Mar 2, 2015

Autumn Sale 15% off all Tropical Plants

Yeahh!! Welcome to autumn, our favorite time of year in for Gardening in the Tropics. Autumn is such a great time for gardeners. Cooler temperatures mean it’s easier to establish plants than in the heat of mid summer. It’s also a more pleasant time to work in the garden.
In celebration of the change of seasons we’ve decided to run a March madness sale. 15% storewide on all orders over $50 for the entire month of March!! Please use the coupon code “autumn” and your discount will be calculated. If you are paying by paypal I will need to manually adjust the total before payment as paypal will not do this for you. Please don’t panic as you will get your discount.
15% off everything means everything including all bulk buys and packages. We expect some stocks to run low so get in early for the best selection. And please do make sure that if you are in a marginal area that you chose plants appropriate for autumn planting.
Click here to get to our home page and catalog. 

Happy Gardening!!!!!                                  Ann & Scott

Saraca Trees are on sale as well!

Jul 4, 2014

Christmas in July Sale

At El Arish Tropical Exotics we are celebrating Christmas in July. As our gift to you from now until August 1 all website orders over $100 are eligible for a 20% discount. Just use the coupon code "Christmas" to receive your discount. If you are paying via paypal please wait until we send you an adjusted invoice.

Too cold to garden in your area? Have us hold your prepaid order until the temperature warms up. Just drop us a line in the "Special Instructions" box on your order form to let us know you'd like your order held. Ordering from our website during our sale is a great way of saving money for your spring planting.

Happy Plantings and Merry Christmas!!!!

May 9, 2014

Psittacorums in the Tropical Garden

Psittacorum "Kathy" is an excellent cut flower and landscaping plant
Psittacorums are upright small heliconias indigenous to South America. They are popular cutflowers and selective breeding and hybridization has given us a wide range of colours, bract size and growth form. Psittacorums are often called parakeet flower or parrot flower because of their stunning tropical colours. They prefer a warmer climate but some like Petra will handle a sheltered position as far south as Coastal Sydney. They make perfect plant for mass planting or erosion control. To keep them looking their best it’s is recommended that they are whipper snipper or mowed down every few years and compost or manure added to the bed as they are very heavy feeders. They grow well in full sun, prefer freely draining soils with high organic matter and regular application of complete fertiliser every four to six weeks, particularly during the hot and humid months.
If you are in a tropical or subtropical garden and love having fresh cut flowers then psittacorums are perfect. They flower year round and can last for up to two weeks in a vase. They are not fussy, need little care and take up very little space but will continuously pump up flowers if they have adequate nutrition and water.
"Lillian" is one of my favorite pinks

I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say “Heliconias will take over your garden” Like bamboo they suffer from a certain notoriety associated with ignorance and poor plant selection. Just like bamboo heliconias can be loosely divided into running or clumping varieties. Both are rhizomous plants that both send new shoots a long way off (running) or send new shoots up close and form a clump. Before planting either it is important to know which you are planting and whether they are suitable to your garden design.
Psittacorums are the running variety of heliconia that cop the most flack in the gardening world. Easy to propagate, quick to flower, eager to flower in pots and stunning flowers perfect for floral arrangements make the ideal plant in the right position and climate. They are generally readily available in nurseries in the tropics and subtropics and will quickly fill garden beds. However, the same things that make them such a quick fix can make them a nightmare in the long run. Because they like to run! Not happy to stay put psittacorums tend to need space to move; without a barrier to prevent the rhizomes from creeping, they will happily escape into your lawn and crowd out other plants. Psittacorums are not particularly cold hardy so in cooler areas this will not be so much of an issue but from Brisbane up you will need to seriously consider plant placement.
" Lady Di" is breathtakingly beautiful! A real garden standout.

 You can find the range of psittacorums we currently have in stock here. We will be adding to the range in spring

"Peter Bacon" is a stunning combination of pink and orange.

Apr 1, 2014

Mini Cordylines Best Landscaping Cordylines Part 2

Kaui Beauty Mini with Winter Color

Mini cordylines are smaller, more compact cordylines that usually have dense foliage and an upright growth habit to less than 1 ½ meters. Because of their compact size they can be used as an edging plant, mass planted, are extremely useful in courtyard gardens and look great in pots.
Mini cordylines offer fantastic versatility in landscaping as well as colourful foliage for flower arrangements. They are generally very vigorous and robust and there is a great selection available for both full sun and part shade conditions. The advent of tissue culture and megawholesale nurseries has had a negative impact on varieties you will find in most retail nurseries and places like Bunnings. So many plants these days are propagated for “pot impact”, trends and temperate climates rather than longevity or long term desirability in a tropical or subtropical garden. Unfortunately that makes a large range of mini cordylines difficult to find for the home gardener.
At El Arish Tropical Exotics we grow a pretty good selection because we just love them! Below we’ve highlighted some of our favourites for landscaping.
You’ll find a surprisingly high number of mini cordylines that do well in full sun. Some of the toughest come from the compacta family.  Cordyline compacta is a dense tight plant with deep purple leaves that turn eggplant black in full sun. Cameroon is another mini from the compacta family that is equally as tough and vigorous. Cameroon is similar in size, shape and growth habit to compacta with more chocolate colouring and leaves edged in lime green. Both are also grown commercially as foliage for cutflower arrangements as they last for weeks in arrangements. In recent times other sports of compacta have come on the garden scene Moonlight has yellowish brown to a silvery plum leaves, while Gold Edge is similar to Cameroon with a thick bright yellow edge. Brand and Lime is another sport from Cameroon and has lime green leaves with coffee colour markings and is not quite as robust in growth as its mother plant. Chocolate Swirl has attractive variegation in leaf but prefers a little protection from afternoon sun.
Cameroon is a great all rounder with year round color.
If you are looking for fast growing with strong colour you can’t go past
Another mini developed in Tissue Culture with beautiful variegation is Amanda’s Blush. Base colour is dark red and leaves are edged and variegated with pink. This is a standout when massed planted in the garden. It prefers very good drainage and a well lit position with some protection from the hot sun. Some other great varieties with full juno leaves and great colour are Suzi’s Choice, a striking mini with deep pink flushes of pink on leaves and Kauai Beauty Mini, deep bronze/green leaves new growth flushes red in cooler months. Both are very strong landscaping plant and good consistent growers. Best colour is achieved in the cooler months.
Maliaalways has strong pink color in full sun

