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Thanks for responding to our drought sale.

We had a great response to our email last week and have sent off quite a few surplus plants to their new owners this morning. There doesn't appear to be any rain in the foreseeable future so the sale continues. Anyone wanting Grapes, Tamarillos, Guava, Brugmansia, Bird of Paradise or Tea Bush, now would be a good time to buy.

The hills are brown and water is never far from our minds. I am reminded of that wonderful 1986 Movie Jean de Florette in which the hero struggles against a sever drought and hostile neighbours to keep his plants alive. (highly recommended)


We don't have hostile neighbours or a donkey but we are transporting water from the creek in the valley up to the shade house just in case.



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Subtropica supplies edible and ornamental subtropical plants to New Zealand. We provide banana,  casana, cherimoyas and unusual fruits that grow easily in our climate. Plants are grown organically without the use of chemical fertilisers or sprays. Plants include Misi Luki, Australian Ladyfinger,casana, cherimoya, casimiroa, white sapote, papaya, pawpaw, Rainbow Valley pawpaw,  lucuma, Chilean guava, tropical guava, babaco, passionfruit, vanilla passionfruit, ligularis, , macadamia, mulberry, tamarillo,, brugmansia, sugar cane, guava, ginger.    We also stock Davidson's plum, fig, Ventura, monstera, myoga,  inga, pepino, turmeric,  cardomom,  cardamom, pomegranate, , tea, kei apple, arrowroot, Chinese quince,  Surinam cherry,  Japanese raisin, lemon grass, Vietnamese mint,  Abyssinian banana, rose apple,  citrus,  lime,aloe vera, pitaya,