2014 dates announced

Planning is now well underway for the 2014 event to be held on 8-9th March.

The floor plan is being updated and adjusted after feedback from both the public and exhibitors. Due to the demand from exhibitors, we are making more space available for more exhibitors but are reinforcing our intent in creating a fun experience for gardeners who are keen to seek out information and to buy plants.

More details will be released in due time.

Thank you for your patience.

New Releases 2013

Exclusive New Releases at the Ipswich Plant Expo

Aloe-Aloe Horticulture is pleased to announce that we will be releasing two exciting new sun perennials for use by gardeners and landscapers for the first time in Australia at the Ipswich Plants Expo this year.

These 2 hybrid aloes are the result of a 35 year breeding program by the worlds leading aloe breeder Leo Thamm in South Africa and now enhance the aloe-aloe range to 29 unique cultivars for our harsh garden conditions. The Aloe-Aloe collection is available in all states of Australia in garden centres, nurseries and chain stores- Some are flowering bedding plants, some flowering shrubs and others small flowering trees.
All of these hybrid aloes sold are clones of unique selected superior plants with proven hybrid vigour so that gardeners and landscapers can be guaranteed quality plants that will always perform and outshine other seed grown aloes. This new generation of SUPER PLANTS are stronger, cope better with a wider range of extremes (rain ,dry, heat and cold) but also have stunning flower displays that last longer and flower younger, with superior and wide ranging colour tones.

These 2013 releases are:

  • Ivory Dawn ™ 
Aloe 'Ivory Dawn'

Aloe ‘Ivory Dawn’

  • First Gold ™
Aloe 'First Gold'

Aloe ‘First Gold’

Get your hands on these plant FIRST at stand #C28

2013 event planning

Great news everyone!

Guest speakers for 2013 confirmed are Paul Plant, Brian Sams, Clare Levander, Arno King and Claire Bickle.

The dates are set for 9-10th March 2013 and with two full days planned, there is much to look forward to. In addition to guest speakers above, we are looking at introducing a second Back to Basics series of talks for all the beginners and kids who want to start but need a little help. We will be there to give you give you all some great skills!

Event Key Features

  • Tropical plants + subtropical plants
  • Edible and organic gardening
  • Native plants
  • Collectable plants
  • Gardening tools and equipment
  • Gardening magazines and books
  • Garden clubs
  • Conservation, environmental

Keep this date open in your diary as it will be the best event in Queensland for gardeners in the first six months of 2013.

event summary 2012

Summary of Event 2012

Congratulations to all exhibitors for putting on a good subtropical garden expo, over 2000 people attended. There was a great range of plants and related products.

Special thanks is extended to Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale for officially opening and launching the event. He also announced that the local council will support it in 2013. Good news everyone, it will be a two day event next year.

Thank you to sponsors Ipswich City Council and Searles, and to event supportors The Gift Tree, subTropical Gardening and River 94.9FM.

Additionally, we wish to thank our guest speakers Colin Campbell, Paul Plant, Claire Bickle, Noel Burdette and Arno King… and the efferescent MC for the day, Marcia Byriel.

If you went to the event and have some suggestions for the 2013 event, please send us an email to info@ plantexpo.com.au (remove spaces).



How to Get There

Event is almost here and people are working out how to get to the event.

From Brisbane: head west along Ipswich Road and follow signs to Ipswich City. The event will be on the left side of the road immediately after the Bundamba  Primary State School. Enter carpark via TL Cooney Avenue, Bundamba.

From North Brisbane or Sunshine Coast: head to the event via the Centenary Highway then follow instructions above. Alternatively, go via the Gateway Toll Road which links onto the Logan Motorway and flows towards Ipswich. As for the Moggill Ferry, avoid it as it is expected to be not in operation on Saturday 3rd March. Colleges Crossing is expected to be closed. Note: Mt Crosby Weir is open for private vehicles only.

From Gold Coast: head up the Pacific Highway, take the Logan Motorway and follow signs to Ipswich (as above).

From Lockyer Valley, Toowoomba or Roma: drive along Warrego Highway and follow signs into Ipswich. Then drive along Brisbane Road towards Bundamba. The event will on the right side of the road.

