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by Dim
Sun Nov 10, 2013 4:57 pm
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: Cannas in the shade
Replies: 2
Views: 444

Re: Cannas in the shade

I think that canna with dark leaves need semi-shade, and green leaved varieties need full sun ... (thats the way we planted them in South Africa)
by Dim
Sun Nov 10, 2013 3:51 pm
Forum: Other Exotics
Topic: Lemon no leaf
Replies: 14
Views: 1413

Re: Lemon no leaf

Thanks for the info, unfortunately its nothing i haven't read before. Maybe mine is just too young, its just its crazily big and some on youtube are tiny and yet they bear fruit. :roll: I read that if they are grown from seed, it can take up to 8yrs or longer to fruit .... if it's been grafted, it'...
by Dim
Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:16 am
Forum: Other Exotics
Topic: Lemon no leaf
Replies: 14
Views: 1413

Re: Lemon no leaf

add a few handfuls of worm humis or good home made compost ....

then water it with some seaweed extract .... don't feed it again till spring but don't let the soil dry ...

that's what I have done to all my houseplants
by Dim
Sat Nov 09, 2013 4:40 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: My New project for next year:Turbo-Vortex Compost Tea Brewer
Replies: 8
Views: 636

My New project for next year:Turbo-Vortex Compost Tea Brewer

I've had good results with Actively Aerated Compost tea this year, and am hoping to build a Vortex brewer before spring ... seems simple enough and am looking at building something a lot larger than the 5 gallon beer brewers bucket that I am currently using .... I'm hoping to build something approx ...
by Dim
Sat Nov 09, 2013 3:38 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Im all ready for winter
Replies: 38
Views: 1358

Re: Im all ready for winter

derrick wrote:Musa ok with plastic don't rot just open in spring Dim .
thanks ... I do have some clear thick plastic sheeting icon_salut
by Dim
Sat Nov 09, 2013 3:28 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Im all ready for winter
Replies: 38
Views: 1358

Re: Im all ready for winter

I've wrapped all the musa in my garden and my client's gardens just a quick question: are we supposed to use plastic aswell? ... I have used wire cages, stuffed with hay and then wrapped with horticultural fleece ... I have also placed a clay pot on the tops, but have not used plastic over the fleec...
by Dim
Thu Nov 07, 2013 6:03 pm
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: Hi there, I'm new.
Replies: 19
Views: 1129

Re: Hi there, I'm new.

flounder wrote:Welcome
17 and love palms?
Wait until you discover they cost as much as girls do!! At least palms get better with age :wink:
:lol:

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by Dim
Sun Nov 03, 2013 7:44 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Jacaranda mimosifolia in the uk.
Replies: 6
Views: 2702

Re: Jacaranda mimosifolia in the uk.

They grow wild in Pretoria South Africa .... (Pretoria is called Jackaranda city) They are fairly hardy, but from what I understand, they do not like wet in winter (Pretoria receives summer rainfall, and very little rain during winter) I have never seen one in Cape Town were it rains in winter ... t...
by Dim
Fri Nov 01, 2013 8:21 pm
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: Plants for ground cover/fillers.
Replies: 25
Views: 2028

Re: Plants for ground cover/fillers.

giant pumkin ... huge tropical leaves (as big as t-rex) and fills an area fast (and you get food):

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http://www.thegardenhound.com/Home/tabi ... mpkin.aspx

:lol:
by Dim
Fri Nov 01, 2013 7:47 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: How best to improve my soil?
Replies: 16
Views: 648

Re: How best to improve my soil?

I've just had a friend move in with me and she has a rabbit.Found out that rabbit poo is also good for the garden, I'm going to tell her to start throwing that on the garden now :) I'm trying to find a rabbit breeder near me ... I have 4 daleks and a tumbler, and would love to add rabbit poo to my ...
by Dim
Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:05 pm
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: Plants for ground cover/fillers.
Replies: 25
Views: 2028

Re: Plants for ground cover/fillers.

Sounds fine :) I only pot them on to try to have decent sized plants when we plant out in June ... but they get a wiggle on once the warm weather arrives, so I may be doing "overkill"!! For the ones I keep I do dig a few up, and pot them over winter, but they need 5C or perhaps more ... so my prefe...
by Dim
Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:26 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: How best to improve my soil?
Replies: 16
Views: 648

Re: How best to improve my soil?

How about Alpaca poop i always see bags of it for free near my work place .This is something i need to do improve the soil .I did get some bags of manure from a farm the year before .When is the best time to start ? I've never heard of an Alpaca till I googled ... I'd eat that :lol: http://i.dailym...
by Dim
Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:43 pm
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: Plants for ground cover/fillers.
Replies: 25
Views: 2028

Re: Plants for ground cover/fillers.

I have grown Coleus from seed for the last two years and really liked them as "fillers". They are in areas where I have larger, longer term, plants coming on ... but they need a few years to fill the area. I grow coleus as annuals (instead of pansies) and rip them out after the 1st few frosts when ...
by Dim
Thu Oct 31, 2013 3:21 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: How best to improve my soil?
Replies: 16
Views: 648

Re: How best to improve my soil?

try these guys in East Yorkshire .... its the compost made from green/brown bins at the recycle centre ...

http://www.wastewise.co.uk/soil-improver

in my area, we get as much as we want for free ... its not a fertilizer, but it does improve the soil structure ....

it has a ph of 8.0 though