Tropical plants, spices, herbs
There are a wide range of tropical plants you can choose from.
We grow edible, spice and medicinal tropical plants alongside subtropical and unusual plants,even orchids.
Edible tropical plants and spices
There are so many edible tropical plants you can grow at home easily and even treat family members and friends with them as presents. Some of these plants would produce fruits such as passion fruits, finger lime, cheriomoya whilst others would be great in cooking to spice up your dish like:ginger,carob, cardamom, cinnamon, star anise etc. See our selection!
Coffea arabica originates from Yemen and Ethiopia and grown in tropical countries for its bean which makes the perfect coffee drink after roasted and ground. It is a great indoor plant and after 3-4 years will produce lovely jasmine like fragrant flowers followed by the beans. The beans are ready for picking once turned red called 'cherry'.
Macadamia nut/Macadamia tetraphyilla is a native tree to Australia. It can grow into a big tree,but by pruning it can be kept small and compact. It is hardy in this country and an ideal pot plant. The leaves are long and spiky,has pink flowers too,the nuts grow in hard cases and only appear on mature plants.
Sweet granadilla/Passiflora ligularis is a tropical fruiting climber with large,orange,sweet fruits. It is tender,must be kept indoor all year around and needs trellis or frame to grow onto. The large blue flowers are followed by the large edible fruits on mature plants. It can be pruned to encourage growths and flowering. Prefers sunny spot with plenty of food and water.
Ginger, Zingiber officinale originates from China where is one of the most important spices used in Asian cuisine. It is a tender herbaceous perennial, has long green leaves which will die back in the winter,producing the thick root that can be harvested and used
Myrtle communis is a Mediterranean plant native to South Europe. It is a half-hardy evergreen shrub also known as 'The plant of love' traditionally used by the royal family in wedding bouquets and garlands. The leaves has very aromatic scent and it is used for smoking meat in Italy and Sardinia, the blue berries are used for making delicious liquers
Purple passion fruit/Passiflora edulis is the most commonly known passion fruit. It is a tender tropical climber producing sweet and sour purple fruits. It needs protection from frost but unheated conservatory would be ideal. The blue large flowers followed by the edible fruits that will grow on mature plants. Prune it to encourage flowering and growths, add plenty of water and fertilizer through the summer months.
Vanilla planifolia is an exotic climber orchid native to Mesoamerica.Grown in most exotic countries for it's fragrant vanilla pod. It has fleshy stems can climb up to 10 m and thick leaves with variegated leaves. Being an orchid it needs warm humid area, with temperature between 10-25 C degrees. The flowers are yellowish green followed by the large green pods which after turning brown will need fermenting for a few months to get the lovely vanilla flavor.
Finger lime/ Citrus australasica is a thorny small bush or tree native to Australia. It has long, purple finger like fruits and small leaves. The flesh is like little pearls with a sharp lime taste, can be added to cocktails and champagne,very decorative and refreshing. There are so many varieties with different fruit colour (yellow,green,pink) It needs warm summers and cooler, frost proof winter with citrus fertilizer and well drained soil
Banana passion fruit, Passiflora mollissima is an exotic plant,grown in tropical countries even in Portugal.This tender indoor plant would produce beautiful pink flowers all summer after it has matured and sweet,edible banana shaped fruits. It is a climber and fast growing too,can be pruned,will need a frame to support it. Great addition to plant collection and it does very well in unheated conservatories
Annona cherimola is an exotic fruiting tree native to South and central America. It is tender plant but will need a cooler period yearly to generate grows and flowering (unheated conservatory is ideal) It has sweet fruits with a creamy flesh a mixed flavor of banana, peach, papaya and strawberry
Tropical herbs and
There are lots of nice and interesting plants available that can be grown indoor. They are great addition to conservatories such as Strelitzia, Jacaranda or even Tree fern.
We also grow some unusual tropical herbs too like Ashwgadha, Aztec sweet herb or Gotu kola.
Centella asiatica is a tender low growing tropcal plant native to Asia. It is a traditional medicine in China, India and Africa. The small leaves are green and can be used in salads or nutritious drinks Prefers semi shade or sun with warm conditions.
Phyla dulcis, is native to Central america and traditionally used as natural sweetener. Even the Aztecs used it in the past,introducing it to the Spanish people later on. It prefers sunny,warm conditions,ideal plant for conservatories.The plant has green aromatic leaves and beautiful white flowers.
Mimosa pudica is a tropical tender plant,native to Central America,but grown all around in tropical countries now and considered as weed. The compound leaves close up after touching and reopen few minutes later,great fun for kids.The pink pompom like flowers are followed by small seed pods.It is a tender perennial and need supporting to keep it straight upright being very slender and fragile.Prefers semi shade with warm conditions
Gossypium hirsutum is native to Centarl Amerca but grown worlwide for it's fiber that covers the seeds. It is a tender shrub and will need protection from frost,ideal plant for conservatories as pot plant. It has beautiful, white 'mallow' like flowers,followed by the fluffy balls that used in the clothing industry.
Cyathea cooperi is native to Australia,grown other tropical countries too. This type of tree fern grows up to 15 m and can grow outside in this country once it is mature enough.Heavy frost can damage leaves,but will bring out new leaves in the spring.It prefers semi-shade or shade with lots of water and food.Young plants will need covering during the winter for the first few years.
Ceiba pentandra is native to Central America. it grows into a large tree,but can be pruned and grown as patio plant. It is also great subject for bonsai making. The older plant is covered in thorns and have pink flowers followed by the fibrous fluffy pod with black round seeds. The fluff is used instead of cotton. The plant prefers sunny,warm spot,grows very fast and can drop it's leaf occasionally. Can not tolerate frost.
Strelitzia reginae is a subtropical plant native to South Africa. The plant is grown for it's large flowers used by florists all over the world. It has long erect leaves and the mature plant will produce blooms all summer.The large orange/blue flowers are very attractive.It is an ideal patio plant,loves heat and prefers being outside all summer. It needs to be moved indoor for the winter but unheated conservatory is enough with very minimal watering.Prefers well drained soil,grows very fast.
Jacaranda mimosifolia is a subtropical tree native to South America. This large tree has fern like leaves and beautiful blue clusters of flowers,appear from spring to summer. The large,woody pods are full of seeds and very decorative too. It can be grown in pots with pruning and feeding from time to time. Young plants need protection from frost,well matured trees can take occasional frost.Prefers full sun with well drained soil.
Erythrina crista-galli is a tropical tree producing lots of lovely coral red flower clusters from early spring to mid-summer. It is ideal patio plant,can be pruned to encourage flowering.Tender, needs protection over the winter