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by vivi
Sat May 04, 2019 7:12 pm
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: ID help please
Replies: 3
Views: 374

ID help please

Thank you 😊
by vivi
Sat May 04, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: ID help please
Replies: 3
Views: 374

ID help please

Hi guys I’ve been clearing out the greenhouse today,and found a few sorry looking specimens that have been hidden at the back for a few years 😳.All were half dead bargains,with the exception of the strelitzia.Anyone know what they are please?The strelitzia is very pot bound,there is no bottom to the...
by vivi
Wed Oct 05, 2011 11:15 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Scale insect
Replies: 8
Views: 847

Re: Scale insect

Thanks to everyone for their valuable advice,I will persevere and try the coffee too!
by vivi
Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:47 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Scale insect
Replies: 8
Views: 847

Scale insect

Does anyone know if cold weather affects scale insect?I 'rescued' a sad looking Butia last year from a local nursery.It was badly infested,I've tried everything to get rid of the scale insect,but the new leaves are emerging with it still,so do I risk planting it out with protection and hope the cold...
by vivi
Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:14 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Best spot for a t-rex?
Replies: 16
Views: 739

Re: Best spot for a t-rex?

The leaves can irritate,mine is near the pool and my kids have never had a reaction,but last year a friends daughter did,her body was covered in a rash!!beware!!
by vivi
Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:47 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: The difference 6 months makes to a Cordyline (cabbage palm)
Replies: 60
Views: 5169

Re: The difference 6 months makes to a Cordyline (cabbage p

I have lost4 cordylines in all,they were well over 18ft and I have never had any problems until this winter.This windy weather is making them shed even more leaves and in doing so I'm giving up hope of any chance of survival!At least the kids are enjoying playing sword fighting with the dead leaves!...
by vivi
Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:35 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Chamaerops humilis
Replies: 13
Views: 1486

Re: Chamaerops humilis

Just checked my 3ft one after reading this post ,sad to say it doesn't look good.Dried up and mouldy apart from the new growth around the base of the plant!Another I have in a pot close to the house apart from a few burnt fronds looks OK.Both were protected in the harshest weather and have never sho...
by vivi
Fri Dec 03, 2010 6:48 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Using Duvets for protection
Replies: 8
Views: 596

Re: Using Duvets for protection

im using an old 13.5 tog duvet to cover my coldframe and its holding out, all plants fine, anybody else using one for frost and ice protection, do they work for you? Yes,I am using duvets and old pillows and sleeping bags,the neighbours think I've lost the plot!I remove them as soon as the temperat...
by vivi
Tue Jun 22, 2010 6:37 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Paddling pool water?
Replies: 7
Views: 1037

Re: Paddling pool water?

At the end of the summer I empty our pool water onto the garden where my cordylines are and they are 15 to 20ft,never had any ill effects so far.I wait till the chlorine levels are low though!
by vivi
Sun Mar 28, 2010 4:52 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: stored dry & dark ensetes, how to bring them back?
Replies: 22
Views: 1123

Re: stored dry & dark ensetes, how to bring them back?

Mine was looking great,even pushing out a new leaf..until today.Went to check the greenhouse and the whole plant was tilting,it came away in my hand and something has eaten clean through the base..I am gutted !! :ahhh!:
by vivi
Mon Jan 11, 2010 1:26 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: How expensive are electric heaters to run?
Replies: 7
Views: 842

Re: How expensive are electric heaters to run?

I have a Dimplex Coldwatcher 500w and an old tube like heater in my homemede greenhouse.One side is brick and insulated with polystyrene sheets,the rest is made up of double glazed doors and a polycarbonate roof,there are a few gaps here and there.Last year while away on holiday we left the heaters ...
by vivi
Tue Dec 08, 2009 12:24 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: A Post Card From Bali Hyatt, Bali
Replies: 81
Views: 4028

Re: A Post Card From Bali Hyatt, Bali

Thanks for taking the time to share all your lovely photos Nick,it brought back happy memories of my holiday there 3 years ago.Mysteriously my little girls bucket was full of seeds and sand when we got home ( can't think for a moment how they got there!).Some have germinated and I will use your pic'...
by vivi
Sat Jul 11, 2009 1:16 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Washingtonia filifera
Replies: 21
Views: 2846

Re: Washingtonia filifera

Hi Bodster
bodster wrote:You could always nip up to Akamba in birmingham
Just looked at Akamba website and it looks amazing!Thanks for the suggestion,will take the kids there in the school holidays.
:D
by vivi
Sat Jul 11, 2009 12:17 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Washingtonia filifera
Replies: 21
Views: 2846

Re: Washingtonia filifera

Hi Sam It got to about 7 foot,the trunk was about 2 foot high,with huge leaves,so I',m gutted as I grew it from seed about 15 years ago.
sam140 wrote:What size did it get to vivi.
. :cry:
I have just got a replacement on E bay,170cm for £75,and I will try not to kill it this winter.!!!! :D
by vivi
Wed Jul 08, 2009 9:21 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Washingtonia filifera
Replies: 21
Views: 2846

Washingtonia filifera

My 10 year old (deceased) washy was finally dug up and dispatched to the greenbin today.I 'm ashamed to say I killed it by wrapping it up too much :ahhh!: Despite this I really want another,so does anyone know where I can buy a replacement,without costing a fortune?
Thanks