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by D^L
Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Areoles on tips of petals
Replies: 7
Views: 304

Re: Areoles on tips of petals

Wow, very interesting! They have a very spiney flower tube but they shouldn't be on the tip of the petals! :grin: Does this plant always do that, or is it a peculiarity this year?
Cheers
David Lambie
Bristol
by D^L
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Stones, pebbles, cracked terra at the bottom of pots worsens the drainage. Solved
Replies: 29
Views: 914

Re: Stones, pebbles, cracked terra at the bottom of pots worsens the drainage. Solved

So many times I have heard that we put gravel as a top layer of the pot to improve drainage around the neck of the plant.........Nonesense! its more likely to keep moisture around the neck than avoid it. Gravel on the surface is better if plants are shallow rooted and the climate dries the soil too...
by D^L
Fri May 31, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Stones, pebbles, cracked terra at the bottom of pots worsens the drainage. Solved
Replies: 29
Views: 914

Re: Stones, pebbles, cracked terra at the bottom of pots worsens the drainage. Solved

One we return to from time to time and I hold a different view to some. If a pot is too deep for a plant or if I want to reduce water I fill the bottom of the pot with stones; a third or half way up. It has no impact on drainage, water draining out of the bottom of plastic pots. They don't drain bet...
by D^L
Tue May 28, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Diatomaceous earth
Replies: 10
Views: 819

Re: Diatomaceous earth

I see this differently. Yes everything physical is made of chemicals. But the word has more than one legitimate use. It has also come to mean, in this context, materials where the "chemical action" causes the effect. So these are poisons, rather than having a physical effect. I have no problem with ...
by D^L
Thu May 23, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Unknown succulent
Replies: 13
Views: 624

Re: Unknown succulent

My first thought was Rabiea, as Terry suggests. However, I would have expected the leaves to be more triangular, wide at the bottom tapering to the tip. Do these seem to have a parallel bit? I do wonder though if it could do with more light? Has that modified colour or leaf shape? Dunno, perhaps it ...
by D^L
Wed May 15, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Didymaotis Lapidiformis
Replies: 3
Views: 304

Re: Didymaotis Lapidiformis

I have a few of these from Mesa Garden seed. Several flower each year but they are quite small and, although they are alive I would not describe them as florishing. I just grow them on the bench and treat them as autumn/winter growers. I germinate in the autumn so I think your challenge is to keep t...
by D^L
Mon May 13, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: No soil?
Replies: 7
Views: 439

Re: No soil?

Honest answer is that I think it is too hard and I put soil in the mix.☺ So sorry I don't have a good answer. Others do manage though and may have a better answer. Rene Geissler always swore by a professional vitax mix for a rich range of trace elements, but he used soil as well. Cheers David Lambie...
by D^L
Sun May 12, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Overcrowding or comfortable
Replies: 4
Views: 313

Re: Overcrowding or comfortable

I'd split them out now.
Cheers
David Lambie
Bristol
by D^L
Sun May 12, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: No soil?
Replies: 7
Views: 439

Re: No soil?

I think the main issue with soil-less compost is the provision of trace elements. You need to make sure there is a good supply of these. I'm not sure all fertilizer formulations advertised as "with trace elements" have all the necessary ones in a form that is accessible. Obviously they also need the...
by D^L
Sun May 12, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Plant ID app
Replies: 7
Views: 280

Re: Plant ID app

Appologies for spelling of Eriosyce, my error not Snapchats.☺
Cheers
David