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How we measure our Plants!

Your plants are bigger than other plants I have bought online!  We hear this a fair bit.  

We think it is important to deliver a plant strong and vigorous and up to the journey, but still young enough to quickly establish.

When we describe a plant as being 20-25cm tall (our most common size) it is measured from the soil level to the top of the plant gaining you a much bigger plant than if measured from the base of the pot.

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Spring's nearly here - we're posting plants again!

Oh I can feel it in the air! Spring's nearly here! Our plants have started to grow again after their winter hibernation, the weather is warming up, the sun is shining and life is generally beautiful! Our next posting date is the 8th of September. Thank you all for your patience and we look forward to posting our plants around Australia once again :)
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Buying plants at a plants nursery

What to keep in mind when you buy plants at a plant nursery

When you set out to shop at your plant nursery, the same question pops up every time: ‘How do I choose the right plants for my garden?’ The best way is to find a plant nursery which has knowledgeable, helpful staff, whether it is in person at your local plant nursery, or via email or phone at your online plant nursery or mail order nursery.

The staff at the plant nursery should have time to answer all your questions, and should know the situation a certain plant will grow well in. Always try and give the nursery staff a good idea of where you would like to put the plant, the type of soil the plant is to grow in, and your climate. Your climate is mainly important when you shop at your online nursery, as online nurseries usually post plants around Australia, and may not be in your local area.

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The Complete Guide to Palms & Palm Nurseries

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Growing Palm Trees in your Home, Garden, and Nursery

With their easily identifiable features and the instant suggestion of the tropics, Palms have become the undeniable shining star of the garden world.  Palms add intrigue, variety, and contrast to almost any garden theme. Tall, small, wide or thin, with over 2500 Species of Palms, there are many available at your local plant nurseries or join the trend and buy palms online.
 
Without Palms, a garden can lack height and personality. Palm trees are the staple of every garden; they provide height for other garden plants, overhead cover to protect plants in the shade, they look stunning in pots, and they are sure to create that tropical lush garden look.
 
Palms are natives to almost every tropical region on the planet. Palms are used worldwide as a source of food, commercial profit and they are also very important to many tropical villages that use palms as building and roofing material. The palm is truly a gift from the earth.

How to Grow Palm Trees

Growing palm trees requires care and dedication. Knowing a palm’s particular species and characteristics will help ensure you provide the right amount of light, water, soil and nutrients.  Even the hardiest of palms need attention and by a general inspection of the soil and foliage, you can determine what it needs to thrive. Palms are generally happier in a rich, moist, well-drained soil. Most palms desire, very warm climates, lots of sun and plenty of water. They need plentiful water but palms also benefit when the soil dries between watering.
 
Palms need a proper place to grow and if you are starting a palm nursery, most baby palms like a warm area with good sun exposure. Nurture these little palms with close attention to the particular species care instructions and the results are gorgeous, strong, and mature palms for many years of enjoyment.
 
Can I Grow Palms in Cool Climates? Many palms will survive in cool climates. The general rule is that palms like warm weather and lots of water but many palm species could withstand some frost. If your area is too frosty then there is a palm, like the parlour palm, that will grow in an indoor parlour pot or within a climate controlled nursery.
 
Hardy in many ways, palms must also be handled as sensitive plants. The advantage with palms is their necessities tend to be basic and if these needs are met then even the smallest palms are mighty survivors. In an ideal environment, the lifespan of a palm can range from 40-100 years depending on the species. There are few palms that will survive the zero range on the Celsius scale but there are a great variety of palms, to choose, that will survive a moderate frost.  There are really no unusual pests or diseases:  so frost, lack of moisture and not enough light are the main hindrances of a successful palm.
 
When choosing a palm, many people nurture smaller palms because a 30cm plant is much cheaper than having a 20m giant, like the Queen Palm, transplanted at full maturity into your yard. These baby palms need adequate spacing to develop and they will need protection from too much sunlight and heavy wind. Once they strengthen by design and become full grown specimens, they will withstand a wide diversity of harsh elements.

How to Grow Palm Trees Indoors as House Plants

Palm plants can easily be grown indoors, on the deck or in an enclosed patio. Indoor palms are easy to grow because they require the usual conditions:  warmth, light and moisture.  When potting your palm, make sure it has a large pot to prevent tangled roots and that there is space for good drainage. The pot should also be strong enough to support the palm. For more versatility indoors, select a palm that is light weight and has a short maximum height. Also search for a palm that grows well in shady areas.
 
An example of a perfect indoor palm is the Parlour Palm (Chamaedorea elegans), it is short and a great survivor in dimly lit interiors. This quaint palm grows at ground level beneath the lush canopy of Central American rainforests.   Their maximum height is about 2m tall, giving them the perfect size to be enjoyed indoors. Since they don’t need much light, this is a benefit to growing them in your home; these palms are highly tolerant of dark rooms. They like a consistently moist soil but not drenched.  Another added benefit for growing indoors is that the Parlour Palm is frost hardy and known to survive at -10 degrees Celsius, this means it will survive the temperature of most living spaces.

