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green house design, advice and experiences please

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 10:45

I have a wooden greenhouse with polycarbonate glazing. It is warmer than a metal frame and glass glazed greenhouse. You can hang things like insulation directly onto wooden frames. Polycarbonate as double glazed offers better insulation in winter and as the glazing is slightly opaque, you get the light but not full on glaze that glass offers.

Size depends on what you want to grow. I plant to dig down in my GH to get extra height and that also offers extra insulation.

NAME N SHAME

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 10:42

I have not had any problems with GardeningExpress. I do not like paying £8 P&P but that is my choice of using them or not.

T&M plants tend to be small, too small for my liking and they often do not tell you the size of pot/plant that you should expect. Any problems have always been quickly resolved. There is no such thing as 'free'. You are paying £5-6 for the bulbs and a little for postage. In a GC you would get them cheaper! If you fall for their advertising then caveat emptor.

J Parkers - no issues and for bulbs they are very good. Plants are much larger than T&M and all have thrived.

I tend to use specialist seed and plant suppliers, all of whom I would recommend and would be happy to name but am not sure if this is the right place.

Cordyline indivisa

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 09:33

Keep it in the pot until spring, as you want to avoid overpotting with its problems of root rot. It would actually prefer to go in the ground - it should turn into a lovely tree within 5 years.

Cordyline indivisa

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 16:08

They like well draining, damp soil and frost free though are hardy. They do well in wet western Scotland and Ireland and progressively worse the further east you go. They were on sale as they are not as hardy as the normal Cordyline austalis.

Best Time To Take Mahonia Cuttings?????

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 11:46

Now is fine if you can keep them out of the frosts. They take till Spring to root.

mystery plant

Posted: 20/11/2013 at 09:24

Looks like Mint to me.

Peony in a pot over winter

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 20:42

What type of Peony do you mean? An herbaceous or tree Peony?

Quick screening fix needed

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 17:14
MrsGarden wrote (see)

Primrose have the liquidambar in 5litre pots, 1.5 - 1.8m tall, £29.99, does that sound reasonable?


Reasonable, esp if it includes postage?

 

Voodoo Lily

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 12:16

Sounds like Sauromatum venosum. There are a few hardy varieties but I would say Sauromatum venosum is the hardiest for me.  Apparently the flower smells like rotten flesh for 24 hours during flowering - I havve never detected a smell yet from them.

Indoor plant

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 12:10
Fleurisa wrote (see)

I've got a calathea from B&Q. Likes high humidity and partial shade

 

Not going to get high humidity in a normal UK house during winter, even in a bathroom.

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