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Talkback: Protect cordyline for winter

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 21:37

You should only need to cover the Cordyline (australis) if we are forecast -5 or less for days on end (2010 comes to mind). Covering them up now till April is not necessary. Just fleecing the crown is all that is needed for short bursts of cold less than -5C. The taller the Cordyline the lower the temps it tends to take. If you have any half-hardy Cordyline (Banksi) then you do need to fleece at temps below -3C.

magnolia disease

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 17:04

Not seeing anything wrong in the pic. Looks like autumning to me. The fungi on the branches looks like Lichen: perhaps a better picture would help?

Very general guidance would be to remove all fallen leaves and when bare for winter wash down the tree with a fungicide soap and a sponge. I would feed the Magnolia in early spring with an ericacious feed.


Posted: 04/11/2014 at 15:08

Mine really struggle. Soil tends to dry out too much in summer and too damp in winter. I have struggled to get more than a few purple berries. I actually think it is not that attractive a plant when it does not have the berries on it.

Block pave a patio

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 09:58

Totally agree with Dave, who has provided an excellent answer.

Fleece a fan palm?

Posted: 02/11/2014 at 21:55

 Chamaerops Humilis is hardy to -13C if on the dry side. I would only fleece it is we get -5C or less forecast.

How warm is it with you today?

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 17:43

20C now and pitch dark outside. I just put candles in the pumpkin...all fairly odd.

How warm is it with you today?

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 16:08

18C but lots of cloud cover. While liking the warm wind I get confused as a associate the short days of this time of year with cold winds.


Posted: 15/10/2014 at 19:11

Plastic bird spikes, something like this but smaller and more robust would stop kids climbing:

As long as you do not put up glass in cement then they are legal.

Identifying Plants and flowers

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 19:00

#7 is Cordyline terminalis aka Ti. It is a houseplant in the UK as are most of the plants in the pics.

#8 is a type of bromeliad.

A trip to BnQ or Homebase or the like's home plant section will give you the name of the others.

Plants in France

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 10:08

It all depends on what plants. If you go to Spain then succulents tend to be cheap as plants like agave now grow wild and they pup easily.

The supermarkets tend be cross border so they have magnitude buying power, hence a plant might be 3 euro across their shops (say Carrefour). The UK supermarkets are only really found in the UK so they have less buying power. There is also the costs of bringing plants from Italy, Spain, Netherlands etc across the channel etc.

Rare plants though are different. They do tend to be much cheaper in the UK than in Europe and in the US.

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