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by Terry S.
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Soil mixes
Replies: 14
Views: 362

Re: Soil mixes

I use "Horticultural Coarse grit" under the Arthur Bowers label. But I have also seen it under the Silvaperl and Westland brand names. I actually get both my JI and Grit from the local Allotment Society but you should be able to get the coarse grit from most garden centres at about £4 for a 25kg bag...
by Terry S.
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Soil mixes
Replies: 14
Views: 362

Re: Soil mixes

Dazzy, if that recipe is working for you then stick to it. I just tend to use a mixture of John Innes No. 3 and a coarse granite grit (particle size averaging 4mm) that is available under several brand names. The tweaking is to use about 2:1 JI/grit for easy growing plants such as Notocactus or Echi...
by Terry S.
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Molar clay cat litter - alternative source to Tesco
Replies: 13
Views: 377

Re: Molar clay cat litter - alternative source to Tesco

See this viewtopic.php?f=1&t=166799&hilit=oil+spill for earlier discussion on the Forum and referene to oil-spill granules.

Bonsai suppliers often stock bags of horticulatural moler.
by Terry S.
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Some winter growers
Replies: 5
Views: 318

Re: Some winter growers

Have you ever flowered the Muiria Iann? It is a very good-looking plant. Conophytum burgeri is not really any more difficult to grow than most other conos, it is just rather slow to reach flowering size. I hand-pollinated my burgeris last autumn and there seem to be a couple of dozen capsules ripeni...
by Terry S.
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:47 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Blue sticky fly traps
Replies: 8
Views: 335

Re: Blue sticky fly traps

Blue traps are more attractive than yellow for Western Flower Thrips. However, the ones that I have used in the past were more of a mid-blue than a dark blue.
by Terry S.
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Antifungal fungi
Replies: 3
Views: 231

Antifungal fungi

I visited a wholesale nursery yesterday that produced a lot of seasonal bedding from seed. They incorporated a product called PRESTOP into their sowing medium to prevent "damping-off" diseases. This product was itself a live fungus called Gliocladium catenulatum which does no harm to the plants but ...
by Terry S.
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Haworthia fasciata
Replies: 7
Views: 269

Re: Haworthia fasciata

Most of the material in the horticultural trade is now the cultivar H. fasciata 'Big Band'; check it out. Haworthia and Haworthiopsis are both correct depending on what authority you want to follow and whether you believe in DNA analysis results.
by Terry S.
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Advice sought on heated sand beds
Replies: 4
Views: 307

Re: Advice sought on heated sand beds

My hardy bulbs are plunged in childrens' play-pit sand. It is fine texture and clean.

The other tip is to put polystyrene foam sheet inside the base area before putting the sand in. This provides extra thermal insulation for the roots.
by Terry S.
Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: White pots
Replies: 13
Views: 674

Re: White pots

You should see the state of some of my 40-year old BEF pots, hardly aesthetically pleasing. I wonder what show judges would make of white pots?
by Terry S.
Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: White pots
Replies: 13
Views: 674

White pots

I was looking at some of Manchester Branch's new supply of BEF-mould pots recently and wondering why they had been made in plastic with a terracotta colour - do we really have to mimic the old clay pots? The popular alternative is black, but those of you who did first level physics will know that a ...