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by Gareth Davies
Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:37 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: STRELITZIA
Replies: 112
Views: 4138

Re: STRELITZIA

are....I remember it now....the canibis farm :lol: Mmmm, my issue is there is very little light in the garage...1 window, so it would have to go in the house.....which is great till it gets huge. No, the bit people thought was the cannabis farm is a seperate room within the workshop, the plant trol...
by Gareth Davies
Tue Jun 07, 2011 2:48 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: STRELITZIA
Replies: 112
Views: 4138

Re: STRELITZIA

Wow.....does your workshop get much light in winter and what does it drop too ? It gets enough light as it has a number of clear roofing sheets. Temperature wise, I wouldn't know but all my tender plants get rounded up and put on large trollies so I can move them around as required. We have big gas...
by Gareth Davies
Mon Jun 06, 2011 9:29 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: STRELITZIA
Replies: 112
Views: 4138

Re: STRELITZIA

Hi, this is the S nicolai I brought at Easter. It's about 3m - 3.5m high and cost me £45. You should've seen the looks on their faces when I said I was taking it there and then! It's got a bit battered since then as it's been really windy and had a couple of frosts on it but it's growing nicely. It'...
by Gareth Davies
Fri Apr 22, 2011 10:22 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Canna 6 months later
Replies: 0
Views: 661

Canna 6 months later

Last year I posted some photos in a thread about Ensete maurellii as I'd brought some bargains at the end of season from a couple of garden centres. One of them was a chopped down, frosted no hoper but I was a bit suspicious about what the label said it was and thought it was a Canna. Another user o...
by Gareth Davies
Thu Apr 14, 2011 8:32 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Germinating Cyphomandra - tamarillo
Replies: 8
Views: 1314

Re: Germinating Cyphomandra - tamarillo

Callin, my tree (the bottom half) will be three years old this summer. I cut it back like you would a Brugmansia so it is just a trunk. The top came into the garage in an attempt to get the two formed fruits to ripen, which they did. I am going to put the trunk in a larger pot and put it outside in ...
by Gareth Davies
Thu Apr 14, 2011 6:34 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Germinating Cyphomandra - tamarillo
Replies: 8
Views: 1314

Re: Germinating Cyphomandra - tamarillo

Hi, PM me your address and I'll send you some seeds from the second fruit. It's ripe and fell on the garage floor the other day so I just need to scoop them out and dry them a bit.
by Gareth Davies
Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:21 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Germinating Cyphomandra - tamarillo
Replies: 8
Views: 1314

Re: Germinating Cyphomandra - tamarillo

The first 3 or 4 times I brought seed for this (Chilterns) they all failed, not a single seed germinated. I tried again a couple of years back and ended up with about 10 plants. I had one that grew bigger than the rest as it went in a large pot and was well fed. At the beginning of Winter last year ...
by Gareth Davies
Sat Apr 09, 2011 9:45 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Has anyone grown this? Acoelorrhaphe Wrightii
Replies: 5
Views: 432

Re: Has anyone grown this? Acoelorrhaphe Wrightii

I've had about three goes at this from seed but haven't managed to get one to germinate yet. Reading this, I probably haven't missed out on too much.
by Gareth Davies
Wed Apr 06, 2011 3:02 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Palm seedling ID's
Replies: 10
Views: 457

Re: Palm seedling ID's

Trachycarpus, probably wagnerianus.
by Gareth Davies
Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:45 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: colocasia esculenta bulbs in focus
Replies: 15
Views: 1144

Re: colocasia esculenta bulbs in focus

harryc wrote:I Picked some up from Morrisons a couple of weeks ago.
Same here, got three for 42p as the girl rang them up as potatoes instead of Eddoes! Complete bargain and they are sprouting nicely in some damp coir.
by Gareth Davies
Sun Feb 06, 2011 11:10 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: What a waste
Replies: 10
Views: 800

Re: What a waste

Tom, the problem seems to be with all these places that they don't really employ enough people with palnt knowledge so its a job rather than a career for many of them. I agree, it's galling to see, especially when there is so much "non-plant" tat for sale elsewhere. I prefer to try and visit special...
by Gareth Davies
Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:26 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Palm ID required
Replies: 51
Views: 3230

Re: Palm ID required

I'd agree with Brahea. In habitat it is said to go down to -15C but it will need to be dry to achieve this. Mine has had a cover over it for 2008 and 2009 winters, 2010 winter it got a fleece wrap that has yet to come off. That is a nice looking specimen.
by Gareth Davies
Fri Jan 21, 2011 3:16 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Bamboo Sized Pot
Replies: 15
Views: 926

Re: Bamboo Sized Pot

It was the B&Q ones that I had my eye on, Wilkos here haven't yet started putting out the gardening stuff.....are they the same dimensions though....? The sort of big pots availbale from the likes of Wilko and B&Q will not last 5 years and withstand being mauled about with a great big bamboo in the...
by Gareth Davies
Fri Jan 21, 2011 3:10 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: How fast does bamboo grow from seed?
Replies: 1
Views: 438

Re: How fast does bamboo grow from seed?

It does grow fast from an established culm but they are the part that takes the time to establish. Phyllostachys nigra is one I tried from seed (Chilterns said it was rarely offered) and it grew a few stems in the first year. I didn't get a very good germination rate off the seed however and only en...
by Gareth Davies
Fri Jan 21, 2011 2:58 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Where can I buy Wodyetia bifurcata
Replies: 10
Views: 817

Re: Where can I buy Wodyetia bifurcata

Tom, I have a couple of 2 year old seedlings but they are painfully slow growing. As has been mentioned they will not be at all hardy but it hasn't stopped me from trying them. I had 3 seeds to start with, one popped within a couple of months, the second after about 6 months and the third never has....