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Persicaria Red Dragon

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 18:56

It grows well here in Fife, too well. It is as Verdun has said very easy to propagate - I literally just put them in the ground or root in a vase of water and the roots pop out in 2 weeks. It has not got to 5ft here though...it has a habit of snapping in winds for me. Caterpillars seem to like the leaves as well. I just leave it outside - perhaps it is hardier than you think Jeannie? Unless you live in Cairngorm or some other really cold place?

Theft of Patio Planters and Containers

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 10:09

Firebricks - those used inside electric central heating heaters are very heavy for their size and you will not be pinching a pot with 2 of those in it. Widely available

Also remove any care/description labels from the plant. Apparently a plant is most likely to be stolen if you keep the label on it.

Banana leaves turning yellow

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 08:58

I would also not pot up now as it will not grow enough between now and winter and overpotting invites rot if overwatered.

Banana leaves turning yellow

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 08:57

The bottom leaves naturally die back to form the pseudo-stem. The advice on feed is fine but the sunlight levels are rapidly diminishing and you need to be careful not to overwater in winter (yellowing is also a sign of too much water) or you will rot the banana.

plaited plant

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 08:55

There is an indoor plant Pachira aquatica that is sold plaited in most garden centres and sheds in the indoor section - it does flower but I have no idea when as it is a true tropical.

Free offers

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 09:13

These companies make profit on them (partly through VAT avoidance by using Jersey) and you would not pay £6.00 in a GC or the like for bare root plants or 1'' seedlings. You can easily get similar plants for £1.

You do get convenience by them posting them to your door and if you look after the tiny plants and they survive, then you can fill your garden quickly.

Just remember, there is no such thing as a free lunch - you are paying £6.00 for plants and P&P and do not give into advertisements so easily.

red banana ensete

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 16:54

Try the HTUK website - lots of good advice on their. The forum is down today though.

red banana ensete

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 15:44

They can get to 3 metres - that depends on a lot of factors though! You can remove leaves and that compacts them somewhat.

Garden fleece

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 15:41

Fleece keeps frost and wind off plant leaves. There is little temperature difference inside and outside of the fleese if temperatures get below -5C or so. You are mainly trying to prevent damage and keeping the plant in good shape visually.

Bubble wrap am not sold on. The bubbles trap heat and the larger the bubbles the better in theory. The problem is that greenhouse effect does not work with our low sunlight hours for 3 months of the year - in dec you are lucky to get several hours sunlight and they are follwed by cold darkness!

red banana ensete

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 14:07

Sounds like Ensete ventricosum Maurelli - I hope it is not Montebeliardii as that grows to 14ft after 2 years!

They are hardy to 4C, so you will need to keep the greenhouse above 8C with a view of the whole greenhouse staying above 5C.

As they are in pots don't water at all, even if the leaves die back. Any moisture over the winter will invite rot. If they are small then near a south facing window indoors should be OK.

Ground planted ensete (next summer??) need lifted before the first frosts, cutting the leaves off and taking most of the soil off the root ball. Then tip the plant upside down to allow any water trapped in the pseudo stem to drain away. This is important to avoid rotting. Then stand upright in a pot or tub bare rooted and store in a cool dry darl place (attic). Check occasionally for signs of growth in spring (Feb to Apr). Once in growth pot up in well drained, almost dry compost, and grow on cool ready for planting out after the last frost.

Dr Diddy - the advice for insultating banana with straw is correct for cold hardy Musa Basjoo where you use chicken wire to create a cage around the pseudo-stem and wrap with straw to keep the moisture out but enough air in to stop rot.

Over winter dry when in pots if you have a place a couple of degrees above freezing to store them. Don't water at all, even if the leaves die back. Any moisture over the winter will invite rot

For ground planted bananas lift before the first frosts, cutting the leaves off and taking most of the soil off the root ball. Then tip the plant upside down to allow any water trapped in the pseudo stem to drain away. This is important to avoid rotting. Then stand upright in a pot or tub bare rooted and store in a cool dry place. Check occasionally for signs of growth in spring (Feb to Apr). Once in growth pot up in well drained, almost dry compost, and grow on cool ready for planting out after the last frost.

- See more at: http://www.hardytropicals.co.uk/page.php?id=38#sthash.rPQ40yZ6.dpuf

Over winter dry when in pots if you have a place a couple of degrees above freezing to store them. Don't water at all, even if the leaves die back. Any moisture over the winter will invite rot

For ground planted bananas lift before the first frosts, cutting the leaves off and taking most of the soil off the root ball. Then tip the plant upside down to allow any water trapped in the pseudo stem to drain away. This is important to avoid rotting. Then stand upright in a pot or tub bare rooted and store in a cool dry place. Check occasionally for signs of growth in spring (Feb to Apr). Once in growth pot up in well drained, almost dry compost, and grow on cool ready for planting out after the last frost.

- See more at: http://www.hardytropicals.co.uk/page.php?id=38#sthash.rPQ40yZ6.dpuf

Over winter dry when in pots if you have a place a couple of degrees above freezing to store them. Don't water at all, even if the leaves die back. Any moisture over the winter will invite rot

For ground planted bananas lift before the first frosts, cutting the leaves off and taking most of the soil off the root ball. Then tip the plant upside down to allow any water trapped in the pseudo stem to drain away. This is important to avoid rotting. Then stand upright in a pot or tub bare rooted and store in a cool dry place. Check occasionally for signs of growth in spring (Feb to Apr). Once in growth pot up in well drained, almost dry compost, and grow on cool ready for planting out after the last frost.

- See more at: http://www.hardytropicals.co.uk/page.php?id=38#sthash.rPQ40yZ6.dpuf

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