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Re: melianthus major

Post by Las Palmas Norte » Sat Oct 03, 2009 5:09 pm

"Damp summer conditions" ... that's why mine hasn't become invasive. :D

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Re: melianthus major

Post by derrick » Sat Oct 03, 2009 5:18 pm

This is my melianthus major i planted in spring .Was a sucker from a large 6 feet by 6 feet major in southampton centre .They spread wide if the cold dont cut them down like last years winter.
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Post by lee-ann » Sat Oct 03, 2009 5:31 pm

derrick wrote:This is my melianthus major i planted in spring .Was a sucker from a large 6 feet by 6 feet major in southampton centre .They spread wide if the cold dont cut them down like last years winter.
Derrick is that at Banana slightly to the right and further back.
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Re: melianthus major

Post by derrick » Sat Oct 03, 2009 5:36 pm

Yeh there is maurelii and lasiocarpa .The pics very dark sorry .


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Re: melianthus major

Post by Jo A P » Sun Oct 04, 2009 10:16 am

I have a small plant of m.m. that I have in a pot, what sort of spacing should I leave when I plant it out? Not taking into account that it may spread (not likely here).


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Post by pete G » Sun Oct 04, 2009 2:17 pm

I think it might do well there Jo AP, it just might do its growing a bit earlier in the season, and perhaps some late autumn growth.

I find it spreads, but not rapidly, so a couple of foot either way should be ok for a few years.
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Re: melianthus major

Post by Jo A P » Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:57 pm

Thanks Pete


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Post by BILLY2421 » Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:13 pm

Thanks to all the information. I planted my Major this spring has grown well and intend to put a good mulch on top and cover with a bit of chicken wire with some fabric on top of that as it does get a bit cold up in Yorkshire. I have a back up plan and that is seed 2 that have germinated and would like to know do I overwinter the small plants in the cold frame unheated or in the conservatory that has a small amount of heating and treat them as a house plant until spring 2014, harden off then plant outside. The seedlings are approximately 1 inch tall for the middle of July.
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Post by Darlo Mark » Tue Jul 23, 2013 6:37 pm

I would opt for the conservatory myself. If you get lots of seedlings you could try both. My plant is in the ground and survived last winter with a bit of straw and fleece. It will die back to the ground up here(unless we get a very mild winter) and resprout when it warms up in spring. Once you get your plants established you could try just protecting them like I do but I doubt seedlings would take a northern winter even in a coldframe/unheatedgreenhouse unless we get lucky with a mild winter (here's hoping!)
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Re: melianthus major

Post by Dim » Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:36 pm

I like these .... I'm going to try one in spring (i have a spot for it in my garden)
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Post by BILLY2421 » Tue Jul 23, 2013 7:38 pm

Thank you that sounds about right do you think they will keep growing in the conservatory over the winter or die back.
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Re: melianthus major

Post by Blairs » Sat Oct 19, 2013 3:30 pm

Has anyone successfully overwintered this north of London?


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Re: melianthus major

Post by jcec1 » Sat Oct 19, 2013 6:22 pm

I used to grow it in Dublin, where it needed no protection, but Dublin is fairly mild compared to Fife.


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Re: melianthus major

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Sat Oct 19, 2013 9:10 pm

Blairs wrote:Has anyone successfully overwintered this north of London?

Yes in the ground since about 2009 then in a pot last year. The bad winter saw off the cuttings off the mother plant though.


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Re: melianthus major

Post by Somerset77 » Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:50 pm

Down here in Somerset melianthus gets no protection at all, and stays evergreen. Just had to cut a 6ft branch down today as the wind last week bent it onto the lawn :evil:
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