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by JoelR
Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:45 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Late Paul Higginson Succulent Collection sale -Sun 10th Nov
Replies: 21
Views: 1871

Re: Late Paul Higginson Succulent Collection sale -Sun 10th

Pity you couldn't make it last weekend Darren. Would have been good to meet you.
by JoelR
Wed Nov 20, 2013 4:47 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Late Paul Higginson Succulent Collection sale -Sun 10th Nov
Replies: 21
Views: 1871

Re: Late Paul Higginson Succulent Collection sale -Sun 10th

I went down with the family and stayed the night at Trentham Gardens Premier Inn and paid a visit to the nearby Monkey Forest (140 Barbery Macaques living outdoors all year round in a 3qtr mile wooded enclosure). I also came back with some really nice plants :) I met Paul for the first time last yea...
by JoelR
Wed Nov 20, 2013 3:50 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Tree Fern Protection
Replies: 30
Views: 1081

Re: Tree Fern Protection

saw a couple of very nice Dicksonias at my local B & Q on Sunday. The tallest at 42 inches and reduced from £115 to 49.99. I was very tempted but I know people who have lost these and I wouldn't want to spend £50 on a plant that may not survivie its first winter in my care. Is there a tried and test...
by JoelR
Fri Nov 08, 2013 10:24 pm
Forum: Cacti & Succulents, (including Yucca and Rock Plants)
Topic: Does this Opuntia need protecting?
Replies: 9
Views: 1001

Re: Does this Opuntia need protecting?

Looks very like hardy opuntias I have from seed distributed by the bcss some years ago. I've had them planted out for a few years. Leave it and see how it looks after winter. It will survive I'm sure.
by JoelR
Thu Oct 31, 2013 1:26 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: An Unexpected Surprise
Replies: 13
Views: 905

Re: An Unexpected Surprise

I have a couple of aloes that have flowered and once they got to flowering age/size, they tend to flower every year. My A. striatula planted out flowered for the first time this year :)
by JoelR
Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:54 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: begonia luxurians
Replies: 26
Views: 1904

Re: begonia luxurians

Didn't know they were root hardy as well. May have to root some cuttings to try :D
by JoelR
Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:02 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Gardeners World 2013
Replies: 116
Views: 7047

Re: Gardeners World 2013

I was quite surpised to see Aloe arborescens too. Could it have actually been A. mutabilis which is more cold hardy?
by JoelR
Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:33 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: begonia luxurians
Replies: 26
Views: 1904

Re: begonia luxurians

Useful to know they are easy from cuttings. My plant will be going in the greenhouse soon and will need cutting back a bit so I will have a go at rooting some:)
by JoelR
Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:15 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: When to get seeds?
Replies: 6
Views: 267

Re: When to get seeds?

I've bought Agave and Cacti seed during Autumn/Winter the last few years. They germinate fine under normal T5 lights. I use a 125W CFL bulb in a propogator in my garage. Gives me something to do in the winter months.
by JoelR
Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:59 am
Forum: Cacti & Succulents, (including Yucca and Rock Plants)
Topic: Agave havardiana and Yucca gloriosa
Replies: 8
Views: 1053

Re: Agave havardiana and Yucca gloriosa

I don't protect my Opuntias. Some don't make it though and even humifusa/compressa suffers damage some winters.
by JoelR
Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:31 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Ouch.. (Tradescantis fluminensis)
Replies: 24
Views: 1649

Re: Ouch..

I have some planted out this year. Didn't think it might survive though. Are the variegated forms as tough as the plain green?
by JoelR
Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:30 pm
Forum: Cacti & Succulents, (including Yucca and Rock Plants)
Topic: Agave havardiana and Yucca gloriosa
Replies: 8
Views: 1053

Re: Agave havardiana and Yucca gloriosa

The Gregg Starr book has Harvardiana as hardy to -12C but I would try to provide shelter to keep it dry through the coldest months.
by JoelR
Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:10 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Tropical Winter/Spring Bulbs
Replies: 45
Views: 1385

Re: Tropical Winter/Spring Bulbs

fern Rob wrote:
kata wrote:I just planted two weeks ago Fritillaria, orange I think.

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I have planted them before but they don't grow well In my garden.

Same for me. Lily beatles destroy them :(
by JoelR
Fri Oct 11, 2013 1:07 pm
Forum: Palms (including Cycads and Cordyline)
Topic: Waggy seed
Replies: 5
Views: 500

Re: Waggy seed

This thread reminds of a promising young palm I have called "Waggy X" from seed sent to me by Red Squirrel :)
by JoelR
Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:28 pm
Forum: Cacti & Succulents, (including Yucca and Rock Plants)
Topic: Agave attenuatta got too big what to do
Replies: 14
Views: 1882

Re: Agave attenuatta got too big what to do

Not hardy at all so best to bring it in if you can. Not sure about top cutting. Personally I wouldn't risk it.