Palm Nurseries and Palm Selection

Caring for a home Palm Nursery is not much different than the care provided at commercial palm nurseries. Palm seeds vary in strength and some shells are thicker, making it hard for the seedling to puncture through. The rule of the true “green thumb” is to wait. If the seed is nurtured as the baby Palm seedling grows inside the shell then the eventual outcome could be a 20m marvel. This is very important, depending on the species or the random thickness of the seed-shell, the seed should be given the same conditions that are vital to mature palms.  Some seeds may take a year to sprout so they will need a very warm surrounding with generous light and a rich, well moistened soil.
 
Not all species are available at your local nursery and the only option for some palms may be available as seed. Buying seeds or young palms online from a reputable plant nursery is a common way to get your exact palm and stay within your budget.

Selecting a Palm and Preparing the Nursery or Garden

Many people have a specific “vision” for their palms or an idea of the type of palm they’d like to include amongst their other garden plants. Other plants already living in the garden may benefit from the added shade of a larger palm like the Majestic Palm (Ravenea rivularis) or a smaller clustering palm, like the Cluster Palm (Ptychosperma macarthurii), may be a good choice for in the shady areas near the house or deck. The conditions of the environment must be considered whether planting in the nursery or garden.
 
The landscape features are important for the future growth of the palm. So, if the plant starts at 1m and there is power lines overhead, it may be a hazard 25 years from now.  Most palms will only need several feet of moist dirt and will be non invasive but consideration must be given to the species mature trunk width and the habits of the palms and roots. Choices should be made wisely to ensure the selected palm will have the best environment to flourish for decades.
 
Are palms invasive? The roots of a palm are strong and will grow down with less intrusion or apparently no intrusion compared to most trees. The design of the palm roots is to grow downward and this creates a deep hold into the soil.

Styles and Types of Palm

Large and small palms, alone or in clusters:  the ideal selections are determined by what will give your garden contrast and “flowing” esthetics.
 
Palms have two general styles and they are commonly referred to as fan and feather. This describes the appearance of the actual palm layout. Fan palms “fan out” like a folding hand fan and a perfect example of this is the Chinese Fan Palm. Feather palms “feather” from a central rib like a bird’s feather and the description is obvious in reference to the Canary Island Date Palm.

Smaller Palms and Palms for Small Gardens

Ptychosperma microcarpum - This is a fairly small palm, only growing up to 5m tall, with beautiful bright green feathery foliage, similar to the Foxtail Palm. Its overall appearance is very similar to the MacArthur Palm which is very popular for use in landscaping. The PNG Cluster Palm can be solitary or clustering, and is suitable as indoor palm, as well as outdoors in the garden
 

Colourful Palm Trees

Redneck Palm (Dypsis leptocheilos) Red, hairy crown shaft. From Madagascar and grows 10m tall. Very easy to grow, grows well as far south as Sydney.
 
The Pink Crown Palm (Dypsis gracilis/Pink Crown) 

Dypsis Pink Crown is a very dainty, graceful palm with a fine, attractive stem. Leaves are short & curly and new growth is an attractive purplish pink. The Pink Crown Palm is a very popular collector’s palm from Madagascar, and grows in the undergrowth of rain forests in its native habitat. 

It grows to around 4m tall and is best grown in part shade, in a protected, moist spot. Usually grown in subtropical to tropical areas, but will grow as far south as Sydney in a protected spot as long as temperatures do not get below 1C. Usually a solitary palm, but best grown in groups of at least 3 to provide maximum impact in the garden with its stunning, colourful new growth.

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How to care for your plants when you buy plants online


Buying plants from an online nursery is a very convenient way of gardening!

You can conveniently buy plants online from your own home and have the plants delivered right to your doorstep.

For more information on how Lush Plants Plant Nursery packages and posts online plants, please visit our ‘Online Plants Postage Info’ page. Here are a few important things to help you successfully grow your new garden plants.

Caring for your online plants, 6 steps to success

  • 1.       Unwrap ‘m! Unwrap your online plants as quickly as possible
  • 2.       Soak ‘m! Soak your plants in seaweed for 5 minutes to several hours
  • 3.       Plant ‘m! Plant in a suitable pot size, in good potting mix
  • 4.       Feed ‘m! Feed with organic fertilizer or slow release, or mix it through the potting mix
  • 5.       Let ‘m drink! Water in really, really well!
  • 6.       Grow ‘m! Place in a protected spot and grow, grow, grow 

Caring for your online plants on arrival, additional info for success

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