Latest posts by Inglezinho

1 to 10 of 173


Posted: 27/11/2017 at 00:03

I used to grow Cannas in England, though I have to admit they are more at home here in Brazil!. I always found they did better if you keep them heated over winter,  so they do not die back completely. They are tropicals remember. You need to keep a strict watch out for spider mite though, as the latter will proliferate rapidly if air conditions are too dry (central heating). One solution is to keep them in shallow water. This takes up some space but if you really love them, as I do, it's worth going the extra mile. Absolutely nothing beats them for colour. Good luck. Ian

Last edited: 27 November 2017 00:05:49

Kew's purple castor oil plants

Posted: 16/11/2017 at 22:16

A couple of years ago we visited Kew and were stunned by the "tropical" display of cannas and purple-leaved castor oil plants. Finally I managed to get some seed (from New Zealand) of the latter. 

As castor-oil plants are generally grown as annuals - they are much too thuggish to be left in the ground very long and of course will not survive frost in UK - my question is: does the purple-leaved variety come true from seed ? Here in Brazil castor-oil plant (Ricinus communis) is an absolute weed, but I have only once ever seen anything other than the green-leaved variety.

Last edited: 16 November 2017 22:17:09

over wintering dahlias

Posted: 16/11/2017 at 21:14

No need to wash them. Just dry and frost-free.

Saving my hydrangea

Posted: 16/11/2017 at 21:07

Don't plant it outside at this time of year. Hydrangeas are basically subtropical and anything this sick will not make it. Repot - the soil may be unhealthy, so clean the roots as much as you can and cut back to healthy growth and keep it fairly warm but no sun ( yes I know that is not a problem right now), only just enough water to stop it drying out. I would try pure sand till it recovers. 50% chance. If it does go, get a new one in spring. they are such fantastic plants especially if you can grow the blue ones. Good luck. Ian.

Last edited: 16 November 2017 21:09:07

Micorrhizal powder and how to use it

Posted: 16/11/2017 at 20:58

I knew I'd have trouble with "mycorrhizal"" .....

Micorrhizal powder and how to use it

Posted: 16/11/2017 at 20:46

Interesting problem. I wouldn't dig up the plants you already have in again. That could be too much of a shock for them. If you were in England I would say don't apply it now as it is too cold. But microrhyzal cultures need moisture to work and summer in Cyprus is baking hot and dry, so now could be your best time, as you should get 5 or 6 months of relatively rainy weather. What I would do is mix it with your compost and dig a shallow trench around the plants you have in, some distance from them so as not to damage any roots they already have, and let the rain do the rest for you. If that is too much trouble as you have too many, just pick the ones you think will most benefit. Anything you plant from now on (and winter is an excellent time to plant in a Mediterranean climate) you can mix it in of course, Don't worry about cold. We lived in a mountain village in Spain and though a few plants suffered some superficial damage from light frosts, nothing well-established suffered long-term. Good luck. Ian.

Last edited: 16 November 2017 20:50:57

Greenhouse Pests

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 21:41

Install a power fan. Most insect pests thrive on stagnant, damp conditions - November in England, The fan will desiccate them and reduce their number by 90%. Just as wind would if they were growing outdoors. Other solutions ie. insect predators are more appropriate for summer. Good luck. Ian

Unseasonal Flowering

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 21:33


Taxus baccata

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 21:19

Yew is a slow growing plant so can take a while to get established and you need to get top quality plants from the nursery to avoid losses, so it is not cheap. It's not that difficult but must never dry out. Be patient and you will have a fine hedge. This is a good time of year  to plant them. Good luck. Ian

Last edited: 15 November 2017 21:23:57

Agapnathus root cuttings?

Posted: 15/11/2017 at 21:14

By all means have a try but in my humble experience Agapanthus resent any kind of root disturbance.They can grow as per Greenfingers Steve, but may take two or three years to flower again. Your best bet is to get an old plant and replant without upsetting it ! Good luck. Ian

1 to 10 of 173

Discussions started by Inglezinho

Kew's purple castor oil plants

Replies: 3    Views: 514
Last Post: 17/11/2017 at 16:56

Honey expensive and in short supply

Replies: 1    Views: 372
Last Post: 04/11/2017 at 01:57

99% cutting success

A new method 
Replies: 4    Views: 573
Last Post: 31/08/2017 at 23:18

The effect of Brexit on your garden

dedicated to David Davis 
Replies: 42    Views: 1976
Last Post: 28/08/2017 at 09:57

The effect of Brexit on your garden

Replies: 0    Views: 173
Last Post: 25/08/2017 at 23:06

Cannas in a tub

Replies: 1    Views: 229
Last Post: 02/09/2017 at 21:15


Replies: 6    Views: 402
Last Post: 26/08/2017 at 11:49

A new way of taking cuttings

A year ago I said I was having difficulty 
Replies: 4    Views: 436
Last Post: 12/08/2017 at 09:17

Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum)

Replies: 1    Views: 251
Last Post: 25/03/2017 at 21:42


Replies: 5    Views: 538
Last Post: 28/03/2017 at 20:02

Good advice does not come quick

Replies: 10    Views: 889
Last Post: 08/12/2016 at 19:36

Which plants have Monty's children found best grown from self-collected seed?

I'm especially interested in half-hardy annuals 
Replies: 3    Views: 701
Last Post: 25/10/2016 at 14:32

Spike moss

Replies: 0    Views: 330
Last Post: 03/10/2016 at 23:30

Spike moss

Replies: 0    Views: 260
Last Post: 03/10/2016 at 23:30

A tester (tropical buffs only)

Replies: 14    Views: 962
Last Post: 13/08/2016 at 08:43
1 to 15 of 24 threads