Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Rare & Unusual Plants in Our Holiday 2019 Catalog!
By Amelia Green, Logee’s R&D Grower and Instagram Manager
Rare plants are our primary focus here at Logee’s Plants for Home & Garden. For over 125 years, Logee’s growers have spent their time researching, procuring and, if all goes well, production growing the most interesting, unusual, yet easy-to-grow rare plants. In our Holiday catalog this year, we have some outstanding crowd favorites that are rare, beautiful, sought-after and most importantly, simple to care for. Here’s a sneak peek…
Let’s start off with this one. I don’t believe a more popular begonia exists right now. The rise of this polka dotted, Angel Wing begonia has been fascinating to watch. The foliage boasts long, deep green leaves with crimson backsides and shimmering, semi-translucent silver polka dots showering each leaf. White flowers appear on mature plants and it is here that we have recently been able to procure the secret to our prolific numbers.
While in flower, our begonia grower tries to pollinate as many flowers as possible and in time the dried seed pods are harvested. Eventually we are able to raise hundreds of seedlings this way. It’s not fast or easy but we have yielded great results with the seed grown stock. It’s easy to see why so many have taken a liking to this striking plant and we are thrilled to finally have sufficient quantity to get this popular begonia into a catalog. Medium sun, humidity and a thorough dryness before watering are the keys to a happy Begonia maculata ‘Wightii.’
I’ve known that philodendrons have been on the rise in the houseplant market, but I could never have predicted the sheer speed at which we sold our last batch of Black Golds. Philodendron melanochrysum is certainly one of the top 5 plants that I get asked for on Instagram, and it’s easy to see why. The heart shaped juvenile leaves range in color from pale pink, light orange, green and even bronze and eventually mature to a deep, almost black green.
What sets this variety apart from the other dark, velvety philodendrons is the potential size of the leaves, particularly the length. Mature specimens grown in ideal conditions can grow leaves up to 2’ long and look simply stunning. We’ve been working to get our numbers up for the past 2-3 years and we are so excited to offer a new 5” pot size with plants that are already at least 12”-16” tall. Black Gold Philodendrons need bright indirect sun, a tall support and high humidity to reach their full potential size.
An extremely exciting addition to our lineup, Monstera Minima is a smaller and bushier version of the popular Monstera deliciosa. There is much debate on whether this plant is a true Monstera or a Rhaphidophora tetrasperma. Either way, it is a great grower and a really interesting and adorable plant to have in a collection.
Monstera Minima loves to have a moss pole or wall for the roots to plate to so it can climb up. The 5-6” leaves are bright green and deeply fenestrated. These plants appreciate bright, diffused light, a well-drained potting mixture and a decent amount of watering, or the leaves will wilt when the plant is thirsty. These 6” pots of Monstera Minima are already quite large so they will make beautiful houseplants.
Variegated foliage is certainly having a moment right now and now you can add ‘Peppermint Candy’ to the much-wanted list. Beautiful foliage splashed with white and green joins bright red, everblooming flowers for a lovely, easy-to-grow plant. It has a slower and more compact growth habit and is quite easy to care for. ‘Peppermint Candy’ loves plenty of direct sunlight and likes to get completely dry between waterings. This rare plant is seldom offered in the trade so rare plant collectors take notice!
Caudiciform plants such as Miniature Desert Rose have risen steadily in popularity. It’s easy to see why so many are drawn to the unique and somewhat odd-looking, swollen trunks. This rugged little plant is great for a sunny windowsill and is perfectly fine with some neglect. It can survive long periods of dryness as moisture is stored in the caudex. When repotting, place the plant about 1/4” higher than the soil level to slowly reveal more of the swollen roots and in time you will have a nice little bonsai tree.
These plants look simply amazing. An extremely bright and colorful foliage plant, Philodendron ‘Prince of Orange’ is the perfect addition to your fall and winter houseplant collection. It is a non-vining philodendron so it grows a bit slower and maintains a more bush-like form. New leaves unfurl a striking bright orange and very slowly mature to a light green. However, the stems remain red.
Both 4″ and 6″ pot sizes of these plants are big and full and are so hard to resist. Keep ‘Prince of Orange’ in bright filtered light, high humidity and well-drained soil and let it get mostly dry before watering. Philodendrons are some of the easiest and most rewarding houseplants and I highly recommend this variety.
I hope you’ve enjoyed a sneak peek at a few of our exciting rare and unusual plants from this year’s Holiday catalog. Speaking of catalogs, before you go, please be sure to request your free Logee’s catalog. You can learn more about the rare plants mentioned in this article below: