Subtropical plants and orchids

There are many interesting subtropical plants available that are less tender but still look good or can be used.

We also have a few orchids that are unusual too.

Subtropical plants
 

Subtropical or Mediterranean plants are less tender than tropical plants and as they get older will get tougher too.

We grow some interesting succulents, like Crassula gollum and Echeverias and other plants like olives,citruses.

They still need protection over the winter.

Aloe vera
Aloe vera

Aloe vera is a succulent plant originates from North America and now it is grown worldwide. The juicy leaves used medicinally and in the cosmetic industry too. Aloe vera is a must have in every household as it has a great healing properties on cuts and burns. The plant needs full sun and well drained soil,can be kept outside all summer but will need protection from frost,unheated conservatory is ideal. It will need very little water over the winter.

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Echeveria dondo
Echeveria dondo

This succulent has silver,juicy leaves and looks very attractive in shallow pots,it is tender but can be kept outdoor all summer as it loves sun and heat.It will need protection over the winter but grows well in unheated conservatories as long as it is light and gets very little water. It has beautiful yellow/orange bell shaped flowers which appear early summer and last til early autumn.

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Loquat, Eriobotrya japonica
Loquat, Eriobotrya japonica

Loquat also known as Japanese plum/medlar is originally from South China and grown all over Mexico,Asia and Mediterranean countries.It is a small evergreen tree or shrub grown for it's sweet plum shaped yellow fruits. It is hardy in England but needs protection from frost when it is younger. the white flowers will appear late autumn followed by the fruits which ripen by the end of winter.The fruits are sweet and sharp at the same time like a mixture of peach and mango.

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Echeveria glauca
Echeveria glauca

This succulent has silver-blue juicy leaves with a pointy end.It can grow up to 50 cm in diameter and can be grown outdoor in the summer and indoor in the winter. It needs sunny spot with little water and well drained soil.The yellow/orange bell shaped flowers will appear early summer and last until early autumn.Perfect pot plant for decorating patio and garden tables/planters.

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Crassula ovata 'Gollum'
Crassula ovata 'Gollum'

This succulent is a very decorative tree which could grow up to a 1m tall. It has small long green leaves with an opening end,perfect conservatory/office decoration as it needs very little attention. Likes sunny spot with occasional feeding, very little watering and well drained soil. As it gets older the trunk gets wider and can be shaped too.

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Orchids

We grow some interesting orchids like vanilla which is a climber and will produce vanilla pods or some hardy ground orchids like Blettila

Bletilla striata
Bletilla striata

This ground orchid is hardy in England. The plant prefers nice warm spot with plenty of sunshine in early spring, it will need shade later on,ideal to plant under a small growing deciduous tree. Flowers appear early April-May.

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Blettila striata var.alba
Blettila striata var.alba

This ground orchid is completely hardy and can be planted into a nice warm spot in the garden.It likes sun in the spring but later on would prefer shade and dryer position,ideal for areas where is a deciduous tree or shrub nearby. Produces white flowers with yellow throat between April-June.

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Vanilla planifolia variegated
Vanilla planifolia variegated

Vanilla is a tropical ground orchid which climbs onto trees in the wild. It needs orchid compost and a very warm ,light spot with no direct sun.Can be grown in small hanging basket or let it trail on a frame. It produces green/yellow flowers which after pollinating will produce the large pods.Our plant has variegated leaves too.

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