versatile plants
can be used as center pieces in your garden, or in a mass as a
background for other tropicals. And some of our dwarfs are perfect for
borders in planting beds.
Growing from underground rhizomes, Cannas
are considered herbaceous perennials and are semi-root hardy. They will
not tolerate freezing conditions, but may be lifted and stored for the
winter. These easy to care for plants prefer full sun to partial shade,
generous amounts of water and a regular fertilizer program.
|Exquisite and hard to find, We are happy to include this
array of wonderful tropical vines. The vines offered are semi-tropical to
tropical and found throughout the Pacific Islands, Caribbean, Asia and South
America. Most tropical vines are grown in partial shade and can climb to
great heights in their natural habitat. We recommend that they be grown
outdoors in partial shade / shade in the Spring / Summer months and brought
indoors for Fall and Winter months. All vines can be grown as container
plants. Vines require good draining soil; yet kept on the moist side, A
fertilizer high in Phosphorus should be used in Spring to promote bud and
flowering in the Summer / Fall.
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