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by musa_monkey
Sun Nov 20, 2011 3:19 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Winners and losers; which plants performed this year?
Replies: 19
Views: 857

Re: Winners and losers; which plants performed this year?

Brugmansia went well for me this yer, i grew some hybrids from seed and one or two flowered albit only just before it went cold. My Brugmansia Langenbuscher garten cutting also grew well and flowered in the greenhouse. I really like the bright orange flowers and the size of them is amazing. I grew s...
by musa_monkey
Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:37 pm
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: Over wintering Musa, Musella and Ensete in the loft.
Replies: 69
Views: 4726

Re: Over wintering Musa, Musella and Ensete in the loft.

I wonder how many people increase the level of insulation in their loft without adding ventilation ? The result of that is often horrendous condensation. Its very common and seems to be missed by the power companies when making the low cost loft insulation offers. When we increased the depth of insu...
by musa_monkey
Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:22 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Shed colder than garden!
Replies: 21
Views: 967

Re: Shed colder than garden!

I have 3 sensors outside one in the garden, one in the greenhouse and one in the garage. There is generally a 3c difference between the garden and the enclosed spaces this time of year (without the greenhouse heater). With the garden being the coldest :lol: The interesting thing is the garage is muc...
by musa_monkey
Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:33 pm
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: Musa Zebrina - Germinated
Replies: 8
Views: 764

Re: Musa Zebrina - Germinated

Well done icon_thumright Do you use sand in your bags? I've always used coarse moss peat, but not had good results. Dave, I have never had any luck with moss peat I only tend to keep it for my carnivorous plants these days. When i was using the standard MP compost and perlite mix i found i kept "lo...
by musa_monkey
Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:21 pm
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: Musa Zebrina - Germinated
Replies: 8
Views: 764

Re: Musa Zebrina - Germinated

Nice one Alan icon_thumright do you have any other varieties of nana seeds in the prop at the mo. I bought some of those Musa basjoo seeds from that German seller on ebay, been in the prop for 4 weeks now but nothing showing yet, and i've got some Ensete ventricosum in soak. Thinking of buying some...
by musa_monkey
Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:35 pm
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: Musa Zebrina - Germinated
Replies: 8
Views: 764

Musa Zebrina - Germinated

Got a nice surprise this evening after a quick inspection of a few seed bags i found this Musa Zebrina had germinated. Interestingly not in my prop. Its been in the bag sitting on a 20w reptile heat mat for a couple of months at a constant 25c ish. http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff14/musa_monkey...
by musa_monkey
Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:36 pm
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: Ensete Giant
Replies: 27
Views: 1877

Re: Ensete Giant

Tony thanks that's interesting. No movement on mine so far although for me at least that's not unexpected. I may increase the temp on them a little to see if that helps.
by musa_monkey
Sun Nov 13, 2011 2:19 pm
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: Overwintering Bananas American style
Replies: 14
Views: 1499

Re: Overwintering Bananas American style

icon_scratch Tony has a good point about getting them started again in spring.
Its tough enough with small ones at times.

Never really gave it that much thought :oops: still i like a challenge so may end up having to try heat trace cable or a larger mat to get them going again next year.
by musa_monkey
Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:38 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Musella overwintering question
Replies: 24
Views: 1292

Re: Banana overwintering question

I would keep the humidity as high as you can get away with. I find these to be an Red Spider Mite magnet, much more so than any of my other banana plants.
by musa_monkey
Sat Nov 05, 2011 7:03 pm
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: Over wintering Musa, Musella and Ensete in the loft.
Replies: 69
Views: 4726

Re: Over wintering Musa, Musella and Ensete in the loft.

Interesting your comment on Basjoo rot Tony my experience is totally the opposite. I have about 50 of them in the garage and would expect a 99% survival rate as per previous years. For me its always the sikki and its hybrids that rot. The garage is unheated and was just above freezing last year. The...
by musa_monkey
Thu Oct 27, 2011 12:09 pm
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: Musa "Mekong Giant"
Replies: 383
Views: 24177

Re: Musa "Mekong Giant"

Tony,

Hmmm as hardy as Basjoo, that's not something i could resist for long so yes I will definitely try one. Let's hope it lives up to the claims.
by musa_monkey
Thu Oct 27, 2011 12:01 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Trouble germinating Trachycarpus seeds
Replies: 22
Views: 1168

Re: Trouble germinating Trachycarpus seeds

Jim is absolutely right. The only success i have had growing palms from seed is where i know for sure the seed was fresh and that mostly translates to having collected it myself. With fresh seed I usually see germination in a week or two and yields are usually in the 90% level. With palm seed bought...
by musa_monkey
Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:50 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Turbo veg
Replies: 2
Views: 275

Re: Turbo veg

Didn't grow any personally but I recall seeing an episode of GW where the came to a similar conclusion i.e. that they didn't live up to the hype.
by musa_monkey
Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:45 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: ricinus seed collected yet?
Replies: 10
Views: 553

Re: ricinus seed collected yet?

Has anybody collected theres from the plants yet? mine are curently still on my plants i was not sure when to take them off? Took mine off last week. A lot of the pods were blackened already. Some of the seed was soft so was discarded, the rest looked ok and will hopefully supply me with a plant or...