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Posted: 08/02/2014 at 19:08

Mine are flowering now...oes i good compost are fine, those i poor soil seem to have disappeared.

Green house heaters

Posted: 08/02/2014 at 13:19
artjak wrote (see)

The electrician said it would use about as much as a 100 watt bulb.

100W does not sound good enough. Most GH heaters tend to be 2KW. Sounds like you get away with it this year as it has barely got below 0C and that it is a lean to to a house, so gets extra temperatures, but I think if you have a 100W heater then when the temps fall below -5C then you will get frost in the GH.

Green house heaters

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 20:38

Tubular heaters are low wattage and they are available with thermostatic control:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/tubular-heater/s?ie=UTF8&keywords=tubular%20heater&page=1&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Atubular%20heater

My Photinia had turned green

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 15:29

The leaves turn green with age. You should be seeing some small red leaves emerging though, so I would give it time. It may be that the younger leaves were frost damaged/eaten by slugs/caterpillars.

Green house heaters

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 12:03

I use paraffin and it does keep it frost free but there can be issues of condensation. I would use a thermostatic electric fa heater if electricity was available i my GH but it is 20 metres away.

help with difficult planting conditions

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 21:26

All of the above! I am getting into Hosta, and there are loads of varieties around to suit any budget - they would like that locale. Ferns also.

Schleffera (umbrella tree)

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 21:23

I would cut it off, otherwise it shrivels and falls off after time. You never know, it might produce seed - might be worth leaving the pods to dry and removing any seeds inside and trying?

Schleffera (umbrella tree)

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 15:27

Schefflera flower quite easily given the right conditions. Hardy Schefflera flower outdoor in the UK and produce viable seed. Not sure if you will get viable seed if no insect has pollinated the flowers. Yours is Schefflera arboricola variegata and is best indoors but can survive outside all year in frost free conditions.

Plant Indentification

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 22:16

Reminds me of my Spirea but without seeing the leaves I am cannot say for sure.

Mystery Tree

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 20:57

Agree on Pink Pagoda - you can take the fruits and grow them by removing the tiny seeds and putting them in a pot now.

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