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Open Wed-Sat This Week + What’s New!

We are back our from trip and the nursery will be open Wed 7/23 to Sat 7/26 this week 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM

I just added some more cool plants to the online store- this includes:

Alocasia Stingray

Philodendron ‘Ecuador Hybrid’

Philodendron McDowellii

Monstera Adansonii / Swiss Cheese Vine

Philodendron superbum

-Keep an eye out, we will be adding lots more items to the online store this month and next!

..and here’s a peek at what’s looking good around the nursery these days:

 Crepe Ginger Costus speciosus

We’ve got a few pots of this very cool ginger at the nursery now. It’s a great grower in Florida- and one of the more cold hardy gingers.  It has red spiraling stems, full of green foliage. The bloom is a large maroon cone from which bright white flowers appear (resembling crepe paper)  We also have another form with white variegated leaves.



Crepe Ginger (Costus speciosus)




We’ve got two very nice Sunshine Trees Erythrina variegata in stock-  these have amazingly bright colored foliage- they almost look like a giant croton, but will grow into a fine shade tree. They like a bright to full sun, and on occasion show off with bright red blooms.  Height is up to about 25 or 30 feet, but can be regularly trimmed back.


Sunshine Tree Erythrina




Indianhead Ginger Costus scaber  is growing vigorously in 3 gallon pots- this one has a tall orange cone shaped bloom, from which smaller edible flowers emerge. It’s a bit taller than Red Button Ginger, but the foliage looks similar- green and spiraling. An easy plant to grow in part sun on up to full sun.  Can fill in an area or be kept in bounds. It is also quite cold hardy.






Around The Nursery

We’ve got quite a few cool items around the nursery- FIJI ISLAND HIBISCUS is back in stock in 3 gallon pots.

This unique hibiscus is a good grower in Brevard and features a very unusual flower that has a dark purple center on light purple petals.

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Hibiscus ‘Fiji Island’


Golden plume Schaueria flavicoma

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Golden Plume Schaueria flavicoma is looking really good these days at Exotica Tropicals with its bright yellow fuzzy flowers and shiny dark green foliage.

This is plant is quite drought resistant and can take a variety of light conditions, from near full sun to shade. The furry blooms are a real eye catcher and very unusual. Has proven to be a great grower in my Melbourne Beach garden. This is a rare one!


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We’ve got Indonesian Wax Ginger (Tapeinochilos ananassae) in stock!

This awesome ginger has massive red blooms that grow up from the ground on their own stalks, as well as plenty of green leafy foliage.

Speaking of the garden in Melbourne Beach- the jungle there is growing and blooming like mad with all our recent rain.  I am about to set a date for the ANNUAL GARDEN TOUR + SALE.  It will be in late August, so keep an eye out for the announcement.. here are a few recent pics from the garden:

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Nursery OPEN July 4th and 5th 2014

Exotica Tropicals will be OPEN on 4th of July and the following Saturday 7/5/2014  from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

We’ve got some cool new plants around the nursery, and all the tropicals are growing like mad from the warm and humid weather we’ve been having.

Some selections from our current stock:

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Blooming Indonesian Wax Ginger (Tapeinochilos ananassae) in 7 gallon pots.

This is a beautiful and rare plant- with amazing blooms that come up from the base. (Basal Bloomer)

Plenty of spiraling green ginger foliage on tall red stalks. Established clumps bloom like crazy in the warm season.

Likes plenty of water and bright part to almost full sun.


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Variegated Dwarf Alocasia gageana – a great dependable grower- part sun to almost full.

Spreads and holds its variegation well- leaves up to dinner plate+  size. Rare!


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Another beautiful variegated plant- this is Variegated Crepe ginger – Costus speciosus Variegatus.  Spiraling red stalks with green and white foliage.

Blooms on the tip with a large maroon/purple cone from which white flowers emerge. New shoots grow from the underground rhizome.

A rarity for your jungle landscape- in limited supply.


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Another ginger with a large cone flower, this is Costus lucanusianus ‘Cameroon Queen’.

An excellent choice for those seeking a bamboo-like look near a pool or other area where leaf drop is to be avoided.

Grows to about 5 to 8 feet tall, the lower portion of the mostly straight stalks stay leafless, showing off the smooth segments with red spatter pattern and looking quite a bit like a bamboo- but then comes the amazing flowers at the end of each stalk! Rare and very cool- plus not hard to grow! Likes part to full sun.


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 We’ve got 7 gallon large blooming Queen Emma (purple) Crinum Lilies.  Big Purple/white flower clusters constantly bloom all year- very large tough leaves work well in just about any light- particularly nice in a bright part sun. Makes babies to fill out an area. The glossy wide leaves just screams the tropics :)



This interesting croton is unique in that it has very large and wide paddle leaves. The leaves are thick and heavy- sometimes becoming almost completely bright yellow.  I use these leaves in flower arrangements often due to their huge size.


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The very cool dark colored ‘Bronze Leaf’ – this plant grows much like the Copper Leaf, but has dark bronze to almost black foliage.

A unique look that is very different.. great for covering up fences or equipment.  Grows in part to full sun, -can get as tall as you like, just hedge back as needed.



Finally! The Exotica Tropicals online store is now up and running and ready to service those out of the Florida Space Coast area! Take a look here – Exotica Tropicals Online Store  or click on the link in the upper navigation bar. We are in the process of filling up the store with plants available…

Some BIG Leaves Around The Nursery

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Back To Regular Hours + What’s NEW

I’m back from a great vacation and Exotica Tropicals is returning to our regular Wednesday – Saturday business hours. Wednesday – Saturday 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM Lots of new stuff making its way into the nursery these days- which is getting PACKED as everything is growing and blooming. Some new stuff looking good:  …

Vacation End of May 2014

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Open Every Week and Weekend in May 2014

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Fresh Tropical Flowers For Mother’s Day 2014 – Reserve Online Now

Exotica Tropicals has a shipment of fresh tropical flowers coming in for Mother’s Day I will have a limited quantity, so I am taking pre-pay reservations via the internet (credit card or paypal) and it will be first come/first serve CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR FLOWERS NOW They include true freshly cut tropicals flown in…