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Plant identification needed

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 19:29

Not a Phormium but a Yucca ( if the leaves have a sharpish tip to them...not all yuccas have stiff leaves ) or a Cordyline.

Your suggestion of gradually raking the soil away from the base will hopefully give you a clue . A reasonable estimate for the root spread would be to start from the point at which the leaves spread out to....the canopy often reflects the root system. 

If you want to transplant rather than dump the plant, you could remove a lot of the lower leaves which would make it easier to deal with and give it a better chance in it's new site.  It does look rather large but as big a root ball as possible and have the new site ready prepared.

Hope you are successful.......looks a nice healthy plant so you should have a good chance of being successful.

Too late to sow.....

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 18:17

OL...when you say Sweet Rocket do you mean Hesperis matronalis or do you mean the much smaller annual which I have also known as Sweet Rocket ( I'm afraid I don't know the proper name but perhaps Nutcutlet or Dove will ? )

Only asking because a couple of years ago I bought some seeds of "Sweet Rocket" expecting it to be the annual ( much more slender and delicate than Hes. m but still scented ).  I thought it a bit odd when they germinated and grew ever larger.  Whilst I'm more than pleased with my Hesperis M. and wouldn't be without them, I had been expecting the little jobs. 

It's my birthday

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 17:49

Thank you very much Scroggin...........I did indeed have a lovely day and belated is good..........this must be the longest birthday on record and I should thank Verdun for the thread 

It's my birthday

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 17:08

Thank you so much for the lovely cake Flumpy........and the Rose decoration ( 1 for each 9 years of my life ! ).


tyres on allotment

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 17:00

I too have made use of tyres to grow veg/fruit in along with most other types of containers.  Have not noticed any problems

Ornithogalum longibracteatum/caudatum

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 12:53 I started this particular thread, it shows on the RH side of the list of my posts.  I just bring it up and add a new message ( doesn't matter what you write), submit reply and it comes to the top of Latest Posts.

Otherwise I think you can just pop the thread title into the Search box and it should then appear and you can add a post as normal.

Sadly, that's about the limit of my techie knowledge as I'm still using a 3 year old laptop.

It's my birthday

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 11:53

Many thanks to David, FGirl and are giving me another birthday today

GG......I put an update on the Ornithagalum thread for you

Ornithogalum longibracteatum/caudatum

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 11:49

bump for GG

It's my birthday

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 09:39

A big Thank You to all who posted your good wishes after my last post yesterday.

Slaving away over the jam pan last night so missed the later posts (should have enough to last me until next birthday anyway)

Our Silent Fliers.

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 09:19

Plenty of Red Admirals here too ( Somerset )

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