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by Malmsey
Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:11 pm
Forum: Hardiness, Overwintering and Protection
Topic: Musa basjoo
Replies: 9
Views: 898

Musa basjoo

First two winters that I had this in London I didn't protect at all. It died back to the ground, but eventually sprouted again in spring. Last winter I caged the main stems in chicken wire and packed with straw, which worked pretty well. This year it's grown so wide with so many stems, I'm thinking ...
by Malmsey
Sat Nov 16, 2013 6:52 pm
Forum: Hardiness, Overwintering and Protection
Topic: Canna protection
Replies: 9
Views: 538

Re: Canna protection

I would dig them up and store in a frost free shed or garage if I were you. I looked in earlier but your location says Madeira and I thought it would be a fair bit warmer there :lol: As a side note I left both hedychium and canna out last year, hedychium came through canna died. Good advice, thanks.
by Malmsey
Sat Nov 16, 2013 6:48 pm
Forum: Hardiness, Overwintering and Protection
Topic: Canna protection
Replies: 9
Views: 538

Re: Canna protection

Ah no, I'm in London at the moment. Soz for the confusion. My little London garden is a frost trap, north-facing, full of slugs and snails and solid clay soil. I do my best with it! The Canna's been brilliant this year, definitely going to plant more next year. Seems slug resistant, which is an esse...
by Malmsey
Sat Nov 16, 2013 3:41 pm
Forum: Hardiness, Overwintering and Protection
Topic: Canna protection
Replies: 9
Views: 538

Re: Canna protection

Thanks for that. icon_thumleft Suggests I can mulch if I've got 'well-drained sandy soil' ... LOL it's London clay thick enough to make pots with. BUT, I also have Hedychium in the garden which survived last winter completely unprotected. So maybe. Has anyone ever tried plastic roofing sheets just l...
by Malmsey
Sat Nov 16, 2013 1:31 pm
Forum: Hardiness, Overwintering and Protection
Topic: Canna protection
Replies: 9
Views: 538

Canna protection

Planted my first Canna this year, and it's been spectacular. Was even flowering in early November!

Seeing as we're getting icy soon, should I cut it down now or wait for the frost?
by Malmsey
Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:03 am
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: What would you grow if there were no frost …?
Replies: 5
Views: 552

Re: What would you grow if there were no frost …?

If I can grow Heliconia like this (photo from park in central Funchal), I will be very well chuffed!
by Malmsey
Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:56 am
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: What would you grow if there were no frost …?
Replies: 5
Views: 552

Re: What would you grow if there were no frost …?

Not having a greenhouse/conservatory or any indoor space in London, I've veered conservative in what I plant here. Too many casualties in recent winters to go with genuinely borderline plants. Now I have a huge new and unfamiliar palette potentially available, but only for a small canvas. There's al...
by Malmsey
Sat Nov 09, 2013 5:18 pm
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: What would you grow if there were no frost …?
Replies: 5
Views: 552

What would you grow if there were no frost …?

Greetings all. For years I've struggled to grow tropical in my tiny north-facing frost-trap London garden, which suffers from a vicious clay soil you can make pots out of, plagues of slugs and total shade for several months of the year. I'm proud of the end result, but there have been casualties alo...