Royal Poinciana in the UK

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Royal Poinciana in the UK

Post  lordraglan on Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:31 pm

Has anyone had any form of success in the UK with a Delonix regia or Royal Poinciana. Living in the UK it will not tolerate a winter here, up to now I have struggled after a lot of work on the seeds, to keep them growing any more than a tiny shoot. This year I have tried and touch wood, they are both around two to three inches with a first set of leaves. I know they will struggle below 45 degrees F and for the first year I will keep them indoors during the winter and summer. My Blue Jacaranda is similar and I have that in the garden during summer and it has reached the height of around 300mm. Any advice gratefully received.
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Post  BrendanR on Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:33 am

You need to treat these like tropical hothouse plants, and in the UK that's a whole topic all on it own. Growing from seed means these might be bonsai in 20 years in the UK as growth rates here are less than half what you'd get in their natural habitat.

I assume you have plenty of other trees to keep you amused as these are going to be a long term project.

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ROYAL POINCIANA IN THE UK

Post  lordraglan on Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:27 pm

That's what I thought, so if I live to be 80 might just get the enjoyment out of it. Germinated them them in a mini greenhouse on the windowsill. Will have to see if the three of them survive a couple of years then sell one or two of them. Have lots of trees to keep me busy in the meantime. Thanks for the reply.
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