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Castanospermum australe



20th January 2008


This is an odd little plant (actually, it makes a big, tropical tree) that turns up occasionally as a houseplant. The seeds are imported (I think from Australia), germinated in pots and sold as houseplants while they are tiny. I grew it about a decade ago when I had a warm greenhouse, and killed it (I can't remember what I did).
This year I got another seedling and I'm trying it in a cold greenhouse to see if I can keep it.

16th August 2009




3rd March 2011


I am amazed by the cold tolerance of the plant. It grows slowly in the greenhouse but remains evergreen.