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by musa_monkey
Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:15 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Super Dwarf Cavendish trying to kill itself
Replies: 5
Views: 416

Re: Super Dwarf Cavendish trying to kill itself

I have seen this a few times on all my dwarf cavendish that are growing well and tightly confined - with the exception of little prince. I remove most of the leaves, all the pups and repot (usually in a slightly bigger pot) and they seem to sort themselves out. It appears to me that their growth rat...
by musa_monkey
Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:08 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: What brand of high nitrogen are you using for bananas
Replies: 34
Views: 1800

Re: What brand of high nitrogen are you using for bananas

Wilko's soluble lawn feed which is £1.99 for 1kg box.
I mix this with chicken pellets and liquid seaweed for all my bananas.
by musa_monkey
Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:43 pm
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: Anybody checked there 'Montbeliardii''s for roots growth?
Replies: 8
Views: 472

Re: Anybody checked there Ensete ventricosum 'Montbeliardii'

Mine is potted up and has recently started to push out new leaves so just started to water it lightly.
by musa_monkey
Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:03 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: gunnera in containers
Replies: 29
Views: 3000

Re: gunnera in containers

Mine is in a similar sized container and makes about 5 ft in the year with plenty of food and water. It did break the container last year so i had to split the plant.
Very nice plant to have though even in a container.
by musa_monkey
Sat Jan 28, 2012 2:28 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: STRELITZIA
Replies: 112
Views: 3849

Re: STRELITZIA

I ran out of indoor space to store my Strelitzia reginae last year. I meant to get shot of it as it always seems a sulky plant anyway. Long story short i put it in a pot the garage in a dark corner last october and forgot about it. I found it last week and it had started pushing out a new leaf :shoc...
by musa_monkey
Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:59 pm
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: Outdoor Basjoo On The Move
Replies: 17
Views: 1089

Re: Outdoor Basjoo On The Move

Interesting, my brothers were cut to the ground by frost some weeks ago and he lives in Berkshire :?
by musa_monkey
Thu Dec 22, 2011 3:09 pm
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: Early start for a Canna- fish tank
Replies: 4
Views: 387

Re: Early start for a Canna- fish tank

oooh i like the fish, I kept all kinds at one time or another but never got around to Discus :D Getting back to the plot, so that was fully submerged for a week at around 25c ? I am just about to start mine off, i tend to start them at xmas time. This time i am starting them in a bag for a change at...
by musa_monkey
Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:09 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Insulating Paint Additive
Replies: 19
Views: 1395

Re: Insulating Paint Additive

Can't say much more than that :roll: What do you work as Alan? I spent the last 35 years in and R&D / product design role. One of the constant challenges was and still is control of heat generated and once generated how to transfer it. Apologies if this all sounds a bit cryptic but i have signed so...
by musa_monkey
Fri Dec 09, 2011 7:14 pm
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: which banana would be suitable for the north east coast?
Replies: 30
Views: 1156

Re: which banana would be suitable for the north east coast?

Alan, I lost my Helen's Hybrid to ground level down here in the winter 2008/9 but came back to about 4 feet in summer 2009. Winter 2009/10 killed it outright, so may be a bit of a gamble in NE. Palm Lad, I said about your lack of summer as that is what most people up there say. A 20C summer day her...
by musa_monkey
Fri Dec 09, 2011 8:40 am
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: which banana would be suitable for the north east coast?
Replies: 30
Views: 1156

Re: which banana would be suitable for the north east coast?

If you can get a "proper" Helen's Hybrid that would be worth a go as the leaves are about the best of the many species i have tried in resisting wind shredding. Its a Sikki hybrid so planted deep enough should be root hardy but mulch heavily in winter to protect.
by musa_monkey
Thu Dec 08, 2011 7:51 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Insulating Paint Additive
Replies: 19
Views: 1395

Re: Insulating Paint Additive

For interest here is another one. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Thermalmix-Insu ... 516&sr=1-1 This technology and other associated technologies based on ceramic, glass and diamond definitely work as a thermal barrier. I know this as i have been directly involved in researching thermal barriers of this so...
by musa_monkey
Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:00 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Epsom salt
Replies: 20
Views: 918

Re: Epsom salt

I use it twice a year at least on my palms and bamboo.
Its always done a great job in greening up the plants.
I tend to water in mostly and very occasionally use as a foliage spray.

Some background from which on magnesium here;
http://www.which.co.uk/documents/pdf/ma ... 154033.pdf
by musa_monkey
Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:53 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Copper nails to kill trees
Replies: 13
Views: 1960

Re: Copper nails to kill trees

sanatic1234 wrote: As for the nails, i haven't a clue. just get a nail gun and start firing at it, wear protective clothing though. :lol: :lol:

:lol: :lol: :lol:
by musa_monkey
Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:41 pm
Forum: Propagation
Topic: New Propagator.
Replies: 2
Views: 548

Re: New Propagator.

Yes that's the one i have, i can highly recommend it. It gets to the temps needed to grow exotics ok. I bought a T5 sunblaster with mine and suspended it from the crossbar so its also good for cuttings. I also made a polystyrene base for it as added insulation and the heat matt sits on this rather t...
by musa_monkey
Sun Nov 20, 2011 3:37 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Running a fan in winter ?
Replies: 27
Views: 953

Re: Running a fan in winter ?

I have one in the greenhouse running 24/7 as everything is crammed in there so i want to be sure i get some air circulation.
I also have one in the garage but only run this occasionally and not necessarily daily
as there are more air gaps around the door etc and its a bigger less crammed space