Tropical Gardens UK: Exotic Garden Jobs for February


While technically still winter, February is usually when the first signs of spring appear. However a few mild days can spring the garden back into to life so its worth taking advantage of these balmy times to get on top of those time sensitive jobs which can greatly benefit you further into the season. 

Check out the following video links as mentioned in the above video:
HOW TO PLANT BARE ROOT KNIPHOFIA?
https://youtu.be/j1Q1_VtlojQ

HOW TO PLANT BARE ROOT AGAPANTHUS?
https://youtu.be/eKPVtXdl8ug

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Five Mistakes to Avoid Planting and Growing Bare-Root Peonies, Peony, Pa...


Peonies are arguably some of the most bold and impactful of all ornamental flowering plants. However they can be surprisingly expensive, especially when bought in bloom. So by keeping an eye out in your local garden centres and other plant retailing outlets come early spring there is a good chance that you will be able to find a reasonable selection of pre-packed, bare-root peonies available for sale and at a far more reasonable price! That being said there are a few thing you will need to know in order the get the very best performance out of your bare-root plants so in this video English horticulturist Lorna explains her five mistakes to avoid when planting and growing bare-root peonies.

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Tropical Gardens UK:Exotic Garden February Tour Walk Around


At face value there isn't much to see in an exotic garden in February. Look at bit closer however, and you will see that life is returning for its big, spring comeback! So join English horticulturist Simon as he takes a late winter tour around his garden to see just what is on the move.

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When do you Plant Snowdrops - Galanthus nivalis


Although not the first plant to flower in a new year snowdrops are easily the most recognisable and with their pure-white blooms the most noticeable! Often seen naturalised throughout the UK one might be forgiven for wanting to grow this extremely cute and perfectly formed bulb in your own garden. Assuming this is true, just when is the best time for planting snowdrops - Galanthus nivalis?

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Five Common Cycad Problems Treatment and Recovery - Sago Palm, Cycas re...


Cycads are arguably the kings of an exotic-effect garden and why wouldn't they be? They have ridiculously glossy leaves, wonderful architectural structure and more importantly look as cute as a button! However they can suffer from cultural, and environmental as well as a number of pests and disease. So check out this video where English horticulturist Simon explains his five common problem, treatment and recovery of the Sago Palm - Cycas revoluta.

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How to Plant and Grow Bare Root Agapanthus - Lily of the Nile


Indigenous to the southern African continent, Agapanthus (common name 'Lily of the Nile') is a truly gorgeous genus of herbaceous plants, perfect for almost any style of garden. So assuming you wish to have them in your garden the chances are that you have taken the opportunity to purchase bare root specimens in the spring, therefore avoiding the far higher purchase prices of established pot grown plants when the weather improves.

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How to Plant and Grow Bare Root Kniphofia - Red Hot Poker


The Red-Hot Poker - 'Kniphofia' is a fantastic and mostly hardy addition for the exotic, tropical-effect garden. Often bought as bare root plants in the spring there are a few issues which can arise when compared to established pot grown specimens. However, English horticulturists Simon and Lorna point out the most common problems and how to resolve them.

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How to Plant and Grow Crocosmia Bulbs - Montbretia


Crocosmia cultivars and hybrids are one of the great mainstays of the tropical-effect, exotic garden. However as a native to southern and eastern Africa some specimens are hardier than other and native conditions are best matched as possible to get the most out of these impressive plants. So to get the most out of your Crocosmias (commonly called Montbretias) English horticulturist Simon explains how he plants and grows Crocosmia bulbs.

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What is the Hardiest Tree Fern in the World


Tree ferns have not only a gorgeous primordial presence but they can also add a fantastic exotic dimension to any tropical effect garden. However, despite many tree fern genera  being native to subtropical and tropical climates there are a few that you can consider growing in the mildest regions of the UK. However tree ferns are expensive and so to save losing a prized specimen to freezing conditions just which is the hardiest tree fern that you can buy? To find out English horticulturist picks out three of the most widely cultivated tree ferns for garden use and checks out their relative cold hardiness.

Those are Sphaeropteris cooperi, Dicksonia antarctica and Dicksonia squarrosa.

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How To Grow Hardy Fuchsia 'Genii'


If you are looking to grow hardy Fuchsia then arguably one of the most striking colour forms is the fantastic Fuchsia 'Genii'. They are both robust and easy to grow however to get the pest performance out of them there are a couple of tricks of the trade that you can employ. To find out what they are check out English horticulturist Simon video on how to grow hardy Fuchsia 'Genii'.

