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by GaryW
Thu Apr 03, 2014 6:37 am
Forum: Palms (including Cycads and Cordyline)
Topic: Cycad watering.
Replies: 3
Views: 578

Re: Cycad watering.

I am very wary of this method of 'forced' flushing. In hot weather a healthy cycad will enjoy lots of water especially when about to/and during a flush. However to think flooding a cycad will magically cause it to flush is rubbish. It can cause a healthy cycad to burst into life after a rest period,...
by GaryW
Tue Apr 01, 2014 4:17 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Agave repotting
Replies: 2
Views: 442

Re: Agave repotting

John Innes no3 and up to 50% grit depending on whether it's a clay pot, plastic pot and if it's kept outside or not. Plastic pots and multipurpose compost is the worst combination, so avoid !
by GaryW
Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:09 pm
Forum: Palms (including Cycads and Cordyline)
Topic: The Cycads, Loran Whitelock
Replies: 7
Views: 842

Re: The Cycads, Loran Whitelock

I bought it from Amazon 11 years ago and it was £47 !!! I also have books on cycads by Cynthia Giddy and Douglas Goode which also seem to sell for silly money :D
by GaryW
Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:14 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: greenhouse heater
Replies: 3
Views: 287

Re: greenhouse heater

http://www.garden4less.co.uk/proddetail ... .8/GB&cat=

Can be used as fan only and unlike a lot of fan heaters the fan is quite powerful. I use one in my 8x10 and it maintains a steady temperature even on the 1.8 kW setting icon_salut
by GaryW
Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:02 pm
Forum: Wildlife and the Natural World (Public)
Topic: Humminbird Hawk Moth
Replies: 6
Views: 457

Re: Humminbird Hawk Moth

We had one in the garden a couple of years ago, haven't seen one since though. Amazing things aren't they ?! :D
by GaryW
Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:45 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Bonsai Plant ID
Replies: 2
Views: 220

Re: Bonsai Plant ID

Serissa foetida, Tree of a Thousand Stars, native of much of Asia. icon_thumright
by GaryW
Fri Sep 06, 2013 1:40 pm
Forum: Other Exotics
Topic: Any bromeliad experts?
Replies: 2
Views: 412

Re: Any bromeliad experts?

Tillandsia sp. would be a good start !
by GaryW
Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:19 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Equisetum giganteum
Replies: 11
Views: 1020

Re: Equisetum giganteum

Could be a pain in the 'ass' too :wink:
by GaryW
Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:48 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Help with Butia seedlings wanted.
Replies: 5
Views: 346

Re: Help with Butia seedlings wanted.

Multipurpose compost is ideal for hanging baskets and summer bedding plants but not for long (i.e more than 1 year) term use. John Innes is far better. It could be the compost,they're pot bound, over watering or even overfeeding, if you don't know for certain what the deficiency is it will do more h...
by GaryW
Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:52 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Yucca ID needed
Replies: 3
Views: 361

Re: Yucca ID needed

Looks like Yucca filamentosa, tough as old boots and clump forming. icon_thumleft
by GaryW
Tue Aug 20, 2013 4:37 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Slow down on the feed.
Replies: 41
Views: 1846

Re: Slow down on the feed.

I don't use a high nitrogen feed on any plants and wouldn't, especially on any that keep their leaves in the winter.As much sunlight as they'll take and as little nitrogen as possible produces tougher leaves. I find huge floppy leaves are damaged by winds even in the summer. Then the winter will tak...
by GaryW
Fri Aug 16, 2013 6:55 am
Forum: Salad crops and vegetables
Topic: Figs
Replies: 42
Views: 3058

Re: Figs

With Brown Turkey they're not ripe until they're brown :D
by GaryW
Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:23 am
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: Strange leaves on waggie ?.
Replies: 6
Views: 684

Re: Strange leaves on waggie ?.

I have it on my Sabal minor, and have had it on a Jubaea I put it down to winter damage when the leaf is just forming and you don't notice it until it grows out.
by GaryW
Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:03 am
Forum: Cacti & Succulents, (including Yucca and Rock Plants)
Topic: Linearis offset's.
Replies: 11
Views: 974

Re: Linearis offset's.

Cool !! It'll look great in a few years time. How tall is the parent plant ? icon_thumleft
by GaryW
Wed Aug 07, 2013 6:26 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Fatsia heroically saved
Replies: 7
Views: 849

Re: Fatsia heroically saved

I lost a variegated Fatsia this year too ! The leaves collapsed and were very floppy, now it's brown and dead within a few weeks ! I think it's a fungus that kills the roots and stem at ground level so yeah being too wet didn't help I suppose icon_scratch