From Sydney or other regions: it is suggested you fly into Brisbane then drive out  🙂

Bundamba Train Station is approximately 10-15 minute walk to the event. When you get off the train, walk up Mining Street, turn right along Brisbane Road. Cross the road at the Primary School then walk (direction right) up to the Ipswich Turf Club (Racecourse). Entry to event is off TL Cooney Ave.
For details regarding train time tables, please refer to www.translink.com.au

UBD reference: 214 F15

A passion for fruit

Valentine’s Day is coming up… and what better way to celebrate this day than with a luscious passionfruit!

Passionfruit is a short lived climbing plant with lush green leaves, stunning intricate scented flowers and delicous fruit. Life of a plant is only a few years – if it is still bearing after 5 years you are lucky as most plants only tend to last around 3 years.

If your plant is producing a lot of foliage and growth, it is likely you are applying too much fertiliser.

If the plant is producing shrunken fruit that are withered or wrinkly, the typical causes are nurtient deficiencies, stung fruit by pests (such as fruit spotting bugs and fruit fly) or poor pollination.

If fruit fall off before getting to a reasonable size, typically this is the result of poor pollination (why are there no bees!) and lack of micronutrients in the soil.

Overall these plants tend to be easy to grow in warm climates but should be treated as a short-lived plant. If your plant is 5 years or older and does not crop well, pull it out and buy a fresh one. If it is 3 years of age, keep it for another year.

Even if you do not like the fruit, the passion it can inspire with its delightful scent is sufficient reward to grow this vine.

what do gardeners want

Gardeners want to have options and diversity when it comes to buying plants and related products. They want to find something unique, something rare… something that will make their friends envious!

Seriously though, gardeners are keen to buy plants that perform well in their gardens even if it is a common plant. Its not only about the right climate and soil, it also takes into consideration the aesthetics, the rarity of the specimen, does it do the task it needs to do (create shade or fruit, etc). There are many criteria that makes a good plant selection.

We hear that people everywhere are turning to the internet to buy clothes, gadgets, gifts, flowers, houses and find romance. It is not surprising then that gardeners search the net to find plants and to seek out information. Magazines such as subtropical Gardening, are valuable resources to inspire people to search and seek out interesting plants – be that old fashioned specimens or rarities.

There is a thirst for the unusual. A drink of tap water will just not do. Likewise, a common plant that everyone grows may not ‘cut the mustard’. Growers need to find out what gardeners want to buy and plan ahead with their cultural practices.

The best way for production nurseries to find out is by engaging the public:
– attending events like the Ipswich Plant Expo
– reading gardening magazines and weekly articles in local newspapers
– listening to gardening radio programs
– visiting open gardens and botanic gardens to see what is growing well in the region and when they flower.

The best way for gardeners to tell the nursery industry what they want is to ask your local nursery to source the plants you want… or go elsewhere to spend your money. This is where events such as this help gardeners find those desirable specimens.

The Ipswich Plant Expo aims to bring the buying collectors in contact with the growers of collectible plants. Come along to the Expo – you may just find what you are after and also find those things you never new you needed!

Collectible and Rare Plants

All too often gardeners are restricted in what they can buy from local garden centres and nurseries. The majority of outlets sell the same old stuff – lillypillies, mock orange, daisies, mondo grass, lomandra, duranta, etc. Talk about mundane and boring! Not all is bad news.

There are a few fabulous retail outlets that go beyond the call of normality and drabness. These innovative and forward thinking outlets supply plants that gardeners want… that they look for… what they search for… what they are willing to pay for. These are the outlets that gardeners love to go shopping at and tell their friends. Unfortunately, there are far too few of these garden centres left in Queensland and other states of Australia. Why?

Gardeners seek to experiment, be adventurous and like to try the impossible. They want to source plants that the ‘experts’ say they cannot grow. They want to track down the impossible. They enjoy informing others of their challenges, trials and success so that others can learn from what they have done. For this reason gardening is not only a hobby, its an ‘addiction’ – one that is embraced and encouraged amongst the gardening fraternity.

Collectible and rare plants are the most desired of all plants. They showcase a gardener’s skill in tracking the plant down and growing it to maturity. They differentiate the passionate gardener from beginner or the ‘desktop’ gardener. It is this passion, this drive, this fascination for horticultural specimens that the Ipswich Plant Expo fosters and supports.

Collectors of plants – this event is for you.

Growers of rare, unusual and forgotten plants – this event is for you to sell these specimens to the public who want them.

The Ipswich Plant Expo works with horticulturists and garden experts to create an event everyone will enjoy.