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by Astro
Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:53 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Colours of spring
Replies: 7
Views: 500

Re: Colours of spring

Hey Astro, can you tell me what those bean like things are in your soil? I've seen them a number of times. You mean the pine needles? Those are courtesy of the tree that provides some afternoon shade to my outdoor collection. I try to remove the worst excesses when taking a picture, but I don't usu...
by Astro
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Colours of spring
Replies: 7
Views: 500

Re: Colours of spring

My favorite time for lithops, the colors are at their most vivid and the plants are compact and delicately patterned. L. aucampiae ssp euniceae starts again with less bleached colors: IMG_0897.JPG L. schwantesii v. urikosensis: IMG_0892.JPG More purple and less pink: IMG_0896.JPG Fuscous L. julii IM...
by Astro
Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Back to sleep for the summer
Replies: 3
Views: 209

Back to sleep for the summer

but first, a flower. Cheiridopsis peculiaris likes a lot of sun over the winter to flower well. Our winter was very sunny even for local standards, and both my plants started on a bud but only one carried it all the way. I'm not sure why one aborted, as the plants were side by side the whole time. T...
by Astro
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Cacti of Eastern Brazil - cultivation notes & photos
Replies: 28
Views: 1120

Re: Cacti of Eastern Brazil - cultivation notes & photos

Beautiful plants, and I'd love to have more in my collection. Unfortunately my current setup (open air in NoCal) isn't entirely compatible with providing them with the right care. I'm trying some Micranthocereus now and will see if they thrive or even survive long term.
by Astro
Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: MSG Bulletin
Replies: 62
Views: 3285

Re: MSG Bulletin

MG had some logistics issues last year (and increased demand), which resulted in very long wait times and many species being sold out. Maybe that encouraged many people to pursue alternatives a bit more vigorously?
by Astro
Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:53 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: seeds
Replies: 10
Views: 708

Re: seeds

No complaints about Koehres from me. The occasional no-show batch could easily be attributed to my own mismanagement. I've sown various cacti with good success (Disco, Uebelmannia, Ariocarpus), as well as longer lived seeds (Massonia, some mesembs, Ornithogalum, Albuca) and shorter-lived seeds where...
by Astro
Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: MSG Bulletin
Replies: 62
Views: 3285

Re: MSG Bulletin

The lack of seed remaining is probably due to people taking advantage of the MSG's offer to email the list to any members who wished a copy who hadn't received their bulletin from the 9th March. I imagine most people will have done that and requested their seeds soon afterwards. Did you not see thi...
by Astro
Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: MSG Bulletin
Replies: 62
Views: 3285

Re: MSG Bulletin

Just got my bulletin tonight. Judging by the message on the seed list status page choice may be limited ...
by Astro
Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:28 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: I'm calling this the first
Replies: 8
Views: 577

Re: I'm calling this the first

Stenocactus is usually the first here (started middle of February), and is now joined by M. perezdelarosae. M. coahuilensis and M. pectinifera are getting close, too. It's been an unusually warm (and sunny) winter here in CA, and I wonder if that will have consequences for cactus flowers this Spring...
by Astro
Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: S, S, S - Part One
Replies: 9
Views: 612

Re: S, S, S - Part One

Did the seeds at least look genuine? I've read plenty of stories about succulent seed bought on auction sites from mostly Chinese sellers (but not always at low prices) that turn out to be water cress or the likes. If you know what the seed is supposed to look like, it can be a sanity check.

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