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hawian palm tree

Posted: 30/11/2013 at 18:12

So it is a succulent and not a palm (Brighamia Insignis). I would treat as a cacti and barely water all winter and keep at a south facing window.

hawian palm tree

Posted: 30/11/2013 at 11:15

Do you know what type of palm it is - or post a pic?

What can be killing off my plants?

Posted: 29/11/2013 at 15:20

I am thinking poor drainage as the only thing that Monkey Puzzle, Conifers, Rosemary and Cosmos have in common is water logged roots.

I have not seen Vine weevil grubs attack any of those plants as they do not have the roots that they prefer - thick and soft like Begonia has.

Tree dahlia - dahlia imperilis

Posted: 29/11/2013 at 09:22

Thanks punkdoc.

The foliage is impressive by itself but would be nice to get some flowers and seed. From looking on google tree dahlis has flowered in London and the SE and in Cumbria, though rarely.

Greenhouse Condensation

Posted: 29/11/2013 at 09:19

Humidity levels have been average high 90%+, average low 80% during November. God for summer plants but not good for greenhouses in winter. If you heat the GH that would make the temp inside the GH warmer and reduce condensation.

Tree dahlia - dahlia imperilis

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 19:55

Hello!

I am growing tree dahlia (dahlia imperialis). They got up to 1 metre/3ft this year and have some thick rhizomes. I heard that they are hardy enough to leave in the ground (I have some raised beds that have great drainage). Anyone else tried leaving them out? Also year 2 - are they liable to flower supposing no frost till Dec?

Overwintering Gazanias

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 18:06

Sounds like a good position for them over winter Woodgreen wonderboy

Overwintering Gazanias

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 16:09

I have had gazanias outside for a few years now and they always grow back. I have mine in raised beds near a wall, so that affords better drainage, so I would not store them in a wet frost pocket.

Who lives in a microclimate?

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 10:59

There is a huge woodland near my house and a public park yet I rarely get birds apart from Wood Pigeons, Gulls and Magpies in my garden. The odd Robin and Lapwing and during the darks of winter Partridge and that is all that I have seen in 3 years. My old flat had a huge garden and we used to get flocks of Sparrows and the like...I do get Toads and Frogs in summer but that is it wildlife wise.

Buying a Greenhouse new / used

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 10:25

Instead of going for a GH with high eaves, if the ground allows then dig down to give you the extra height. Should also help keep the GH regulate temperatures.

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