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by JoelR
Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:28 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Paris polypylla
Replies: 10
Views: 1017

Re: Paris polypylla

Yorkshire Kris wrote:Saw this plant on Gardeners' World last night and thought "Wow! that looks very different" Anyone growing it?
I saw it too and thought the same thing. Crug Farm have three forms for sale. Paris polyphylla v. stenophylla very different looking.
by JoelR
Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:54 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Butia eriospatha recovers after 2 year sulk
Replies: 25
Views: 1656

Re: Butia eriospatha recovers after 2 year sulk

Good news for Butia eriospatha. Very happy with the growth I've had from my plant. Only 4 years from seed and already forming trunks (it was twins from 1 seed). faster even than any Phoenix I've grown from seed. Not tested it outdoors yet though and I don't consider it totally hardy here in the penn...
by JoelR
Sat Jun 29, 2013 8:07 am
Forum: Cacti & Succulents, (including Yucca and Rock Plants)
Topic: Opuntia flower after only a few weeks.
Replies: 3
Views: 489

Re: Opuntia flower after only a few weeks.

You might get seed. I have before from pads i'd just received with out roots. The benefit of cuttings rather than seed is that you get the plant's maturity. It takes around 10 years for Opuntias to flower from seed.
by JoelR
Tue May 28, 2013 12:12 pm
Forum: Cacti & Succulents, (including Yucca and Rock Plants)
Topic: opuntia compressa trials
Replies: 7
Views: 1225

Re: opuntia compressa trials

Wow that L. bruchii is stunning. There's a well known O. englemanni at (I think) Cambridge University which has survived outdoors for years and is a good size.
by JoelR
Thu May 23, 2013 12:21 pm
Forum: Cacti & Succulents, (including Yucca and Rock Plants)
Topic: opuntia compressa trials
Replies: 7
Views: 1225

Re: opuntia compressa trials

I grow quite a few hardy opuntias and several forms of O. compressa including Monmouth County. I'm slightly sceptical about the hardiness of anything grafted and I think the winter shrivelling effect of the root stock will make for an unstable bond. Certainly never heard of anyone trying it though a...
by JoelR
Sun May 05, 2013 7:33 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: The share the delights of your local garden centre thread...
Replies: 128
Views: 9224

Re: The share the delights of your local garden centre threa

That Chammy's been there for years Cordy :lol: They don't focus on exotics much but I'd recommend a walk round their houseplant section. They do a lot of the more tender bromeliads at a fraction of the prices I've seen at the flower shows and their Washingtonias are very reasonable. They even had a ...
by JoelR
Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:47 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Eucomis bicolor sprouting
Replies: 21
Views: 984

Re: Eucomis bicolor sprouting

I've germinated E. bicolor seedlings too but I mixed bought seed with collected seed so can't say which have germinated. Sparkling Burgundy is a form of E. comosa so resulting seed might revert to green but could still produce some interesting forms. I've never dared to leave mine out but over a few...
by JoelR
Sun Mar 31, 2013 8:48 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Trichocereus overdose!
Replies: 7
Views: 941

Re: Trichocereus overdose!

Keeping them dry in winter is the way forward. I've lost a few big-ish Trichocereus over the last few years. T. peruvianus with very vicious spikes was around 30 years old and I killed it in one winter. I had a fair sized Lobivia (Soehrensia/Trichocereus/Echinopsis) bruchii which also didn't make it...
by JoelR
Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:58 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Echium Pininana
Replies: 11
Views: 1103

Re: Echium Pininana

My two planted out are still alive with only fleece for protection. Two others in large pots get dragged into the garage. They are all just entering year three have had just one plant flower last year.
by JoelR
Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:30 pm
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: Cornish gardens.
Replies: 25
Views: 1564

Re: Cornish gardens.

You'll be near to The Eden Project Karl. When we went a coiple of years ago, we came out the Eden Project at about 3.30pm and there was a garden I wanted to see called Headland at Polruan so I checked with the Satnav and it said 30 minute drive. We arrived over an hour later after a ferry ride and s...
by JoelR
Wed Mar 13, 2013 9:36 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Conservatory plant ideas
Replies: 41
Views: 4686

Re: Conservatory plant ideas

My conservatory is totally full of plants - Agaves, Cycads, small Palms, Aloes, Manfredas, Mangaves. Bromeliads are a must in a conservatory - Tillandsias, Aechmeas, Billbergias, Puyas, Ochagavias, Dyckias can all go outside for summer.
by JoelR
Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:31 pm
Forum: Cacti & Succulents, (including Yucca and Rock Plants)
Topic: Keeping arids dry in winter
Replies: 12
Views: 1182

Re: Keeping arids dry in winter

washed sand so it's salt-free. :) I also mulched my arids with gravel to prevent the roots being exposed (due to being planted a little higher than the surrounding ground) Gravel of 20mm dia. seems to do best for me and for agaves and cacti no soil except what comes with the roots. I've worked up t...
by JoelR
Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:31 pm
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: Cornish gardens.
Replies: 25
Views: 1564

Re: Cornish gardens.

I'll second Lamorran. Should serve your interest in palms quite well too. The Eden Project is a very good day out for the whole family too.
by JoelR
Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:27 pm
Forum: Exotic Gardeners Question Time - Ask Here :-) (Public)
Topic: What do you use to stop 'damping off'
Replies: 13
Views: 2152

Re: What do you use to stop 'damping off'

I can't see it being an arrestable crime to keep using Cheshunt Compound. A local garden centre had it for sale on their shelves well into 2012 but there has long been some scepticism around regarding Cheshunt Compound and whether is might adversely affect germination. I think I may have killed seed...