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by DaveP
Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:49 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Chamaedorea Radicalis
Replies: 23
Views: 1704

Re: Chamaedorea Radicalis

The problem with microspadix is that it is a martyr to slugs and snails. The leaves of radicalis are very tough and virtually mollusc resistant. I've grown several radicalis outside here for a good 15 years or so and they withstood our 'killer frosts' of 2009/10 (down to -6.4C here) without incurrin...
by DaveP
Thu Nov 28, 2013 12:28 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: What is the consensus on overwintering Brugmansia?
Replies: 35
Views: 2032

Re: What is the consensus on overwintering Brugmansia?

icon_scratch icon_scratch sanguinea? in my books this comes up as one of the most tender I think Throw that book away then. B. sanguinea has long had a reputation for being a cool loving species and any claim to otherwise suggests that the information is deeply flawed. Or Aurea. Shall be trialling ...
by DaveP
Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:17 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: What is the consensus on overwintering Brugmansia?
Replies: 35
Views: 2032

Re: What is the consensus on overwintering Brugmansia?

There is nowhere in the UK except perhaps Tresco, where these could survive outside unprotected. In most areas, including much of the south, a greenhouse or shed would need heating to keep frost free. B. arborea, sanguinea & the hybrid 'Mobisu' winter outside here with little if any winter damage. ...
by DaveP
Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:28 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Ensete Hiniba Vs Maurelli
Replies: 3
Views: 395

Re: Ensete Hiniba Vs Maurelli

Erm, the first (ragged) Ensete is 'Montbeliardii' not 'Maurelii', but you make a very good point - one that I've made on many occasions. So you must be right :lol: :lol: :lol:
by DaveP
Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:14 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: How much rain do you have in autumn?
Replies: 14
Views: 825

Re: How much rain do you have in autumn?

October was extremely wet here - 235 mm. although it didn't seem like it. Most of the rain fell during the night, so we had quite a few decent sunny days as well. Sept. gave us 83mm and so far this month we've had 29mm. So the total for here from Sept 1 is 347mm. Coupled with night lows rarely below...
by DaveP
Wed Nov 06, 2013 6:50 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: For Redsquirrel (Darren) Trachycarpus naintal
Replies: 22
Views: 1009

Re: For Redsquirell (Darren) Trachycarpus naintal

Dave,your plants/seeds came from portugal, something in that maybe? Could be Darren. I inadvertently left them outside last winter and they have grown much better than when kept under cover. first pinnate fronds are showing on a few and I expect all of them to develop their pinnate leaves next year...
by DaveP
Tue Nov 05, 2013 4:37 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: For Redsquirrel (Darren) Trachycarpus naintal
Replies: 22
Views: 1009

Re: For Redsquirell (Darren) Trachycarpus naintal

Good old Darren. He seems to have a never ending supply of palm seedlings, and is very generous with them. icon_cheers icon_thumright Lots of gardeners are kind hearted but he goes the extra mile. icon_salut I'll second that. A couple of years ago he asked me if I fancied a few Butia eriospatha see...
by DaveP
Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:30 am
Forum: Palms (including Cycads and Cordyline)
Topic: Who knows of LARGE Washingtonia palms - DISCUSS HERE
Replies: 49
Views: 4518

Re: Who knows of LARGE Washingtonia palms - Discussion Topic

Rob S wrote: Come on Dave, lighten up, it's only a plant forum not Mumsnet, it was not meant to offend just light sarcasm at best, sorry if i offended you!
Yes, I probably was being overly tetchy - a very 'tricky' week resulting in a major sense of humour outage. I'll take that back - apols for the outburst.
by DaveP
Sat Nov 02, 2013 3:55 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Prayer to the Indivisa god UPDATE
Replies: 38
Views: 2271

Re: Prayer to the Indivisa god UPDATE

Dave, I wonder if smaller plants can grow enough root back to support a small crown fast enough but large plants have a big crown and if they lose roots the crown exhausts the trunk before enough roots have grown back? Could be Chad - although my plants (not extremely large at the time) certainly h...
by DaveP
Sat Nov 02, 2013 1:45 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Prayer to the Indivisa god UPDATE
Replies: 38
Views: 2271

Re: Prayer to the Indivisa god UPDATE

If I lived in Torquay then I would plant Indivisa in the ground too! Any chance of an image? After 10 years, it must be quite big. Not really, it has had a very 'hard' life and has only enjoyed good growing conditions for the past few years. I can't get out to take a current pic ATM, but this (excu...
by DaveP
Sat Nov 02, 2013 1:19 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Prayer to the Indivisa god UPDATE
Replies: 38
Views: 2271

Re: Prayer to the Indivisa god UPDATE

Our consensus is that they need never to be wet at the roots or they rot [so sharp drainage] and never NEVER to be allowed to dry out at the root. If they get dry roots the roots die but it takes months before the top growth looks ill and more months before they actually look dead; by that time the...
by DaveP
Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:40 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Kangaroo Apple (Solanum laciniatum)
Replies: 29
Views: 2910

Re: Kangaroo Apple (Solanum laciniatum)

Silly question - how do you know the fruit is ripe? Also, I read somewhere the top growth dies back but the root is hardy (if mulched?) The fruits turn a rather pleasant clear yellow when ripe and in profusion, are almost as attractive as the flowers. I've not grown it up in the Midlands, but I ver...
by DaveP
Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:36 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Phoenix roebelenii
Replies: 11
Views: 832

Re: Phoenix roebelenii

.... Out of curiosity has anyone tried this planted in the ground outside?? Between 2001 and 2009 I had one that stayed outside all year round, first in a container and for the last few years planted in the border. It had a 1.5m trunk when 2009/10 killing winter arrived. I have another smaller plan...
by DaveP
Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:25 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Prayer to the Indivisa god UPDATE
Replies: 38
Views: 2271

Re: Prayer to the Indivisa god UPDATE

My fully exposed indivisa coped with the winter of 09/10 without any protection and withstood several nights at -4C, 1 night at -6.3C together with a week of temps not rising above 1C. There was no hint of any leaf damage and as soon as warmer temperatures arrived, it resumed growth. The australis a...
by DaveP
Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:46 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: 2*c and 3*c on 3rd and 4th November !
Replies: 43
Views: 1585

Re: 2*c and 3*c on Sunday and Monday!

Nothing lower that 7C forecast for here and then it rises again. Warm group Brugs are getting the chop this weekend and being down-potted before going into winter store. Cold group Brugs will be shifted to sheltered spots in the garden for the winter where they will carry on flowering. I don't think...