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greenhouse for Aeonium arboreum

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 12:06

I always try to keep my greenhouse above 5C and have a paraffin heater. It is a similar size to yours and also polycarbonate. A 60w heater will be fine. If it has a thermostat then that would save going out and switching it off and on.

greenhouse for Aeonium arboreum

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 09:32

Dry side in a greenhouse is fine. I would expect damage if the greenhouse falls below -2 and below so I would heat it or bring them inside on those nights.

Which type of Bamboo to plant?

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 09:27

As Salino has said, Fargesia Robusta 'Campbell' is a great looking bamboo. Fargesia 'Asian wonder' is similar but with reddish canes.

If you are willing to put down a barrier then try 'Phyllostachys Shanghai 3'. It is a collectors bamboo that grows huge and is more wind resistant that Fargesia. I think you will still get wind burn regardless of bamboo planted.

brunnera Betty Bowring

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 12:32

I have this and clay loam soil. It takes a few years to settle in and grow well. I found amending the soil with bark and compost helps a lot to decompact the soil and allow Brunnera to thrive.


It is not variegated Fairygirl, the only difference is the flower is white rather than the usual blue. The variegated form of Brunnera (jack frost) is just as hardy as the  bog standard one.

squash and pumpkins and tree dahlia

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 15:11

I just answered your tree dahlia question in the other, erm, question.

Tree Dahlia

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 15:10

You cut off all the stalks when the leaves get frosted. Water pours out of them, so watch out.

You lift the rhyzome (which tends to be large) and store dry over winter. You can heavily mulch them but the new growth takes longer to get large outside of a green house.

banana has produced seed pod what now

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 22:42

They tend to pup after flowering. You can try growing from seed but as the are readily available as plants I cant think of anyone having done so. The flowers can last 2 years depending on frost or lack of!

heuchara problem

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 18:17

Vone weevil...both the adults and grubs love Huechera. You can treat them with vine weevil killer.

Marking out a design

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 21:36

All of the above!

Wrapping up my gunnera!

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 21:35

They are hardy as long as you protect the crown. As mentioned just cut off the large leaves and cover the crown with it and remove in spring. East peasy!

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