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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 3:32 pm    Post subject: Exotic plants. Reply with quote

Anyone like to contribute with their experiences on survival of "exotic" plants this winter?

There's an awful lot of lurkers on this forum, who never never "say a word"! Crying or Very sad It would be nice if people could contribute more. (That's YOU by the way!) Sad (Rant over.) Laughing

I'd like to grow Agaves in my garden but Salmiana and Atrovirens are now mush, although Montana is still perky.

Anyone with an Agave in their garden and how did it fare this December?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Although this year's winter was a tad more harsher than last year's, I think most of the casualties occured last year.

This year, I didn't fleece any plants,,,,, the ones that would have needed it are now safely floating in Horti-Heaven

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:22 am    Post subject: exotics and survival in a harsh winter Reply with quote

If you plant your special tender plants in a clump surrounded by tougher cold tolerant bushes, you may get some respite from the windchill. It creates a bit of microclimate and the higher plants get the full force of the cold. Walls close to the house or where plants get more sun at a preferred south angle should be good choices for tropicals. Ask your nursery what survived and what didn't. No point in trying if it's going to drop dead right?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've no "exotics" yet, but I Think I've lost my new griselinia hedge for 2nd year running. I took a chance on last winter being a once off and replaced 150 plants. By the looks of things so far, I'd say even the one's that survived last year were hit this year. So disappointing but should have guessed
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:17 pm    Post subject: Re: exotics and survival in a harsh winter Reply with quote

ormondsview wrote:
Ask your nursery what survived and what didn't. No point in trying if it's going to drop dead right?


I am afraid that is where you are wrong

How quickly us humans forget when we consumed by temptation while paging a magazine or catalogue, or watching a programe on gardening.

The temptation for the the large glossy banana or tetrapanax leaves, or the sculptural structure of cordylines and palms, the flames of canna leaves or the archaic presence of a tree fern is irresistible.

In other words, its masochism.

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