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by charliep
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Growing tips, hints, and discussions
Topic: Absence of flowers
Replies: 8
Views: 615

Absence of flowers

Leonotis will only flower in the UK very very late and really needs to be overwintered under glass to get flowers before it becomes winter again, even on Madeira its only just coming into flower in October. I have tried the snail vine but had no luck with that either. You need to be careful growing ...
by charliep
Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Cacti & Succulents, (including Yucca and Rock Plants)
Topic: ID help needed with 2 plants.
Replies: 5
Views: 352

ID help needed with 2 plants.

Arlon Tishmarsh wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 4:52 pm
The second looks like Yucca attenuata to me .
Yes! I am not sure what made my brain say flaccida! the banks around the airport on Madeira are covered with it, never had any luck with the seed though
by charliep
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Cacti & Succulents, (including Yucca and Rock Plants)
Topic: ID help needed with 2 plants.
Replies: 5
Views: 352

ID help needed with 2 plants.

First one looks like a Furcraea although it could be one of the variegated Yucca and the second looks like Yucca possible flaccida
by charliep
Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Propagation
Topic: Cordyline australis Seeds
Replies: 26
Views: 3910

Cordyline australis Seeds

They are not likely to germinate until they become ripe "Patience Grasshopper" !
by charliep
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Propagation
Topic: Cordyline australis Seeds
Replies: 26
Views: 3910

Cordyline australis Seeds

Yes they are seeds, but they are not ripe yet, normally they will turn white. If you live near the coast then self sown seedlings can become a nuisance. sown in pots they come up looking like grass but its a few years before they are big and tough enough to over winter outside like mummy!
by charliep
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: few views of my small town garden
Replies: 6
Views: 715

few views of my small town garden

You have certainly packed in the interest, I love a good plant Zoo! Well done
by charliep
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Cordyline in trouble
Replies: 4
Views: 336

Cordyline in trouble

Just cut it off, the stem has rotted through it wont recover, could be some damage occurred during winter
by charliep
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: Help with tree / shrub ID please :)
Replies: 2
Views: 238

Help with tree / shrub ID please :)

Looks like a Sumac (Rhus) there are several species and I dont have any of them so I am not sure, they can be a pest suckering about
by charliep
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: How long does it take to grow lemon?
Replies: 2
Views: 307

How long does it take to grow lemon?

Its going to take several years, keep it growing by not allowing it to become heavily pot bound, protect in winter. what the fruit will be like and the quantity produced will be down to genetic luck. If you really want lemons buying a named fruiting form is the way to go
by charliep
Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: Good morning all.
Replies: 6
Views: 327

Good morning all.

Chez, I am not sure how far away you would notice, ours gets a bit up close and personal! used to grow a lot of the coloured leaved forms but the only one that survives cold winters here is straight P. tenax I find it quite striking rather than beautiful but at least its indestructible! https://live...
by charliep
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: Good morning all.
Replies: 6
Views: 327

Good morning all.

The flowers on Phormium are striking, scented too (although they remind me a bit of burnt toast!)
by charliep
Wed Jun 19, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Can my Lapageria be saved?
Replies: 9
Views: 610

Can my Lapageria be saved?

Greenhouse wasn't for heat, mine are very cool and shady, I was more concerned to prevent root rots because if they are not growing then they cant cope with wet conditions. I dont think they are especially tender, -8c is normally no problem although -12c will cause damage to the stems especially the...
by charliep
Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Can my Lapageria be saved?
Replies: 9
Views: 610

Can my Lapageria be saved?

I would put it back in a pot and protect under cool glass watch for aphids and make sure you don't over water it. They are very easy to kill until they reach around 7 years of age. I raise several hundred per year but only get a few dozen to saleable size each year. and even well established plants ...
by charliep
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Palms (including Cycads and Cordyline)
Topic: Cordylines. Pruning help
Replies: 8
Views: 277

Cordylines. Pruning help

I dont know for sure, but Hardy Exotics, Lower Keneggy and Treseders all down here have them from time to time, but I would save your money as you wont be able to grow one, they are all but impossible even in a good place and die for a past time (one of the reasons we were all sure yours wasnt it!)
by charliep
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Palms (including Cycads and Cordyline)
Topic: Cordylines. Pruning help
Replies: 8
Views: 277

Cordylines. Pruning help

If you wait until the leaves go brown then pull down sharply they come off clean leaving you that pattern on the trunk, by cutting them you will still get that effect but will have to wait until the leaf stumps fall off naturally. And all the pictures are of Cordyline australis