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by MonkeyDavid
Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: Dasylirion Advice Please
Replies: 6
Views: 317

Dasylirion Advice Please

Doesn't look like there's anything wrong with it, the leaf tips are supposed to look like that.
They're very drought tolerant & require very free draining soil & thrive on neglect. Keep it on the dry side over winter as they hate being cold and wet
by MonkeyDavid
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: Musa cheesmanii and Musa yunnanensis
Replies: 2
Views: 93

Musa cheesmanii and Musa yunnanensis

I had some experience with yunnanensis a few years ago, I'd read that they had some hardiness so bought 2. I found out in their 1st winter that they weren't that hardy, I had basjoos and sikhimensis of similar size and all had similar winter protection. Only the yunnanensis died
by MonkeyDavid
Thu May 23, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: New member from Birmingham
Replies: 10
Views: 441

New member from Birmingham

I'm also Midlands (Telford) & have now got a few years experience on what does well...or not...Trachys are bullet proof, get waggys as well as Fortunei just to mix it up. Sorry to say but canary palms & Washintonias are not long term, with protection they will survive some winters but the 1st bad wi...
by MonkeyDavid
Thu May 23, 2019 1:51 pm
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: Cordyline Australis
Replies: 2
Views: 126

Cordyline Australis

I sowed some seed last year for the first time, I collected the seed in 2017, sowed in spring 2018. I did nothing special, just in multi purpose compost. I had a high germination rate, probably over 90%, in the autumn I selected the strongest seedlings to keep going over the winter & some of them ar...
by MonkeyDavid
Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Bought new Trachycarpus Fortunei
Replies: 10
Views: 695

Bought new Trachycarpus Fortunei

Are you sure it's a trachycarpus? Trachys don't pup but chamaerops do, some places still call chammys 'trachycarpus exelsa'.
If it is a Trachycarpus then it must be a seedling & not a pup.
by MonkeyDavid
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Do not buy from this person
Replies: 18
Views: 2116

Do not buy from this person

Found it! Very interesting read....how do people get away with it?
by MonkeyDavid
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Do not buy from this person
Replies: 18
Views: 2116

Do not buy from this person

I think i've been living under a rock as I have no idea what's been going on & can't find it on facebook icon_scratch anyone got a link or more info? (Good to see some old faces posting icon_thumleft)
by MonkeyDavid
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Winter 2017-18 losses
Replies: 17
Views: 1841

Re: Winter 2017-18 losses

Noticed today my Melianthus major which I thought was dead has 3 new shoots coming from the base.
by MonkeyDavid
Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:03 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Winter 2017-18 losses
Replies: 17
Views: 1841

Re: Winter 2017-18 losses

My treeferns are all in rude health but only because every winter I cut all the fronds off and wrap well (as if another Dec' 10 is coming) However, my biggest concern is the state of my cordylines as they have quite a bit of damage, almost every growing point has pulled out but at the moment are sti...
by MonkeyDavid
Mon May 21, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Hello again!!
Replies: 54
Views: 4804

Re: Hello again!!

Isn't it amazing how much you take something for granted until its gone. Welcome back HTUK, we've missed you
by MonkeyDavid
Sun Mar 09, 2014 1:38 pm
Forum: Wildlife and the Natural World (Public)
Topic: Planting for butterflies
Replies: 29
Views: 1358

Re: Planting for butterflies

Most species of butterfly will only lay their eggs on a specific 2 or 3 species of plants, most of which are native 'weeds', shrubs or trees. As Kris says-no catterpillars, no butterflys
by MonkeyDavid
Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:41 pm
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: First Air Frost of 2014 for some? (14/02 - 18/02)?
Replies: 104
Views: 5413

Re: General Potential for Cold increasing.

Can I just say Stephen that if in a few days time someone shoots you down for exaggerating the cold pay no attention, I like many would much rather have been informed of the potential cold & been prepaired rather than not know anything untill the last minute & not been able to do anything
by MonkeyDavid
Thu Dec 05, 2013 9:01 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: echium pininana protection
Replies: 17
Views: 910

Re: echium pininana protection

Parkeey unless you are in a mild area or we have an exceptionally mild winter you are going to struggle to keep an echium alive during winter. Its not a good idea to keep any plant wrapped up for months. I have tried a bale of straw round a 6ft plant with a water proof cover and it still snuffed it...
by MonkeyDavid
Tue Nov 19, 2013 9:27 am
Forum: HTUK Member Blogs
Topic: Arlons Blog: Propagating Cycas revoluta "aurea" ..SUCCESS !
Replies: 1410
Views: 70575

Re: Arlons Blog: cyathea / dicksonia ferns, winter removal.

Yes, do tell, i'd like to pot plunge mine next year but am a bit wary of the lift come autumn due to possible roots bursting out
by MonkeyDavid
Thu Nov 14, 2013 8:32 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Share your best garden view photo of the year.
Replies: 49
Views: 2215

Re: Share your best garden view photo of the year.

fern Rob wrote:How long have the tree ferns been planted?
They was planted spring 2012 but I had them in pots for a few years before that