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by Sparrow
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Musa basjoo pups
Replies: 9
Views: 1250

Musa basjoo pups

Its more a matter of prolonged heat that is the deciding factor in bananas fruiting and then enough to ripen them or summers are usually not hot enough or long enough Jim Ah .. I see. I'm growing these for the big leaves, not the fruit, in any case. At least that's my primary aim at the moment! How...
by Sparrow
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Musa basjoo pups
Replies: 9
Views: 1250

Musa basjoo pups

chainsaw kid wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:02 am
I have actually got bananas on mine for the first time.
PS. Congrats on that! How old do they need to be to fruit??
by Sparrow
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Musa basjoo pups
Replies: 9
Views: 1250

Musa basjoo pups

Thanks for the replies, that's good information. I wasn't planning to lift them. Just build a chicken wire cage stuffed with straw and wrap with fleece to try to keep the height of the main stems. I just looked to see if I already had a picture, but I don't, so I'll take one tomorrow. I'd say the pu...
by Sparrow
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Musa basjoo pups
Replies: 9
Views: 1250

Musa basjoo pups

Hi all, First year growing banana plants in the garden... Just wondering when the best time is to remove and pot up pups that have grown this year? I started off with two plants this year. Each one has grown five pups, so it is getting a bit crowded with their big leaves. Is thinning out something I...
by Sparrow
Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: ID Plant
Replies: 2
Views: 391

ID Plant

It is either that, or Xanthosoma sagittifolium aka Coco yam. The leaves of the Colocasia are smoother and it grows a bit taller, but culturally, they have the same requirements.
by Sparrow
Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Rain
Replies: 18
Views: 1788

Rain

After a total of 0.3mm since the beginning of June (!) we finally had some overnight showers Friday night. But as others have pointed out, the winds yesterday made that seem like it didn't even happen. It's been raining continuously so far today, and all the plants are finally getting a good soak. A...
by Sparrow
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: New from Rotherham
Replies: 18
Views: 1673

New from Rotherham

elge_onion wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:31 am

Ive made a playlist of youtube tropical gardens in u.k which i find helps with schemes and ideas.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... tTrG7fRdHf
Thank you for this! It's wonderful!

And hello and welcome Dan, looking forward to seeing your garden as it progresses!
by Sparrow
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: New to tropicals, renovating my garden
Replies: 25
Views: 2123

New to tropicals, renovating my garden

PS. Sorry for the late replies... I was away visiting family in Florida and I'm only just now getting time to catch up on non-work, non-garden activities.

More updates and more pics soon!
by Sparrow
Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: New to tropicals, renovating my garden
Replies: 25
Views: 2123

New to tropicals, renovating my garden

Personally, I reckon -8 is pushing t for washies, I would stick to Trackies, Chammies and Jubs. Yes, unprotected, yes, I realise that. That said, last winter was the lowest absolute temp since I moved here in 2000. So, unless we get a string of colder winters like that, I won't normally have to dea...
by Sparrow
Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: List of reccomended online suppliers/nurseries?
Replies: 11
Views: 1469

List of reccomended online suppliers/nurseries?

I would definitely second The Palm House. Got an order from there last week (after the delivery company messed about with the original parcel, first assuring George that it was fine and would be delivered on schedule, then saying it was damaged, then saying it was lost! Throughout it all George was ...
by Sparrow
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: New to tropicals, renovating my garden
Replies: 25
Views: 2123

New to tropicals, renovating my garden

Hi Sparrow, what are your normal winter lows were you live and what were they this year? I don't have much of my own historical data. Only just got a few more min/max thermometers to try to map out microclimates, so all I have is this year's data from one (completely unsheltered) spot in the garden...
by Sparrow
Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: New to tropicals, renovating my garden
Replies: 25
Views: 2123

New to tropicals, renovating my garden

Hi Sparrow, may I ask a question if you walk round Winchester, do you see any Washies about? If not I would suggest you plant them out now, then you can kill them off as soon as possible and plant something that will grow in your area. Now I know what you are thinking isn't he a little ray of sunsh...
by Sparrow
Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Palms (including Cycads and Cordyline)
Topic: Flowering Phoenix canariensis_CIDP in Sunderland
Replies: 3
Views: 484

Flowering Phoenix canariensis_CIDP in Sunderland

This dry heat seems to have done the trick. Similar experience for me with spear pull (but I've not yet invested six years time as you have). I correlated it with the cold snap at the beginning of March, but you could well be right about the wet spring being more of a factor. I noticed last week a f...
by Sparrow
Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: Hi from Epsom Surrey
Replies: 10
Views: 942

Hi from Epsom Surrey

Photos seem to be a known issue. Not just you.

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=22378

In the end, it was easiest for me to simply select photos on my phone and create a photo album on Google - no resizing, fiddling, or issues with upload.