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by Terry S.
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Secrets of Namaqualand Succulents Book
Replies: 7
Views: 503

Re: Secrets of Namaqualand Succulents Book

Aiko - as I understand it, the book will initially only be available from the writer/publisher. So it is unlikely to be at the ELK unless you can persuade a friend to bring a copy for you to see.
by Terry S.
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Any othonna expert around?
Replies: 6
Views: 252

Re: Any othonna expert around?

But don't forget that MikeDom has a VERY cool greenhouse (see thread on winter-growers). I would not sow the seed of winter-growing succulents before September under my hotter conditions. I have some nice 5mm caudeces of Othonna euphorbioides from a sowing made in January this year. And if you can w...
by Terry S.
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:23 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: My Aloinopsis flowered
Replies: 4
Views: 261

Re: My Aloinopsis flowered

We seem to have been through this recently:

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by Terry S.
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Winter growers
Replies: 7
Views: 425

Re: Winter growers

My haworthias are in clay pots, which makes it safe to water them most of the year even though the main growing periods are spring and autumn. Many of the species grow wild in the overlap area between summer and winter rain such that they can get a bit almost any time, with maxima in spring and autu...
by Terry S.
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: SumiSoil
Replies: 4
Views: 246

Re: SumiSoil

I was given a small free sample of this material, but it was horrendously expensive to buy. I tried rooting some Conophytum armianum cuttings in it, a clone that had not done well in my standard compost, and it worked well. It can be cleaned and reused. Robert Wellens has used it to establish microp...
by Terry S.
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Winter growers
Replies: 7
Views: 425

Re: Winter growers

When the weather is particularly hot with night temperatures in the greenhouse above about 18C, all succulent plants, including cacti, that use CAM metabolism will stop growing. It is counter-intuitive but when it is particularly hot, cut back on all watering. With respect to winter-growing plants, ...
by Terry S.
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Conophytum watering
Replies: 6
Views: 1087

Re: Conophytum watering

The weather forecast this week indicates a fair amount of overcast conditions and night temperatures in the 11 - 15C range; perhaps even cooler in the north. So I suggest that this is now a good time to get your can and start watering conos again. I do have a couple of plants which still have green ...
by Terry S.
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Seed storage questions
Replies: 6
Views: 253

Re: Seed storage questions

Put the seeds into paper envelopes. Apart from other factors such as flow of air and moisture, small seeds stick to polythene via static and are difficult to get out again! The majority of seeds are probably best in the 'fridge but it is not essential for short periods. However store members of the ...
by Terry S.
Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Notocactus & Parodia (scopa v rielii, tabularis and erubescens)
Replies: 12
Views: 480

Re: Notocactus & Parodia (scopa v rielii, tabularis and erubescens)

I remembered an article about this by Len Jeffries in Cac. Suc. J. 1966, 28 , 78-79 and he checked a lot of cacti finding Notocactus scopa one of the best performers but also observing the phenomenon in N. ottonis , N. erinacea and Neoporteria curvispina in addition to six species of Opuntia and Pte...
by Terry S.
Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Secrets of Namaqualand Succulents Book
Replies: 7
Views: 503

Re: Secrets of Namaqualand Succulents Book

I have looked through and commented on the English translation for Florent and I think that this should be an interesting book for anyone who grows succulents and geophytes from the dryer parts of western South Africa. It certainly takes a different approach and really concentrates on aspects of eco...