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Discussion in 'Tropical Gardening' started by PeterS, Jan 20, 2019.

  1. NigelJ

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    Mine usually flowers April, with leafing up about a month later. Once in leaf they make good shade plants to protect more delicate things in the greenhouse.
     
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    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    I put a pot of Konjac outside a few years ago, It still leafs up every year but not until some point in June.
    I think it might be hardier than most people might think.
    It survived the beast from the east last Feb in a pot on the allotment.
     
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      Possibly Guzmania @PeterS although I can't see the whole plant.
       
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        Hi Strongy - Thank you. You have prompted me to have a Google. And whilst nearly all Guzmanias are the normal vase of coloured leaves, I found this :-
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        Which is very close. So I am sure you are right. :love30:
         
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          Although I wasn't going to bring any plants back from Madeira, I did buy a small Protea. It was in a small plastic 'rooting' bag. After being potted on our return the dormant bud had now pushed out new leaves. I hope it is big and strong enough to survive outside while we are away
          for all of May. I'm not sure if it is cynaroides as was labelled.PROTEA.JPG
           
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            pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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            Looks very similar in leaf and stem to my cynaroides strongy.

            I think the protea cutting I bought mail order from madeira back in the winter is slowly dying.
             
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              Hi @strongy I'd agree with the expert, the red stem and slightly glaucous leaves look like cynaroides. @pete I also bought some proteas from an ebay seller in Madeira. Mine were little rooted plants. But some succumbed during my house move. I think only my telopea is hanging on...
               
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                pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                I think I should have waited so that I received it at a time when it could take off straight away, buying it in mid winter was a daft idea on my part.
                 
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                  I bought mine from a small florist shop next to the hotel, he supplies to Holland and elsewhere in Europe so I shouldn't have doubted the labelling. At least it is growing.:smile:
                   
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                      pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                      It will be interesting to see how the Ensete Maurelii gets on @strongylodon .


                      The Protea I bought is actually a Leucospermum.
                      And its got two new shoots appearing, so its not dead yet.:biggrin:
                       
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                        I can't see pics, keep seeing error message so I assume you can't.
                        so I'll re-post.
                        IMG_5720.JPG

                        Nemesia Banana Swirl.
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                        Tradescantia fluminensis.
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                          pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                          Well I could see your pics yesterday, but today I'm also getting error messages.:scratch:
                          In you post from yesterday.Today's post they are working again.
                           
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                            Isn't that the same thing ?
                             
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                            pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                            Well I dont think it is exactly.
                            It is in the protea family but not actually a protea.
                            A bit like grevillea, or embothrium etc.
                             
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