Plants and Equipment for Sale

History: Almanda Blue appeared in the Dampland at Wirrapunga Indigenous Garden in the spring of 2013. The Adelaide Botanic Gardens identified it as a variety of Lobelia pedunculata. Although it had the look of Lobelia pedunculata, its flowers were more like Lobelia anceps. Expert opinion was gained on its commercial value. It was said to have ‘high commercial value’ and ‘should sell well in the European Market’. An application was made to IP Australia for Plant Breeder’s Rights and an application was made for a US patent. In August 2016 an agreement was entered into with Australian Horticultural Services for the plant to be sold worldwide. It is envisaged that all royalties received through the sale of Almanda Blue will go towards saving our biodiversity.
Description: Almanda Blue has two distinct types of branches. Firstly it has ‘runners’. Many species of plants have runners. For example strawberry plants send out runners, at the end of the season and a new plant develops at the end of the runner. If you want strawberries rather than new plants the runners are removed. However, in the case of Almanda Blue it is important not to remove the runners. When a runner is planted in a plant pot then new runners develop and hang down the side of the pot. They cover the pot and continue to grow. They can hang down for 60cm or more.
The second type of branches are ‘flowering branches’. These form as lateral branches on the runners and as lateral branches on other flowering branches. When these grow out from the runners they form a dense covering of the pot.
The whole plant can be trimmed so that it hangs down the desired distance. However, if a runner is trimmed off above its lateral flowering braches then it will cease to be a runner and will not grow longer. If it is trimmed well below its lateral flowering branches then it will probably produce a number of runners which continue to grow down.
The flowers are produced along the flowering branches. They have long stems and stand well out from the plant. The numerous blue flowers form an aura or halo around the plant. The flowers are long lasting and continual so that numerous flowers occur from spring through into winter.
Needs: Almanda Blue does need damp soil. The plant requires little else. It requires little fertilizer if any. It will grow in full sun to part shade. It can handle mild frost but will be burnt by severe frost. It can be trimmed. However it has to be understood that once runners have been removed they may not be replaced. If there is a problem with loss of runners, then the simplest remedy may be to start again with a runner cutting in a new pot. Of course it can be planted out in your garden or rockery but it really does make a superb pot plant.
So! All it needs is to be placed in a pot on a stannd so it can hand down and realise its full potential and be kept damp. Since we could nnot find a plant stand that showed off its full potential we designed one. We call it the "Almanda Stand". Since it also needs to be kept damp we added this to the design of the Almanda Stand.
We are now taking orders to supply these items in Spring. We will have:
1) An Almanda Blue in a 14cm pot;
2) A more advanced Almanda Blue in a 25cm pot;
3) A basic Almanda Stand;
4) A fully automatic Almanda Stand;
5) An upgrade kit from the basic to the fully automatic Almanda Stand; and
6) An automatic Almanda Stand together with an Almanda Blue in a 25cm pot.
These items will all be on show at the Friends of Scott Creek Conservation Park - Almanda Project's 3rd Year - OPEN DAY - Sunday 7th May 10am - 3pm Almanda Mine Site, Dorset Vale Road, Cherry Gardens.
Any of these items can now be ordered and picked up from Wirrapunga Indigenous Garden in September October 2017.

All profits from the sale of the above items is donated to the Almanda Project.

riverThe above photo shows the form of Almanda Blue.

14cm

Almanda Blue in 14cm pot
Price: $25
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25cm

Almanda Blue in 25cm pot
Price: $50
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stand

Basic Almanda Stand
Price: $80
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auto stand

Automatic Almanda Stand
Price: $125
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upgrade

Upgrade Kit to upgrade the Basic Almanda Stand to the fully Automatic Almanda Stand.
Price: $40
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complete

Fully Automatic Almanda Stand with Almanda Blue in 25cm Pot.
Price: $170
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