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Help Identify Palms

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 17:11

Wow, I am so please to be able to put names to these plants! Trachycarpus fortunei (Chusan) and Yucca! Thank you everyone.

After some "googling" of the names you have provided, it would appear that there is very little maintenance or care required. Apparently, I can feed with a "palm feed" in their growing season (which I assume is beginning now) and in Autumn.

@philippa smith2 - I see that the previous owner has cut the tips off some already. I prefer their appearance uncut - so I am going to have to put up with being spiked!

In regards to pruning Yucca, this website seems to suggest that I can cut the trunk and replant it somewhere else.

@Guernsey Donkey2 - I live in Exotic Sussex.

Short tulip flowers

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 14:38

Hi Grannybee. Are they new bulbs or have you had them for a few years? How deep did you plant them? And, do you know what variety they are?

Help Identify Palms

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 14:34

Afternoon everyone!

I have moved house and inherited some lovely trees which I assume are "Palms".

I have no idea what they are called or how to look after them, so please help me identify (picture below) and offer any advice you have on how to look after them.

The large tree (pictured on the right) is about 9' tall, has a hairy trunk with large fan-like leaves on stalks.

It appeared to have flowered - I cut off the dead flowers, and a few scrappy lower leaves (I hope that was the right thing to do!).

The tree on the right looks equally old but has taken on a low "shrub" shape with multiple trunks. The leaves are incredibly sharp on the end, believe me.

It would appear to have been chopped back at some point. I am wondering if I can take off the entire left-hand-side trunk to the base. I want to do this because I would like the space on the left to plant something else. (My partner wants me to dig the whole think up.)

If I were to guess, I would say that they are 30-40 years old.

I do not believe they are too tender as they were not protected over winter and seem OK.

I would like to feed them / prune them / look after them correctly.

Any help would be hugely appreciated!Thanks!










Mystery plant growing among strawberries

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 20:15

@SwissSue thanks for the reply. Well, I have tons of it in that case!

The flowers look like they will be pretty - but should I cut them off immediately like other herbs to prevent the herb going woody?

Does anybody know what I can do with the Marjoram? Is it nice with meat?


Mystery plant growing among strawberries

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 20:13

Here are some more photos as requested!




Mystery plant growing among strawberries

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 19:58

@philippa, I'm glad it made you laugh! I will see if I can pull it off with confidence!

@yarrow2, thank you!

@Buddyboy, I don't think its Pentas - the leaves are not right.

@Daintiness. I think you could be right there!

I have never bought Marjoram seeds in my life. Marjoram doesn't just turn up on its own like that, does it?

It must have been mixed in with the strawberry seeds?

It was a while back now, but I am certain that they came from the same seed tray in the potting shed!

I have rubbed the leaves and there is a strong vague 'herb' smell. But I have never bought Marjoram before so I could not say what it should smell like.

Looking at images online of Marjoram - some varieties are very similar, if not exact. So I think we may have a winner! Unless anyone else has any bright ideas?

Thanks everyone for your replies!


Mystery plant growing among strawberries

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 19:20

Hi! This could be embarrassing - I have been carefully tending to, what could potentially be, a weed!

I grew a few different varieties of strawberry from seed about a year a go. They are really happy now and are producing a crop.

Now, I could have made this realisation much earlier if I was more experienced (and more cut throat) when the true leaves first appeared. But no. I have tended to these plants thinking they were a special variety of strawberry I have never seen before.

Except, it wasn't just me that had never seen these 'special' strawberry plants before. Many times guest and my missus have tactfully let me know that they do not believe them to be strawberries, and asked 'why am I growing them still'.

Now that the other (more typical strawberry plants) have started to grow juicy, sweet, yummy strawberries, I feel it is finally time to find out the truth!

Please see the image below, and put me out of my misery! What on earth are these plants!?



Water Butts STINK!

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 15:57

Thank you for your replies and solutions!

I imagine, as suggested, that this is not so much of a problem if you use the water regularly, have clear gutters, etc.

@dovefromabove Thanks for the tips. Also, that cleaning fluid seems reasonable as a preventative measure.

The butts do have lids. As Marinelilium suggests, debris from the gutter is possible. Liking the tights idea!

Unanimously, good old elbow grease (and possibly some diluted disinfectant) will do the trick.

Water Butts STINK!

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 10:25

I haven't needed the water from my butts until this month and the water has been left to stagnate all winter.

The water absolutely stinks - putrid. I am afraid to use it on my plants, in case it infects them with a disease or something, especially young plants.

I have a new, young Rhododendron and Camellia too, which I have been told I should not water with tap water as an alternative. (Sussex: chalky, alkaline)

Am I right in thinking I can just pop in some sort of tablet into the butts to clean them?

Or do I have to empty and scrub them?

Any tips would be absolutely brilliant thanks!


Tulips - some white & slightly distorted foliage

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 10:14

I love tulips, but too have had some come up deformed. However, do not give up!

As Dovefromabove says, take them up when they don't perform, and replace them.

  • Try them in a sunnier position.
  • Ensure good drainage.
  • Plant them deep enough (twice the depth of the bulb).

In Autumn/winter, I plant up containers in layers. Tulip bulbs - Daffodil bulbs - Then any other plants on the very top.This way you get a long and highly anticipated display - where the tulips come up after the daffodils.


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