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cordyline problem

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 14:01

Cordylines are hardy in sheltered areas with good drainage.

I grow them and up the Scottish coast to Ullapool they grow into tree size, just as they do in Southern coastal England.

They do badly in exposed dry or exposed wet areas.

cordyline problem

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 10:39

I was actually thinking the Cordyline could be too dry, especially if in a pot. They like well draining dampish soil. They grow massive in Ireland and up the west coast of the UK where it is wet.

Built this

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 09:40

Great effort as it looks great.

Zinc planter

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 09:39

I would check if they are indoor or outdoor planters. I have some black zinc planters from Next that are for indoor use, so I use them to overwinter plants indoors as the weather will take the black coating off.

Does anyone recognise this cactus like plant?

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 16:30

Yip, a Bromeliad. Can go outside during summer in the UK then back inside before any frosts.

Yet another possible weed?

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 16:29

Could be anything as that is still baby leaves. It might, might, be Bittercress.

Plant suggestions for carpark border

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 22:04

English Lavender mixed with Rosemary would work in that situation. The latter is very easy to propagate in water.

Monkey Puzzle Tree

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 21:24

How old is the tree? There are 2 phases, juvenile and adult. Adult look symmetrical and umbrella like, juvenile (my fav) is less symmetrical like and shrub like.

You can prune Monkey Puzzle trees, you are advised not too (unless it is dying back and gone brown) as it affects the symmetry of the tree and it then looks lopsided. You can remove lower branches to make room (they will naturally fall off in time). Some people remove the growing points at the end of the branched to limit growth.

If you take the leader out to keep the tree small does work in keeping it smaller as long as it has not reached adult phase but even then I think it is only a matter of time that you think it looks odd and take it out anyway.

Dahlias - do they all have tubers?

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 21:09

I asked about water as tubers are 95% water, hence they are not frost hardy. I have grown similar small Dahlia (Bishop of Llandaff) from seed and they had small thich roots rather than tubers in their first year - they were difficult to overwinter and restart. I did notice that the seedlings with most water had the thickest roots/tubers.

Anyone had success with growing clover ?

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 23:42

You can have the ones in my borders and lawn...

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