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by Ali Baba
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: A few late (or early) flowers
Replies: 2
Views: 96

Re: A few late (or early) flowers

Thanks iann, sadly no chance of any shows, I’m off to Cornwall shortly to deliver no 1 son back to Falmouth Uni. Last year that plant had as many flowers but they all came out in drubs and drabs
by Ali Baba
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: A few late (or early) flowers
Replies: 2
Views: 96

A few late (or early) flowers

From today
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by Ali Baba
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Lapidaria margaretae care tips
Replies: 14
Views: 519

Re: Lapidaria margaretae care tips

Here's my pair of plants. Right next to the south facing end of my greenhouse. Just enough water in summer to prevent excessive wrinkling, and then more water now and as they form a new pair of leaves.
They go a lovely colour in full sun, green with a hint of biscuit.
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by Ali Baba
Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Spectacular late flower show
Replies: 7
Views: 397

Re: Spectacular late flower show

My two plants usually produce a few flowers at one go, but despite various efforts to get them to synchronize, they almost always flower on different nights :???:
My plants are usually open still the next day which makes taking their picture easier (see left!)
by Ali Baba
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Astrophytum Caput Mesudae
Replies: 12
Views: 738

Re: Astrophytum Caput Mesudae

That's nice Ralph. They seem to get more sturdy as they get older: here are some of my seedlings
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and here are my two much older plants
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by Ali Baba
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Mammillaria problem
Replies: 12
Views: 531

Re: Mammillaria problem

I'd agree with the thrips idea. Thrips do graze on young spines, usually producing banding on the spines, but if spines are feathery they can reduce the spines to stubs. I have seen this on Mammillaria luethyi.
The other pest that can sometimes do this are earwigs.
by Ali Baba
Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Astrophytum Caput Mesudae
Replies: 12
Views: 738

Re: Astrophytum Caput Mesudae

I have several plants , all seed grown, all at 5C and dry in winter with no problems, although I have lost one or two when they were very small. All in my standard compost and plastic pots. The roots are mostly tuber with very few fine roots when young, suggesting underpotting might be helpful at le...
by Ali Baba
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Strange growth on Ariocarpus
Replies: 16
Views: 616

Re: Strange growth on Ariocarpus

must be a monstrose form then :eek:
by Ali Baba
Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: El Dorado
Replies: 4
Views: 259

Re: El Dorado

I kind of thought it was a locality rather than a cultivar, as a Google search just comes up with L. hookeri...
by Ali Baba
Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: El Dorado
Replies: 4
Views: 259

El Dorado

I have a couple of Lithops hookeri from the BCSS seedlist in 2012 called L. hookeri El Dorado.

Where is El Dorado?...
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