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Blue Solanum Standard - Solanum rantonnetii

Solanums naturally grow to around 2m. When shaped into a Standard they are generally kept to between 1.2 and 2m tall. They flower freely throughout the year with blue flowers. There is a darker variety called "Royal Robe" which is very attractive. Solanums grow vigorously and regular pruning is required to keep a the foliage compact. Major pests are catepillars and a soil organism called a nematode, but they are easily controlled. Solanums will grow in most soils, but good drainage is important. Moderate watering required in dry time, but generally quite hardy. NSW,QLD,VIC,SA,WA,TAS. 


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Ficus Standards

The Ficus Standard plant shown, is Ficus Hillii.  It naturally grows into a large tree, but makes an excellent large standard plant 2m.  Ficus have the advantage of being Evergreen and very tough in winds and hot weather. They can stay in a pot for many years, essentially they are a large Bonsi. Therefore it is important to prune back the roots and also the foliage periodically.  They are long lived and have only one main pest which is the Thrip which creates leaf damage. NSW,QLD,VIC,SA,NT,WA.


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Ficus "Midnight"

A dwarf form of Ficus which was originally selected as an indoor plant. It can be shaped in to various standard forms. It has glossy dark green leaves. The Advantage of this variety, is it's ability to adapt to full sun down to heavy shade and it's dwarf form. Requires slightly more protection from winds and more water then other ficus. NSW,QLD,VIC,WA,NT,SA.


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Standard Lilly Pilly - Acmena Smithii

Lilly Pilly trees make excellent standard plants.  From 1.2m up to 3m. Acmena smithii is used for larger Standards, but there are now many new varieties in use, eg Bush Xmas. Lilly Pilly's are evergreen and have small glossy leaves with red new growth.  They look great in formal or cottage style gardens. They require regular pruning to keep a neat shape. eg once a month. Only pest that seems to effect them is an insect called a Psyllid which puts dimples in the leaves in winter/spring. They will grow in most soils from sandy to heavy loam, but prefer well drained organically rich soil. NSW,QLD,VIC,SA,TAS,WA.


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