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by otorongo
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Can my Lapageria be saved?
Replies: 4
Views: 101

Can my Lapageria be saved?

Years ago I planted one at the previous house I was staying at and it did get established, i.e. it grew, flowered and proved hardy, at least over the couple of winters I had it before I moved. Charliep - it's summer now so seeing its slow demise I'm not worried so much about the cold of the upcoming...
by otorongo
Tue Jun 18, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Can my Lapageria be saved?
Replies: 4
Views: 101

Can my Lapageria be saved?

Last year I got a Lapageria and it died over the summer. I attributed it to the heat as it was a hot, dry summer and it was planted in a spot that would get a fair bit of sun. This year I got another one and planted it against a north-facing wall and near a N-E corner where it doesn't get much (if a...
by otorongo
Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: Hello fellows!
Replies: 4
Views: 93

Hello fellows!

Witaj Mon24! Welcome to the forum.
GREVILLEAJ wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:12 pm
Lots to talk about on this site even when you only have a few exotics icon_thumright
And not much to lose to a winter. There is a bright side to everything :)
by otorongo
Sat May 25, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Chammy flowering
Replies: 4
Views: 321

Chammy flowering

I've spotted two yellow flower heads on my chammy.

Should I remove them so the palm puts its energy into vegetative growth? Or keep them on? I'm not interested in germinating the seeds, but I guess I could sell them on ebay.
by otorongo
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Tropical Abutilon-like plant ID?
Replies: 0
Views: 192

Tropical Abutilon-like plant ID?

This climber grows at the place I'm staying in Costa Rica. The flowers remind me of Abutilon megapotamicum, but the colours are different. The leaves are also different. The stems turn woody when they get older and thicker. Does anyone know what it is and whether it would be hardy in London? I may t...
by otorongo
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:45 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Tropical Abutilon-like plant ID?
Replies: 2
Views: 331

Tropical Abutilon-like plant ID?

This climber grows at the place I'm staying in Costa Rica. The flowers remind me of Abutilon megapotamicum, but the colours are different. The leaves are also different. The stems turn woody when they get older and thicker. Does anyone know what it is and whether it would be hardy in London? I may t...
by otorongo
Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:05 am
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: Your daily weather blog -June 2011 onward
Replies: 6336
Views: 135245

Your daily weather blog -June 2011 onward

I'm in Costa Rica, have been for a week and coming back in early April. Here at ~400 m a.s.l. it's around 30C highs and maybe 22C lows. Some 3C warmer on the coast. Sunny every day as it's the dry season.

Garden left unattended, so may be a carnage by the look of things.
by otorongo
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Is it possible to transplant a large Agave Americana in winter?
Replies: 20
Views: 845

Is it possible to transplant a large Agave Americana in winter?

That's a monster! Must have been a challenge to move such a fierce, prickly plant of this size.
by otorongo
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Is it possible to transplant a large Agave Americana in winter?
Replies: 20
Views: 845

Is it possible to transplant a large Agave Americana in winter?

I have no experience with this plant, but I'm guessing rot is your biggest potential enemy. Do you have a way to keep it dry until it gets warmer? Maybe you can put it in a large pot for now and keep it in a greenhouse?
by otorongo
Mon Dec 31, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Tropical plants for zone 9a??
Replies: 9
Views: 939

Tropical plants for zone 9a??

There is no way you could grow cherimoyas I'm afraid. The cherimoya is subtropical or mild-temperate and will tolerate light frosts. Young growing tips are killed at 29° F and and mature trees are killed or severely injured at 25° F. https://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/cherimoya.html When I lived in Spain,...
by otorongo
Fri Dec 28, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Tropical plants for zone 9a??
Replies: 9
Views: 939

Tropical plants for zone 9a??

For hardy avocados check out this article: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/avocado/cold-tolerant-avocado-trees.htm For borderline hardiness / pushing the zone, I like to read the comments on Plantfiles as they contain freetext info with more details (how long the cold lasted, whether ...
by otorongo
Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Tropical plants for zone 9a??
Replies: 9
Views: 939

Tropical plants for zone 9a??

Hello and welcome. In terms of minimum temperatures, you're colder than parts of central London. But you probably have more summer heat and a longer growing season. Avocados grow in London, even in the cooler parts, so that's definitely worth trying. But choose one of the hardier varieties. Psidium ...
by otorongo
Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: Aspidistra
Replies: 20
Views: 2257

Aspidistra

Don't worry Volksman999, they're tough as old boots.
by otorongo
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Hardiness, Overwintering and Protection
Topic: What would you grow ??
Replies: 7
Views: 406

What would you grow ??

Do you know what kind of minima you get over winter? An unheated greenhouse will not protect from the worst of the cold that much, but it will protect from hoar frost, wetness and may give you daytime warmth on the brighter winter days. Also, if you get snow cover, the snow on the roof can add extra...
by otorongo
Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: Mildness
Replies: 1
Views: 589

Mildness

Looking very mild...
28 nov 2018.PNG
If not for that single frosty night last week, our gardens would look good well into December.

It's a typical pattern: a frost in late November, then the Atlantic sets in and gives us a mild December.