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by Nick_G
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Chempak fertiliser precipitate/insoluble component
Replies: 8
Views: 361

Re: Chempak fertiliser precipitate/insoluble component

I have noticed this with Chempak Trace Elements feed. You just have to dissolve the fertiliser in a small amount of water first before diluting to the strength required. A bit of a palaver and it takes a fair bit of stirring but it's the only way I've been able to dissolve it all.
by Nick_G
Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:14 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: seeds
Replies: 10
Views: 778

Re: seeds

Let them know. I have always found Bettina very willing to make amends when germination has been poor, she's a nice lady, very helpful.
by Nick_G
Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: S, S, S - Part One
Replies: 9
Views: 657

Re: S, S, S - Part One

Astro - the seed, at least of species I knew before seemed genuine. My guess is that it was simply old. And you are right about seed from 'chinese websites'. I tried it once but had doubts so I've ordered seed that has quite distinctive looks. I got something completely different, took pics of 'ori...
by Nick_G
Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: How did you do with the Pachypodium seed?
Replies: 11
Views: 604

Re: How did you do with the Pachypodium seed?

I got some P.decaryi and P.baronii seed from Plantemania last year as well and they germinated and grew well. In fact the only species I had any trouble with was P.brevicaule, they didn't dampen off as such just faded away throughout the summer after fantastic germination and good early growth. Get...
by Nick_G
Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: How did you do with the Pachypodium seed?
Replies: 11
Views: 604

Re: How did you do with the Pachypodium seed?

I got some P.decaryi and P.baronii seed from Plantemania last year as well and they germinated and grew well. In fact the only species I had any trouble with was P.brevicaule, they didn't dampen off as such just faded away throughout the summer after fantastic germination and good early growth. Gett...
by Nick_G
Sat Mar 03, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: How did you do with the Pachypodium seed?
Replies: 11
Views: 604

Re: How did you do with the Pachypodium seed?

Thanks Alan and Phil. You did well with the P.brevicaule Alan. It was my first time with Pachypodium seed. P.brevicaule probably needs high heat, loads of light and not too wet, to thrive. Mount Ibity is a hot unshaded place. The P.mikea seedlings seem indestructible, they've been on top of a bookca...
by Nick_G
Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: How did you do with the Pachypodium seed?
Replies: 11
Views: 604

How did you do with the Pachypodium seed?

Last year I sent some Pachypodium seed to a dozen or so forum members, I'd be interested to know how successful you were with it, especially the P.brevicaule seed from Mount Ibity. Mine germinated well but they all damped off. The P.brevicaule seed from Angliasiango did a bit better, I have 3 surviv...
by Nick_G
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Dioscorea rupicola - watering
Replies: 21
Views: 1001

Re: Dioscorea rupicola - watering

Nice plant Ralph. Do you have any trouble with greenfly? I grew. D.elephantipes from a seedling to maybe 10 inches across in about 20 years but it used to get covered in greenfly and not being one for spraying too much I sold it to a nice man in Norfolk. Regret it now mind you, its the only plant I'...
by Nick_G
Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Updated seed lists
Replies: 211
Views: 36850

Re: Updated seed lists

The new Mesa Garden seed list is up! With increased prices once again :(. Cactus seed is still very cheap though. I don't think I could be bothered to pollinate the plants, collect, process and packet the seeds and then sell them for just over £1 a packet of 20-30. We've all been very spoilt over t...
by Nick_G
Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Mesa Garden
Replies: 3
Views: 568

Mesa Garden

I've been a bit of a critic of Mesa Garden over the last few years, wrongly named seeds, poor customer service and literally months between ordering and receiving the seeds but I must give credit where it's due, my order placed on 17th December was dispatched on the 19th and received today. Very imp...

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