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by Ben Candlin
Thu Mar 29, 2012 12:50 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Arisaema sikkokianum
Replies: 15
Views: 783

Re: Arisaema sikkokianum

Kyle - That is quite a list of species there 8) Things get a bit different when growing from seed! Unless you want to just take your chance out in the garden with seeds or seedlings, you don't have much option other than to use pots or trays. But it is really important not to overwater them (or let ...
by Ben Candlin
Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:44 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Arisaema sikkokianum
Replies: 15
Views: 783

Re: Arisaema sikkokianum

Joel, white 'wallpaper paste' does not sound good :( I have had similar when growing Arisaema in plastic pots, they just don't breath enough and if the compost is not free draining then they often end up rotting suddenly. If going for pots, then use terracotta, add lots of leaf mold and horticultura...
by Ben Candlin
Wed Mar 28, 2012 10:06 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Arisaema sikkokianum
Replies: 15
Views: 783

Re: Arisaema sikkokianum

Heya Joel,

Yes, I grow this - it's a real beauty! I find it pretty easy, really, providing that the usual shade / free drainage conditions are met.

For permanant garden plantings, I've yet to lose an Arisaema in the ground. It's when they are grown in pots that things get tricky.

Ben.
by Ben Candlin
Thu Feb 16, 2012 10:14 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Zantedeschia Flame - Calla Lily
Replies: 30
Views: 1982

Re: Zantedeschia Flame - Calla Lily

Hi Codfather, Zantedeschia Flame isn't reliably hardy in my experience. The same is true for most of the other brightly coloured Zantedeschia cultivars that are around these days. They are stunning though and make perfect exotic bedding! I grow loads of them! I've had them come through fine in an un...
by Ben Candlin
Wed Feb 15, 2012 6:06 pm
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: Sulphate Dust.
Replies: 16
Views: 654

Re: Sulphate Dust.

Hey Karl, Darlo Mark is correct. What you've bought is not the right stuff. Yellow sulphur powder is / was a traditional remedy for preventing fungus bulbs in storage, and against mildew type infections on veg and flowers. You may want to check, but I think it has now been banned for horticultural u...
by Ben Candlin
Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:46 pm
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: Freeze on its way! another daily weather blog
Replies: 455
Views: 8353

Re: Freeze on its way!

Yes, amazing but true! Visited the rhs garden Rosemoor on Dec 21st - several were in flower there. Also a one or two are in flower in local gardens here too, but not as many.

There is lots of weird stuff happening - snowdrops are out, and yet there are still geraniums out in flower as well.
by Ben Candlin
Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:37 pm
Forum: Weather and Climatology (public)
Topic: Freeze on its way! another daily weather blog
Replies: 455
Views: 8353

Re: Freeze on its way!

The first daffs were out down here before Christmas!
by Ben Candlin
Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:41 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Short break suggestions please with plant interest
Replies: 21
Views: 1385

Re: Short break suggestions please with plant interest

I can definately recommend Tenerife! Been last 2 years and cannot wait to go back. It is a botanical paradise! We stayed in this self catered cottage: http://www.ownersdirect.co.uk/canaries/c2791.htm It's in a typical canarian village and is a world away from the resorts (either a good thing or a ba...
by Ben Candlin
Thu Nov 17, 2011 12:29 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Green /yellow Sulphur no more after the end of the year?
Replies: 25
Views: 1584

Re: Green /yellow Sulphur no more after the end of the year?

This is really annoying, thanks for bringing it up fieldfest. I use sulphur powder loads. Yes, proper storage of corms etc will help reduce fungal attack, but even then, it can still take a hold and damage or kill plants whilst in storage. I lift lots of corms and rhizomes each year. After lifting t...
by Ben Candlin
Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:41 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: chamaerops offshoots snapped
Replies: 6
Views: 411

Re: chamaerops offshoots snapped

Hey Jako, It is ok to remove the offshoots, but as Yorkshire Kris says, wait until the Spring. Oh, and don't just snap them off - try and get a clean cut with a knife or something. You'll probably find that they will grow back too, and will need to be cut off again. There's not much that can be done...
by Ben Candlin
Tue Oct 18, 2011 5:20 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Suckers round Aralia
Replies: 8
Views: 388

Re: Suckers round Aralia

I knew that they are difficult to graft, and that there is always a lack of material for the grafting, but just the one man in Holland?!! I didn't know that. Crazy! That would go some way to explain the high price tags then.
by Ben Candlin
Tue Oct 18, 2011 11:13 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Suckers round Aralia
Replies: 8
Views: 388

Re: Suckers round Aralia

Hi, Aralia elata can be a pain when it suckers, especially the variegated varieties, as they will be plain green! I've personally not heard of a plant die when the suckers are removed, but the trouble is, removing them triggers the production of more suckers. Perhaps when that happens the plant's en...
by Ben Candlin
Sat Oct 01, 2011 10:05 pm
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: hardy plants from Tenerife
Replies: 3
Views: 500

Re: hardy plants from Tenerife

Hiya Palm Lad, Nice idea having a Canary Island garden! Tenerife has loads of fascinting plants, but not that much that could be called hardy here in the UK I suppose. Phoenix canariensis_CIDP, Echium wildprettii etc are borderline but always worth a try if you can provide the correct microclimate. ...
by Ben Candlin
Tue Sep 06, 2011 9:21 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Curved trunk experiment. To try or not to try?
Replies: 34
Views: 1308

Re: Curved trunk experiment. To try or not to try?

JungleJames, that picture is amazing! I wonder if the palms are regular trachycarpus fortunei with part stripped trunks, or if they are something else?

The stripped trunk really does help with the look. Beautiful!
by Ben Candlin
Tue Sep 06, 2011 11:13 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Curved trunk experiment. To try or not to try?
Replies: 34
Views: 1308

Re: Curved trunk experiment. To try or not to try?

I wouldn't start trimming palm roots. Not if you actually want above ground growth anyway! I'm sure I have read somewhere that trachycarpus can develop slight trunk bends if they are planted against a high north facing wall wall as a response to getting more light. Sorry that I cannot find where I r...