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by ianmck
Tue Jun 05, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Winter 2017-18 losses
Replies: 17
Views: 2067

Re: Winter 2017-18 losses

My Dicksonia antarctica took major damage. It has only one green frond, just currently starting to unravel. The rest were all totally black inside. I cut them out as best as I could then started getting orange sap around the area. Just spotted another green frond trying to push through beside it, al...
by ianmck
Thu Mar 27, 2014 9:52 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Is this a baby Cordyline
Replies: 21
Views: 1427

Re: Is this a baby Cordyline

Hmm any cordyline I've grown from seed have all grown in a circular manner similar to bananas. Your photos looks like they are coming straight out.
by ianmck
Thu Jan 16, 2014 10:08 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Bedding plants
Replies: 15
Views: 760

Re: Bedding plants

Still got some calendula flowering and some sweet peas that are green and growing.
by ianmck
Sun Jan 05, 2014 6:31 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Canna sowing
Replies: 44
Views: 1818

Re: Canna sowing

From seed, january and I always regret it, but I am impatient :D This year I intend to stagger it from late january onwards. I find they have close to 100% germination within a few days if you file the seed coat then soak in water.
by ianmck
Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:20 pm
Forum: Palms (including Cycads and Cordyline)
Topic: Livistona chinensis
Replies: 21
Views: 1738

Re: Livistona chinensis

I always had an idea that if a plant is grown from seed under harsh conditions and survives, it was potentially a lot hardier than a more mature plant that was grown under glass all it's life or that was grown in a warmer climate then brought over to the UK. :?:
by ianmck
Fri Jan 03, 2014 1:54 am
Forum: Palms (including Cycads and Cordyline)
Topic: Nannorrhops
Replies: 21
Views: 1622

Re: Nannorrhops

I had some start germinating in damp vermiculite in a sealed bag, after a month or two with some bottom heat from a fluorescent light fixture. If I remember correctly, they put down some very deep roots so will need deep pots. :D Good luck.
by ianmck
Fri Jan 03, 2014 1:43 am
Forum: Palms (including Cycads and Cordyline)
Topic: Livistona chinensis
Replies: 21
Views: 1738

Re: Livistona chinensis

I did a little seed experiment last winter. Mainly enforced because I ran out of room after having far too much success germinating seeds inside so most of my palm seedlings got stuck outside all winter and were left to it. I can't remember specifics but I'm sure it was at least -5 C at points and w...
by ianmck
Sun Dec 29, 2013 2:30 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Advice on hedychiums for next year please.
Replies: 8
Views: 453

Re: Advice on hedychiums for next year please.

I'm not familiar with growing hedychium but could it be the change in humidity?
by ianmck
Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:05 pm
Forum: Cacti & Succulents, (including Yucca and Rock Plants)
Topic: Dragon fruit cacti (pitaya) surviving outside!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 605

Re: Dragon fruit cacti (pitaya) surviving outside!!!

Not sure about hardiness temperature wise. I would guess they could survive some low temperature overnight but probably not for an extended period. There are a few different species that are referred to as dragon fruit, so it may depend on that also. I find the biggest problem is water. They suffer ...
by ianmck
Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:36 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Callistemon oddity
Replies: 11
Views: 580

Re: Callistemon oddity

Mineral deficiency / differences in soil perhaps? I've seen it happen with astilbe, when planted in a different garden it had a different coloured flower.
by ianmck
Sat Jul 27, 2013 6:11 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: My Phoenix canariensis_CIDP rotted in the centre after -4.5*c suggestions needed
Replies: 18
Views: 1109

Re: My Phoenix canariensis_CIDP rotted in the centre after -

My Phoenix canariensis_CIDP was an end of season b and q purchase and took -5 unprotected a good few times during the winter. Looks quite toasted and the one very healthy stem got munched through at the growth point by a colony of baby slugs :roll: I had given up on it as it hadn't done anything for...
by ianmck
Sun Jul 14, 2013 3:35 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Plants outstaying their welcome
Replies: 21
Views: 978

Re: Plants outstaying their welcome

It's amazing what some people consider weeds :lol: I'd happily have forget me nots in every available space of the garden come spring. Fantastic plants and about the only thing that the slugs don't destroy. I've also got bergonia and alstomeria from seed going in soon....
by ianmck
Wed Jul 03, 2013 8:41 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Tropical garden good for insects?
Replies: 16
Views: 926

Re: Tropical garden good for insects?

... don't preach, just tell us if yer bananas are hoaching with beasties!!! icon_salut
by ianmck
Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:12 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Tropical garden good for insects?
Replies: 16
Views: 926

Re: Tropical garden good for insects?

I've got ants on everything this year. Even the grass is alive with them. Removed a snail from the growth point of a Phoenix canariensis_CIDP and it's place was instantly taken by a slug... I notice the flies love the fatsia leaves when it's sunny and also had those redy lilly beetles on the 1 remai...
by ianmck
Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:16 pm
Forum: Cacti & Succulents, (including Yucca and Rock Plants)
Topic: Arid bed - the finished article!
Replies: 22
Views: 2619

Re: Arid bed - the finished article!

Commercial cactus mix is terrible for cactus. Most of them seem to be peat compost with a few bits of grit tossed in. It's the biggest myth/con of all time and is the surest way to kill a cactus. :lol: Agave, yuccas etc generally need some organic matter though and are more forgiving so it's not as ...