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by Nick_G
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Dioscorea rupicola - watering
Replies: 21
Views: 617

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: 209
Views: 34718

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: 490

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...
by Nick_G
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Heating my new greenhouse
Replies: 19
Views: 1612

Re: Heating my new greenhouse

Why heat it at all? Keeping a 16' X 8' greenhouse at a minimum of 6-8C won't be cheap. I see you are in Clacton. I'm just down the road in Southend so our climates won't be that much different and I have found that most of the popularly grown genera are quite happy in an unheated greenhouse. This in...
by Nick_G
Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Adenium plants
Replies: 19
Views: 1945

Re: Adenium plants

With Adeniums I soak the compost when I sow the seed and soak it again when the top starts to dry out. I don't cover them nor keep them in a bag. I don't think it would matter with Adeniums what compost you use to germinate the seed, if the seeds OK they will sprout if wet and warm enough. They are ...
by Nick_G
Tue May 16, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Madagascan Aloes
Replies: 5
Views: 952

Re: Madagascan Aloes

You could try Castillon's nursery on Reunion.

http://www.cb-succulentes.com/index.php
by Nick_G
Fri May 12, 2017 4:33 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Pyrenacantha malvifolia - black spot
Replies: 2
Views: 500

Re: Pyrenacantha malvifolia - black spot

I grow mine in a 50/50 mix of JI no2 and sanicat cat litter. It's a very easy plant to grow and will increase in size quickly, after 10 years or so (probably less) mine is 100 cm+ round, sort of basketball size. I'm that sad that I measure all my caudex plants in October just to reassure myself that...
by Nick_G
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Loph. williamsii
Replies: 8
Views: 1178

Re: Loph. williamsii

In the Kaktusy Lophopora Special Edition, if I remember correctly, the biggest single headed plants the authors found were six inches across at El Oso. I don't have the publication to hand at the moment.
by Nick_G
Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Adenia balleyi
Replies: 7
Views: 1328

Re: Adenia balleyi

I have been having a worrying time with Nicks seed but it hasn't finally started germinating- cheers nick I've had no luck with the A.olaboensis Tina either. I think that maybe the seed was too old and dessicated, I found the old fruits on the ground around the plants probably from former years, th...
by Nick_G
Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Adenia balleyi
Replies: 7
Views: 1328

Re: Adenia balleyi

Are you using bottom heat Steve? If not you are doing extraordinarily well getting even one to germinate and if you are I wouldn't expect much more germination after that amount of time. Before I got a propagator for Christmas I'd never germinated a single Adenia seed, despite trying with ballyi, sp...

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