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by Mike
Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Lobivias cristate seedling
Replies: 5
Views: 297

Re: Lobivias cristate seedling

I reckon that's pretty unusual. Some genera seem to produce more cristates than others, but I would say that Lobivias are among those least likely. Having said that I'll probably be proved wrong and fellow formuites will post all their pics!
Mike
by Mike
Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: rotten avonia alstonii a note.
Replies: 5
Views: 325

Re: rotten avonia alstonii a note.

What a shame. I would think it odd for rot to start within a caudex - what would be the source of the fungus. I wonder whether this a is a bacterial 'rot' (sometime the smell is an indicator), with the bacteria already within the plant but 'gaining the upper hand' after some kind of stress. Was the ...
by Mike
Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: rotten avonia alstonii a note.
Replies: 5
Views: 325

Re: rotten avonia alstonii a note.

What a shame. I would think it odd for rot to start within a caudex - what would be the source of the fungus. I wonder whether this a is a bacterial 'rot' (sometime the smell is an indicator), with the bacteria already within the plant but 'gaining the upper hand' after some kind of stress. Was the ...
by Mike
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: My battle with the bug
Replies: 14
Views: 686

Re: My battle with the bug

First of all, good luck, and you are far from alone in struggling to control pests! Here's a summary of my observations and suggestions. There are two basic approaches: 1. Remove ALL of the pest, or 2. Kill ALL of the pest ' in situ , and 3. Whatever the approach, minimise any chance of them being r...
by Mike
Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: A good year
Replies: 3
Views: 617

A good year

I think it's turning into a great year for flowers.
This Lobivia (for which I've never had a positive species identification - any ideas?) has managed 128 in its first two flushes so far this year...
Mike
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by Mike
Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Colour!
Replies: 2
Views: 466

Colour!

Thought I'd share this colourful show, taken in the greenhouse yesterday. Three Rebutias, five Parodias, three Lobivias, a Strombocactus and a X Ferobergia. Happy to provide species names if anyone would like them!
Apologies for my unsteady photography.
Cheers
Mike
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by Mike
Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: BCSS Judges Course
Replies: 15
Views: 1295

Re: BCSS Judges Course

Whether the judges course and means of qualification need review is a reasonable question. But I think we do need to bear in mind that there are around 2,000 species of cacti, with extraordinary diversity in ecology and morphology. And cacti are just one of perhaps 60+ plant families that contain su...
by Mike
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: An unusual hybrid
Replies: 3
Views: 364

Re: An unusual hybrid

The flower definitely has a Pygmaeocereus shape to it. And the plant body has echoes of Pygmeocereus too.
I have two seedlings from a Pygmaeocereus x Haageocereus cross. I wonder what they'll turn out like!
Mike
by Mike
Tue May 08, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: barrel cacti problem
Replies: 5
Views: 356

Re: barrel cacti problem

I think cold could be the source of the problem. I do remember hearing somewhere that the white-spined forms of Echinocactus grusonii are a little more sensitive that the normal form, but I don't know if that's true.
Mike
by Mike
Tue May 08, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Hoya heart
Replies: 6
Views: 453

Re: Hoya heart

Shame.
But that's a lovely Graptopetalum bellum I see!
Mike