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by Ali Baba
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Cacti & Succulent Outdoor Raised Bed Project
Replies: 16
Views: 475

Re: Cacti & Succulent Outdoor Raised Bed Project

Be careful which bromeliads you choose, these are taking over the seafront in Falmouth (the lamp post gives you a good feel for the scale :grin: ).
In any case Fascicularia bicolor ssp canaliculata is so tough you probably wont need to cover it unless you get a very cold winter.
by Ali Baba
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Black markings on Trichocaulon
Replies: 4
Views: 241

Re: Black markings on Trichocaulon

Cold? I have had similar marks on various stapeliad seedlings. Always seemed to stop when I moved them to a warmer spot.
by Ali Baba
Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Cactus seed payment
Replies: 78
Views: 3065

Re: Cactus seed payment

Enabling members to become involved by contributing as well as just being consumers? what are you on about now, read your journal and it mentions you can contribute seed to the BCSS offering, you do have to have a certain amount of clean seed but no one is excluded. As long as you aren’t contributi...
by Ali Baba
Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Cactus seed payment
Replies: 78
Views: 3065

Re: Cactus seed payment

The broader question of how to attract younger members seems to point the society in the direction of an online service for seed distribution, online journals etc.. Why bother joining the BCSS when you can get so much information online, including free online journals, seed/plant ordering and advice...
by Ali Baba
Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Tillandsias - any names welcome!
Replies: 8
Views: 730

Re: Tillandsias - any names welcome!

I have grown a few Tillandsia species along the back of my cactus greenhouse for many years. They get ignored in the winter and usually get a spray early in the morning from spring through to autumn. The thermostat in that greenhouse is set to 5 o C. Under these conditions, they have been self-sele...
by Ali Baba
Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Tillandsias - any names welcome!
Replies: 8
Views: 730

Re: Tillandsias - any names welcome!

Spaying is largely ineffective (and even more annoying to the long-suffering) unless they are in a very humid environment.
Hopefully you have soft tap water, otherwise a bucket of rainwater would be advisable
by Ali Baba
Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: What's wrong with my Melocactus?
Replies: 26
Views: 1237

Re: What's wrong with my Melocactus?

I agree with Tina, it looks as if it has been under watered. I water my Melocacti as thoroughly in the winter as in summer, but less frequently as they take longer to dry out. Melocacti are prone to lose their roots if they get dry for too long. You will need to water it steadily but cautiously to g...
by Ali Baba
Mon Dec 17, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Tillandsias - any names welcome!
Replies: 8
Views: 730

Re: Tillandsias - any names welcome!

No problem, if they flower post some pics and I will have a go at IDing them. Warm in the winter isn't a problem as long as they are well lit, I grew ionantha amongst others as a houseplant for about 20 years before I moved them to the greenhouse, (where the ionanthas promptly died). Soak them for a...
by Ali Baba
Sun Dec 16, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Tillandsias - any names welcome!
Replies: 8
Views: 730

Re: Tillandsias - any names welcome!

Till 2 and 6 are ionantha , 4 is juncea and the twirly one (3) is probably a young caput-medusae. No 1 might be albida or maybe capitata but you really wont be able to tell with 1 and 7 what they are until they flower. Some tillandsias are hardy down to 5C or so in the winter ( a couple like bergeri...
by Ali Baba
Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: What C+S can I grow outside in Derbyshire?
Replies: 10
Views: 651

Re: What C+S can I grow outside in Derbyshire?

As Paul says with cover the situation changes provided the root zone is out of the winter damp. I grew cacti on my allotment in cold frames for years before I had a greenhouse and rarely lost any plants in the winter. The main limitation with cover is plant size, so dont be tempted by anything that ...