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Can someone help me identify this house plant?

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 16:58

I have aquired a house plant, after my house mate almost killed it. I'm not sure what conditions it wants, so could someone help me identify it?

It's smallish, no bigger than 30cm tall. It has thinnish leaves, about 60mm long, which are furry, but not soft. It has small berries/fruits that are an orange colour, about 15mm big. 

It's growing very quickly on the sunny windowsill it's on at the moment, and gets very thirsty. I'd say it's grown a good 60mm in the last week.

Can someone help me?



Posted: 28/08/2013 at 14:16

We also had problems with squirrels and bird feeders. We put a black piping tube about 3 foot high, around the base of the feeder to prevent them from climbing up but they still managed it. We had a feeder that was spring loaded also, which when they climb down from the top onto the feeder, the weight of them draws down the top half of the feeder and the bottom up, closing access to feed. This works, however, it was expensive, and you can't get that much feed it in, plus it's a bugger to clean.

Type squirrel proof feeders into google and see what sort of price them are. Either that or provide a ground feeder for them withe cheap seed to detract them from going up to the feeders for the birds.


Posted: 28/08/2013 at 14:03

Thanks to 'some' people offering helpful advice. I'm actually only 20, and im asking for advice because I perhaps don't have the life experience that others have behind them. The tree doesn't belong to me, it belongs to my parents, but I'm taking the initative to ask other gardeners who may have been in a similar situation, as my parents don't really know what to do with it either (at least they're doing something with it, and wanting to crop it rather than leave the fruit to rot on the ground, which I see so often!). Yes, we can all learn for hindsight, but life isn't a dress rehearsal, you make mistakes and learn from them. I don't want some sad person giving me a lecture about how to garden and how not to, you can garden how you like, after all, the tree is ours, not yours. Isn't this what this forum is all about? Giving and taking advice? After all everyone started somewhere, you can't learn everything the day you popped out into this world. Perhaps you should be a bit more respectful of that. (Pointing the finger towards SD - comparing this to your rescue dogs is a bit extreme, it's a TREE.)

In terms of the tree itself, I'll get my dad to saw it off and go and buy some sealant, if that's what you recommend. I'm sad that after such a good year we'll lose so much crop (because my dad wont be able to make as much chutney!), but I think we'd rather that than lose the tree to disease over the winter. In the future, I'm sure that we'll prop the tree up and thin it out.

Thanks again for all those who gave helpful advice. I won't let grumpy people deter me from gardening, after all, I'm the next generation, or deter me from this forum in fact, because there seems to be helpful people on here willing to share experiences and advice.


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 13:54

Hi there, I have a plum tree tree approx 5 years old, that has spit and one of the main branches is hanging. It first snapped about 2 weeks ago, and it was strapped back together with cable ties. Now the pressure has again got too much and it has snapped above the cable ties. There's not much room left to spint as it's a junction between two main branches.

The tree itself has flourished this year, producing ALOT of fruit, which is still 1-2 weeks away from cropping. If we lose this main branch, I fear we'll lose about half the crop. Is there anyway we can save the fruit?

I understand that the fruit should have been selected, and smaller fruit should have been removed to reduce weight, but sadly this never happened. Can anyone help? Thanks.

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