Wisley's Alpine Diary Discussion: 18 February 2010
Started by: David Hoare
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I was interested to see your Saxifrage flowering at Wisley now, these are far away more forward than mine. Do you give them any heat at all through the Winter.
My collection have no heat and the windows, doors and side glass are left open at all times only closing them when snow is forcast
Picture taken on the 17th Feb'
Best Wishes David Hoare
No we don't use any heat. The collection is currently kept in a poly tunnel with open ends and a retractable roof so we can open it when the weather is fine - so quite cool. Not many are flowering just now, like yours most of ours are still some way off of flowering.
My rhodohypoxis do not look well at all. About 200 pots inside and a lot more outside. They all survived outdoors uncovered last winter with the usual small number of fatalities but this year a lot have rotted both inside and out. Mice have been a big problem more with the outside ones this year. Looks like it may be time to start growing something else!
Your display from last year looks good.
Colin, sorry to hear about your rhodohypoxis - you've had some lovely plants at the shows, hope you manage to save some of them.
What will your next venture be - something rot-proof and mouse-proof, hopefully! Is there such a plant?
Sorry to hear of your fatalities Colin. have just finished repotting mine and all seem to be OK, fingers crossed. They have been in an unheated frame outside with lights closed since end of last October. They have been just damp and must have experienced temperatures down to -6C, we have been down outside to -8 or -10 and virtually no snow cover. Those at the demonstration at the Loughborough non-competetive in Feb. will vouch for the two or three pots that I dealt with then. I use Aviary wire over the frames(Under the lights) to keep away the mice. Please don`t give up with them; yours look lovely on the bench as do all those beauties on the Wisley log.