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by turtile
Tue May 26, 2009 6:48 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Palm spear pull list after winter 2008/9 then again 2009/10
Replies: 146
Views: 6715

Re: Palm spear pull tally after 20 year worst winter

I think I've lost 30% of my palms. Everything has spear pull except my Sabal minor and Rhapidophyllum hystrix plants.
by turtile
Mon Mar 30, 2009 1:37 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: A good substitute for a palm, or treefern?
Replies: 14
Views: 1214

Re: A good substitute for a palm, or treefern?

Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
by turtile
Mon Mar 30, 2009 1:32 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Frogs
Replies: 52
Views: 2068

Re: Frogs

I don't find that many frogs but I have trouble walking at night without stepping on a toad. I've found Southern Leopard Frogs, gray tree frogs, and spring peepers in my garden.
by turtile
Mon Mar 16, 2009 7:08 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Odorata spear pull
Replies: 28
Views: 980

Re: Odorata spear pull

You can clean all of the dead tissue and treat it with copper based fungicide to preven heavy bacterial damage. Kelp extract will also help it recover.
by turtile
Thu Mar 12, 2009 1:14 am
Forum: Palms (including Cycads and Cordyline)
Topic: The many faces of Trachycarpus fortunei
Replies: 44
Views: 4147

Re: The many faces of Trachycarpus fortunei

That wagnerianus came from two fortunei parents? I wonder if its a rare getetic trait in that case - really not a different species. The last leaf looks just like Rhapidophyllum hystrix! (Trachycarpus is closely related)
by turtile
Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:00 pm
Forum: Hardiness, Overwintering and Protection
Topic: Musa basjoo how hardy
Replies: 15
Views: 1913

Re: mussa basjoo how hardy

Mature Musa basjoo can survive down to around 0F and lower if you mulch them.
by turtile
Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:57 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Basjoo planted right next to the house.
Replies: 10
Views: 569

Re: Basjoo planted right next to the house.

basjoo is fine against the house. There are a few around here that are planted right against the house and they grow 20ft+ every year.
by turtile
Sun Feb 15, 2009 7:21 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: What is the maximum wind strength a T. fortunei can...
Replies: 8
Views: 400

Re: What is the maximum wind strength a T. fortunei can...

fortunei is so variable that there is no way to know how much wind one individual will take. I have ones that look perfect and others that get torn apart.
by turtile
Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:28 am
Forum: Cacti & Succulents, (including Yucca and Rock Plants)
Topic: The hardiest cactus
Replies: 75
Views: 8903

Re: The hardiest cactus

Opuntia fragilis would likely do very well. Opuntia humifusa is native to where I live. We average around 44 inches / 112 cm of rain per year. Both can take down to -30C at least. There are so many hardy cacti, its impossible to list here. Another cactus I have is Opuntia ellisiana. Its no where nea...
by turtile
Tue Jan 06, 2009 8:56 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Butias, Pot Culture, and Frozen Roots
Replies: 18
Views: 844

Re: Butias, Pot Culture, and Frozen Roots

If you would like to kill your Butia, leave it in a pot. The roots are naturally less resistant to temperature since they are under the ground. Sun, wind and below freezing temperatures will destroy just about any palm except Sabal and some Trachycarpus when the temperature goes below 20F during the...
by turtile
Mon Dec 29, 2008 9:42 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Butia Eriospatha
Replies: 15
Views: 842

Re: Butia Eriospatha

I planted one out that was slightly larger last year and it survived 3 nights down to 14F. They seem to do well in areas with half shade and half full sun.
by turtile
Mon Dec 29, 2008 2:04 am
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: Weather Stations
Replies: 11
Views: 699

Re: Weather Stations

The temperature sensor should be 5ft off the ground. (1.6m like mentioned)
by turtile
Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:57 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Close to 17C at 10:45 pm - about 63F in North Niagara
Replies: 13
Views: 646

Re: Close to 17C at 10:45 pm - about 63F in North Niagara

Went up to 22C here! Its amazing how warm it got in Niagara! Over the past few years we've been getting really warm temperatures in January but not at the end of December. Last year we had 60's(F) here and days later we had high temperatures below freezing.
by turtile
Tue Dec 09, 2008 9:30 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Which lens for Macro shots?
Replies: 24
Views: 791

Re: Which lens for Macro shots?

Go with a dedicated macro lens. The close up filters are a waste.

Here are a few samples from my Nikon 60mm micro (AF-D - old version):

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