Stanmore Horticultural



Clivia Image
Foliage interest? flower interest?
Welcome to the enchanting world of Clivias.

Look further into our Clivia page to see how your customers will fall for these beautiful plants.

We supply wholesale customers with 1000's of tubes each year to grow on for sale. How many do we grow? We like them so much we tube up approximately 100,000 a year!

The image here shows just some of our broad leaf Chinese Daruma Clivias in flower for seed production.
Cycads Image
Demand for Cycas revoluta has consistently remained strong over the decades while some other garden plants have gained and then lost popularity. The new leaf flush of a large revoluta still inspires gardeners with its distinctly prehistoric look.

One problem facing propagation nurseries has been the sourcing of fresh revoluta seed. We remedied this by planting a number of mature male and female plants which are hand pollinated each flowering season to provide us with consistent quantities of fresh seed which are then germinated in controlled temperature hot rooms.
Miscellaneous Image
Here we list our various one offs and special interest plants.
Palms Image
Within the Family Arecaceae's 2600 or so species of flowering plants known as palms, we find some of the most recognisable plants in tropical and subtropical gardens. Ranging from full sun to full shade, there is a palm variety for most garden and indoor settings around the world.

Of some 206 genera, of which 9 are currently grown at Stanmore Horticultural, we have chosen two genera for volume production because of suitability, popularity and elegance for Eastern Australian climates and these are Chamaedorea and Rhapis.

An example of the Rhapis genera can be seen in this full sun image of Rhapis excelsa, a species also favoured for indoor landscapes commercially because of tolerance to low light and air conditioning, resistance to pests and diseases, ease of maintenance, and architectural appeal as indoor plantings.

Genus Chamaedorea is well known for species such as the Parlor Palm (Ch.elegans) and Bamboo Palms (Ch.seifrizii & Ch.microspadix). As with Genera Rhapis, Chamaedorea are also used by gardeners and indoor landscape businesses alike, to architecturally lift a garden or planter bed.

Other palm genus grown by Stanmore Horticultural include:
Ravanea (Majestic Palm)
Lytocaryum (Wedding Palm)
Phoenix (Dwarf Date),
Trachycarpus (Windmill Palm)
Carpentaria (Carpentaria Palm)
Dypsis (Triangle Palm)
Caryota (Fishtail Palm)
Ptychosperma (Solitaire Palm, Macarthur Palm)
Strelitzia Image
This dry climate, sun loving genus of evergreens originates from the African continent and has found favour in Australia for many landscape applications. From full sun areas in parks, gardens and streetscapes to commercial building garden surrounds. The plants are very hardy, easy to maintain and carry brightly coloured flowers for extended periods. New forms have appealing foliage interest and are nominated by landscape architects for commercial building projects for this reason.

The more common varieties are the orange and blue flowering S. reginae (including a sub-species with bright yellow flowers), and nicolai which flowers predominantly white and blue. Other species are S.caudata and S. juncea, the latter having long petioles and short spear like leaves.

These plants are also known by their more recognised common name of "Bird of Paradise", a name derived from their similarity with the colourful plumage of New Guinea forest birds.
Adenium obesum (Desert Rose) Image
From the Family Apocynaceae, Adenium obesum is a succulent flowering plant originating from the Sub Saharan areas from Mauritania and Senegal to Sudan and tropical and subtropical eastern and southern Africa as well as Arabia.

Sub species include:
obesum (Mauritania and Senegal to Sudan)
oleifolium (South Africa, Botswana)
socotranum (Socotra)
somalense (Eastern Africa)
swazicum (Swaziland, South Africa)

Characterised by its swollen basal caudex, the Desert Rose can grow to 3 meters after many years and is a prized garden living ornament.

Although classed as evergreen, the plants may drop leaves during spells of colder weather under 10 degrees Celsius. The plants can do quite well as house plants in temperate regions if placed in a sunny position indoors or on patios. They require very little water in Winter as moisture is stored in the swollen trunk.