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Plants for Mothers Day - A Promise

I knew I could never go wrong giving Mum plants for Mothers Day.  Her eye's would just light up, and her new baby would be carefully placed in the sunroom.    She was an avid gardener, stopping at every nursery along the way to anywhere.  As a kid, I remember many a Saturday spent running around the nursery benches, pushing my nose into the roses until I lost interest....how much longer Mum?  

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New Stock! Time to Come Back and Have a Look!

The slightly cooler weather has certainly seen plenty of return customers and some new ones!  We have finally had some time to get some new plants up on the website for you to peruse :)  

I hope you like some of the plants we have managed to either grow or source for you.  It is certainly hard sometimes to choose what to grow with so many wonderful choices!

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Summer of Extremes.

Good morning all from Lush HQ!  What a terrible week it has been for large sections of Queensland and Northern NSW.  

Our hearts go out to the many people who have been devastated by this unprecedented weather disaster and we thank our lucky stars we have been saved this time.  

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The Amazing Ice Cream Bean! Inga Edulis - Growing the Ice Cream Bean Tree

Ice Cream Bean - Inga Edulis

Did your parents ever tell you, in the height of a hot summer, that ice cream doesn’t grow on trees? Well, that’s not strictly true! Inga Edulis, a member of the Legume family, sprouts seed pods that contain fleshy matter with a taste just like Vanilla ice cream.

This tree is native to South America, where it is grown for various reasons including its fruit, shade and timber. It has also been used in medicines for centuries, and forms the basis for an alcoholic drink called Cachiri. The fruit that gives it its name are contained in seed pods-these are long and thin and shaped like bean pods, and can grow up to 3 feet long! The seeds themselves are not generally eaten, but are surrounded by a cottony covering which tastes like ice cream.

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Malabar Chestnut, or Saba Nut - The Provision Tree for your Garden (Pachira aquatica)

Amazing!  Highly Ornamental and Nutritious!

The Malabar Chestnut is one of those very special trees.  Also named the Provision tree by the U.N, this tree is an important source of tasty, nutritious nuts and can withstand the often harsh conditions in developing countries.  Native to an area from Southern Mexico to Guyana and northern Brazil, this tree is well suited to tropical and subtropical regions as well as mild inland and coastal areas. Although native to naturally wet areas, it is extremely adaptable and will grow very well in most conditions.

What does the Malabar Chestnut look like?

It is a stunning tree.  Foliage is shiny deep green, with lighter green new growth. Leaves are palmate, or finger-shaped.  It gives away its distant relative - the Boabob with a distinctive swollen trunk base.  This makes it very suitable as a bonsai or house plant, as well as a beautiful shade tree for parks, gardens and bush blocks.  The Malabar Chestnut grows up to 18m tall in its tropical native habitat, but in subtropical areas a maximum of 6-7m tall is more likely.

Flowers are quite showy, like a creamy yellow powder puff or shaving brush!  Being self- fertile, you can expect a seed pod to form following each flower.  The seed pod is very woody, 5-7 cm in diameter, and contains the yummy edible nuts.

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Hot Weather & New Plants!

Well, we have been super busy here at Lush!  There are lots of new plants in the pipeline with lots of seeds sown and seedlings soaking up this warm sunny weather!  

The recent heatwaves have meant lots of extra attention to ensure our plants stay looking their best when the heat is bearing down.  

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Fresh Dragonfruit delivered to your Door!

Buy Fresh Dragon fruit Online!

Good afternoon!  I hope all our customers are enjoying a lovely break! 

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Still looking for Christmas Presents?

How about a living gift?  I must admit I am not the happiest Christmas shopper.  Don't get me wrong, I love to find the perfect gift, but it just seems harder and harder each year.  When I buy a gift, I put lots of thought into it.  Is this something they will treasure, use or display proudly or will they just quietly put it away to re-gift the next year?  I want my presents to be memorable, special, cherished.

Have you considered a plant this Christmas?  A plant is a wonderful living gift that will continue to bring happy thoughts throughout the year and for many years to come.  Perhaps we can provide the plant and you a beautiful planter?  Perhaps your loved one is an avid gardener and nothing would surprise them more than a gift wrapped box with botanical delights!

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Bush Treasures - The Gumby Gumby Tree

There is something to be said for planting a native tree!  

Over generations they have uniquely adapted to their environment in such a way that success is almost guaranteed.  Being around for a long time, the native trees have revealed their unique properties to Australia's Aboriginal people - who discovered the use, healing properties and food potential of many, many plants and trees and passed down the knowledge through word of mouth.

The Gumby Gumby Tree is one of those trees.  It sports very attractive, weeping willow-like foliage and is slow growing, making this tree suitable for parks and gardens.

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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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