Winter’s here!

winter at Nursery De Groene Prins
Half hardy plants like Dicksonia antarctica do need good protection against severe frosts in the winter!

Here we have protected our plants against the winter’s cold. We started with the mountain banana collection. After that the tree ferns and last but not least, the palm trees.

During the winter months we’re open by appointment only(+31-6-22370001)!

Customs damage

plants from Nursery De Groene Prins sometimes arrive damaged
Be careful when exporting or importing plants – customs sometimes destroy plants and call this “inspection”!

Rare plants now available!

We now have the following beauties in stock:

Woodwardia fimbriata, a large fern for sheltered, damp spots
Polypodium ‘Whitley Giant’, a large, good hardy variety of the oak fern (Polypodium vulgare)

The following plants have long proven their hardiness:

Rhododendron macabeanum ,  Blechnum nova-zelandiae ,  Blechnum magellanicum,  Blechnum nudum ,  Astelia nervosa

(Please collect at our nursery in Northern Holland as we aren’t able to send plants to you!)

Large Trachycarpus fortunei palm trees now in stock!

Large Trachycarpus fortunei palm treesThe best palm tree for your garden is Trachycarpus fortunei.We’ve got large ones available in pots of 130L with a trunk of around 2m (6 feet) in length! These plants are delivered at an angle (see photo). The price is € 400 (exclusive of transport) but for that price you’ve got an exceptionally beautiful plant in your garden! Small ones are priced from € 5.

Helen’s Hybrid – a promising new banana!

Helen's Hybrid - a promising new banana is tested at Nursery De Groene PrinsHelen’s Hybrid is probably a cross between Musa sikkimensis Red Tiger and Musa Chinichampa.

Seedlings from this happy marriage are all different. Some resemble one parent, some the other, but most resemble both like the plant on this picture. Human children are sometimes faster or smarter than their parents. Also in the plant world, crosses are occasionally more vigorous than both parent plants. The plant shown on this photo grows abnormally fast in the garden, has inherited the beauty of Chinichampa and hopefully the frost resistance of sikkimensis!

Given maximum winter protection this seems to be a promising newcomer in our range of garden bananas. Small numbers of seedlings are available at the nursery, each with different characteristics. So they are not tissue-grown bananas (= not from the laboratory)! I can’t yet predict their hardiness for sure. Next year I’ll know more!

Opening hours De Groene Prins

at Nursery De Groene Prins

From November 2018, the Groene Prins nursery and jungle garden is still open by appointment on 0622370001.

This will also be the case in 2019 and onwards as I will be on plant-hunting safaris ..

So if you want to come, check if I’m there!

Ring: +31 -(0)6 22370001 (in case of absence +31 -(0)641156392!)

The wonderful fragrance of Magnolia grandiflora

The wonderful fragrance of Magnolia grandiflora
Long flowering evergreen Magnolias flourish at de Groene Prins. Their wonderful fragrance is a delightful surprise to many. It’s a mystery why this hardy tree is still not well known.