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by Ali Baba
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: S, S, S - Part Two
Replies: 8
Views: 235

Re: S, S, S - Part Two

I’ve grown plenty of Dyckias from seed . They will grow pretty quickly if you keep them warm and damp and feed them now and again. If you grow them like cacti they will suffer, they don’t like to get dry , even in the winter they will need a bit or the roots will die. By the way they need lime free ...
by Ali Baba
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:10 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Blossfeldia
Replies: 9
Views: 590

Re: Blossfeldia

Mine were sown 7 years ago and are in their 3rd year of flowering. They are very slow at first, best sown via the baggy method, and kept in the bags for 2 years if you can.
I agree with Aiko, Strombocactus are much quicker! :grin:
by Ali Baba
Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Outside Opuntias (which will be safe/grow better)
Replies: 5
Views: 337

Re: Outside Opuntias (which will be safe/grow better)

I've had Opuntia polyacantha and fragilis outside for a few years now. They grow slowly and flower every now and again.
by Ali Baba
Sat Mar 24, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Rhipsalis compost
Replies: 33
Views: 1162

Rhipsalis compost

I use a loose mix of fine orchid bark, perlite, chopped sphagnum and for more vigorous species such as Disocactus some peat based Ericaceous compost. I imagine they will grow in any compost that is acidic, open, well drained and water retentive. I feed every watering with orchid fertiliser (Rain Mix...
by Ali Baba
Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Plant of the Month
Replies: 6
Views: 410

Re: Plant of the Month

Thanks Tony, that is helpful. Although a n.n. it ought to have a cultivar name as the flowers are a very nice shade.
by Ali Baba
Sat Mar 10, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Pachypodium namaquanum seeds
Replies: 8
Views: 432

Re: Pachypodium namaquanum seeds

Hi Tina I did post a picture on the forum when it flowered, only two flowers mind :???: http://forum.bcss.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=164570&p=249942&hilit=pachypodium+namaquanum#p249942 nammy.jpg Not very exciting!! If its any consolation I have a grafted plant now about 18 inches tall a...
by Ali Baba
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:28 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: I'm calling this the first
Replies: 8
Views: 577

Re: I'm calling this the first

Always a welcome sight. Mine are way behind (both purple and white), but I have had a few flowers on Mammillaria sanchez-mejordae
by Ali Baba
Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Plant of the Month
Replies: 6
Views: 410

Re: Plant of the Month

The flowers are definitely alike on those top two R. marsoneri clumps, even if the spines are a bit different. I think I'd agree that it does look more like a form of R. marsoneri than R. senilis, which tends to have even longer spines. I've got a plant somewhat like your "brevispina" pla...
by Ali Baba
Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Plant of the Month
Replies: 6
Views: 410

Plant of the Month

It was nice to see Rebutia marsoneri featured as Plant of the Month, as it is my favourite Rebutia species. I have a few clones, some of which may not be marsoneri ! This is one of my 2 'proper' marsoneri mtypical.JPG I also have a long spined form, which has slightly paler flowers, especially when ...
by Ali Baba
Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Pachypodium namaquanum seeds
Replies: 8
Views: 432

Re: Pachypodium namaquanum seeds

Steve in just 2 weeks they will just be sitting there making roots, you will have to be more patient! This is the right time to sow as they are in their normal growing season. If you keep them warm and damp they may keep growing over the summer, but if not they will be starting to grow again in Augu...

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