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by Chad
Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:25 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Tree ID
Replies: 10
Views: 591

Re: Tree ID

I agree; Tree of Heaven Ailanthus altissima. Where it is happy it seeds and suckers and is a thug. The male flowers stink. It is also a text book example of allelopathy so it might be a challenge in a mixed panting where it will tend to inhibit growth of surrounding plants. Has anyone actually seen ...
by Chad
Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:26 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Biochar
Replies: 3
Views: 288

Re: Biochar

You can't use ordinary charcoal, this is specialised stuff. That is sort of right. Any ‘natural’ charcoal ‘fines’ [small bits] will work. You do need to avoid any that has added binders or accelerators. If it is in ‘briquette’ form it will be rich in waxes and oils; that is not only no good for the...
by Chad
Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:06 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Fig tree
Replies: 9
Views: 473

Re: Fig tree

Figs are very tolerant of being cut back. If you want it to fruit then look up specialist pruning . They set fruit on young wood so if you are growing it against a wall you need a clear plan of continuous pruning. There are 117 varieties currently listed in the Plant finder . Unless it came from a s...
by Chad
Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:46 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Id this creeper please
Replies: 12
Views: 708

Re: Id this creeper please

Just for precision, it doesn’t make it any easier to control; this is hedge bindweed Calystegia sepium.

Field bindweed Convolvulus arvensis is much less of a menace and can scramble a bit but not climb.

Chad
by Chad
Fri Aug 16, 2013 4:58 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Climber suggestions for dry soil in full sun
Replies: 16
Views: 675

Re: Climber suggestions for dry soil in full sun

I think maintenance is the biggest issue rather than choice of plant. The leylandii will grow out sideways and will need twice yearly clipping to stop it coming through the trellis and still looking ‘formal’. If you want to be able to get at it you will limit what you can grow on the trellis. Althou...
by Chad
Sat Aug 10, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Eriobotrya japonica Loquat pruning? *results*
Replies: 25
Views: 2713

Re: Eriobotrya japonica Loquat pruning? *results*

the chop is inevitable soon icon_thumleft I wouldn't do it now myself. If it responded with fresh growth that would then be too soft to get through the winter. Personally I'd do it when dormant. Anytime through the winter in theory. I'm a coward though and would do it in late winter ready for it to...
by Chad
Sun Jul 21, 2013 7:36 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: I.D Please
Replies: 22
Views: 747

Re: I.D Please

kata wrote:
Could it be a Dahlia?
Yes.

Chad.
by Chad
Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:20 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Fatsia 'Kingston Bus Station'.
Replies: 37
Views: 2040

Re: Fatsia 'Kingston Bus Station'.

miketropic wrote:mine came from the ebay seller and is doing well for its long journey..are you saying it is the true Edward Needham form?
Yes, both by provenance and by the look of the picture on the e-bay site.

Chad.

ps. Paul Bonavia also lists it.
by Chad
Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:39 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Eccremocarpus scaber (Chilean glory vine) safe to let mingle
Replies: 17
Views: 1619

Re: Eccremocarpus scaber (Chilean glory vine) safe to let mi

With roots in the soil it will easilly grow to the eves of a three story house each year in Cornwall smothering everything else. I've never been sure if it is overwintering as a root stock or coming again from seed, but it is not a 'shy grower'!

Chad.
by Chad
Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:34 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Fatsia 'Kingston Bus Station'.
Replies: 37
Views: 2040

Re: Fatsia 'Kingston Bus Station'.

The only place that I could find that does Edward Needham's form is Crug Farm and they are expensive and especially as I am still getting the larger plants for the garden Crug don’t do Edward's form, they do a ‘cut leaved form’ BSWJ12499 that they described after people kept asking for Edward’s one...
by Chad
Mon Jun 17, 2013 6:40 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: My new plants
Replies: 7
Views: 395

Re: My new plants

The Eucalyptus look to be in air pots. Good buy; the pots are worth far more than the plants!

Chad.
by Chad
Sun May 19, 2013 8:58 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Strong climber/vine to secure a fence?
Replies: 42
Views: 1567

Re: Strong climber/vine to secure a fence?

C.armandii is a bit of a thug and huge. It tends to pull over most supports unless they are very secure.

I fear the set up you show will only work if you drive in some very stout stakes to take the weight.

Chad.
by Chad
Sat May 18, 2013 7:54 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Dicksonia antarctica getting too tall!
Replies: 14
Views: 962

Re: Dicksonia antarctica getting too tall!

Aren’t you going to run into the same problem again fairly quickly if you replant with Dicksonia antarctica; even small ones? Sell the prize specimens you have grown and buy something more appropriate to the site. If you want to stay with ferns but have trouble with the height consider Lophosoria [m...
by Chad
Tue May 14, 2013 6:47 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: woodwardia unimagata
Replies: 7
Views: 704

Re: woodwardia radicans

Nice fern but how much??!! I couldn't afford to heat it overwinter let alone buy it at that price. It is hardy in Cornwall in the gardens by the coast, but inland it needs unheated protection. In England it will need heat overwinter I think - unless anyone has experience.... Chad. ps. this post made...
by Chad
Tue May 14, 2013 10:06 am
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: Dying Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Frisia'
Replies: 11
Views: 1140

Re: Dying Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Frisia'

They have never been happy in Conrwall which I put down to not enough summer heat. I think the recent abscence of summer in England might account form them doing less well there too.

The RHS are as you say, also stumped for finding a single cause.

Chad