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by Half Hardy
Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:36 pm
Forum: Palms (including Cycads and Cordyline)
Topic: C.Humilis problem
Replies: 8
Views: 732

Re: C.Humilis problem

I agree with whats been posted already i.e not enough direct sunlight.It could be showing more this year, because we had a fairly warm summer(so it's grown in a similar way to palms grown in the shade in a greenhouse).Or, you have the worlds first chammy/Trachycarpus nova hybrid :)
by Half Hardy
Mon Feb 17, 2014 10:04 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: St Valentine's Day Palm Massacre - vidjo
Replies: 15
Views: 738

Re: St Valentine's Day Palm Massacre - vidjo

Shouldn't the last caption read " wont be forgotten in a hurry cane". :lol: icon_thumright Made me chuckle icon_thumleft I needed cheering up , my greenhouse for all my borderline hardy plants ,got completely trashed by this storm. Luckily I moved most of the plants into the house before it came so...
by Half Hardy
Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:58 pm
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: So glad I found this forum
Replies: 16
Views: 1584

Re: So glad I found this forum

Welcome. Wow!! what a difference already icon_thumleft .Very reliable choice of plants so far they should thrive.I think, with your location and sheltered/south facing aspect you would have a good chance of success, with some slightly less hardy palms,bananas etc.
by Half Hardy
Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:14 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Ideas for a half-sunny... motorbike tyre, please :)
Replies: 8
Views: 436

Re: Ideas for a half-sunny... motorbike tyre, please :)

How about a Ficus elastica? Not hardy so you would have to bring it inside in the winter. I see it's a tree, would it behave like a bonsai in limited root space? Succulents as suggested by fieldfest are a nice idea, I guess there are more that would fit in there, maybe schlumbergera... I may take a...
by Half Hardy
Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:03 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Taiwan trip.
Replies: 14
Views: 932

Re: Taiwan trip.

Schefflera taiwaniana seeds would be of great interest to members of this forum.If you could find any other hardy schefflera, you would be very popular :) .Also fresh cycad seeds, would be well worth space in a suitcase.Sounds like a really great trip,have fun and be lucky.
by Half Hardy
Wed Feb 05, 2014 6:39 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Ideas for a half-sunny... motorbike tyre, please :)
Replies: 8
Views: 436

Re: Ideas for a half-sunny... motorbike tyre, please :)

How about a Ficus elastica? Not hardy so you would have to bring it inside in the winter.
by Half Hardy
Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:38 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: How would you design your garden in a tropical climate?
Replies: 27
Views: 1122

Re: How would you design your garden in a tropical climate?

Pineapple(ananas),bananas(not basjoo :) ),Bismarckia nobilis, Plumeria(frangipani),colocasia, alocasia ....just for starters. icon_sunny and a scots pine to remind me of home.
by Half Hardy
Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:22 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: ivy substitute
Replies: 16
Views: 814

Re: ivy substitute

Trailing rosemary https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=trail ... y&tbm=isch

I think you can get a trailing thyme as well.
by Half Hardy
Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:49 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Google image on hardy tropicals.
Replies: 16
Views: 905

Google image on hardy tropicals.

Just a thought.If I want to post a picture of a plant, I don't already grow.I usually use the pictures on wikipedia,because they state,that there are no copyright issues to worry about.Unfortunately they don't always have a particularly good example to show.Could I just link to a google image page? ...
by Half Hardy
Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:15 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Climbers
Replies: 8
Views: 604

Re: Climbers

Apart from honeysuckle, the nearest I can think of is abutilon megapotamicum,evergreen in mild winters.It's not really a climber,more of a shrub but it could be trained in a similar way to a climber.Some of the passion flowers are evergreen,down here but i'm not sure about any of the red ones.
by Half Hardy
Wed Jan 22, 2014 4:31 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Hibiscus coccineus
Replies: 8
Views: 474

Re: Hibiscus coccineus

http://www.hardytropicals.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2522 It's herbaceous and apparently needs summer heat to flower. Thanks for the link icon_thumleft Summer heat icon_sunny so there's the catch. If I get them to germinate,I'll probably treat them like gingers,ensete and brugs. I.e keep them ...
by Half Hardy
Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:49 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Hibiscus coccineus
Replies: 8
Views: 474

Hibiscus coccineus

Hi, is anyone growing hibiscus coccineus? From what I have read on t'internet it sounds too good to be true. Large bright red tropical looking flowers,hardy to -20*c,loves damp conditions,has palmate leaves....Where's the catch? Why isn't it for sale in every garden centre in the country? I have jus...
by Half Hardy
Fri Jan 17, 2014 9:17 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Butia Eriospatha
Replies: 11
Views: 669

Re: Butia Eriospatha

Nice palm Derick. I find them fast growers and will take the rain. Looks plenty big enough to plant outside. I agree on all counts.Nice palm icon_thumleft.I planted my one (half the size) last spring.It has carried on growing non stop since.My B.capitata(now odorata) which was about the size of you...
by Half Hardy
Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:50 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Sown Washingtonia robusta's from 2010 lack of growth
Replies: 29
Views: 1611

Re: self sown Washingtonia robusta's from 2010 lack of growt

Pots are too big.I keep mine in tight pots so the roots feel all cosy and produce better top growth.Many Dutch growers do this. Many say this is daft but thats what they do. Only potting up into slightly bigger pots when absolutely necessary. I have noticed this,particularly with cidps,imported fro...
by Half Hardy
Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:36 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Sown Washingtonia robusta's from 2010 lack of growth
Replies: 29
Views: 1611

Re: Sown Washingtonia robusta's from 2010 lack of growth

You may have a point about weak seeds.I had very good germination rates from a batch of seed,bought last year.I would guess I had about 75 seedlings.I have noticed a huge difference, in growth rates.They all started off in the same compost mix,pot size and growing conditions.The more vigorous were p...