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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

Zinc planter

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 21:20

@Verdun - not if they are designed for internal use!

 

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.

http://www.ullapool.camusnagaul.com/localinfo.htm

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.

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