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by ourarka1
Thu Sep 27, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Red Spider Mite - Alocasia v. Colocasia
Replies: 3
Views: 594

Red Spider Mite - Alocasia v. Colocasia

I’ve generally been a Colocasia man but, they always do horrendously in the conservatory as they’re a Red Spider Mite magnet. I use neem oil to good effect, but the leaves still end up a write off. The ones outside are fine, but indoors (it over winter) I struggle. Anyway, I’m not looking for tips b...
by ourarka1
Mon Sep 10, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Yucca rostrata
Replies: 56
Views: 7927

Yucca rostrata

In the end, I’ve decided to go a slightly different route. I’d always fancied a large columnar cactus there and found a 1m high Trichocereus peruvianus at a great price. I won’t plant out until next Spring but will be much easier to protect in winter due to the lack of fronds!! Most research suggest...
by ourarka1
Fri Sep 07, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Yucca rostrata
Replies: 56
Views: 7927

Yucca rostrata

Which do people recommend more, particularly for damp rather than cold (it never gets ridiculously cold here)? Linearis/linearifolia or Thompsoniana?
by ourarka1
Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Yucca rostrata
Replies: 56
Views: 7927

Yucca rostrata

That was pretty much what I feared .... but wanted someone else to confirm!! Oh well, I assume that is cold/damp that’s done it? Never mind .... it can keep hot and dry out the way for the next year or so and we’ll see what happens. Strange how the opuntias thrive right next to it!
by ourarka1
Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Yucca rostrata
Replies: 56
Views: 7927

Yucca rostrata

Ok, I’ve dug it up - wouldn’t wish another English winter on a clearly poorly plant!

Ive attaches some pictures of what was left behind, plus the plant itself, in the hopevthat someone can spot the issues. The roots seem to be a few small white ones, but mainly thick, brittle and red in colour.
by ourarka1
Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Yucca rostrata
Replies: 56
Views: 7927

Yucca rostrata

Hmmm .... I really can’t afford to replace one that big at the moment. It does seem like they’re quite inconsistent .... some do well, some don’t, for no rhyme or reason. I think I will dig it up .... a cold, wet autumn & winter is going to do it no good. I’ll overwinter it and give it next summer i...
by ourarka1
Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Yucca rostrata
Replies: 56
Views: 7927

Yucca rostrata

Those pictures were only a fortnight ago so no change .... certainly no improvement. Really not sure what to do - my gut instinct says it’s on a downward trend, but don’t know if disturbing it will actually be detrimental. Maybe if it can get through this winter, it might kick on?
by ourarka1
Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Yucca rostrata
Replies: 56
Views: 7927

Yucca rostrata

tatter wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:32 pm
Ouraka1 now for the cheeky bit if you have excess of pads next time you "prune" I wouldn't mind a couple of pads .I will gladly pay all postage costs if this is possible?
I have pm'd you.
by ourarka1
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: Hardiest cannas
Replies: 2
Views: 669

Hardiest cannas

Depends how you winter them, but all the ones I've ever had seem very hardy. They come back if left in the ground, or are quite happy neglected in a dry pot over the winter in a frost free place. Just go for the leaves/flowers that you like the look of.
by ourarka1
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Cacti & Succulents, (including Yucca and Rock Plants)
Topic: Opuntia - thriving
Replies: 9
Views: 1384

Opuntia - thriving

Hiya - sorry for late replies .... I'd been frozen out but now re-registered!! Tatters, I have no idea (sorry!!) - I would also love to know what type it is as it seems pretty indestructible (now I've done it!). Took the Beast (and December's wet) in its stride.
by ourarka1
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Yucca rostrata
Replies: 56
Views: 7927

Yucca rostrata

I can't remember if you have clay soil or not. Is the gravel above the original soil level so you haven't created a sump? Our soil drains reasonable well and is a good mix of organic matter with some sandy rocky bits in the top and sub soil. Our soil isn't perfect, quite clayey, but has had a fair ...
by ourarka1
Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Yucca rostrata
Replies: 56
Views: 7927

Yucca rostrata

Can you please advise what the Opuntia in the picture is and how do you stop slugs and snails munching on them I have absolutely no idea!! it is an unidentified one that I planted out years ago, and has absolutely thrived! Hundreds of yellow flowers each year, and makes so many new pads I have to c...
by ourarka1
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Yucca rostrata
Replies: 56
Views: 7927

Yucca rostrata

Just reigniting this, as have some questions about my Yucca rostrate. It is planted out on raised, free draining soil (not perfect, but the Opuntias thrive so it must be ok) and is full sun and windy. I planted it out last summer (it was fully green leaved) but it got hit hard in December with very ...
by ourarka1
Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: Returning Member
Replies: 7
Views: 685

Returning Member

I am still Freebird wrote:
Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:44 pm
Hi all, I was previously Freebird but had to re-register & I couldn't you my old name as already in use. icon_salut
Ditto … good to be back though, and good to see the forum up and running again. I've been reading with interest but finally got round to resetting.