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by nicebutdim
Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:36 am
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: Ovewintering Ensete the wild one
Replies: 1
Views: 381

Ovewintering Ensete the wild one

I have tried to overwinter these a few times,come spring they look nice and green but obviously not going to grow and slowly die.The maurellis are comparitvely easy but these are a real problem.They were kept last year ticking over,I thought at about 55 to 60 f but this wasn't enought.I am reluctant...
by nicebutdim
Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:23 pm
Forum: Aroids (Alocasia, Arums, Colocasia etc.)
Topic: Colocasias and Alocasias don't seem to have done well
Replies: 9
Views: 754

Re: Colocasias and Alocasias don't seem to have done well

CW01 wrote:Same here my colocasia's have produced enormous leaves this year :D
What's the size of the leaves,they look quite big
by nicebutdim
Thu Sep 02, 2010 5:21 pm
Forum: Aroids (Alocasia, Arums, Colocasia etc.)
Topic: Colocasias and Alocasias don't seem to have done well
Replies: 9
Views: 754

Re: Colocasias and Alocasias don't seem to have done well

Dave
I live in Middlesex and get the same weather as you ,so that's why I'm puzzled
NBD
by nicebutdim
Thu Sep 02, 2010 4:00 pm
Forum: Aroids (Alocasia, Arums, Colocasia etc.)
Topic: Colocasias and Alocasias don't seem to have done well
Replies: 9
Views: 754

Colocasias and Alocasias don't seem to have done well

Maybe it's just happening to me but this year even the colocsias haven't done well and the old reliable calidora is sending out quite small leaves,in fact the only surprising thing that is doing well and shouldn't if the others aren't is the colocasia thai giant.
by nicebutdim
Thu Sep 02, 2010 3:55 pm
Forum: Bananas and relatives (including Canna, Ginger, Heliconia etc)
Topic: How low can I safely cut down a 14foot montbeliardi?
Replies: 3
Views: 448

How low can I safely cut down a 14foot montbeliardi?

I am wondering how to overwinter a huge montbeliadi ensete.It is about 14 feet high at the moment and last year I was able to cut it down to 6 feet to bring inside to overwinter but this year the central spear is about 8 foot and I'm wondering if I have to cut through this what are the survival chan...
by nicebutdim
Thu Sep 02, 2010 3:48 pm
Forum: Ferns and Treeferns
Topic: Have a few dicksonia problems
Replies: 24
Views: 2296

Have a few dicksonia problems

Having lost three reasonable sized ones this year,I have others which have only tiny fronds,I mean about 4 inches in height on a three foot trunk and another fern about 6 feet high has new fronds some of which are turning orange.I thought initially they were bearing spoors but this isn't so,does any...
by nicebutdim
Thu Sep 02, 2010 3:43 pm
Forum: Palms (including Cycads and Cordyline)
Topic: 20 Year old Butia Capita reduced to central spear only
Replies: 2
Views: 626

20 Year old Butia Capita reduced to central spear only

My huge "tough as old boots" or so I thought palm,has only one very firm central spear left after last winter.All the leaves got badly burned,the 8 foot spear is very solid and hasn't moved all summer ,not opened a bit despite being heavily fed and watered.I am wondering whether it's a waste of time...
by nicebutdim
Thu Aug 26, 2010 7:35 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: would a high speed fan keep frost away from top of tall palm
Replies: 21
Views: 1419

Re: would a high speed fan keep frost away from top of tall

Unfortunately mine have a neighbouring screen of leylandi type trees preventing the erction of a brolly, the wind also would I imagine take it away.That seems to be a perfect solution in your setting
by nicebutdim
Thu Aug 26, 2010 12:10 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: would a high speed fan keep frost away from top of tall palm
Replies: 21
Views: 1419

Re: would a high speed fan keep frost away from top of tall

Moist air would not be directed onto the leaves as the fan would be directed upwards ,surely this would deflect the air away,coupled with the drying effect of wind.I have noticed in the past that irrespective of ambient temperature the leaves are unharmed if protected from above, allowing air to cir...
by nicebutdim
Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:55 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: would a high speed fan keep frost away from top of tall palm
Replies: 21
Views: 1419

Re: would a high speed fan keep frost away from top of tall

countrylover wrote:Must find their names again cuz I've lost the website's bookmark after changing my laptop.
What kind of plants are you gonna protect this way?
a large washingtonia robusta ,it's about 3.5m or more and impractical to cover
by nicebutdim
Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:44 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: would a high speed fan keep frost away from top of tall palm
Replies: 21
Views: 1419

Re: would a high speed fan keep frost away from top of tall

. Maybe a better way is to use some anti-dessicant spray on your plants which contains waxes etc. and doesn't allow to settle the moisture.

That's a good idea do you know the trade name of this dessicant
by nicebutdim
Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:16 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: would a high speed fan keep frost away from top of tall palm
Replies: 21
Views: 1419

Re: would a high speed fan keep frost away from top of tall

Fans are used in orchards to stir the air in order to protect flowers from late Spring frosts. As we all know cold air is heavier and drops down (up to 2 meters above the ground). The warmer air goes up. So fans are usually situated 2-3 meters (or more) above the ground and move the warmer air down...
by nicebutdim
Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:19 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: What is the name of the Abyssinian banana?
Replies: 16
Views: 1319

Re: What is the name of the Abyssinian banana?

Thanks for that info Dave,I seem to have what I have been after ,after all, though without the red stripe.I have grown these from seed years ago and kept one so long it flowered.I thought by buying seed again I may end up with what are now being sold,being all sorts.If the green stripe is the wild f...
by nicebutdim
Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:24 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: What is the name of the Abyssinian banana?
Replies: 16
Views: 1319

Re: What is the name of the Abyssinian banana?

Just to make a confusing situation worse,these are types of ventricosum being sold: Ensete ventricosum 'Atropurpureum' Ensete ventricosum 'Green Stripe' Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii' Ensete ventricosum 'Montbeliardii' Ensete ventricosum 'Tandarra Red' Ensete ventricosum 'Red Stripe' Ensete ventricos...
by nicebutdim
Mon Aug 23, 2010 10:14 pm
Forum: HTUK Community Forum (public)
Topic: would a high speed fan keep frost away from top of tall palm
Replies: 21
Views: 1419

Re: would a high speed fan keep frost away from top of tall

Hi tenchy, a fan heater would cost an arm and a leg to run,this is outside in the open.I have soil warming cables around the trunk which kept the plant ok last year but the tips of the leaves got frazzled through frozen moisture.or frost on the leaves.