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I'm trying to root this plant but will it work?

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 19:04

Fatsia are widely planted - if you see black berries, then pick those off as that means the seeds inside are ripe.

Talkback: How to take aeonium cuttings

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 13:43

Same for me SFord - they hated being in the greenhouse overwinter. Have perked up a lot after being brought inside. I had to cut off the tops of 3 of 4 of mine (I am rooting those) and removed part of the stalk (already seeing new growth). Weird as I kept mine above freezing apart from one night when the paraffin ran out and 3 stalks developed rot from frost damage.

I'm trying to root this plant but will it work?

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 16:55

You can root Fatsia from leave but you need to cut off the leaf part itself as it is the heel where it was at the stem that grow roots and the new plant. It really is easier to grow from seed though as it tends to rot.

Mahonia winter sun problems black spot

Posted: 29/03/2015 at 16:53

Can you remove the black spots with a finger or is it in the leaf itself?

New Yew

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 20:05

The golden colour is a sign of being pot bound and a good feed seveal time should restore the verdant green colour. As per Verdun, why do you have them in pots?

will a diesel spill kill the grass

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 19:45

If you diluted it with lots of water at the time, then it should be OK.

Plant Identification

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 12:52

Dwarf Sawara Cypress? It is aka Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Curly Tops'. Cryptomeria japonica 'Spiralis' is also sorial and slow growing but not sure if it is a dwarf tree.

What exotic plants are you growing this year?

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 12:40

Stick to hardy palms - Trachycarpus and Chammies are very hardy, Washingtonia and the Canary Island Date Palms are half-hardy, perhaps more in a very sheltered spot.

Ravenala can go outside in summer but need to come inside or in a heated greenhouse in winter. They will eventually grow too big.

What exotic plants are you growing this year?

Posted: 28/03/2015 at 12:13

Same as every year - various ensetes, Musa Basjoo, Hedychium and other Gingers, hardy Schefflera and palms.

laurel hedge will not grow near leylandii tree.

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 14:13

I would dig at the boundary with a spade, severing all the roots and keeping it open to stop more Leylandii roots coming in would help. I would then rake in lots of manure and feed into the area where the Laurels are. Watering them for a year or so until they are established would help.

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