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New Seeds Arriving Soon

  • Jan 11 2014
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Whilst we always have a flow of new seeds throughout the year - either to replace sold stock or in some cases old stock that needs replacing, it is always exciting to be able to list new species that we either have never listed before or have returned to stock after a long absence.

Next week keep an eye out for Adenia subsessilifolia, a succulent member of the Passion fruit family, grown for the shape of its swollen base (a caudex). Like most members of this genus, it retains the climbing nature of the stems, whilst growing from a narrow caudex. In this species, the stems remain even when not in leaf and are green and succulent. In this respect it grows rather like a Ceropegia.

Cultivated specimen in the Palmengarten, Frankfurt am Main.

Also due in are new (to us) Cacti species including Echinocactus texensis, Opuntia procumbens and Opuntia tomentosa. Each of these is well worth growing as reliably flowering species. Echinocactus texensis may be more familiar to many as Homalocephala texensis, a small barrel cactus with pink flowers carried whilst still quite young. Very frost hardy provided the roots are dry taking temperatures down to 18 Deg C.

Shown flowering whilst still quite small, a characteristic of this Echinocactus.

The two prickly pears are quite large species, but also very dependable in terms of producing flowers provided they have had a cool winter rest.

Opunita tomentosa, in the Jardin Exotique, Monaco.

Look out for these species and others we are trying to acquire over the next few weeks.

Weclome To Our New Blog

  • Jan 8 2014
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Thanks to our e-commerce partner, Highwire, we now have several new features in both our online shop and our eBay sales presence. One of these is this blog. Here we can let you know about our new seeds and cultural advice as well existing seeds and old favourites.

Over the next few months, we intend to expand our range even further than we did over the whole of last year. In the last 6 months of 2013 we added over 100 new varieties to our product lines to take our total number of offerings to over 800. Ultimately we would like to take this to over 1000 to include many garden varieties both annual and perennial. Watch this space for more news.

Once we get a full picture on what we can offer in our multi-channel shop, it will become apparent that we will be able to offer a much fuller range of seeds, some of which, although perfectly legal to trade in, 'transgress' some of eBay's rules - again more to follow on this.

Finally as the Northern Hemisphere season looms and our busiest time of year approaches, we would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our customers both old and new.