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by JoelR
Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:45 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Zantadeschia Albomaculata
Replies: 1
Views: 263

Zantadeschia Albomaculata

According to Silverhill Seeds, their Z. Albomaculata (USDA zone 7) is hardier than Z. Aethiopica (USDA zone 8 ). I have Z. Aethiopica "Pink Mist" with larger leaves and slightly pink flowers grown from Jungle Seeds seed about 5 years ago. I wouldn't count this as one of the hardier forms of Z. Aethi...
by JoelR
Mon Aug 09, 2010 12:34 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Croston Cactus - 2nd Visit
Replies: 15
Views: 2061

Re: Croston Cactus - 2nd Visit

Phil, Your unknown Echeveria looks like E. Cante. Regarding overwintering, echeverias don't overwinter well in the house or conservatory in my experience. If it's warm they keep growing and our winter light levels result in etiolation. The plants stay alive though and you'll have cutting material. S...
by JoelR
Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:39 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: ebay
Replies: 39
Views: 2259

Re: ebay

There are some Agaves from Thailand currently on ebay with price tags in the £££'s and with £65 postage on top. I've been watching them for a couple of weeks and they haven't had a single bid, not surprisingly. Nice plants but I wouldn't risk it.

Joel
by JoelR
Thu Aug 05, 2010 7:35 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: New Yucca and stuff
Replies: 5
Views: 441

Re: New Yucca and stuff

Re. Paulownia, very easy to grow from seed. I've been pollarding mine (the one I kept - all the others were given away) since it's third year. So fast growing that £56 is hard to justify.

Joel
by JoelR
Wed Aug 04, 2010 12:12 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Colocasia Esculentia Black Magic
Replies: 6
Views: 642

Re: Colocasia Esculentia Black Magic

Nice plant CW and a bonus if I can propogate from it. I've received a £50 voucher for Jungle Seeds/Gardens and I notice they have C. Mamoth, Illustris and "Jacks Giant". I like the big leaves but ideally would want to over winter the plant small which is probably a no brainer with these plants..My G...
by JoelR
Wed Aug 04, 2010 8:44 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Jubaea Chilensis how big and where from?
Replies: 41
Views: 3190

Re: Jubaea Chilensis how big and where from?

I bought a seedling from a man selling them at RHS Tatton Flower Show 5 or 6 years ago. I'd tried to grow them from seed and failed so I was happy to part with £10 for a small plant. he said he'd tried to germinate them as well with no success and eventually went to Chile and brought these back in g...
by JoelR
Tue Aug 03, 2010 3:00 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Bromeliads, and Strobilanthes.
Replies: 22
Views: 1973

Re: Bromeliads, and Strobilanthes.

I've had Puya Chillensis for a few years and recently acquired a Puya Alpestris. Probably more tender is a unnamed Dyckia with very silver leaves. I'd very much like to permanently plant these out and I think they would probably start to offset more given a free rootrun. Is it worth trying to protec...
by JoelR
Tue Aug 03, 2010 2:04 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Colocasia Esculentia Black Magic
Replies: 6
Views: 642

Re: Colocasia Esculentia Black Magic

Thanks for the advice folks. I think I'll try a different colocasia - possibly "Mamouth" next time.
by JoelR
Tue Aug 03, 2010 12:02 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: A prepared list for winter is it right or wrong?
Replies: 19
Views: 933

Re: A prepared list for winter is it right or wrong?

My Zantadeschia Aethiopica's are happy with no frost protection. I've lost Eucomis to cold and wet before now but i will try again with better drainage. Chamaerops spent one night last winter with a fleece wigwam around and the emerging leaves show slight damage this year for the first time. I have ...
by JoelR
Tue Aug 03, 2010 11:34 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Fasicularia bicolor
Replies: 9
Views: 1230

Re: Fasicularia bicolor

Ed, I'm near the Lancs border and my F. Bicolor has sailed through the last 2 winters in a pot with no damage.

Joel
by JoelR
Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:26 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Unusual Palms
Replies: 3
Views: 429

Unusual Palms

Is anyone growing Phoenix Loureirii? The only place I've seen seed available is Chiltern Seeds who say it should tolerate hard frosts. My seed grown plants are now 3 years old and are intended for eventual permanent outdoor planting. I would be interested to know if anyone has tested the hardiness o...
by JoelR
Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:14 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Colocasia Esculentia Black Magic
Replies: 6
Views: 642

Colocasia Esculentia Black Magic

I've had the above plant for several years and it grows reasonably well outside during the summer months and I over winter it in leaf in my conservatory. Despite multiple treatments this plant seems to be a magnet for Red Spider Mite which of course thrives in the dry heat of a conservatory. I have ...
by JoelR
Fri Jul 30, 2010 2:20 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Verbena Bonariensis
Replies: 23
Views: 1466

Re: Verbena Bonariensis

"Bonariensis" in the name means "of Buenos Aries" so it is actually quite tropical too :)

Joel
by JoelR
Fri Jul 30, 2010 7:45 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Croston Cactus
Replies: 8
Views: 1135

Re: Croston Cactus

I haven't been to Croston yet but met John at the North West Cactus mart in May and came away with a high elevation Echinocereus Triglochidiatus propogated from material he collected himself 5 years ago among other things. I must go and visit his nursery sometime.

Joel
by JoelR
Fri Jul 30, 2010 7:35 am
Forum: New Members Introduce yourself here ;-) (public)
Topic: New Comer
Replies: 5
Views: 398

New Comer

I'm new to the forum and just want to say hi from sunny West Yorkshire.

Joel