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by Astro
Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: can't have too many
Replies: 3
Views: 270

can't have too many

Small seedlings seem to really like some company but I may have crowded them a bit too much on occasion. I'm not looking forward to transplanting these... I wanted to see if the seeds from two seed pods were viable, and I got my answer. With a plant cover this dense and plastic pots, all water has t...
by Astro
Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Guess the Lithops
Replies: 5
Views: 327

Re: Guess the Lithops

Hmmm let's have a guess...

Sato's Violet, optica rubra (? not 100% sure about this one, or is it the rubra x herrei) and Hammeruby

fulviceps aurea, lesliei ventergreen, lesliei albinica/albinigold or one of those all-look-same

Not three different species for the last triad, but I'm hedging my bets.
by Astro
Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Mamm. perezdelarosae
Replies: 28
Views: 1212

Re: Mamm. perezdelarosae

Mine took a lot of abuse this winter. Soaked, tangled in shade cloth and on the ground in the rain for a month (while I was wondering where it had disappeared to). It decided to forgo flowers but otherwise none the worse for wear. It's probably about 10 years old now, and has been leaning at an ever...
by Astro
Sat Mar 30, 2019 3:32 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Lithops injury
Replies: 5
Views: 577

Re: Lithops injury

It does look a lot like sunburn. If the old leaves were cracked open just a tiny bit the new leaves could have gotten exposed and burned as well. I managed to cook a good number of lithops this year when they were exposed to full sun after having been sheltered for a while (and still before their fi...
by Astro
Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Updated seed lists
Replies: 292
Views: 62486

Re: Updated seed lists

It looks like the most ‘popular’ or in-demand species were added first, maybe to expedite the website rollout. All the choice lithops species seem to be there in (expected) numbers, but the likes of julii, hallii and karasmontana are very depleted compared to previous years. I hope they get added in...
by Astro
Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Updated seed lists
Replies: 292
Views: 62486

Re: Updated seed lists

It's launched, finally! https://mesagarden.com Unfortunately, I'm not impressed with the new website. Very cumbersome. It was a painful experience. And somehow the number of lithops on offer got cut in half. I didn't check out anything else, too slow and awkward to browse. Some advice for those who...
by Astro
Thu Feb 28, 2019 5:19 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Diplosoma in a hurry
Replies: 2
Views: 414

Diplosoma in a hurry

My 3-month-old Diplosoma luckhoffii seedlings seem to think that life is short and they may as well make the most of it. They escaped from their seed leaves and now a few look like they're getting ready to flower (one can be seen in the picture, with some Lithops seedlings as a reference for size). ...
by Astro
Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:42 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Daubenya
Replies: 15
Views: 1747

Re: Daubenya

I am growing most of the Daubenya species from seed, all except namaquensis (never seen it on offer, is this even a proper species?), capensis (I have some seeds to be sown at the end of the year) and marginata, which stubbornly refuses to show even though I've tried it a few times. I think I may be...
by Astro
Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:43 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Daubenya
Replies: 15
Views: 1747

Daubenya

It seems a good number of people have some South African bulbs in their collection to provide some winter color. Mostly those are Lachenalia or Massonia. Daubenya are a bit more elusive and possibly more challenging. I finally managed to get some flowers on a few of mine this winter. Daubenya aurea....
by Astro
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Top dressing for succulents
Replies: 51
Views: 5958

Re: Top dressing for succulents

Any ion exchange considerations aside, a large concern with a potting mix is to make sure it retains an adequate but not excessive amount of water. In this regard, the same soil can act very differently in a pot vs in bulk (e.g. out in the wild). Here is an excellent post on this topic by one of our...