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General / Re: Some clivia
« on: April 08, 2016, 21:53:39 PM »
Looks like no one else appreciate these! Stunning displays, all of them. A clump is just so much more striking than a single plant in a pot.

Really like the shape of that 3rd plant.

A belated thanks for sharing these.

General / Re: Question
« on: April 08, 2016, 21:50:33 PM »
Long time no see...

This is a nice one Rena, looks like a peach on my screen. The green throat is a nice touch.

The shape points to a more than likely group 1 plant, thus compatible to most yellows going around.



Home Gardens / Re: Hardy palms wanted
« on: August 09, 2015, 17:26:15 PM »
Hi Abby.

For curiosity sake, are some of the species I listed available in the nursery trade in Aus?

The species I listed would do well in the arid interior.

Seeds will always be appreciated.


Home Gardens / Re: Hardy palms wanted
« on: July 27, 2015, 13:11:54 PM »
Hi Rena.

No not swapping, just diversifying... and adapting to a difficult climate to garden in. From -7'C to 43'C, the previous winter and the past summer's extremes.

It baffles me that we have such a limited range of palms available in SA. We are so boring. My dad used to grow a variety, and he even imported Butia seedlings from Holland when they were still hard to come by here.

Hope to get some good news from you.


Home Gardens / Hardy palms wanted
« on: July 26, 2015, 21:54:03 PM »
Hi guys.

Does anyone perhaps know of a nursery/private person in SA that stock some of the species below? It is possible to get seeds from the US, but many of these are desert plants and really slow growing.

Would appreciate any leads.

Trithrinax campestris
Brahea armata
Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera
Nannorrhops arabica (Silver)


Home Gardens / Re: Camellias
« on: July 26, 2015, 21:48:33 PM »
Very pretty.

Thanks for sharing! I 'had' to bring one to my mom when we moved to Upington area...I thought I condemned the poor thing to a slow and tortured desert death, but I noticed that it is full of buds nearly a year later. (It is on the southern side of the house and shielded from most of the sun thought!)

But it just goes to show!


General / Re: Odd seed head
« on: October 01, 2014, 21:37:20 PM »
That looks awesome. Just love that clump of Belgian reds under the tree. Very nice broad leaves too.
How wide are their leaves? My widest Belgian plant gets to about 12cm.

That last red is also great. True red clivias is still not easy to find.

Thanks for sharing. Regards.

General / Re: Odd seed head
« on: September 29, 2014, 20:16:52 PM »
Hi Rena, I have seen this before. Sometimes flower petals develop as a type of 'pseudo leaf' being green and thus able to photosynthesise. There are a couple of known plants that flowers with green buds that never open, and stays on the plant for a couple of months.

What did the rest of your clivias look like this year, you have some very nice plants!


Vegetables / Re: Potato leaves flattened.
« on: July 05, 2014, 18:56:41 PM »
Hi Rena.

No, don't trow the potatoes away. The bucket will be full of nice new baby potatoes, use them!

Unluckily few of us will have access to seed potatoes, and therefore have no other option as using store bought potatoes to plant. Use only healthy looking potatoes. You can even split a nice big one in  half or 4, let it dry and dust with sulphur before planting.

I would be more worried about introducing nematodes (aalwurm) to my soil, so the idea of using tires and potting soil you can trow away after harvesting your crop is a better idea.

Farming with potatoes is a tricky business, and farmers use pesticides and fungicides preventatively that most of us don't have access to.

Good luck. 

Vegetables / Re: Potato leaves flattened.
« on: July 04, 2014, 19:00:26 PM »
Hi there.

Let me take a few guesses why.

Firstly, it's not their active growing season, you should save your seed potatoes (moere) in the fridge's bottom drawer, and plant them out in spring, after the last frost.

Secondly, your plants should be in full sun, in well drained soil.

And lastly, you should ridge them up. After a few weeks, pile more soil around your plants, or make the ridges you planted them on wider and higher. New growth should appear, and potatoes will start developing on the submerged stems.

Another plan is to grow them in tires. Here is a link.

Just add more tires as the plants grow and add soil. At harvest time, just unstack the tire-towers, and pick the pototoes from the soil.


General / Aloes
« on: June 30, 2014, 19:14:03 PM »
We visited Andy de Wet's Aloe farm near the Hartbeespoort dam yesterday. Like usual this time of the year, it was stunning. If you are anywhere close-by, do yourself the favour and go and take a look.

Even you guys in the Western Cape should drive to Swellendam and visit Jaap Viljoen's Rooiklip nursery.

General / Re: First flower
« on: June 28, 2014, 12:24:52 PM »
Pretty, and it will definitely improve with  age.

Probably blush Gardenii, as the stamen protrudes from the flower.

Post a pic of the base of the plant as well Rena, Robustas have a very light green base, with darker green veining, whereas Gardenii are pretty much uniform darker green.


Home Gardens / Re: What's going on in your garden in June 2014?
« on: June 28, 2014, 12:19:30 PM »
Hi Rena. Weedguard is a wonderful thing... Then cover it with mulch, pebbles or pieces of sandstone etc. Will work nicely in your rock garden.

At least you have greenery and moisture in your garden, here on the highveld, it's pretty much brown everywhere, and due to the dryness, lots of veldfires, resulting in a permanent smokey haze...

At least I have some aloes flowering, I'll share some a bit later.

Regards, and enjoy your rainy season.

Home Gardens / Re: What's going on in your garden this May 2014?
« on: May 27, 2014, 19:46:36 PM »
Your garden is definitely picking up the pace Cecile, well done.

LeRoy, great genetics, and this one is surely a stunner. Would love to see it in 2 years.


General / Re: ID?
« on: May 11, 2014, 18:38:10 PM »
Hi you guys.

The best I could do is Nananthus vittatus, but there seems to be quite a mix-up of names, both in the genus and specie names.

We should get a person or 2 of SANBI to join!


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