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by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:08 pm
Forum: Germination
Topic: Nelumbo nucifera
Replies: 19
Views: 12530

Great work, everyone! Marceli, to overwinter them: as long as the corms are deep enough in the pond to avoid the ice, they should be fine. In the wild they're covered by ice for many months at a time, so I would think they could handle a similar situation at your place.
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:01 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Desert Area
Topic: New arid bed for 2014.
Replies: 17
Views: 7865

Great work!
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:00 pm
Forum: Anything Yucca
Topic: Yucca plants after long-long winter
Replies: 10
Views: 5681

Great photos, Igor! If your area experienced a winter like we have in North America, the Yuccas might look a little different :lol:
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Tue Mar 18, 2014 4:19 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Trachy Hut comes down
Replies: 29
Views: 6983

Great work! Just wait until you have to set up an even taller hut next year :lol:
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:46 pm
Forum: Germination
Topic: Beginning the germination process! - Part II
Replies: 176
Views: 54727

Great work, everyone! I have too many to post right now :lol:
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:44 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Opened up the Washies
Replies: 25
Views: 6272

Great work, Barb!
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:43 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Uncovered the tropicals today!
Replies: 7
Views: 2304

Good job!
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:02 pm
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: Bought a Limequat
Replies: 8
Views: 6999

Good luck, Barb! Citrus appreciate lots of light.
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Sat Mar 01, 2014 5:11 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Desert Area
Topic: Building a Cactus Bed
Replies: 55
Views: 28901

Tim, this is the same species commonly seen in grocery stores. Hopefully my plants will fruit this summer.

Barb, what type of kiwi did you plant? They like a fair amount of water in the summer!
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Fri Feb 28, 2014 8:25 pm
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: New Pomegranate Plants
Replies: 6
Views: 6128

Thanks for all of the help, Igor! I figured that the names in Farsi might be tough to translate :lol: However, I know that any names with "Saveh" mean that the plants originate from the Saveh region of Iran, and some of the hardiest pomegranates (Entek Habi Saveh, Tabestani Malas Biranden Saveh, etc...
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:06 pm
Forum: Anything Yucca
Topic: My yuccas, Central Europe, Poland, zone 6.
Replies: 291
Views: 110362

marceli wrote:
Y. nofckinidea ;)

Is this a new species? :lol:
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:52 pm
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: Wollemia nobilis odd growth this year
Replies: 12
Views: 4977

Great shots Barb and Tim!
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:51 pm
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: New Pomegranate Plants
Replies: 6
Views: 6128

Thanks for the comments! Igor, it was interesting to hear that "ranii" means "early ripening"! Here are some of the other varieties that I'm getting in the spring. Let me know if you recognize any other words! "Afganski" (obviously from Afghanistan), "Agat", "Asperonski Krasnyj", "Desertnyi" (I know...
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:37 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Desert Area
Topic: Building a Cactus Bed
Replies: 55
Views: 28901

Tim, one positive note would be the hardiness of the fuzzy kiwi (A. deliciosa). They survived cold temps last winter, and hopefully this winter as well. I remember Igor posting a photo of his vine which I believe took -25 C or so. Many online sources only rate them to zone 7a/b.
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Tue Feb 25, 2014 8:56 pm
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: Wollemia nobilis odd growth this year
Replies: 12
Views: 4977

This Wollemi is located at the Kingsbrae Botanical Garden in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. I saw it when I was delivering some plants there last season. If I remember correctly, they purchased it when the first group was made available after the rediscovery of the species. It was around 7-8' tall when...
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Tue Feb 25, 2014 8:07 pm
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: New Pomegranate Plants
Replies: 6
Views: 6128

New Pomegranate Plants

I had some pomegranate plants arrive a couple of weeks ago. As you can see, the shipping process (and week-long delay at Canadian customs :x ) was not kind to them: http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u192/Cameron_Dommer/IMG01129-20140211-1426_zpsbb4f8ef5.jpg This experience basically forced them int...
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:48 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Question about the big El Paso freeze
Replies: 11
Views: 3113

There were some fairly large dates in El Paso before (and some after) this freeze event. These were CIDPs, and not even the hardiest species like P. theophrastii! It's true that growers are taking a risk that the trees will be killed once every decade, but there's a huge difference between the cold ...
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:53 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Desert Area
Topic: Building a Cactus Bed
Replies: 55
Views: 28901

Here's what I did with the lower half of the bed. I was only planning on keeping one MP tree for myself, but another looked too damaged to sell, so I planted both. I don't have high hopes for the sickly one (further back, towards the bed), and am not even too sure about the healthier one after the a...
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Tue Feb 25, 2014 2:40 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Desert Area
Topic: Building a Cactus Bed
Replies: 55
Views: 28901

No problem!

