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by Somerset77
Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:14 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: How many years to get your Echiums to flower.
Replies: 16
Views: 1064

Re: How many years to get your Echiums to flower.

Sorry if I'm high jacking this post, but would you plant a seedling straight into the ground the first year or leave it potted up and wait till next year? Thanks! i planted mine out first year no problems, both in semi shade and sun. got to about 3-4 foot by the first winter icon_thumleft as your j...
by Somerset77
Thu Mar 27, 2014 2:46 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: How many years to get your Echiums to flower.
Replies: 16
Views: 1064

Re: How many years to get your Echiums to flower.

Mine are going to flower it seems. They have had two winters not protected in ground. Two are approx 9 foot plus, with the others around 6-7 foot. Really looking forward to this plus all the ones that will appear next year! icon_thumright icon_thumright
by Somerset77
Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:48 pm
Forum: Aroids (Alocasia, Arums, Colocasia etc.)
Topic: Colocasias on the move
Replies: 11
Views: 1337

Re: Colocasias on the move

Managed to keep my Black Magic going all winter indoors, and my new Gaoligongensis is on the move. Just wondered - picked up in an old thread about growing collies/cannas as virtual aquatics and they talked about potting up with gravel. What substrate would you recommend for that purpose? Is it JUS...
by Somerset77
Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:57 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: musa sikkimensis
Replies: 28
Views: 1939

Re: musa sikkimensis

Hopefully unwrapping mine in the next week or so. It's in the un heated GH and it's pushing a new leaf out through the straw icon_cheers The only problem with my red tiger was that the taller it got, the leaves lost there markings Quite agree with the loss of markings as all of mine were plain gree...
by Somerset77
Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:25 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: When to transplant potted bamboo to ground
Replies: 5
Views: 589

Re: When to transplant potted bamboo to ground

I had two potted ones (nigra and golden). Thought sod it and planted end of December as was piffed off keeping them up right in this damn wind! :lol: They are still fine now! But then I have a very mild garden near to the sea, so can get away with a lot of things. Unlike with the wife! :lol: :lol: I...
by Somerset77
Mon Feb 03, 2014 2:30 pm
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: Batch of seeds
Replies: 2
Views: 319

Re: Batch of seeds

That's an excellent selection Of seeds. Here's my thread regarding my experience with Nagensium from seed: http://www.hardytropicals.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?nomobile=1&f=119&t=17968#p328725 I moved one on but still have 6!! They are very fast growers too given the right food and position. I had to...
by Somerset77
Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:18 pm
Forum: HTUK Member Blogs
Topic: Arlons Blog: Propagating Cycas revoluta "aurea" ..SUCCESS !
Replies: 1410
Views: 77204

Re: Arlons Blog: Jumbo heated propagator has arrived

These are awesome! I got my first one in 2012 then got another this year.
Also useful to have the extra thermostats to use with heaters too when not using the props! icon_thumleft
by Somerset77
Thu Oct 31, 2013 3:44 pm
Forum: Aroids (Alocasia, Arums, Colocasia etc.)
Topic: DRY DRY storing colocasia Survey INFO pros/pitfalls etc
Replies: 24
Views: 2846

Re: DRY DRY storing colocasia Survey INFO pros/pitfalls etc

I overwintered only 'Mammoth' & standard esculenta last winter using similar method to Kris. I had various sized tubers with the smallest being approx 50p size! Can report that ALL survived, irrelevant to their size! The mammoth was kept upright on newspaper in the spare room, whereas the others wer...
by Somerset77
Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:50 pm
Forum: Other Exotics
Topic: melianthus major
Replies: 29
Views: 4710

Re: melianthus major

Down here in Somerset melianthus gets no protection at all, and stays evergreen. Just had to cut a 6ft branch down today as the wind last week bent it onto the lawn :evil:
by Somerset77
Sun Oct 20, 2013 2:31 pm
Forum: Aroids (Alocasia, Arums, Colocasia etc.)
Topic: Another overwintering post- sorry!
Replies: 6
Views: 914

Re: Another overwintering post- sorry!

I would treat as a house plant, by those doors would be best as that's what my parents do with theirs except for the underfloor heating though. It will be fine just water from the bottom in a tray and don't worry. Just keep an eye out for spider mite and I would top dress with some gravel to keep th...
by Somerset77
Sun Oct 20, 2013 8:09 am
Forum: Other Exotics
Topic: Pseudopanax lessonii 'gold splash'
Replies: 8
Views: 857

Re: Pseudopanax lessonii 'gold splash'

They have these at Trevenna Cross near Helston Cornwall. Nearly got one yesterday but got the Arboreus instead. They are very tough, have had the Sabre variety for a while and nothing bothers it. Absolutely love them, good alternative to Scheffleras. Next time I'm down there I'm going to get the Lae...
by Somerset77
Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:33 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Winter plant storage.
Replies: 31
Views: 1144

Re: Winter plant storage.

Because Rob, It should come in but I can't store things from the garden inside in case of flies. I have had a rough six weeks with rats in the attic and I don't want to give them a reason to come into the home as such. Treating the Ensete as bedding plants. Basjoo is a little hardier. icon_cheers W...
by Somerset77
Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:09 pm
Forum: Aroids (Alocasia, Arums, Colocasia etc.)
Topic: Colocasia in hydroculture?
Replies: 10
Views: 1513

Re: Colocasia in hydroculture?

What sort of water temperatures do you get in the pond? I don't know as we didn't think about checking it :oops: There is no extra heating in the water apart from the sun. After around 3pm the pond is in shade. (With the tallest leaves still getting a bit of sun for another hour) I would imagine th...
by Somerset77
Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:33 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: How to protect my small T-Rex
Replies: 13
Views: 586

Re: How to protect my small T-Rex

I would leave it in ground cover with some straw and peg down a single layer of fleece over it. That's all I did with mine out the front last winter for its first winter and came through no problem.
by Somerset77
Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:25 pm
Forum: Aroids (Alocasia, Arums, Colocasia etc.)
Topic: Colocasia in hydroculture?
Replies: 10
Views: 1513

Re: Colocasia in hydroculture?

Sorry to hijack your thread. I've trialled a few different ones in my dads pond. Black magic is fine if you're not worried about leaf size being no bigger than your hand. (Stood in approx 4inch water, in full sun) Mammoth hates it full stop! (Same depth as above) Standard 'Asda' eddoes love it both ...