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by fgtbell
Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:48 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Inspirational plants Ferndown Dorset
Replies: 18
Views: 1687

Re: Inspirational plants Ferndown Dorset

Hi Daniel, Well done for giving it a go, I will pop in next time I am over that way to visit family. By the way the Callistemon seeds you gave me have done really well, many plants have gone to friends and the school fete and I still have a few for myself. Edit: have you thought of making a facebook...
by fgtbell
Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:55 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Tropical garden good for insects?
Replies: 16
Views: 932

Re: Tropical garden good for insects?

A lot of my tropical plants attract hover-flies, I don't think I ever saw them before I got into tropical gardening.
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by fgtbell
Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:21 pm
Forum: Cacti & Succulents, (including Yucca and Rock Plants)
Topic: Arid bed - the finished article!
Replies: 22
Views: 2706

Re: Arid bed - the finished article!

I couldn't agree more - this article has photos of cactus in the wild and it is amazing how they grow, even thrive, with essentially no soil at all. http://www.cactiguide.com/pdf_docs/hexalog-engl.pdf Even if you don't want to read the whole thing, the photos are interesting.
by fgtbell
Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:13 pm
Forum: Ferns and Treeferns
Topic: Cyathea Cunninghamii
Replies: 28
Views: 2091

Re: Cyathea Cunninghamii

I kept one outside over several winters before 2010, thoroughly fleeced, and it survived very well but the winter of 2010 killed it. I won't be trying this one again unless I can get hold of a heating cable for it.
by fgtbell
Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:28 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: The Quadrology - Cerifera joins pack!
Replies: 19
Views: 1602

Re: The Quadrology - Cerifera joins pack!

Hi Mike, Chamaerops are very variable and even within one species they can have a lot of variation in shape and colour. Our local garden centre sells Chamaerops "atlantica" which is not an official name, it has much narrower leaflets than C. cerifera but a similar colour. The only mention I can find...
by fgtbell
Mon Jun 24, 2013 5:29 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Edgbaston botanical gardens.
Replies: 15
Views: 1013

Re: Edgbaston botanical gardens.

There's a fortune's worth of encephalartos seeds lying on the ground, depending on the species they are worth up to a tenner each! I wonder if they know ?
by fgtbell
Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:55 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Plant ID, please ?
Replies: 4
Views: 304

Re: Plant ID, please ?

Thanks, that's the one. Interestingly the Missouri Botanical Garden description for it says zones 6 to 9 which means it is at the warm end of its range at Heligan.
by fgtbell
Tue Jun 18, 2013 4:24 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Plant ID, please ?
Replies: 4
Views: 304

Plant ID, please ?

Seen at Heligan a couple of weeks ago, there was a mass planting of them.
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by fgtbell
Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:51 pm
Forum: Bamboos and Grasses
Topic: Rhodocoma Gigantea
Replies: 3
Views: 653

Re: Rhodocoma Gigantea

It is pretty slow for me, but I keep it in a pot and that may be slowing it down. It reliably puts out two or three new culms per year. I does get a bit burnt by frosts, not badly, but again I wonder if the damage slows it down a bit. That shouldn't be such a problem where you are - the gardens at T...
by fgtbell
Sun Jun 09, 2013 6:55 pm
Forum: Palms (including Cycads and Cordyline)
Topic: Washintonia filifera worth a punt
Replies: 6
Views: 743

Re: Washintonia filifera worth a punt

and more importantly will it last? A similar one died in my garden with no protection after a mild frost, maybe minus 2-3. The combination of cold and damp is too much for them. Check out Dave Brown's hardiness figures for W. robusta, here: http://www.hardytropicals.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=114&...
by fgtbell
Sun Jun 09, 2013 5:30 pm
Forum: Ferns and Treeferns
Topic: Tree Fern ID
Replies: 18
Views: 1991

Re: Tree Fern ID

I would say minus 8c is about it's limit. In Cornwall, sure these will do better, but not inland when Winters such as 2009 remained sub-zero day and night. I agree, around minus 8, coupled with daytime temps of minus 4, killed mine dead. Shame as it was a 10-footer. In such conditions it probably d...
by fgtbell
Sun Jun 09, 2013 5:25 pm
Forum: Ferns and Treeferns
Topic: Tree Fern ID
Replies: 18
Views: 1991

Re: Tree Fern ID

pdid wrote:I'd hazard a guess at dicksonia fibrosa, but it would be a guess. Someone else will be along to confirm or shoot me down soon!
The acid test is to give a frond a gentle squeeze. D. fibrosa has a distinctly "crunchy" feel. D. antarctica is soft.
by fgtbell
Tue Jun 04, 2013 4:38 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: NiKau Palm seed spouting after 4 days in water?!
Replies: 17
Views: 2042

Re: NiKau Palm seed spouting after 4 days in water?!

Hi Tim, I think they have one on Tresco but it is not mature. It seems to thrive there. Bearing in mind that the Chatham Island form comes from 44 degrees South, just for fun I looked to see where in Europe is 44 degrees North... Rocquefort ! So even at Tresco, nearly 50 degrees North, it has a shor...
by fgtbell
Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:47 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: NiKau Palm seed spouting after 4 days in water?!
Replies: 17
Views: 2042

Re: NiKau Palm seed spouting after 4 days in water?!

Hi, Well done on germinating the Nikau. For images I use the "place inline" button after uploading. 25C sounds fine for your seed. It's important not to let the moss dry out. Since you have it on a heated tray then the moss at the bottom of the bag will dry out, and the newly emerging root will also...
by fgtbell
Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:31 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: My first experience
Replies: 29
Views: 2086

Re: My first experience

Hi Adrian, I suggest leaving out the sand. It doesn't drain well. I have just spent the afternoon re-potting palm seedlings and the only ones with rotted roots were the ones that had been potted in a mixture containing sand. You can make the potting mix from a variety of things including hoticultura...