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Denver(ish) source for tropical annuals?

Posted by amester Z4/5 (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 13, 09 at 12:15

Does anyone know of a Denver/surrounding area (Boulder, Longmont, Co. Springs) nursery that has a good selection of tropical annuals? I'm particularly looking for variegated tapioca (Manihot esculenta 'Variegata') and variegated shell ginger (Alpinia zerumbet 'Variegata'), maybe some banana plants and/or cannas too. I can order online but would love to find a local source if possible.

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RE: Denver(ish) source for tropical annuals?

  • Posted by skybird z5, Denver, CO (My Page) on
    Fri, Feb 13, 09 at 13:26

Hi Amy,

It's nice to see you around here again!

Call Paulino's. I don't know if they have the exact things you're looking for, but they do have a very large selection of tropicals. (You might just want to go and look around. It's a great place to walk around in in winter!)

Gotta go. I have to get ready for a trip, and I'm not movin' too fast. I'm getting over pneumonia! Can't go too long without some kind of a catastrophe! ;-)

Hope you find what you're looking for,

Here is a link that might be useful: Paulino's

RE: Denver(ish) source for tropical annuals?

Please feel better soon - I can't imagine doing your job whilst under the weather...hope you're on the mend!

Thanks for the heads up, I will definitely head up there - I trust your good opinion enough to make the drive. :)

Take care!

RE: Denver(ish) source for tropical annuals?

I made the venture up to Paulino's as a treat on my birthday last year (Feb 28) based on Skybird's recommendations and it was so much fun Im going back again this year. It was my last stop in a tour of Denver nurseries and by far the best.

Please feel better soon! You asked in another post how I'm doing and since Im too lazy to go find that post Ill hijack this one for a moment and say Im doing better and working towards 100%.

RE: Denver(ish) source for tropical annuals?

  • Posted by skybird z5, Denver, CO (My Page) on
    Thu, Feb 19, 09 at 23:22

Jill, Except for a black and blue butt where I got a mega shot of antibiotic 11 days ago, Im doing fine! I think maybe the chicken soup I made helped as much as all the antibiotics! Maybe!!! Got back from a 3-day last nite and was so exhausted I slept for 10 hours! My eyes are open again today!!!

Im glad to hear things are going better for you again. Hope to see more of you around here if you have time.

And I hope to see both of you at at least one of the swaps this year. Its been a while since weve seen you at one of them Amy.

Amy, let us know if you found what you were looking for if you get over to Paulinosor maybe something else you decide you like. I dont recognize either of the names you posted, but then I never really worked inside with the tropicals very oftenand theyve enlarged the greenhouses and added more houseplants since I left there anyway. If you get over there, since youre looking for something very specific, ask for Mimi (Paulino). She buys all the tropicals and knows exactly whats there! I will add one word of caution! With our low humidity out here, a lot of tropicals dont do very well. At the garden center where I worked before Paulinos I worked inside with the house plants most of the winter and they had a gingerno idea if its similar to what youre looking forbut I spent a couple days one time trimming all the brown tips off because they werent selling. After I got them cleaned up they were put on sale and we got rid of most of them, but this was in an environment with higher humidity than most places out here, and they still didnt do well, so be sure its something thats worth spending the money on before you get it.

And, I would kind of think theyd have banana plants, but do you realize how BIG those things get? And I dont know if they have cannas in winter, but theyll have plenty of them by the time they start selling the bedding plantsand they may have the bulbs (is that what cannas are???) available now.


P.S. Jill, I just checked and you havent signed in on the Whos Here thread yet this year! Ill be looking for you over there! :-)

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