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by charliep
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:29 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Conservatory replacement causing overwintering issues
Replies: 22
Views: 583

Conservatory replacement causing overwintering issues

You are getting on a lot better than me, still haven't had 4 consecutively dry hours! building work is at a stand still
by charliep
Mon Oct 28, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Conservatory replacement causing overwintering issues
Replies: 22
Views: 583

Conservatory replacement causing overwintering issues

Snap! having to take down half my old conservatory, built in 1843 its seen better days. I did one end a few years back, and now the other half is showing signs of collapse. Have decided that rather than just repair it I would make it bigger. so all the permanent plants have been stuffed one end and ...
by charliep
Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:49 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: 15 years growth of Washie Washingtonia
Replies: 11
Views: 490

15 years growth of Washie Washingtonia

Are you able to give the top any protection these days? or has it got to take its chances?! Mine was doing as well as yours until 2010 when I decided it was big enough to not need protection!!
by charliep
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Growing tips, hints, and discussions
Topic: Absence of flowers
Replies: 8
Views: 711

Absence of flowers

Leonotis will only flower in the UK very very late and really needs to be overwintered under glass to get flowers before it becomes winter again, even on Madeira its only just coming into flower in October. I have tried the snail vine but had no luck with that either. You need to be careful growing ...
by charliep
Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Cacti & Succulents, (including Yucca and Rock Plants)
Topic: ID help needed with 2 plants.
Replies: 5
Views: 419

ID help needed with 2 plants.

Arlon Tishmarsh wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:52 pm
The second looks like Yucca attenuata to me .
Yes! I am not sure what made my brain say flaccida! the banks around the airport on Madeira are covered with it, never had any luck with the seed though
by charliep
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Cacti & Succulents, (including Yucca and Rock Plants)
Topic: ID help needed with 2 plants.
Replies: 5
Views: 419

ID help needed with 2 plants.

First one looks like a Furcraea although it could be one of the variegated Yucca and the second looks like Yucca possible flaccida
by charliep
Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Propagation
Topic: Cordyline australis Seeds
Replies: 26
Views: 4031

Cordyline australis Seeds

They are not likely to germinate until they become ripe "Patience Grasshopper" !
by charliep
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Propagation
Topic: Cordyline australis Seeds
Replies: 26
Views: 4031

Cordyline australis Seeds

Yes they are seeds, but they are not ripe yet, normally they will turn white. If you live near the coast then self sown seedlings can become a nuisance. sown in pots they come up looking like grass but its a few years before they are big and tough enough to over winter outside like mummy!
by charliep
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: few views of my small town garden
Replies: 6
Views: 809

few views of my small town garden

You have certainly packed in the interest, I love a good plant Zoo! Well done
by charliep
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Cordyline in trouble
Replies: 4
Views: 403

Cordyline in trouble

Just cut it off, the stem has rotted through it wont recover, could be some damage occurred during winter
by charliep
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: Help with tree / shrub ID please :)
Replies: 2
Views: 271

Help with tree / shrub ID please :)

Looks like a Sumac (Rhus) there are several species and I dont have any of them so I am not sure, they can be a pest suckering about
by charliep
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: How long does it take to grow lemon?
Replies: 2
Views: 357

How long does it take to grow lemon?

Its going to take several years, keep it growing by not allowing it to become heavily pot bound, protect in winter. what the fruit will be like and the quantity produced will be down to genetic luck. If you really want lemons buying a named fruiting form is the way to go
by charliep
Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: Good morning all.
Replies: 6
Views: 375

Good morning all.

Chez, I am not sure how far away you would notice, ours gets a bit up close and personal! used to grow a lot of the coloured leaved forms but the only one that survives cold winters here is straight P. tenax I find it quite striking rather than beautiful but at least its indestructible! https://live...
by charliep
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: Good morning all.
Replies: 6
Views: 375

Good morning all.

The flowers on Phormium are striking, scented too (although they remind me a bit of burnt toast!)