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Monstera Deliciosa - The Delicious Monster

Lush Plants Online Plant Nursery Australia is delighted to have Monstera Deliciosa back in stock!   As well as a gorgeous foliage plant, and an easy care pot plant, it produces an exotic tropical fruit.  The name means "Delicious Monster" for a reason!

Native to the tropical rainforests of southern Mexico and south to Panama, it is now widespread.  This has led to a huge variety of names for the same plant including; Split leaf Philodendron, Ceriman, Swiss Cheese Plant, Fruit Salad Plant, Monster Fruit, Mexican Breadfruit, Locust and Wild Honey, Windowleaf, Delicious Monster, Monstera, Penglai banana and Balazo.

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Fanatic about Frangipani

Hi everyone! I wanted to write a piece about Frangipani plants due to the magnificent tropical beauty they have, but didn’t quite know where to begin or what exactly I wanted to say. I have admired every single Frangipani plant I’ve seen so far, and must admit that they’re probably my most favourite type of tropical plant, and I am a huge fan. But before writing about anything, of course it's important to do some research first. And boy am I glad I did, as I have found Frangipani plants are so much more than meets the eye. 
 
There are two main types of Frangipani; Obtusa and Rubra. The Obtusa Frangipani have shiny rounded leaves and an attractive yet potent fragrance, whereas the Rubra Frangipani are somewhat less scented and have longer pointed leaves that are duller in appearance than those of the Obtusa. Throughout the species, the Frangipani flowers usually flaunt bold shades of yellows, whites, reds and pinks, but also quite a few dazzling pastel shades. It is quite intriguing how their colourings and patterned are so simple yet so stunning and graceful. One thing I found in my research is that the scent of a Frangipani plant tends to be stronger during night-time. I thought how perfect this is considering how these flowers are rather romantic and elegant, and would definitely set the perfect setting for an evening date. Just imagine; you’re sat sipping wine with the person of your dreams on a warm summers evening in a garden filled with lush tropical flowers and tiny lights twinkling around you, gently showing off the awesome shapes and colours of the Frangipani flowers, and all you smell is that wonderful scent. Ah.. perfect! 
 
Flowering Frangipani plants can grow as high as 40 feet tall, and sometimes just as wide in tropical regions. They can grow to be a large shrub or even a small tree. They are however deciduous and sensitive to cold, and must always be protected from the frost as their fleshy stems will rot as soon as the temperature becomes too low and unbearable for them to take. Frangipani plants with thicker leaves with a waxy coating stand to be more resistant to high and low temperatures and harsh winds than those with more delicate foliage. One other fact that is important to know, is that Frangipani are known to possess a milky sap substance which is poisonous and therefor contact with this substance should be avoided as much as possible. If you do come in to contact with this sap, you should wash your hands thoroughly and immediately, taking extra special care not to ingest it or bring it in to contact with your eyes. 
 
I didn’t really think it was necessary for me to talk about the appearance of Frangipani too much as, for me, their beauty is undeniable and fascinating. I’ve chosen a few of my favourite pictures of the Frangipani plants we currently sell and have included them in this article, although honestly I think a photograph doesn’t do the flowers nor glossy foliage much justice. It’s always better to admire these in the flesh. 
 
As I was saying at the beginning, whilst doing my research I discovered that Frangipani have so much more than meets the eye. I am gobsmacked with some of the facts I have found. Now, there are the obvious uses, such as stunning flower cuttings for bouquets, or garlands and decorations, but they are also used for beauty products such as face creams and massage oils. In some cultures it is believed that Frangipani plants have healing powers, and is even seen as a symbol of immortality in India due to its ability to grow flowers even after it has been removed from the soil. They are so sacred to some, that the Frangipani flower has become a national symbol and even features on some bank notes. In my opinion, the most outstanding fact I found was that the Frangipani trees have a very attractive and useful wood. This wood is white in colour, very light and oh so soft to touch. It seems it would be too delicate for any kind of craft. However, it is actually quite useful and often used for the manufacturing of musical instruments and furniture.
 
If any of you readers have any additional facts or stories about the history of the Frangipani plant, I would love to hear from you. I'd also like to learn more specific details about what instruments and furniture the wood from Frangipani plants make as this information proved hard to come by. I find it amazing that something so gentle and fragile looking could be put to so much use, and so much more than just a fantastic bunch of flowers from that perfect bloke from the garden date!
 