Many of the great mini cordylines available in Australia like so many other world class cordylines have been bred in Hawaii. Along with Kauai Beauty Mini some other excellent choices for tropical landscaping include Malia, Maui Silva, Hawaiian Girl, Miss Hawaii, Kalani Koa, Mini Mauna Kea Juno, Mini Mauna Kea Snow, Green Jade, Haole Top and HaoleBronze.

In between mini cordylines and what is considered standard size cordylines are a group that can go either way. 

Daintree Delight
While Tutu and Daintree Delight are still considered minis they are slightly larger than the average mini.  Vanuatu, Jamie Boy, Robin’s Red Breast, Vanuatu, Holiday Inn, Kaui Rose, Aussie Delite and a number of other cordylines that have a compact size in common. These in betweenies are perfect for smaller spaces or for dense plantings. They can help give the illusion of a space being larger than it is.
Remember a mini cordyline isn’t necessarily a small grower left to its own device. Generally it is preferable to prune the tops occasionally so they will achieve a bushy shape. The tops can be used as propagation material or can be used as foliage for flower arrangements. A grouping of mini tops can make a stunning table arrangement.
Firecracker is a strong grower and has beautiful color
Mini Cordylines are easy to grow in rich well drained soil. They will achieve best colour when fertilized regularly with seasol and mulched regularly. With a little TLC you can achieve year round colour and texture in your garden by landscaping with mini cordylines.

You’ll always find our “in stock” selection here.  We also offer a number of bulk buys for mini cordylines. You'll find all our cordyline bulk buys here. We hope you’ve learned a bit about minis!

Happy  Gardening!   
I Absolutely Love Suzi's Choice!

Feb 25, 2014

Autumn Sale 15% off EVERYTHING from now til March 31

Autumn Sale!!!!

Please take a good look at the website as we’ve been busy adding lots of new plants!!!!!! Lots of new edibles, groundcovers and some super cordyline and costus bulkbuys.

Autumn is often called the second spring, especially for Queenslanders who may not have received any decent rain until now. So we are running a 15% off sale for all orders over $100 from March 1 2014 to March 31 2014. Please use the coupon code Autumn for 15% off. If you are paying by paypal please wait to receive your adjusted invoice before paying.

Curcuma Voodoo Magic all these are new plants



Variegated Spider Lilies
Black Spear
15% off from now until March 31 coupon code AUTUMN

Nov 12, 2013

New Tropical Plants to Buy Online

We’ve just added a heap of new plants to the website and just wanted to let everyone know.
In our edibles section there are Panama Red Passion Fruit, Edible Pepper, Piper Betle Vine, Root Beer Tree  Many of the beautiful tropical plants that we grow in our gardens as ornamentals hail from far away exotic lands. In the areas where they are native, their beauty is often second to their value as a source of food and medicine.

We’ve added a new section to the website called Medinillas  Among the most beautiful flowering plants of the world are the Medinilla. With tropical foliage and stunning flowering clusters of pink flowers, the Medinilla is a show stopper, surprisingly easy as a houseplant, anywhere. There are approximately 400 species of Medinilla. Often used as house plants in cooler climates they can be grown outside in tropical and subtropical climates. Medinillas do best grown in bright, indirect sunlight, in a warm humid environment. They prefer high humidity which can be achieved with regular misting and rich very well drained soil. . Semi-epiphytic in the wild (like orchids) They g rows well in large pots in a shaded outdoor position or bright light indoor position. In a moist tropical climate can be grown like an orchid in the fork of trees or tied to tree ferns. We love Medinillas and are constantly expanding our range. Here you’ll find what is currently in stock. But be quick they move fast and we have limited numbers!

We’ve also added variegated spider lilies. Quickly becoming the must have tropical landscaping groundcover. The strappy leaves have a grey green color with cream variegation on either side. White spidery flowers appear in the wet season. Looks gorgeous mass planted in a moist sunny position even when not in flower.

You'll also find a few favorite heliconias back like Black Cherry and Prince of Darkness as well as Criswick being listed for the first time.

We have also been  adding and relisting new cordylines. Cordylines are native to a number of places including Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii. In recent years they have gained tremendous popularity as a landscaping plant. New and colorful hybrids, their ability to hold their own in a drought and the way in which they compliment so many other tropicals has led to a sort of cordymania in Australia. They are a must have is you are looking for tough tropical plants that will help you achieve a lush look.
Cordylines are very easy to grow. They like rich soil with good drainage and fertilizer in the growing season. Some cordylines prefer partial shade, some color up better in full sun and some are comfortable with both. 

Keep an eye out as we will be adding more in the next few weeks!