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richard.spicer.7906

St Albans based, career changer and studying Horticulture. Bulb addict, South African plant fan and converted succulent lover

Echium candicans syn. Echium fastuosum

  • Season Icon Early WinterEarly Winter 2019
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richard.spicer.7906

Little polytunnel wander this morning, trying to mop up the excess condensation each morning as I go and open the doors to get the humidity down. Seems to be working slowly, was on 99% all day last week and now seems to be settling to around the 80s. Would like to get it lower into 70s ideally, that way I can worry less about fungus attacks ⛔️.

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This Echium seems to be looking very well so far. I confess this particular one is not my original one from two years ago as I lost that to frosts. But it is a replacement from earlier in the year, bought at the same time as my other new Echiums. It’s getting very cold tomorrow so I’m gonna pop these in the shed overnight for the next two/three days to be safely sure. It has got to minus 2/3 a couple of nights and it’s been ok 🤞🏼 but not sure I’m ready to experiment with lower temps yet!

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richard.spicer.7906

#echium #echium-candicans

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treefrog44

You have created a humidity level in Florida! Lol! It's a wonder we don't have fungus everywhere!

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kathy

Lovely looking plants

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lisa868

I have echinum envy, great plant !

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richard.spicer.7906

Lol! 😂 well now I just need the Florida temperatures too, and that would be set up for the year 😎 - it’s fun learning to live with a polytunnel, and get used to it’s little tricks @treefrog44

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richard.spicer.7906

They are @kathy , I would really like to get one to flower but it’s been hard in previous years. Feeling optimistic this year 😄

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Lisa! I adore them but just never been able to succeed with them. Really keeping my fingers crossed now I’m a bit more prepared @lisa868

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kimguy

They are looking great. I hope that all your hard work pays off in beautiful blooms!🌸🌺

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KariSamuel

Some plants just make us do a little dance, cartwheels, backflips and pull every trick out of our hat before blooming, dont they? Fingers crossed for you to succeed! 🤞

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richard.spicer.7906

Hope so Kim, they are amazing to see in person. I’ve only seen them in Cornwall in the UK - which is not technically far away but they have a much milder winter usually than where I live. London also good for milder winters too, as it’s usually a couple of degrees warmer in the city @kimguy

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  • Season Icon Early WinterEarly Winter 2017
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richard.spicer.7906

Meanwhile, there's no stopping my #echiumcandicans , which seems to still be throwing out new foliage 😀 - it's been outside all winter but it's protected up against the house wall #wintergarden #echium #newgrowth

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lamaisonbleueoleron

Looking very lush👌😎

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fuschia

Very healthy Richard 👍

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hayleyaj

Can't wait to see them in all their glory 😊

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  • Season Icon Mid AutumnMid Autumn 2016
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richard.spicer.7906

Morning, quite please with how my Echium is performing at the moment. I repotted this about 4 weeks ago and despite the cold spells it's looking quite healthy. It's grown well in its first year 😬 #echiumcandicans

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Keely

Morning Rich looks super condition 👌

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lamaisonbleueoleron

🕵🏻😉 Eye spy with my little eye 😂 well done you 👍 Did you start from seed? Another one to watch if you have long periods of frost cover with a fleece bag should be okay, just watch the wind though they sulk 😂

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks @Keely - still looking great today too. Just wondering how it will do over winter 🤔

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks again Steve. I think I'll move it to a more protected part of the garden for the winter.... and get some fleece soon! 😀👍🏼 @lamaisonbleueoleron

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Ps - wasn't from seed unfortunately. I was a little impatient so decided to buy a small baby from a stand at a show last Easter. @lamaisonbleueoleron

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lamaisonbleueoleron

Richard I could have brought one over with me if I had known !

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  • Season Icon Late SpringLate Spring 2016
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richard.spicer.7906

😀 @lamaisonbleueoleron - Steve, thought I'd introduce you to my little Echium friend. Got him at the Knebworth flower show at the beginning of May. I potted him on before my holidays in a good gritty well draining soil and so far he looks very happy 👍🏼 #echiumcandicans

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lamaisonbleueoleron

Hi Richard, looking good. #candicans is the same plant I've lost during the last wave of cold weather. I think it's more salt than cold that's finished then off. I'll wait a while before moving in case any new growth come through! 🙏😉 What size pot do you have it it? You'll need to pot it on before start of growing season, be gentle with the roots they don't like being disturbed to much. 🙈@richard.spicer.7906

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