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Welcome! We hope you will enjoy our articles about plants, garden care, tropical plants & more. Select a category on the left, or scroll down to start reading! If you are looking for growing information for a specific variety please use the 'search' function below. We'd love to hear your feedback or experience; leave us a comment!

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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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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Cordylines; List of Cordyline varieties with photo's

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The amazing variety of colourful foliage has made the Cordyline one of the most popular tropical garden plants in Australian gardens. They are tough, will provide you with all-year-round colour and need minimal attention to look great.

How to grow Cordyline plants

Cordylines can be successfully grown in both pots and garden, and are very drought tolerant once established. Cordylines are well suited to coastal areas and require a minimum of fuss. They are best grown in well draining soil, in a semi shady to full sun position. Some Cordyline plants grow better in shade, or sun, but this depends on the variety. Colours, such as Suzies Choice, can be enhanced by growing them in the shade, or in the sun like with Cordyline nigra.

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