Hardy Plantabase

Hardy Tropicals Hardy Plantabase.

Plantabase... Plant Hardy Database!

Our 'Plantabase' or Plant Database is meant to provide our visitors details about the various hardy tropicals we've personally had experience with. 'Plantabase' is organized by 21 searchable hardy plant categories and has 55 total entries to date. Plantabase is searchable by keywords, common category, family, genus, species, etc.

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Kahili Ginger (Hedychium Gardnerianum)

Categorized as: Flower,Ginger

April 24, 2010 | 13952 Views | 1 Comments

Kahili Ginger

Their scientific name means "sweet snow". Whether pure white, yellow, pink, or red, their ethereal, orchid-like blossoms all exude a delicious fragrance, never quite matched by bottled perfumes. Showcased in the finest Hawaiian leis, they keep their scent for several weeks. Native to moist tropical forests from sea level into the Himalayas, they spread by stout rhizomes. Attractive leaves flare out in a single plane around the many reedy stems. Hedychium coronarium (White Ginger) tolerates standing in water and thrives in temperature climates with mild winters (above freezing) and warm summers. Hedychium gardnerarium, greenei, flavum, and forestii do well in subtropical beds. Himalayan species are hardy to 28º F by a south-facing wall, with mulch. All other species are tropicals, demanding temperatures over 65º F, high humidity, richly fertile soil, and plenty of water. Where there is any danger of frost, dig up the roots in fall and store in damp soil at 35º to 45º F until spring. Outdoor plants seemingly killed by frost may produce new stalks in early spring. Good in tubs, though they will not grow as tall. Place tubs in a shallow pan of water to keep soil constantly moist, and liquid feed while growing. In winter, cut back on water and let go dormant. Trim off dead flower spikes, but keep old leafy stems to nurture new spring growth until well established. Too much shade and warmth in winter inhibit blooming. Grow from fresh seeds or by division in spring. Bulbuls of Hedychium greenei may sprout plantlets while still attached.

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Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Hedychium
Species: Gardnerianum
Cultivar: Kahili Fiesta


Japanese Sago Palm, King Sago Palm, Sago Cycas, Sago Palm (Cycas Revoluta )

Categorized as: Cycads,Palm

April 24, 2010 | 21164 Views | 0 Comments

Sago Palm This unique plant resembles a palm tree but is actually a cycad. These living fossils, members of the Cycadaceae family, dominated the landscape during the Mesozoic era over 150 million years ago. Today about 10 genera of cycads still survive. The most commonly grown is the Japanese sago, also called the sago palm (though again, it isn't really a palm).

This symmetrical plant supports a crown of shiny dark green leaves on a thick shaggy trunk that can grow to 10-12 ft high. The plant is very slow growing requiring about 50 years to achieve this height. As the plant matures branching of the thick stem may occur which only adds to the interest and charm of this beauty. Japanese sago also tends to produce suckers at its base forming a large multi-stem clump over time. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Cycadaceae
Genus: Cycas
Species: Revoluta
Cultivar: None Identified


Colocasia Mojito (Colocasia Esculenta)

Categorized as: Bulbs,Elephant Ear

April 23, 2010 | 6616 Views | 0 Comments

Colocasia Mojito If you're looking to add another wildly variegated ear to your garden, one that'll turn heads, this is it. Colocasia 'Mojito' (pronounced Mo-he-toe) is named after the popular Cuban mixed drink. The stunning leaves are medium green with dark purple flecks throughout. In moist, rich soils, the clump should reach around 3ft, less in drier locations. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Araceae
Genus: Colocasia
Species: Esculenta
Cultivar: Mojito


Thailand Giant, Super Sized Elephant Ear (Colocasia Gigantea)

Categorized as: Aquatics,Bulbs,Elephant Ear

April 23, 2010 | 16460 Views | 2 Comments

Colocasia Gigantea - Thailand Giant Colocasia Gigantea is a beautiful elephant ear that can reach enormous sizes if given the right conditions. It loves water, so be sure to give it plenty. You can even grow it in standing water (pot or not). ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Araceae
Genus: Colocasia
Species: Gigantea
Cultivar: Thailand Giant Strain


Japanese Fiber Banana (Musa Basjoo)

Categorized as: Banana

April 21, 2010 | 10857 Views | 1 Comments

Musa Basjoo Musa Basjoo is an incredibly hardy banana and is an excellent plant for adding that instant tropical splash to a yard. Musa Basjoo aka the Japanese Fiber Banana can actually be grown in all 50 states, withstanding temperatures down to 20 below F. They'll also multiply (or pup) regularly, which gives you even more Basjoo to spread around. In zones above 7 the basjoo may died back to the ground each winter. But warmer zones 7-9 will typically see much of the pseudo-stem survive the winter above ground. ... view full plantabase file »

Family: Musaceae
Genus: Musa
Species: Basjoo
Cultivar: None Identified

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