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by Nigel Fear
Sun Oct 27, 2013 12:28 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: T. Rex
Replies: 9
Views: 492

Re: T. Rex

Thanks. I know they are root hardy, but I want them to start from last years growth for height. When you say protect with fleece, do you mean just wrap it round the growing point and tie it on or put straw around it first and then hold it together with the fleece? The reason I ask is if the fleece ...
by Nigel Fear
Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:54 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Poorly plants
Replies: 73
Views: 1983

Re: Poorly plants

Nigel we are in Rochford just down the road from you Then, unless it was in bad shape before you got it, I doubt that last winter ever got cold enough to kill it outright in Rochford, despite the late arrival of spring. It may have lightly browned the uppermost fronds if exposed, but that's about i...
by Nigel Fear
Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:36 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Poorly plants
Replies: 73
Views: 1983

Re: Poorly plants

Hi Sanke. Welcome to htuk. :D What part of Essex are you from? (I,m from Southend). We can get some pretty dry spells here that you have to allow for when growing treeferns That close up looks like Dicksonia antarctica to me, which is by far the easiest, and most tolerant type you can grow! Wether i...
by Nigel Fear
Sun Oct 20, 2013 4:08 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Clerodendrum trichotomum var. fargesii - hardy?
Replies: 7
Views: 507

Re: Clerodendrum trichotomum var. fargesii - hardy?

There's a large one in my local park, must have been there for decades, absolutely no problems with our winters.
I love those berries with the purple bracts around them, better than the flowers.
Alway's wanted one, where's the best place to buy a decent sized specimen?
by Nigel Fear
Sat Oct 19, 2013 6:57 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Canary Island date palm, to move or not to move...?
Replies: 48
Views: 3563

Re: Canary Island date palm, to move or not to move...?

It's unlikely to grow huge behind your back. :lol: Move it next year, or the year after if you are worried about the ultimate height/spread, in the meantime you haven't got much to lose by overwintering it where it is, but at least you'll know if you can keep one alive or not in a typical [hopefully...
by Nigel Fear
Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:33 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: schefflera seeds and flowers
Replies: 15
Views: 970

Re: schefflera seeds and flowers

Squash a few berries and look for seeds,assuming it's self-fertile, or you have more than one Schefflera flowering, what you want are dark brown or black coloured seeds when ready for planting. IF no seeds at all, thats too bad.
by Nigel Fear
Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:04 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: On My Wish list - Brunnera 'Alexander's Great'
Replies: 5
Views: 437

Re: On My Wish list - Brunnera 'Alexander's Great'

GREVILLE wrote:Hope it won't be too long before this turns up here icon_thumleft
Me too, I'd definitely grow that in the garden. [if the slugs allowed it].
by Nigel Fear
Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:59 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Canary Island date palm, to move or not to move...?
Replies: 48
Views: 3563

Re: Canary Island date palm, to move or not to move...?

It's easily replaceable, if you lost it, so why not leave it there for now, protect it as you would do normally for winter by wrapping/etc. Then see if it survives a typical winter before moving it to a position more favourable? If it dies over winter anyway, you might want to consider only owning a...
by Nigel Fear
Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:01 pm
Forum: Other Exotics
Topic: Pseudopanax lessonii 'gold splash'
Replies: 8
Views: 840

Re: Pseudopanax lessonii 'gold splash'

fern Rob wrote:It almost reminds me of a Horse Chestnut.
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Not in the flesh it don't. :lol:
by Nigel Fear
Fri Oct 18, 2013 6:59 pm
Forum: Other Exotics
Topic: Pseudopanax lessonii 'gold splash'
Replies: 8
Views: 840

Re: Pseudopanax lessonii 'gold splash'

I've had it a few years too,a local nursery here sells it occasionally.
Seems tough as old boots, a lot of mine seems to be reverting to green though, so I'll have to have a go at trying some cuttings some time.
by Nigel Fear
Fri Oct 18, 2013 6:47 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: schefflera seeds and flowers
Replies: 15
Views: 970

Re: schefflera seeds and flowers

Nice...
Have you picked any berries for seeds yet?
Very interesting........I think a lot of other members here would be interested if they're viable too. :wink:
by Nigel Fear
Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:01 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: I m no more in Bramshill UK
Replies: 15
Views: 788

Re: I m no more in Bramshill UK

Sorry you didn't get to meet any members during you visit to the UK callin, but I hope you enjoyed it anyway.

Next time, let us all know in advance where and when you're around, it may be near someone.
by Nigel Fear
Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:41 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Ryde in Bloom- I won!! :-)
Replies: 62
Views: 2484

Re: Ryde in Bloom- I won!! :-)

A brilliant achievement Dave, well done again. icon_sunny
by Nigel Fear
Sun Oct 13, 2013 6:56 pm
Forum: Hardiness, Overwintering and Protection
Topic: Overwintering aeonium arboreum
Replies: 9
Views: 1942

Re: Overwintering aeonium arboreum

Even in an un-heated greenhoue they're a bit hit or miss, but if you can't bring it indoors that would be your best chance. Depending on it's size, as an experiment, you could take cuttings,bring some indoors, put some in a greenhouse or shed etc, and leave some of it under a cloche, the cuttings wo...
by Nigel Fear
Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:14 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Arrow bamboo
Replies: 3
Views: 433

Re: Arrow bamboo

The only other problems will be if there's not enough Rhizome material to establish, and when it does establish, it potentially spreading too far in a few years time if you put it in the ground without some kind of root-barrier.