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by ourarka
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Cacti & Succulents, (including Yucca and Rock Plants)
Topic: Opuntia - thriving
Replies: 9
Views: 1177

Opuntia - thriving

Staggered at how well my two planted Opuntia are doing after the horror show of a winter. Theyve had no protection and, although the bed is raised, the soil is really not that great in terms of drainage. It’s only plusses are exposed and full sun, so air circulation is good. Both the foreground and ...
by ourarka
Wed Apr 02, 2014 11:56 am
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: Long term forecasting 'cracked'
Replies: 7
Views: 837

Re: Long term forecasting 'cracked'

will make them guess right 13% more They will argue that they have improved by 26% on their previous accuracy. Otorongo, you are right and if they can get to 80% then they'll really have something to shout about. However, at being right 2 in 3 times, I am not sure that is something that councils, r...
by ourarka
Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:30 am
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: Long term forecasting 'cracked'
Replies: 7
Views: 837

Long term forecasting 'cracked'

No link to the article, as The Times charge for reading it online, but they ran a cover story today that the Met Office have 'cracked' long term forecasting .... particularly for the winter. They said that previously, computer models fared only slightly better than chance, but that their new modelli...
by ourarka
Tue Apr 01, 2014 5:53 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: anyone planted out his maurelli ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1505

Re: anyone planted out his maurelli ?

My two went out today. The forecasted temps don't show anything scary over the next 10 days and anything after that (barring freak events) won't be anything. I can't just throw a sheet over. They have overwintered dry and seem great, being about 3' tall and were growing almost as I watched them the ...
by ourarka
Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:45 am
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: heliconia
Replies: 5
Views: 1146

Re: heliconia

Is this site seeds or plants?
by ourarka
Mon Mar 31, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Just a pointer
Replies: 8
Views: 829

Re: Just a pointer

Tom2006 wrote:Forget an early spring. If anything a prolonged easterly is likely to set up shop as we head into April :cry:
So has the easterly turned in to a south-easterly hence the warm days and nights? If so, amazing what a small change in wind direction can do.
by ourarka
Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:08 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Orchids
Replies: 25
Views: 1107

Re: Orchids

I haven't had much luck with Phaleonopsis, but the Dendrobiums really like it in my bathroom. They are in a north facing window, and seem to survive on the humidity created by a hot bath/shower and the occasional feed when I remember. They flower two to three times a year, which would seem to be mor...
by ourarka
Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:09 pm
Forum: Aroids (Alocasia, Arums, Colocasia etc.)
Topic: Colocasias on the move
Replies: 11
Views: 1054

Re: Colocasias on the move

Managed to keep my Black Magic going all winter indoors, and my new Gaoligongensis is on the move. Just wondered - picked up in an old thread about growing collies/cannas as virtual aquatics and they talked about potting up with gravel. What substrate would you recommend for that purpose? Is it JUST...
by ourarka
Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:14 am
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: Banana Family Recommendations
Replies: 10
Views: 561

Re: Banana Family Recommendations

It depends how cold. A frost will kill the leaves but if not too cold, or with simple protection, you'll retain the stem and start from there the next year. Severe cold, with no prôtection, you'll lose much of the stem too but it'll restart from the roots.
by ourarka
Wed Mar 19, 2014 9:48 pm
Forum: Aroids (Alocasia, Arums, Colocasia etc.)
Topic: colocasia esculenta and black magic.
Replies: 43
Views: 4349

Re: colocasia esculenta and black magic.

This is a really great thread, and one I wish I'd come across before. If anyone is still 'monitoring' it I was just wondering about the planting substrate for pond dwelling colocasias. It has been stated 'fill the pot with gravel' and put it in the pond. Does this mean normal compost and topped with...
by ourarka
Sun Mar 16, 2014 9:34 pm
Forum: Other Exotics
Topic: Why does my loquat look so poorly?
Replies: 5
Views: 565

Re: Why does my loquat look so poorly?

Don't panic it'll improve in a few weeks time. Loquat's naturally shed a lot of the previous years leaves at this time of year, your's has plenty of new growth coming on, so you'll just have to be patient for a while, and sweep up the old ones when they drop. :wink: That's good news, thanks. Didn't...
by ourarka
Sun Mar 16, 2014 1:01 pm
Forum: Other Exotics
Topic: Why does my loquat look so poorly?
Replies: 5
Views: 565

Re: Why does my loquat look so poorly?

For once, the picture is actually showing the right way up for me!
by ourarka
Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:43 pm
Forum: Other Exotics
Topic: Why does my loquat look so poorly?
Replies: 5
Views: 565

Why does my loquat look so poorly?

Hoping someone might have some advice for me regarding my E. Japonica. It thrived previously in my garden, but was moved to this spot autumn 2012. It gets sun most of the day and whilst the soil is on the clay side, it is pretty good. It just looks so miserable, though the new growth is encouraging....
by ourarka
Sat Mar 15, 2014 9:11 am
Forum: Other Exotics
Topic: What's getting at my coleus seedlings?
Replies: 1
Views: 296

What's getting at my coleus seedlings?

Just wondered what is bothering my young coleus? They are Ina conservatory, so lots of light with plenty of warmth during the day and temps around 10-11C at night. Is this damping off disease? It looks more like something chomping, but definitely no slugs/snails in there (as far as I know!)
by ourarka
Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:08 pm
Forum: Other Exotics
Topic: Where to get a Brugmansia Grand Marnier (and when)
Replies: 4
Views: 653

Re: Where to get a Brugmansia Grand Marnier (and when)

Any ideas where I could get one of the more mature varieties? Doesn't have to be huge but would be nice if flowering didn't take years.