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by Ali Baba
Tue Jan 16, 2018 6:52 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Massonias coming into growth
Replies: 31
Views: 1626

Re: Massonias coming into growth

I repot when growth is due, so around the beginning of September. Then I keep them dry until the first sign of new shoots appear. I haven't tried repotting at other times, however there is not much point in putting a plant in new compost if it is about to go dormant!
by Ali Baba
Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hello from West Oxon
Replies: 8
Views: 342

Hello from West Oxon

Swainsona formosa is a lovely plant and that is a very well grown specimen . It has a reputation for being very tricky in cultivation in the UK. I have grown it once many years ago, the flowers always attract admiration! Your photo makes me want to have another go [emoji3] Sent from my iPhone using ...
by Ali Baba
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Monthly Photo Competitions
Topic: January 2018 - Winter Blues
Replies: 8
Views: 493

Re: January 2018 - Winter Blues

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by Ali Baba
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: First new year flowers.
Replies: 10
Views: 796

Re: First new year flowers.

Yesterdays sunshine plus a warm kitchen windowsill brought this one out:

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by Ali Baba
Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:16 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Tips on Maihuenia patagonica
Replies: 10
Views: 490

Re: Tips on Maihuenia patagonica

I guess the climate at Wisley is a bit kinder than here in the East Midlands! Or I need to try harder [emoji3] I believe there is ( or was) one outside at Kew also which has flowered.


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by Ali Baba
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Tips on Maihuenia patagonica
Replies: 10
Views: 490

Re: Tips on Maihuenia patagonica

The best plants of M. poepiggii I have seen were grown in an alpine house (either at Kew or Wisley I cant remember which), which suggests very cool growing conditions but just frost free in winter, with all year round watering. I have tried leaving spare plants outside but they rot eventually. Howev...
by Ali Baba
Sat Jan 06, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Cacti in films
Replies: 10
Views: 687

Re: Cacti in films

It can apparently be bought on DVD from Amazon. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00005KH2C?ref_=imdbref_tt_wbr_amazon&tag=imdbtag_tt_wbr_amazon-21 Bit pricey though!!! Thanks, I'd never of guessed it was still for sale. I haven't bought a DVD in years. That's a Region 1 DVD by the way, so it won't ...
by Ali Baba
Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Tips on Maihuenia patagonica
Replies: 10
Views: 490

Re: Tips on Maihuenia patagonica

Well done! If they are anything like M. poepiggii water them all year round and give them loads of sun.
by Ali Baba
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Tips on Maihuenia patagonica
Replies: 10
Views: 490

Re: Tips on Maihuenia patagonica

I’ve had seeds on 2 occasions. Both times I chipped the seeds and then sowed as normal. I got about 2 in 10 seeds to germinate each time, but after a couple of weeks they suddenly dried up, seemingly the root just dried up and then the very healthy looking top keeled over. I gave up after the second...
by Ali Baba
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: How to grow Muiria hortenseae & Didymaotus lapidiformis?
Replies: 15
Views: 630

Re: How to grow Muiria hortenseae & Didymaotus lapidiformis?

Hi Jean-Pierre
It is Tesco cat litter which is moler clay (like Seramis)


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