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Logee’s Introduces New Fruiting and Tropical Plants for 2014
For more than 120 years, Logee’s has been the go-to source for fruiting, rare and tropical plants. For 2014, the family-owned company has introduced 70 new plants that are sure to delight both experienced and novice growers. The new plants for 2014 include Banana ‘Dwarf Red’ that produces delicious petite, red-skinned bananas and Tropical Pitcher Plant ‘Miranda’ that’s an easy-to-grow carnivorous houseplant.
“Fruiting plants that can be grown in containers and flowering tropical plants are easy to grow both indoors and in outdoor living areas such as patios, balconies and porches,” said Byron Martin, a third-generation owner of Logee’s. “We are proud that Logee’s has become America’s favorite source for tropical and fruiting plants from all over the world.”
Logee’s catalog and website is known for its vast selection of tropical container plants, dwarf citrus trees, vines and climbing plants, flowering houseplants and other exotic plants. The company also operates Logee’s Greenhouses in Danielson, Connecticut, a destination greenhouse for thousands of gardeners throughout the Eastern United States.
To receive a free Spring 2014 catalog or place an order, call Logee’s at 1-888-330-8038 or visit the website at www.logees.com.
Small Red Bananas are a Tasty Delight
Petite red bananas are popular in gourmet food markets because their small size makes them ideal for children and adults with small appetites. The fruit is sweet with a creamy, delicious texture, and the banana’s skin turns a deep red when the fruit is ripe enough to eat. Now you can grow ‘Dwarf Red’ bananas at home. Musa ‘Dwarf Red’ will fruit when the plant is 6-8 feet tall, which usually takes a couple of years of growing. This banana variety is cold hardy in USDA Zone 9, and perhaps in Zone 8 with some winter protection. In colder climates, ‘Dwarf Red’ can be grown in a large pot outdoors during the summer and brought indoors during the colder months. The plant has an attractive lipstick-red trunk, and the tiny ripening bananas are also a visual delight. ‘Dwarf Red’ banana leaves are a fun culinary addition to barbecues, and they can be used to wrap fish or meat for cooking. Plants in a 4-inch pot sell for $19.95 from www.logees.com, (888) 330-8038.
Tropical Pitcher Plant ‘Miranda’ (Nepenthes hybrid)
Tropical Pitcher Plant ‘Miranda’ is an easy-to-grow carnivorous plant for the home. The sensational pitchers are up to 10 inches long and are green with red ribbing accentuated by a deep burgundy rim at the top and an attached cap. The pitchers form off the end of the leaves and ‘Miranda’ can easily be grown in a hanging basket. Each pitcher should always have a little bit of fluid in the base to keep it healthy. Flies and other insects are attracted to the fluid and will land in the pitchers, providing a meal for this carnivorous plant. Grow in partial sun to shade with high humidity and good ventilation for optimum plant health. Hardy to Zone 10 and higher for outdoors (minimum temperature 60°). The plant will grow to three feet wide in a container. Plants in a 2.5-inch pot sell for $12.95 from www.logees.com, (888) 330-8038.
Crown of Thorns ‘Yellow Delight’
(Euphorbia milii hybrid)
Euphorbias are indestructible houseplants that are easy to grow on a sunny windowsill. Their main flowering season is spring and summer. ‘Yellow Delight’ is a Thai Giant hybrid with creamy yellow blooms marked with orange and green highlights on the petals and a bright orange center. Individual flowers measure 2 inches and the bloom clusters are 4-6 inches across. ‘Yellow Delight’ grows best in full or partial sun, and it will reach 2 feet across in a container. Euphorbias are so indestructible that they seem to thrive on neglect—so be sure to let the soil dry out between waterings. This tropical beauty is hardy to USDA zones 9-11 for outdoor growing (minimum temperature 60°). Plants in a 2.5-inch pot sell for $14.95 from www.logees.com, (888) 330-8038.
Easy-to-Grow Guava Produces Sweet Fruit
One of the easiest tropical fruiting plants to grow for the beginning fruit gardener, Guava ‘Ruby Supreme’ (Psidium guajava) has baseball-sized fruits that turn yellow when ripe. The inner flesh is highly aromatic, sweet and pink. It can be eaten fresh or made into jelly or juice. For optimum sweetness, let the fruit fully ripen on the tree when the skin yields slightly to the touch. ‘Ruby Supreme’ flowers and fruits year-round in cycles that last 60-90 days between flowering and ripe fruit. For container-grown guavas, prune the shrub to create a bushy plant that’s as wide as it is tall. The more sun and warmth it receives, the more fruit it produces. Hardy to Zone 9 and higher for outdoors (minimum temperature 50°). Grow it in full or partial sun; grows to 2-4 feet tall in a container. Each Guava ‘Ruby Supreme’ plant is cutting grown, so it begins fruiting at a young age—often by the time it is 2 feet tall. Plants in a deluxe 6-inch pot sell for $39.95 from www.logees.com, (888) 330-8038.