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by Nick_G
Sat May 11, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Too late for seed sowing?
Replies: 11
Views: 400

Re: Too late for seed sowing?

I never sow cactus seed before May and stop watering the seedlings at the end of September. They then go through the winter in an unheated greenhouse completely dry. I've never seen the point in starting the seeds off early using additional heat apart from giving yourself something to do in the wint...
by Nick_G
Wed May 08, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Are they Notocactus ?
Replies: 9
Views: 486

Re: Are they Notocactus ?

You need Bradleya 2018 - a very comprehensive article on Parodia in the broad sense with photos of every species accepted by the authors. Interesting to read how threatened by agriculture some of them are. Although we should all encourage everyone to support Bradleya it's also available as a downlo...
by Nick_G
Thu Apr 11, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: transplanting young cacti - moist media or dry
Replies: 3
Views: 433

Re: transplanting young cacti - moist media or dry

Like most things I don't think it really matters. If I'm potting young seedlings into a non mineral mix I pot dry root plants into a moist potting mix. It's just easier. I make a hole in the compost with a pencil and drop them in. Saves a lot of time. If it's a mineral mix then both plant and mix ar...
by Nick_G
Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: How often to water caudiciforms?
Replies: 6
Views: 839

Re: How often to water caudiciforms?

One thing to remember is that many tubers will actually get smaller when raised and exposed. They will only put on size when buried.
by Nick_G
Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: How long can rooted plants...
Replies: 13
Views: 1388

Re: How long can rooted plants...

It depends on what they are. If they are cacti they'll be OK for weeks or even months or even longer.
by Nick_G
Sat Mar 02, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: When to start watering
Replies: 7
Views: 720

Re: When to start watering

Look at the long term weather forecast, you want some sunny days at this time of year to start watering. I'd wait at least a couple of weeks.
by Nick_G
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Seeds Sown
Replies: 40
Views: 4958

Re: Seeds Sown

I can highly recommend Ralph's plants. I had some this week and they are superb.
by Nick_G
Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Adenium arabicum
Replies: 2
Views: 506

Re: Adenium arabicum

I wait until I see signs of growth Eric.
by Nick_G
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: pure pumice?
Replies: 55
Views: 6485

Re: pure pumice?

I grow all my cacti in pure moler clay (sanicat cat litter), no organic matter at all. I actually got the idea after buying a few plants from Ingo seven or eight years ago. The root systems on his plants were extremely healthy. The results have been revelatory to someone who had used a standard JI a...
by Nick_G
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Adenium obesum from seed
Replies: 30
Views: 4615

Re: Adenium obesum from seed

I keep the majority of mine on a south facing windowsill all year round. They seem happy. Some lose their leaves in the winter and some stubbornly refuse to do so. The plants that lose their leaves look better to me the following summer, neater and with fresher foliage.