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hedge-problem

Posted: 22/08/2013 at 21:02

Hornbeam is good for 'evergreen' cover and for thin hedges and you can mix that with other hedging plants. If you wait a few months then you can get all these hedge plants for pence each bare root.

hedge-problem

Posted: 22/08/2013 at 15:42

Hawthorn - no one is going to go through that, it is cheap, easy to grow and grows fast. You can mix in evergreens with it.

hebe-cuttings

Posted: 21/08/2013 at 13:02

I normally root them in water. I think a wet tissue in a bag works fine - have used that coming back from holiday many a time!

going-bananas

Posted: 19/08/2013 at 16:13
Diddydoit wrote (see)

I grow a lot of cordylines from seed,and they are very easy to grow.But as blairs says they do need good drainage and do take upto10 years to look at thier best.They do look good in the boarder at 3 yrs.I tried rapping the leaves one winter,but because they could not breath they just rotted off,but did sprout the following spring.

 

Diddydoit wrote (see)

I agrre with you blairs.I have all of mine in pot and have not intension's of planting them in the ground.It makesit so much easyier to bring the inside.

Are you going to try and grow them inside or cut off the foliage and keep them in hibernation? The latter works better with Ensete as they naturally have a winter 'hibernation' in Ethiopia and mountains of Nepal/India/China etc.

yew-looking-unhealthy

Posted: 19/08/2013 at 11:16

I think it was the lime from the farm: you just have to see the affect of salt spray from winter roads that brown Yew.

I have a Yew in my clay soil, though I improved the drainage somewhat and it was in a pot for years before - it was not getting enough water and nutrients in the pot. It turned dark green from almost yellow within weeks.

 

I would be tempted to add an ericacious liqduid feed and a high nitrogen feed.

Geranium cuttings

Posted: 19/08/2013 at 11:09

Root cuttings are very easy for hardy Geranium and more dependable than stem cuttings.

Pelagoniums / also called Geraniums (the non-hardy smelly ones) - you can root cuttings in water and they root within weeks.

going-bananas

Posted: 19/08/2013 at 10:03

@Diddydoit - sounds like advice for the US, where winters are colder but very dry. We have wet mild winters and that is not good for roots and while Musa may get to April alive, they will rot being left outside from root rot. Best to lift.

cordyline

Posted: 19/08/2013 at 09:59

Good winter drainage is key. They are hardy down to -10C and root hardy down to perhaps -20C but only with good drainage. Most of the UK did not have a harsh winter last year, so I guess that your pot needs much better drainage to let the regrowth grow. It will take a good few years (5-10) to form a trunk though adding checken pellets etc can spur things along.

going-bananas

Posted: 17/08/2013 at 23:42

@David Smith3

Fine so far (this is second summer). I cut off the leaves in late October, removed most of the soil and roots and left it on its side to drain then left in my frost free garage and kept it dry until early April. I had to remove some mould a few times, so worth looking at them over winter. It kept pushing out leaves which is a bit of a pain but shows what strong plants they are. If you have a small Ensete seedling (say less than 30cm) then I think it better to keep it at a sunny window though the light levels really are not going to keep it happy but better safe than sorry. Waking them up can be an issue after winter, but a week in a warm spot - a hot water cupboard for example, will speed things up.

Musa basjoo - first year I kept in frost free garage, this year they will be covered in straw and wrapped to keep the frost off but air around it. I do live near the sea, so it is a milder micro-climate.

going-bananas

Posted: 17/08/2013 at 20:07

Musa basjoo is the one to go for. Ensete ventricosum v Maurelii and the plain Ensete ventricosum are reliable to come back after storing in a frost free place or with the leaves in a conservatory. They are the 3 have have. Cavendish are the Musa that we get edible bananas from but unless you have a large heated conservatory you are unlikely to get them here and they are difficult to over winter.

Ensete ventricosum, Ensete ventricosum,

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