Agave stricta rubra (Red hedgehog agave)
Agave stricta rubra (Red hedgehog agave)
Agave stricta is native to Mexico. It is a small species, forming large reddish balls of skewer-like leaves which looks like needles on Hedgehog. This species has the tightest spherical shape of any agave and will form offshoots to create a colony of rosettes. It can be planted in hot areas which receive minimal amounts of rainfall, particularly in the winter months. It can also makes a great container plant (performs best when neglected) to be over-wintered indoors. A. stricta is a versatile and very hardy plant that can be grown in half-shade to full-sun. It can take moderate to severe freezes, and is extremely drought tolerant.
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Yucca aloifolia (Dwarf Yucca)
Yucca aloifolia (Dwarf Yucca)

Excellent specimen for any type of garden or perfect as an accent plant in a large glazed pot. An evergreen shrub, it grows to a height of 1.5 metres with a spread of 1 metre. The leaves are grey-green, spear shaped in a basal rosette. The flowers that appear on a terminal spike are creamy white and bell shaped. This beautiful yucca is native of southern USA , it is adaptable to most well-drained soils, prefers a sunny position, and is drought and frost resistant.

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Agave geminiflora (Twin Flower Agave)
Agave geminiflora (Twin Flower Agave)

A dramatic plant which blooms yellow flowers with a hint of red. This Mexican native is a natural for the desert garden or the modern architectural landscape. The symmetrical, nearly stem less rosette, smaller size, fine texture, and resistance to pests make this a first class landscape plant. It thrives in full sun, even in low desert, but will do equally well in shade. Adequate water ensures a dense symmetrical form and optimal colour. Whether in modernistic or naturalistic landscapes, few plants rival its uniformity of size and widespread adaptability.

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Special bromeliad fertiliser
Special bromeliad fertiliser

This is the top notch commercial grade fertiliser used by nurseries. Slow release fertilisers that you get on shelves of supermarkets are just activated by soil temperature and not soil moisture. This special bromeliad fertiliser is 'controlled release fertiliser' which is activated by both soil temperature and moisture. It releases fertiliser when plant needs it. Also unlike many standard fertiliser on supermarket shelves which usually feeds for 3 months, this fertiliser feeds for 12 months. Plus you only need a quarter tablespoon (4-5 gms) per 4” (100mm) pot. That means our 240 gms fertiliser bag can be sufficient for about 50 X 4″ pots.

Directions: Half fill the pot with a good quality, free draining potting mix. Sprinkle appropriate amount of fertiliser* and place the plant in it. Fill with remaining potting mix. Fertiliser may be mixed with the potting mix, but applying fertiliser at the root zone can achieve quicker results. One application lasts 12 months (at 21 deg C average soil temp.) *Use about quarter tablespoon (4-5 gms) per 4” (100mm) pot. Adjust the amount as per the pot size.

Please note that if your bromeliad is a coloured one, it may turn green within a few days. Extensive experiments in our greenhouse have shown that it really doesn’t matter if your coloured bromeliad turns green in the beginning. In fact, it will serve to establish your plant, giving out good vegetative growth.

(This fertiliser is suitable for tubestock, pups and young bromeliads for vigorous growth.) You can then apply an appropriate high potassium fertiliser, which will bring out the colour.

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Manfreda maculosa (Texas tuberose)
Manfreda maculosa (Texas tuberose)

An unusually attractive foliage plant with mottled leaves, Manfreda maculosa Texas Tuberose also known as rattlesnake agave is a great choice for rock gardens. It can take full sun to partial shade with a well drained soil mix. Needs very less water. Plants are watered only enough to keep the foliage from shriveling.

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Colocasia esculenta – black magic
Colocasia esculenta – black magic
An unusually attractive foliage plant, ‘Black Magic’ is a tuberous, stemless perennial with huge, heart shaped purplish-black leaves on large leaf stalks that can grow nearly a metre in length. It is said to be one of the most spectacular Colocasia plants ever introduced The plant is also commonly known as Taro, Cocoyam or Elephant’s Ear, due to its conspicuously veined, downward pointing leaves that resemble the ears of an elephant. Grows in a giant clump nearly to 2m tall and 2m wide. in height and prefers wet conditions and full sun – semi shade.
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