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by DAVIDEVANS
Tue Mar 25, 2014 10:26 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Arundo donax
Replies: 27
Views: 2380

Re: Arundo donax

I have grown the green and variegated form for years, I'm not too far south of you so should be similarly hardy in your garden. I leave the old stalks on for as long as possible in the belief that it must help the plant. If you want to bulk up you need second year stalks to propagate from. Mine hasn...
by DAVIDEVANS
Sat Mar 22, 2014 10:26 am
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: Is it possible to force a Basjoo to pup
Replies: 3
Views: 613

Is it possible to force a Basjoo to pup

I've a couple of reasonable sized ones I am overwintering indoors but could really do with half a dozen. is it possible to force them to pup at this early stage. I remember someone beating up an Ensete, is there a similar technique with Basjoo?
by DAVIDEVANS
Thu Mar 20, 2014 2:14 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Wilko's heads up!
Replies: 4
Views: 630

Re: Wilko's heads up!

Thanks for the heads up. Wilkos deliver for £3.50, probably cheaper than driving and parking. Just ordered blood, fish and bone from them too, works out at £1 per kg. They also do mixed hostas at 3 for £2 or 6 for £5. Bit of a gamble on colour but useful if you're still filling in the gaps like me. ...
by DAVIDEVANS
Thu Mar 13, 2014 3:54 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: How quickly a bamboo can spread and how to remove
Replies: 32
Views: 1978

Re: How quickly a bamboo can spread and how to remove

I'm with Karl on this. Neither my Aurea nor Nigra have run and I am on heavy clay soil too. The supposed Pseudo Japonica I had ran like crazy. I tried it in a large planter but it sulked and died.
by DAVIDEVANS
Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:09 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: I'm Not Saying We've Had a Mild Winter but....
Replies: 15
Views: 1019

Re: I'm Not Saying We've Had a Mild Winter but....

and one of my Dicksonia Antarcticas which almost died back in 2010 winter has just put out it's first crozier. That's quite a come back as it took until September 2011 to push out just one crozier see my original photos http://www.hardytropicals.co.uk/forum/v ... =1&t=20395
by DAVIDEVANS
Tue Dec 10, 2013 3:43 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Dicksonia antarctica straw cage cocoon, temp gain over outside, *early reading
Replies: 86
Views: 2924

Re: Dicksonia antarctica straw cage cocoon, temp gain over o

It will be interesting to see how much delay the wrapping creates. Ideally we could do with the same experiment with varying thicknesses of straw and again for other materials. It will also be interesting to see how much the warming is delayed too as part of the overwintering problem is the length o...
by DAVIDEVANS
Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:54 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: What new plants will you try in 2014?
Replies: 63
Views: 4795

Re: What new plants will you try in 2014?

My intention has always ben to create a jungly garden. I'm never too sure if I'm getting there. Every year there are some bits I like and some I don't. This year has gone far too green and too little colour. I've enjoyed growing loads of cannas from seed but most of them have come up not that far di...
by DAVIDEVANS
Sun Nov 24, 2013 11:27 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Source of non-white fleece?
Replies: 12
Views: 475

Re: Source of non-white fleece?

I bought a tree fern from Seagraves which came wrapped in a black fleece like material. It isn't as flimsy as the white stuff but possibly better for that.
by DAVIDEVANS
Sat Nov 23, 2013 12:32 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Green Ensete ventricosum
Replies: 3
Views: 398

Green Ensete ventricosum

I've never had much success with growing these from seed. Getting them to germinate has been tricky enough but getting them through the winter even more difficult. I managed to get about 20 seedlings this year but am already down to 10 and they aren't looking too bright. Have brought them indoors wi...
by DAVIDEVANS
Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:56 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Is shredded bamboo OK as a mulch.
Replies: 6
Views: 481

Re: Is shredded bamboo OK as a mulch.

I started this thread because I had at the back of my mind something about silica, which has now been addressed on a similar thread and because I can't get anything to grow close to bamboo. I was wondering if that was due to the silica, seems not likely according to the other thread. I am now wonder...
by DAVIDEVANS
Sat Nov 23, 2013 10:50 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Ensete Maurelli, storing in compost vs drying out?
Replies: 53
Views: 3488

Re: Ensete Maurelli, storing in compost vs drying out?

DAVIDEVANS wrote:I have only ever cut the leaves off as you have done, lifted, washed the roots off, then stuck in a bucket in a spare room. My house is not centrally heated so does not promote growth but is frost free. I have had some spring growth which seems to promote bugs but BnQ sprays seem t...
by DAVIDEVANS
Fri Nov 22, 2013 11:58 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Ensete Maurelli, storing in compost vs drying out?
Replies: 53
Views: 3488

Re: Ensete Maurelli, storing in compost vs drying out?

I have only ever cut the leaves off as you have done, lifted, washed the roots off, then stuck in a bucket in a spare room. My house is not centrally heated so does not promote growth but is frost free. I have had some spring growth which seems to promote bugs but BnQ sprays seem to do the trick.
by DAVIDEVANS
Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:30 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: I must be in the wrong line of business
Replies: 8
Views: 626

Re: I must be in the wrong line of business

You'll love their bargain fleece at just £104.99 for 5 metres. It does include free postage http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/Garden-Plants ... 11.c0.m282
by DAVIDEVANS
Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:36 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: How much Supercold notice do you need? debate thread...
Replies: 15
Views: 639

Re: How much Supercold notice do you need? debate thread...

None of the above. I often work 6 days a week and have stuff arranged for the 7th day so from end of October stuff gets wrapped and shifted when I have time.
by DAVIDEVANS
Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:33 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: How much of an exotic gardener are you QUIZ!
Replies: 38
Views: 1456

Re: How much of an exotic gardener are you QUIZ!

78 - the lowest so far - should I give up now.