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by philip kitts
Thu Mar 06, 2014 8:49 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: canary island dandelion tree
Replies: 15
Views: 1338

Re: canary island dandelion tree

Ah I understand now why the specimen the seed came from was shrivelled to a crisp ,in August last year .they don't like high temps do you treat them like brugmansia and fushia then?
I'd love to get down to Cornwall again sometime no chance this year though :? Good luck with your seeds icon_thumleft
by philip kitts
Wed Mar 05, 2014 6:26 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: canary island dandelion tree
Replies: 15
Views: 1338

Re: canary island dandelion tree

Hi chad thanks for the link it was really helpful. I'm pretty sure it's palmensis or possibly hierriensis, it has a red flush to the new growth with slight red spotting on the older leaves they are about 6 months old and are just starting grow upwards rather than rosette like. Do they grow much in o...
by philip kitts
Sun Mar 02, 2014 7:09 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: canary island dandelion tree
Replies: 15
Views: 1338

Re: canary island dandelion tree

I have been looking at old posts (thanks for the heads up Nigel) it seems they can come back from -3/-4c but have all but disappeared from cultivation since 2010. As there are about five species each from differant islands they may have varying degrees of hardiness tenerife and lapalma often have fr...
by philip kitts
Sat Mar 01, 2014 10:47 am
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: amazing differances in the thames estuary
Replies: 3
Views: 424

Re: amazing differances in the thames estuary

whilst sorting out my febuary data I was amazed to see stark differences to the kent and Essex coasts in both temp and precipitation :ahhh!: Essex coast precipitation mm average temp c leigh on sea 80 7.6 corringham 25.4 7.5 laindon 37.8 7.4 chadwell 30.7 7.1 kent coast isle of grain 64.5 6.5 Roche...
by philip kitts
Sat Mar 01, 2014 10:42 am
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: amazing differances in the thames estuary
Replies: 3
Views: 424

amazing differances in the thames estuary

whilst sorting out my febuary data I was amazed to see stark differences to the kent and Essex coasts in both temp and precipitation :ahhh!: Essex coast precipitation mm average temp c leigh on sea 80 7.6 corringham 25.4 7.5 laindon 37.8 7.4 chadwell 30.7 7.1 kent coast isle of grain 64.5 6.5 Roches...
by philip kitts
Sat Mar 01, 2014 10:10 am
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: February and Winter Statistics
Replies: 17
Views: 968

Re: February and Winter Statistics

yes amazingly mild but not particularly warm I remember feb maximums in the 1990,s of 16-18c.one year possibly 1997 :?: I had 19c on valentines day .I guess the air was moving far too much to warm up much this year stirring it up like goldilocks porridge not too hot !not too cold! but just right :lol:
by philip kitts
Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:48 pm
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: buttress roots
Replies: 15
Views: 1282

Re: buttress roots

The swamp /bald cypress has some pretty good buttress roots and in really wet conditions pushes up "snorkels" of vertical roots icon_thumleft
by philip kitts
Fri Feb 28, 2014 9:37 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: canary island dandelion tree
Replies: 15
Views: 1338

Re: canary island dandelion tree

Conifers wrote:
philip kitts wrote: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c ... is_001.JPG
To see the plant better:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c ... is_001.JPG
Thankyou conifers it really is a majestic plant when it reaches maturity
by philip kitts
Fri Feb 28, 2014 6:44 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: canary island dandelion tree
Replies: 15
Views: 1338

Re: canary island dandelion tree

I have 3 small plants of sonchus palmensis but there is very little cultivation tips available and hardiness is sketchy the provinance was 1000m above sea level does anyone else grow it?, i,m tempted to plant one out this year http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c ... is_001.JPG Hi Phil, Hows thi...
by philip kitts
Fri Feb 28, 2014 5:03 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: canary island dandelion tree
Replies: 15
Views: 1338

Re: canary island dandelion tree

its actually a type of sow thistle and grows in the cloud forest on the mountain tops ,it is a relic of the ice age and once grew all over Europe. im hoping it is at least as hardy as echium pinnianna which grows in the same
" monteverde" forest icon_thumleft
by philip kitts
Fri Feb 28, 2014 4:47 pm
Forum: Palms (including Cycads and Cordyline)
Topic: royal palm seedlings
Replies: 5
Views: 464

Re: royal palm seedlings

thanks for your help icon_salut , im really surprised by there speed of growth much faster then other species of the same age
I may have a monster on my hands :lol:
by philip kitts
Fri Feb 28, 2014 4:34 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: canary island dandelion tree
Replies: 15
Views: 1338

canary island dandelion tree

I have 3 small plants of sonchus palmensis but there is very little cultivation tips available and hardiness is sketchy the provinance was 1000m above sea level does anyone else grow it?, i,m tempted to plant one out this year
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c ... is_001.JPG
by philip kitts
Fri Feb 21, 2014 11:47 am
Forum: Palms (including Cycads and Cordyline)
Topic: royal palm seedlings
Replies: 5
Views: 464

Re: royal palm seedlings

Thanks for the info nathan I also collected some dypsis seeds ,can a species be identified by its strap leaf?
by philip kitts
Tue Feb 18, 2014 5:13 pm
Forum: Palms (including Cycads and Cordyline)
Topic: royal palm seedlings
Replies: 5
Views: 464

royal palm seedlings

I have two seedlings from a specimen on lapalma in the canaries in august2013. They both have their first strap leaf but im at a loss for cultivation info any help would be greatly recieved can they go out for the summer?
by philip kitts
Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:09 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Interesting article on exotic trees in the UK
Replies: 10
Views: 569

Re: Interesting article on exotic trees in the UK

philip kitts wrote:great post icon_salut some really intresting specimens to be hunted down here in Essex .I shall be trying a few out in my new shrubbery thankyou icon_cheers
does anyone know how the specimens in the article have done since the article was published 6 years ago?