You can see the Frangipani plants we stock in our online shop, or you could even drop by and take a look for yourself at just how remarkable these plants are. 
 
Bye for now, Kayleigh.
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The Lipstick Palm (Cyrtostachys renda)

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The Lipstick palm (or Red Sealing Wax Palm) is a stunning feather palm with a brilliantly, almost unbelievably vivid red trunk & crown shaft, found in lowland coastal swamps in SE Asia.

The Lipstick Palm is a medium sized, clumping palm which grows to around 6m tall. It is one of the most spectacular and colourful tropical palms and is in high demand as garden and landscaping plant.

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Grow all our tropical garden plants in cold weather - here is how to create your tropical garden

Growing our Tropical Garden Plants in Cold Climates of Australia

One of the most commonly asked questions we get asked is how, and if, you can grow a tropical garden in cold climates, and which of our tropical plants grow in cold weather gardens. Good news is that it is definitely possible, and you can grow ALL of our tropical plants in cold weather! Bad news is that it will take some planning, and some extra TLC to make it work. First some general make-it-work info, and you can scroll down to see a list of our cold hardy plants which are good to create your initial protection canopy.

Our tropical gardens & micro-climates

Our plants nursery is located in Rosedale, about 70km north of Bundaberg. You would say it doesn't get cold here, but we get several nights down to 1 degree every year. It doesn't actually freeze, but it gets plenty cold enough for us. We grow all the plants we sell in our garden, and there aren't many which don't thrive.

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8 Most Popular Tropical Garden Plants in Our Plant Nursery

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There is an amazing, possibly overwhelming, range of tropical garden plants available, both in online plant nurseries and local garden centres. Some are Australian native tropical plants, and some exotic, but you’re sure to find a variety suitable for your garden. There are even tropical plants available for gardens in the cooler south of Australia, and even gardens prone to frost. Below are some of our favourite tropical garden plants, and tropical plant varieties. We believe these plants are the building blocks for a tropical garden, and our online nursery shop will help you find varieties suitable for any garden, tropical or temperate!

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Terrific Tropicals-Top 5 Tropical Plants For Australia

 

Growing Tropical Plants

A tropical plant, by definition, is a plant which grows in (you guessed it!) tropical conditions. This means plenty of warmth and also humidity, with a lot of sunshine as well as rainfall, and a rich, nutrient filled soil. Tropical plants grow best when they are given their optimum conditions, but they can also be grown and cultivated in less sunny and warm climes, so don’t panic if you live in a cooler area!

You can create the illusion of a tropical garden by keeping your plants warm-fleece or mulch around the roots is a good way to keep your climbers cosy, or you can grow your tropicals in a greenhouse or poly tunnel. Up the humidity by ensuring that you install a really good watering system (or just get the watering cans out a bit more often than usual!)

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Clivia Miniata

Clivia Miniata

Clivia Miniata, or Bush Lily, is an evergreen perennial which is very popular as a houseplant or as an outdoor grower in warm climates. Clivia have long, flashy leaves which grow in an eye catching symmetrical shape and they produce beautiful, trumpet like flowers in a host of different colours. Clivia are related to the Amaryllis plant, although Clivia grow from fleshy roots rather than a bulb.

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Coffea-Grow Your Own Cuppa

Grow Your Own Cuppa

 

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Lush Tropical Plants for Australia, our best plants for your tropical garden!

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Tropical plants are our favourite plants. We love the look of big lush Gingers with their amazing foliage and stunning flowers, the huge foliage of the giant Bird of Paradise, the stunning flowers of Medinilla (Malaysian Orchid), the year round colour of our Cordylines, and the general jungle-look of tropical plants.

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Dieffenbachia - Tropical House Plants

Dieffenbachia's are beautiful tropical plants which are amongst the best for indoor use. They are very tolerant of shade and dark places, making them excellent house plants or indoor plants. Dieffenbachia will also grow very well as a potted plant, out on the verandah, or planted in your tropical garden as long as it is a sheltered, warm and shady place.

Dieffenbachia's have stunning foliage, often patterend or variegated such as 'Dieffenbachia Etna'. Dieffenbachia plants are mostly used for their colourful and patterned foliage. They can be grown outside in subtropical or tropical gardens with temperatures above 5 degrees. It's best not to plant them in full sun as they will burn - filtered light is best. Moist soil is best for your Dieffenbachia plants, but don't waterlog the soil. Fertilise regularly with an all purpose slow release fertiliser, a liquid fertiliser or an organic suitable fertiliser.

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