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Tropical Fern & Exotic Plant Show & Sale @ Fairchild Botanical Garden

We had a great time at the plant sale this past weekend and really enjoyed the garden too. Fairchild botanical garden is probably our most favorite botanical garden.

Every year at this show, the vendors bring 11 plants to be on display. The plants are judged and are given awards.
This year, we won several awards including Most unusual plant and sweepstakes winner (received the most awards). Here are a few photos of some of the plants and the winners (owners Sid & Regina Gardino)

(Hoya latifolia)

Most unusual plant, “Erythrina latissima

I should have taken more photos. Here is one of one of our tables in our booth.
(Blood lily, Begonias, Caladium, Amorphophallus Voodoo Lily.

Fairchild now has a butterfly exhibit with 3000 butterflies. I would defintely recommend checking it out.

Fairchild has several different Heliconias on display in the garden. The Lobster claw really caught my eye!

I’d have to say my most favorite part of the garden was seeing the Cannonball tree in bloom. It is unlike anything you have seen! We have started propagating this and should have some available soon. E-mail us to receive a notification of availability.




Now do you see why they call it the “cannonball” tree? Amazing, huh!?

We will be participating in another show in Miami area at Stelmar Gardens, June 14th-16th. It has free admission and a lot of great tropical plants. Please see our website for more information.

And last, but not least, a few plants I recommend you check out that are currently available:
-Allamanda ‘Cherries Jubilee’ 6″ pot $15
-Caladium ‘Thai Beauty’ 6″ pot $15
-Caladium humboltii ‘Variegata’ 6″ pot $12
-Chonemorpha penangensis, Frangipani Vine 6″ pot $25 and 10″ pot $60
-Combretum aubletii, Monkey Brush Vine 10″ pot $40
-Cornukaempferia ‘Jungle Gold’, Peacock Ginger 6″ pot $20
-Elaeocarpus grandiflorus, Fairy Petticoats Tree 10″ pot air layer $50
-Hoya kentiana ‘Variegata’ 4″ pot $15
-Jacaranda cuspidifolia ‘Fairchild’ 10″ pot $50 graft
-Jacaranda cuspidifolia ‘Sapphire’ 10″ pot $70 graft
-Pseudobombax ellipticum, Pink Shaving Brush 6″ pot $35 graft
-Randia formosa, Blackberry Jam Fruit 6″ pot $25
-Solanum macranthus, Giant Star Potato Tree 6″ pot $15
-Spathodea campanulata, African Tulip Tree 6″ pot $12
-Stephanotis floribunda, Madagascar Jasmine 6″ pot $15
-Strelitzia parviflora ‘Juncea’, Leafless Bird of Paradise 4″ deep pot $30
-Strongylodon macrobotrys, Jade Vine 10″ pot $70

You can find these all in our featured section at http://www.rareflora.com/store


Growing Tropical Plants Indoors

If you have ever asked “Can I grow tropical plants indoors?”

The answer is YES.  You pretty much can grow any tropical plant indoors as long as you put some effort into it. The only limitation would be the size of the plants. Some palm trees can grow to 100’ and they can’t be trimmed.

The key to success is to try to reproduce the natural environment where the plants originate from. Not all the plants are the same, some can adapt to a wide range of conditions and others are not very flexible if the conditions are not right.

The term “indoor plants” is often used to describe certain plants that perform reasonably well indoors without the need of altering the indoor environment. Unfortunately, not many plants belong to that category and some adjustment to the environment may be in order for successful growing.

The basic elements for growing plants indoors are: light, air humidity, air circulation and temperature.

Light: Most of the light problems come from insufficient light and light coming from one direction only. Plants under insufficient light will stretch, become weak and will not bloom. They also have a tendency of growing in one direction only (towards the light).  Keep in mind that some plants prefer the shade and others need full sun in order to thrive (at least 4 – 5 hours of direct sun). Obviously shade plants will perform better indoors than plants requiring full sun. In any event, rooms with large windows and natural light are always preferable than rooms without windows. Many indoor gardener enthusiasts use artificial lights in order to supplement the natural light when necessary.

Air Humidity: Most houses in the US are either running the A/C during the summer or the heater during the winter. Both reduce the indoor humidity to insufficient levels for many plants, specially the heaters. Most of the symptoms of low humidity show up on leaves, beginning with browning of the edges progressing to shriveling and wilting and eventually dropping. The plant is pretty much desiccating. Some plants are adapted to dry environments (cactus and succulents are good examples of it), but for many tropical plants the air inside of houses is just too dry. You can increase the humidity surrounding your plants by grouping them together, misting the leaves a few times during the day and by using a “humidity tray”, which is basically a tray with some pebbles and water where the plants sit on top of the pebbles without touching the water. Humidifiers can also be used. A relative humidity of at least 50% is necessary for most tropical plants.

Air Circulation: This is pretty much a problem in every house because for a good part of the year it is either too hot or too cold outside and the windows and doors are shut. Problems caused by poor air circulation are normally diseases that can kill or damage many plants. A small oscillating fan around the plants should take care of the problem.

Temperature: I don’t find the temperatures inside of homes to be a cause of major problems because most tropical plants are happy with the same temperatures that make people comfortable. Most tropical plants will be happy with temperatures ranging from 60°F to 85°F. Many tropical plants will survive temperatures near freezing for short periods of time, but overall (depending on the species) temperatures below 50°F should be avoided.

Don’t expect to get everything right from the beginning. Indoor gardening is an activity like any other. You learn by trying different things and an occasional failure is part of the process. I know quite a few indoor gardeners with amazing plant collections inside of their houses; growing plants of better quality than the ones produced by many commercial growers.

Summer Hoya Blooms @ Gardino Nursery

I wanted to share pictures of some hoyas that have been blooming this summer. Some are first time bloomers. Enjoy!

Hoya camphorifolia

Hoya davidcummingii

Hoya hypolasia

Hoya naumanii

Hoya pandurata

Hoya flavescens IML 1117


Hoya excavata

Hoya obtusifoliodes

Hoya glabra

Hoya fraterna buds (decided to blast on us 😦 )

Hoya buotii

Hoya ciliata

Hoya fitchii (this time blooms turned out more pink)

Aren’t they just gorgeous!
Look for some of these rare ones from us on eBay, rareflora is our username.
Last chance to bid on some nice hoyas today. Auctions start ending at 10pm eastern time tonight.
New ones will be available tonight or tomorrow (Whenever I can get it done, lol).
We also sell more common Hoyas on our website: http://www.rareflora.com/store
Do you like other tropical plants? We have plenty of those for sale on our wbesite as well.
Check out some new and featured items available this week:
Bauhinia tomentosa, St. Thomas Tree 4″ pot $12
Cochlospermum vitifolium ‘Single flower’, Buttercup Tree 6″ pot $15
Gardenia carinata, Golden Gardenia 6″ pot $20
Gardenia taitensis, Tahitian Gardenia 4″ pot $15
Hoya macrophylla ‘Variegata’ 4″ pot $12
Hoya latifolia 5″ pot $15
Hoya kerrii ‘Fuzzy Leaves’ 5″ pot $12
Hoya macgillivrayi 4″ pot $12
Hoya archboldiana x onychoides 4″ pot $12

Have a great weekend everyone!