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by otorongo
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Can my Lapageria be saved?
Replies: 9
Views: 471

Can my Lapageria be saved?

Then why not put an outside tap on a timer? We have had to put another outside tap on for that reason. We couldn't use the existing one for everything as the hose would cross the driveway. That's an option. But I've heard those automated watering setups and not reliable, not in the 'set, forget and...
by otorongo
Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Can my Lapageria be saved?
Replies: 9
Views: 471

Can my Lapageria be saved?

I watered it generously during the cool and rainy period (April, May), thought they liked plenty of water I attend to my plants rather erratically and like to keep it low-maintenance, so a greenhouse wouldn't work for me other than for some drought-resistant cacti maybe. Even if I disciplined myself...
by otorongo
Wed Jun 19, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Can my Lapageria be saved?
Replies: 9
Views: 471

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: 9
Views: 471

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: 228

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: 466

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: 247

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: 390

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: 6339
Views: 145653

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: 1045

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: 1045

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: 1055

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: 1055

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: 1055

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: 2492

Aspidistra

Don't worry Volksman999, they're tough as old boots.