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by Nick_G
Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Do Pachypodium saundersii flowers have a discernible scent?
Replies: 2
Views: 157

Re: Do Pachypodium saundersii flowers have a discernible scent?

Thanks Gary, any scent would be more than my wife could stand. How cold was the greenhouse that did in your saundersii? I think I'll put them in our conservatory that gets down to about 8C, she'll still moan but we may stay married. They should be OK at that temperature I would think.
by Nick_G
Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Do Pachypodium saundersii flowers have a discernible scent?
Replies: 2
Views: 157

Do Pachypodium saundersii flowers have a discernible scent?

My two young plants are in bud for the first time. They live on our south facing bedroom windowsill and are doing well, I like them a lot. My wife who has a very keen sense of smell detests perfumed flowers and to maintain domestic harmony I may need to move them or remove the buds. Rowley in his ha...
by Nick_G
Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: S, S, S - Part Seven
Replies: 12
Views: 1320

Re: S, S, S - Part Seven

Interesting Nick. So how do you stop everything growing fungi and rotting off in the humid conditions used for seedlings? Do you sterilise your mix somehow before sowing the seeds? My mix has quite a bit of sand in it, and the vermiculite fairly quickly turns to mush, which presumably gives the roo...
by Nick_G
Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: S, S, S - Part Seven
Replies: 12
Views: 1320

Re: S, S, S - Part Seven

Antun I plant my seeds in a purely mineral compost made of sand, grit, vermiculite, perlite and cat litter. I avoid anything organic to try to keep fungi at bay. It seems to work pretty well. They are kept permanently wet (with fertiliser and chinosol added) and very humid. However, I do note that ...
by Nick_G
Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Tesco,s finest
Replies: 23
Views: 2665

Re: Tesco,s finest

I think it's the same stuff. My car mechanic gave me some to clean up an oil spill on our drive and it looked and felt exactly the same as the cat litter. Also cleaned up the oil spill wonderfully.
by Nick_G
Fri Oct 05, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Desert rose
Replies: 5
Views: 492

Re: Desert rose

Yes, you're right Terry, i didn't really look at the photo as it was sideways on, and I agree with you, leave it to do it's own thing. Some people advocate beheading saundersii to promote a thicker caudex but I've not tried it with my two youngish plants.
by Nick_G
Sun Sep 30, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: EU plant imports post Brexit.
Replies: 7
Views: 756

Re: EU plant imports post Brexit.

My local post office refuses to accept parcels containing plants to many EU countries, prohibited items they say. Nothing to do with brexit or customs but that many national postal services prohibit live plants in the mail. I now have the choice of lying about the contents or using another post offi...
by Nick_G
Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Desert rose
Replies: 5
Views: 492

Re: Desert rose

As the branches grow the caudex sill become barer and less leafy. You could cut most of the branches off if you don't like them but they might just regrow.

It'll flower in a few years if you give it enough light, maybe sooner.
by Nick_G
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Cat litter and watering frequency for cacti
Replies: 9
Views: 810

Re: Cat litter and watering frequency for cacti

gerald wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:19 am
I assume you use a fertiliser as well Nick?
Yes, 1/4 strength but not every watering.
by Nick_G
Wed Sep 12, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Cat litter and watering frequency for cacti
Replies: 9
Views: 810

Re: Cat litter and watering frequency for cacti

Frequency of watering probably depends more on the size of the pots, top-dressing, and especially if your pots are porous, than it does on the exact soil mix. Sorry Ian but I can't agree with you there. I grow some Adeniums in cat litter and some in JI2 + grit and if I watered the JI potted plants ...