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Common Camellia Problems and Treatment and Recovery


On the whole, camellias are tough, robust and disease free. However environmental conditions and several pest and pathogen genera can change all of that. So in this video English horticulturist SImon looks into the five most common problems which camellias can suffer from as well as discuss their treatment and Recovery.

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How To Grow Tree Lilies


Tree lilies are a great addition to an exotic garden, at least they are in my opinion. So to find out how to grow tree lilies check out this video. We discus the best time to buy them, where to plant them and how ro plant tree lilies.

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Five Common Poisonous Plants in Your Garden


As a rule, garden plants are usually purchased on their looks and perhaps fragrance, but these are aggressive living things that have no idea what century they're in and they'll defend themselves. Violently, if necessary. So when walking around your garden take care and always wear gloves - not fox-gloves though that would be dangerous. To find out more check out English horticulturist Simon's five common poisonous plants that could easily be there in your garden!

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When Is The Best Time To Plant Camellias


Camellias are among the most beloved of all the early flowering hardy plants and as such it's only right that you should should wish to do the best by them. After all they are not the cheapest plant in the shop! So, to help give them the best start it helps enormously to plant them at the right time of the year. When is the best time of year to plant Camellias? Well, English horticulturist Simon explains his thoughts on that subject in this video.

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How to Grow the Wollemi Pine - Wollemia nobilis


There has been a lot of interest in the Wollemi pine - Wollemia nobilis, since its discovery in a remote gorge in the Wollemi national park in 1994. Since then it has been successfully propagated, brought in to general cultivation and with a small amount of money you too can grow this so-called 'living fossil' in your own garden. So if you are interested in growing the Wollemi pine in your garden then check out this video.

We explain its history and the conditions required to grow it in your own garden. So long as winter temperatures don't go lower than -5 degrees celsius and your soil is free draining then should you expect every success.

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Why is Monty Don Denying Horticulturists


The lovely Monty Don recently published an X - formally known as a tweet, asking '....when did the term 'horticulturist' replace gardener? And why?' So in this video we aim to answer these questions. Also we will try to avoid starting a sentance beginning with 'And'!

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Tropical Cactus Garden - Majorelle Gardens, Marrakech, Morocco


Majorelle gardens is home to one of the worlds greatest collection of cacti and other plant genera, however it has had its ups and downs over the years with regards to the condition and quality of its displays. Many years ago Lorna and I made our first visit to Morocco, with Majorelle gardens on our list of places to visit, and we were not disappointed. It was the best we had ever seen it and although we were not in the market of making YouTube videos then we did take some footage albeit on rather old technology! We hope you enjoy this step back in time with us.

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How To Overwinter Winterize Hardy Bananas - Musa, Musella and Ensete


Hardy bananas and hardy banana-likeys are arguably amongst the most tropical effect plants that you can grow here in the UK. Unfortunately the word 'hardy' can be a little misleading as hardiness should be seen as more of a spectrum rather than a definitive characteristic. And so it is with hardy bananas, they will tolerate our winter conditions to a point but without a little help in managing freezing wet conditions root damage or fungal infections can occur. So in this video English horticulturist Simon goes through his winter management techniques for overwintering or winterizing hardy bananas.

In essence, it will be about dry mulching, copious layers of horticultural fleece topped off with a large protective bag to keep off the wind, rain and freezing temperatures.

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How To Grow and Plant The Monkey Puzzle Tree - Araucaria araucana


No-one is doubting that the Monkey Puzzle Tree is one of the most impressive and architectural trees that you can grow. However, due to the immense sizes these trees can attain the question you should probably be asking is whether you 'should' be growing it rather than 'how' to grow it. A question for another video perhaps, although it covered in this video nonetheless! To continue, if you would like to know how to grow and plant a Monkey Puzzle tree - Araucaria araucana, then English horticulturist Simon goes into some detail.

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Five Mistakes to Avoid Growing Ricinus communis - Castor Oil Plant


It is difficult nowadays to find Ricinus communis plants for sale in your local garden centre however the seeds are still readily available from trusted online retailers should you decide you can't live with out them and are prepare for the faff of growing your own. However, there are some mistakes that are often made when growing these impressive plants so before you start check out English horticulturist Simon's five mistakes to avoid when growing Ricinus communis, otherwise known as the caster oil plant.

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