Jim, I already have a small pond :lol:

Tim, I lost several plants due to low light through the winter, as well as the loquats due to a cold winter. There was one small loquat surviving in the fall, but it was crushed by workers. I'll have to see if it resprouts in the spring.
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Tue Feb 25, 2014 1:04 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Desert Area
Topic: Building a Cactus Bed
Replies: 55
Views: 28901

On top of the soil, I added the remaining 15 cm or so (6") of pea gravel. It was easily contained by the surrounding border rocks, and the fact that this portion is raised above the surrounding soil will really help with drainage: http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u192/Cameron_Dommer/IMG01087-20130...
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:44 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Desert Area
Topic: Building a Cactus Bed
Replies: 55
Views: 28901

Here are the rest of the photos after a long delay. Here's what the bed looked like at the start of this past summer. I had to stop work on it during the previous fall when it started to snow. You can see that some dirt and leaves ended up falling into the bed, but overall the winter was a good thin...
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:20 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Desert Area
Topic: Designing 'Test-beds' for dry-climate plants...
Replies: 10
Views: 5458

Paul, are you planning on covering the cacti during the winter?
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Question about the big El Paso freeze
Replies: 11
Views: 3113

I think it's a combination of genetics, luck, and climate. The fact that even some CIDPs survived the event speaks to what people can grow in a dry area, even if it occasionally suffers through that type of cold.
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Thu Feb 20, 2014 1:30 pm
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: Growing tree ferns from spore : Cyathea vieillardii
Replies: 7
Views: 3268

Canadianplant, I've been growing tree ferns from spores for awhile now, with varying results as you said :lol: I sowed the spores close to three years ago now, and the largest ferns (or blobs) are maybe half the size of a grain of rice. I haven't removed any of the lids yet, and out of the 8-10 spec...
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:17 am
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: southern magnolis
Replies: 2
Views: 2239

There's actually a hardy cultivar of M. grandiflora which originates in Indiana, called "Simpson's Hardy".
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Thu Feb 06, 2014 11:11 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: My Hardy palms and bananas
Replies: 39
Views: 16952

Nice photos, Ivo! Have you heard of the olive cultivar "Vassilika"? It's supposed to be hardy to zone 7a or so, and is apparently from the Black Sea region.
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:42 pm
Forum: Photo Gallery
Topic: The makings of a Southwestern garden
Replies: 9
Views: 3416

Nice plants! You can get a good idea of winter protection from the tent/polytunnel that Jim in Iowa keeps over his cacti during the winter.
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:50 pm
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: Metapanax delavayi
Replies: 14
Views: 6062

Great work, Tim! This gives me peace of mind for when I try out a Metapanax next season.
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:48 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Help, my bamboo is burnt brown from cold
Replies: 22
Views: 7898

Cameron your weather sticker froze? :lol: Barb, a couple of times my weather sticker has frozen at -9999 C :lol: Jesse, I had a 2nd P. japonica before. I had to cut both of them to the ground last fall to try to get rid of bamboo mites. One plant regrew pretty well, while the other had some growth ...
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Tue Jan 21, 2014 8:34 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Help, my bamboo is burnt brown from cold
Replies: 22
Views: 7898

cam it looks like pseudosasa but i have never heard of it taking those lows........ Jesse, I didn't think P. japonica could take those temps until I bought one! It's in a more sheltered position than most of my other bamboos, but every winter so far it's been in much better condition than even my P...
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Mon Jan 20, 2014 8:02 pm
Forum: Anything Yucca
Topic: Y.elata growing in January!
Replies: 9
Views: 4169

Barb, my guess is that it's low light levels. I have two potted Y. glauca which I haven't had a chance to plant, and during both winters indoors the central needles turned white-green on both plants, and this doesn't look like new growth to me.
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Mon Jan 20, 2014 7:58 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Help, my bamboo is burnt brown from cold
Replies: 22
Views: 7898

My bamboo plants have really taken a beating this year with a low of -22 C (-8 F).

Your bamboo should come back with no problems. The Pseudosasa japonica in that first photo looks as if only the top is damaged.
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Fri Jan 10, 2014 3:13 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Desert Area
Topic: Some pics from the drive out...
Replies: 14
Views: 4884

Great photos, Jim! You're taking the easy way out by avoiding the freezing temps back home :lol: I like the large saguaro.

I posted a message on the HPS board saying that you're in Arizona, and that you'd like your account password emailed to you.
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Tue Dec 31, 2013 12:39 pm
Forum: Germination
Topic: Beginning the germination process! - Part II
Replies: 176
Views: 54727

Great work, Tim! That R. sinogrande is fantastic!
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Thu Dec 26, 2013 9:44 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Christmas update 2013
Replies: 94
Views: 18954

Everything looks great, especially the bulletproof needle palm!
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Thu Dec 26, 2013 11:38 am
Forum: Cold Hardy - General
Topic: Ice Storm Pictures
Replies: 7
Views: 3279

Paul, did you lose power at all? Are you protecting any plants with supplemental heat? My relatives in Toronto were without power for about 92 hours. Here in NS, most of the coastal areas (including Halifax) were spared from the freezing rain.
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:46 pm
Forum: Germination
Topic: Nelumbo nucifera
Replies: 19
Views: 12530

hardyjim wrote:Hmmm

something similar appeared here one day as well....

I guess somebody wants us all to build little ponds-lol
:lol:
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:45 pm
Forum: Other Plants of Interest
Topic: I need to make more money....
Replies: 6
Views: 2372

Jim, that link to Zusung's plants is awesome! I own one species that he's photographed, and I'm guessing that maybe 5 would survive (with moisture protection) in my area.
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:54 am
Forum: Germination
Topic: Nelumbo nucifera
Replies: 19
Views: 12530

Marcel, I would wait until closer to the spring to start germination, since there will be a lot more sunlight and warmth. I have one seed that just germinated, but since I have quite a few other seeds, I am just trying one out now to see how it does. Good luck! :lol:
by Cameron_z6a_N.S.
Sat Dec 14, 2013 5:31 pm
Forum: Cold Hardy Palms
Topic: Trachy and Butia capitata left outside Zone 5
Replies: 13
Views: 3951

Give the palms a couple of weeks indoors; that way you'll know for sure. With the temps that they've experienced and the fact that they're potted, if they're still alive you'll likely have to trunk-cut them and use the same hydrogen peroxide treatment as last year.