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Meet: Alicia and Nige from Wild About Plants

Updated: Mar 22, 2023

Coming all the way from Far North Queensland, Nige and Alicia will drive thousands of kilometres to be with us.

They met as two plant-obsessed instagrammers sharing their plant knowledge with the world. Then they fell in love in real life, after meeting at community plant collectors swap events! So naturally they combined passions --Nige with his innovative hydroponic technology he designed and built himself, tailored to aroids, with Alicia with her love for creating new hybrids and exciting interspecies crosses.

Alicia and Nige are innovative plant breeders and growers as featured on ABC, Gardening Australia Magazine, Garden Gurus, Sydney Morning Herald, Aroidis Australis Magazine. They are experienced growers of cultivating aroids indoors, outdoors, grow tent, shadehouse, greenhouse, soil-free, hydroponic media and conventional aroid mix.

Alicia and Nige love the araceae family. Who can resist their gorgeous statement philodendrons, patterned variegated monsteras, and glittery, velvety anthuriums that are a texture feast for the senses? So we sat down with them to quiz them on their leafy passion.

Where is your nursery located? We have relocated to Far North Queensland, but we found tropical plants can be grown in all sorts of urban environments once we supplied their required growing conditions. Most anthuriums and philodendrons thrive in the city outside of tropical zones. If you can grow orchids and begonias, you've probably got the right conditions to make most of our anthuriums, especially our hybrids bred for vigour!

What are you bringing to the Collectors' Plant Fair? In short, hybrids and hydro for the adventurous collectors! We are excited to bring many of our own unique anthurium and philodendron hybrids, along with philodendrons and variegated monstera we cultivated hydroponically. Hand pollinated, hand propagated and grown with love. Many of our one-off collectible hybrids we made (and previously sold out batches on Instagram when they were released as seeds). Here's your second chance to grab these as seedlings - including the creme of the crop from batches like Black Pearl, Hungry Uncle, Hungry Auntie, Blue Rider and Jupiter Storm. There are also some extra special reserve batches previously not released! These include hybrids made with 'unicorn' ingredients such as:- Anthurium warocqueanum, the famed Queen Anthurium Anthurium veitchii, King Anthurium, Anthurium luxurians, Anthurium papillilaminum, Anthurium papillilaminum x dressleri, Anthurium crystallinum, Anthurium forgetii and so many more complex blends.

With so many new versions, takes on old classics and favourites, there's so many 'flavours' to explore, you are sure to discover something for you. Whether it's beautifully burgundy red new leaves or deep corrugated texture. Or perhaps purple-blue shimmer in leather or velvet. Perhaps glitter sparkling veins or minimalist veins in a cloud of pillowy texture. Or perhaps cute red nosed beauties we've been breeding and making them! From the super rare to the super unusual, they've got you covered with a selection you won't get anywhere else. Everything is hand pollinated and hand propagated, seed packs come pre-germinated! Almost all plants are raised in dual-purpose media so you can either grow them hydroponically or in conventional aroid mix - grow your own way, soil-free or otherwise. What are you looking forward to the most? This is our second time at the Fair, so we are looking forward to catching up with everyone, chatting about plants and exploring the adventures of growing, collecting and hybridising. If you're curious about aroids, hybridising and soil-free growing in small space your will find Wild About Plants at Stall 35 Collectors' Fair. They are a wealth of knowledge -- so if you have any questions about how to care for houseplants in your condition, or growing aroids, come check them out.

Cheers to exploring Aroids together - find them on Instagram and come say hi at the Fair!

You will find Alicia and Nige at Stall 35 during Collectors' Plant Fair.

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