Baloskion tetraphyllum - how stunning is this?

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Baloskion tetraphyllum - how stunning is this?

Post by Kyle » Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:37 pm

Just bought a small one of these from the Gardeners' World Live show today and got a picture of the one from the display.

I'm so impressed with it. Got lots of books that have chapters on Restios but I've always skipped over them. Thought they were a bit on the scruffy side TBH.

The guy who was displaying this told me this one was about 7 years old and that they can withstand -12c.
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Re: Baloskion tetraphyllum - how stunning is this?

Post by Simba » Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:42 pm

Certainly a real feature.... icon_thumleft


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Post by GoggleboxUK » Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:44 pm

Nice plant but -12c seems unlikely. Just done a quick Google and 2 sites said -8c but being Australian I'd imagine it's the wet that does them in more than the cold.

My restios seem to keel over below -5c.
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Post by flounder » Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:49 pm

I dunno, its alright I s'pose, but every time I see one, I want to reach for the glyphosate icon_scratch
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Post by Kyle » Thu Jun 14, 2012 8:57 pm

I got it from the Trewidden Nursery stand. Just had a quick look on their site. Here it says proven hardiness is -8c. They were only £7 a pop, so no massive loss. Well worth a trial me thinks. Like Gogs says, the rain'll be the biggest killer.

It'll be a pot job for this year and I'll probably divide a bit for safe-keeping and trial the main plant in the ground (winter 2013).

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Post by redsquirrel » Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:07 pm

Deb decided to try a load of restios from some place near hardy exotics which holds the national collection.they sold her the hardiest of the ones for sale.they all carked it last winter
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Post by grub » Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:19 pm

Will that survive Oop Norf then? I had -13C here this winter and -19C in 'that' winter...
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Post by GoggleboxUK » Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:31 pm

Nowt survives oop ere lad, even Fergie won nowt this year.

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Post by grub » Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:54 pm

GoggleboxUK wrote:Nowt survives oop ere lad, even Fergie won nowt this year.

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Post by Delboy » Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:17 pm

House round the corner from me had a lovely huge one of these in their front garden, but it was killed off in 'that' winter.
It was litterally dug up only a few weeks ago so was given plenty of time to come back lol.

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Post by Trudytropics » Fri Jun 15, 2012 6:44 am

Nice looking, looks like a plant fountain. icon_thumleft
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Re: Baloskion tetraphyllum - how stunning is this?

Post by jungle jas » Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:09 am

Hi, I acquired one 4 years ago but it hasn't liked our cold winters. It hasn't really thrived but remained quite small. This year due to a milder winter seems to be doing much better. Has survived -8c the winter before last. What are the minimum temperatures you get were you live. icon_thumright
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Re: Baloskion tetraphyllum - how stunning is this?

Post by Kyle » Fri Jun 15, 2012 8:55 am

From the sounds of things they might be better off kept in a pot; maybe even plunge planted? Can't see much rain getting through to the soil with that growth habit. If they can take -8c, it's not like they'll need overwintering indoors.
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Re: Baloskion tetraphyllum - how stunning is this?

Post by Conifers » Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:06 am

GoggleboxUK wrote: but being Australian I'd imagine it's the wet that does them in more than the cold.
Can't see that water is going to be a problem for it, unless you're on dry soil: Pic from Tasmania :lol:


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Re: Baloskion tetraphyllum - how stunning is this?

Post by Kyle » Fri Jun 15, 2012 9:18 am

Conifers wrote:
GoggleboxUK wrote:Can't see that water is going to be a problem for it, unless you're on dry soil: Pic from Tasmania :lol:
:lol: Okay, grown in a pot and used as a marginal plant then. :?

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