Spring Flower Fair Pre-Sale Plants

For Rutgers Gardens Members Only

Welcome to the 2016 selection of Rutgers Gardens “Scarlet Selections.” These are plants that we select each year from among, six categories: Woody Plants, Perennial, Tropicals, Annuals, Fruits and Vegetables, and Houseplants. The "Scarlet Selection" designation means that these are plants well-suited to gardens in New Jersey and they have proven their garden worthiness, many of which are featured in Rutgers Gardens. Limited quantaties of these plants will be available at the Spring Flower Fair and we are offering them to our Members first.

Please mail or fax the order form to the office no later than May 2.



Actinidia arguta ‘Issai’ (Hardy Kiwi) $16.00
Yes, a Kiwi that is not only hardy, but does not require the skin to be pealed!  Kiwi is a vine that not only produces fruit, but develops very attractive, nearly white bark with age, along with clean foliage with a colorful red petiole or stem.  Most of the selections are dioecious, meaning that there are male and female plants, with only the female plants producing fruit. 'Issai' is a hermaphroditic cultivar, which has all the floral parts and does not need a separate male pollinator for fruit production. It is a more restrained version when compared to other selections, growing only to  12-18' in length. The smooth-skinned, green fruits (to 1 1/2" long) are similar in taste, but much sweeter than the much larger and fuzzier kiwi fruits sold in grocery stores. Fruits may be eaten skin and all like just like a grape.  Plant in full sun on a fence or arbor.  Plants are hardy to zone 3, so there is no issue with a lack of winter hardiness!


Aglaonema 'Siam’ (Red Aglaonema or Chinese Evergreen) $18.00
Unknown to most, Red Aglaonema is one of the easiest of all houseplants to grow, as well as one of the most elegant!  Relatively new to the world of houseplants, it displays clear pink petioles or leaf stems that support dark green leaves that are elegantly flushed with bright red or pink.  Its colorful foliage makes this plant a perfect home-decor accent.  Grow Red Aglaonema in low, medium, or bright light, although the plant displays its best color in medium or indirect light.  For the summer, it can be used out of doors to brighten a shaded location.  It can survive a few weeks without water if you're away from home or get too busy to water, but it does grow best when watered regularly once the soil surface dries.  Fertilize a couple of times a year with a houseplant fertilizer to keep it at its best.


Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Coral’ (Black Coral Elephant Ear) $ 15.00
Great for garden areas in full sun or light shade that have soils of average moisture to downright boggy conditions!  This incredible elephant ear from the breeding program of Hawaii's Dr. John Cho forms a 3.5' tall clump of jet-black leaves which shimmer and glow, much as if someone had waxed and polished the foliage.  The leaves also have attractive texture with the deeply sunken venation.  Fertilize amply to get a larger plant faster.  Dig the tuber and bring indoors for the winter, storing them in slightly moist peat moss or if grown in a container, bring the container inside and treat as a houseplant during the winter.


Colocasia esculenta ‘Maui Gold’ (Maui Gold Elephant Ear) $15.00
A 2012 release from Dr. John Cho's breeding work, Colocasia 'Maui Gold' is the first clumping chartreuse leaf Colocasia to hit the market.  Plants form a tight clump of stems that arch to 4' tall, with the ivory white stems ending in large, well textured chartreuse leaves, highlighted by small purple dots at the point where the stems connect.  Foliage does not burn in high temperatures or full sun. A great companion to ‘Black Coral', with culture and overwintering much the same as its cousin! 


Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’ (Red Banana)
$ 20.00
Grown for the rich, mahogany red undersides of the foliage and the bright red central leaf stem as well as its grand scale, with leaves reaching upwards of 2’ in length.   Not edible, Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii is one of the most richly colored plants of the banana family.  Plant in full sun in soils that are well amended with compost, and the plants will typically reach 4-6’ tall in a growing season.  In fact, you will get tired of answering such questions as “Oh wow, what is THAT?” Dig the tuber after frost come November, wrap in newspaper and store in a cool basement until next spring when it can be replanted in the garden. 


Ficus carica 'Olympian' (Olympian Edible Fig
$ 15.00
Growing in Olympia, Washington, for well over a century, 'Olympian' Fig is hardy to zone 6 and bears fruit at an early age with an abundant early first crop. The large purple figs are upwards of 2” in size and have a sweet, dark inner pulp. Winning the Retailers' Choice Award at the 2014 Far West Show, 'Olympian' produces well in cold and costal climates.  Grow in full sun to light shade.  The plants are extremely easy to grow once established, requiring little to no water or fertilizing!

Scarlet Fire

Cornus Kousa Scarlet Fire™ $70.00
NEW THIS YEAR!  Are you looking for a deep pink to red flowered Dogwood for late May and June?  Your quest is finally over.  From the breeding work of Dr. Tom Molnar at Rutgers University comes Scarlet Fire™, with the deepest red bracts of any Chinese Dogwood on the market.  Very prolific, this plant blooms heavily and consistently starting at an early age.  The bright red fruits follow the blooms come autumn, and the fall color is a glorious red.  Be the first to have this in your garden, since this is the first year that the plant is available on the market.  Best flower production and fall color occur in full sun, in soils that are well enriched with organic matter.  These are newly potted trees and care should be taken when transplanting them into your garden.


Musa 'Dwarf Red' (Edible Banana) $ 18.00
'Dwarf Red' is one of many red-skinned banana cultivars, however this one only grows to 5-7’ tall and is perfect for growing in a container.  Well recognized for the fruits rich and robust flavor, these plants should begin to flower and set fruit within one year. This red banana's skin turns an array of colors throughout the ripening process, changing from yellow-green to orange then to red.  The skin should be almost 5096sebs

dark red or purple before it is ripe enough to eat. The thick leaves of 'Dwarf Red' Banana also work well for wrapping and grilling meats.  This cultivar also has attractive red stems.  Grow in a sunny location and bring the plant and pot indoors for the winter, locating it in front of a sunny window.