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by Ali Baba
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Veltheimia virus?
Replies: 5
Views: 175

Re: Veltheimia virus?

Growing a Veltheimia from seed is a good way to ensure you have a virus free plant.
by Ali Baba
Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Veltheimia virus?
Replies: 5
Views: 175

Re: Veltheimia virus?

Sadly I think you are correct, that looks very much like a virus infection. Unfortunately there’s no treatment so you need to consider destroying the plant as pests like thrips and aphids are likely to spread the virus to other plants that are susceptible
by Ali Baba
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: S, S, S - Part Seven
Replies: 12
Views: 633

Re: S, S, S - Part Seven

Interesting Nick. So how do you stop everything growing fungi and rotting off in the humid conditions used for seedlings? Do you sterilise your mix somehow before sowing the seeds? Like Nick I use a JI mix to sow seedlings (in fact just my standard cactus mix of JI, grit and moler clay). Very rarel...
by Ali Baba
Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Melocactus violaceus
Replies: 5
Views: 507

Re: Melocactus violaceus

Agreed, the minimum temperature in my kitchen is 16C on very cold nights, and mostly more like 19C
by Ali Baba
Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Ariocarpus Scapharostris - time to repot
Replies: 6
Views: 481

Re: Ariocarpus Scapharostris - time to repot

Tina wrote:
Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:37 am
Don't you ever wonder where the soil disappears to, nice plant
The small stuff slowly sifts out of the drainage holes, and the big bits get pushed out of the top :grin:
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by Ali Baba
Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:57 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Melocactus violaceus
Replies: 5
Views: 507

Re: Melocactus violaceus

In my experience Melocacti are not difficult to grow but they are tropical plants and won’t tolerate cold for any length of time. They make good houseplants for a warm sunny windowsill, but need watering all year round or they will lose their roots
by Ali Baba
Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Yet more Lithops
Replies: 7
Views: 366

Re: Yet more Lithops

One of my 6-year-old v-m is now the size of a healthy one-year-old aucampiae... If it were a more common species I'd probably have 'repurposed' it by now, but I keep hoping it'll catch up one day. By co-incidence my flowering plant is 6 years old. Definitely smaller than my aucampiaes though (so fa...
by Ali Baba
Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Yet more Lithops
Replies: 7
Views: 366

Re: Yet more Lithops

I agree, vallis mariae isn’t so easy to grow. If you look hard at my photo you can see a sister seedling of the same age!! Mine has resisted the annual leaf cycle sometimes and refused to grow a new pair. At the moment it is behaving itself 😀😀
by Ali Baba
Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Yet more Lithops
Replies: 7
Views: 366

Re: Yet more Lithops

this one first time flowering from seed this year
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vallis-mariae
by Ali Baba
Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Melocactus violaceus
Replies: 5
Views: 507

Melocactus violaceus

This plant was grown from seed by me a few years ago now (about 12 I think, form the seed-list of Doug and Vivi Rowland). This year it has just begun to form a cephalium, and about a week ago the first flower popped out :grin: The plant is about the size of an orange, and the photo disguises the som...