Brachychiton populneus

Use this forum to help with identification issues and to show off your beautiful fat plants, one species, subspecies, and cultivar at a time.
Forum rules
This section is dedicated toward maintaining one active thread for each fat plant species/subspecies/variety/cultivar. Please feel free to add information and/or photos to existing threads or start your own by adding Genus/species as the thread subject. Note that listings are displayed alphabetically. Enjoy!
Post Reply
User avatar
mickthecactus
Moderator
Posts: 2950
Joined: Fri May 23, 2014 5:36 am
Location: Hertfordshire UK.

Brachychiton populneus

#1

Post by mickthecactus »

4848CB58-C3EC-41A7-8C51-614B72273272.jpeg
4848CB58-C3EC-41A7-8C51-614B72273272.jpeg (469.89 KiB) Viewed 2323 times
User avatar
Paul S
Ready to Bolt
Posts: 1515
Joined: Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:44 am
Location: Southest Essex, England

Re: Brachychiton populneus

#2

Post by Paul S »

Just right for planting out?
User avatar
mickthecactus
Moderator
Posts: 2950
Joined: Fri May 23, 2014 5:36 am
Location: Hertfordshire UK.

Re: Brachychiton populneus

#3

Post by mickthecactus »

I’m a bit nervous. I’d hate to lose it.
User avatar
Tom in Tucson
Ready to Bolt
Posts: 255
Joined: Thu Aug 19, 2021 7:36 pm
Location: NW Tucson area
USDA Zone: 9b

Re: Brachychiton populneus

#4

Post by Tom in Tucson »

mickthecactus wrote: Mon Jul 24, 2023 11:17 am I’m a bit nervous. I’d hate to lose it.
I don't think the average amount of cold you receive in that part of your country should be too much of a concern. As far as the fear of it receiving too much winter rain, I'm reminded of how William Hertrich of the Huntington Botanical Garden constructed a mini-greenhouse around the base of a large Saguaro to keep out the lethal winter rain. It apparently worked well for many years.

BTW, that species of Brachychiton is one of the hardiest in the USA.
Casas Adobes, AZ
User avatar
mickthecactus
Moderator
Posts: 2950
Joined: Fri May 23, 2014 5:36 am
Location: Hertfordshire UK.

Re: Brachychiton populneus

#5

Post by mickthecactus »

I shall think about it Tom.

Mind you we all lost a lot of plants last winter. Plants that had lived outside quite happily for years.
User avatar
Jkwinston
Ready to Bolt
Posts: 1691
Joined: Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:30 pm
Location: London UK
Contact:

Re: Brachychiton populneus

#6

Post by Jkwinston »

mickthecactus wrote: Mon Jul 24, 2023 11:29 pm I shall think about it Tom.

Mind you we all lost a lot of plants last winter. Plants that had lived outside quite happily for years.
I have a plant a little over six feet tall. It is in a deep 10 inch pot. After last year's disastrous winter, I decided to play safe. No special treatment this years and yes it is outdoors in the rain at the side of the house where it gets very little sun. Maybe I should throw some fertilizer at it, as it is moving at a slower pace than last year 'summer'; or maybe move it in to a 'sunny' spot. Mick, I do understand your caution. Jkw
User avatar
Paul S
Ready to Bolt
Posts: 1515
Joined: Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:44 am
Location: Southest Essex, England

Re: Brachychiton populneus

#7

Post by Paul S »

As I posted on another thread, mine - planted outside - was only partially defoliated, suffered little-to-no tip damage and is now growing away strongly. Last winter was a rare - if not unique - confluence of weather events that hopefully won't be repeated so I have high hopes of the longevity of this species in my climate.

I think it must just be a different mindset or, at leaast, a different objective - my interest in plants comes from a gardening perspective, not a collecting one. I want to see what plants I can grow outside, not just hoard them. I accept that I lose them occasionally - I try to figure out why and then decide if they are worth trying again. If not, I'll try something else. There must come a point when you can't justify getting any more interesting plants because you haven't got any more room for additional potted plants?
User avatar
mickthecactus
Moderator
Posts: 2950
Joined: Fri May 23, 2014 5:36 am
Location: Hertfordshire UK.

Re: Brachychiton populneus

#8

Post by mickthecactus »

I am most definitely not a hoarder. I’m a grower first and last. Always have been.

Would you plant it out now or leave to next spring?
User avatar
Paul S
Ready to Bolt
Posts: 1515
Joined: Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:44 am
Location: Southest Essex, England

Re: Brachychiton populneus

#9

Post by Paul S »

Spring would be best. Gives it a whole growing season to establish.
User avatar
mickthecactus
Moderator
Posts: 2950
Joined: Fri May 23, 2014 5:36 am
Location: Hertfordshire UK.

Re: Brachychiton populneus

#10

Post by mickthecactus »

Spring it shall be.
User avatar
mickthecactus
Moderator
Posts: 2950
Joined: Fri May 23, 2014 5:36 am
Location: Hertfordshire UK.

Re: Brachychiton populneus

#11

Post by mickthecactus »

And spring it is!
83150435-4EB9-4574-AD3A-DB31350A15FF.jpeg
83150435-4EB9-4574-AD3A-DB31350A15FF.jpeg (563.28 KiB) Viewed 294 times
Post Reply