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by MikeT
Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Pests in the substrate of my seedlings
Replies: 13
Views: 335

Re: Pests in the substrate of my seedlings

They're too big and too red for red spider mites. 'Always moving' sounds more like predatory mites. They don't look like velvet mites (predatory, common in the UK in hot weather). I'd want more of an ID before spraying them - they may be beneficial.
by MikeT
Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hello from Rotherham / Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Replies: 5
Views: 915

Re: Hello from Rotherham / Sheffield, South Yorkshire

A reminder about Sheffield Branch Friday's meeting, Cheryl. The speaker is Ray Stephenson, always very knowledgeable and interesting, on succulents in Bulgaria and Morocco. There will be lots of plants for sale, with some very well grown plants from a collection near Doncaster which has had to be br...
by MikeT
Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Is this root mealy?
Replies: 19
Views: 1041

Re: Is this root mealy?

What temperature do root mealy bugs die out (if they do) and the upper plant mealy bugs? I don't know, but I'm sure it's way below what the plants can stand! There was an article years ago, I think in the journal (possibly the old GB or National societies pre-BCSS) which described placing cacti in ...
by MikeT
Sat Oct 27, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: News & Events
Topic: Sheffield Branch November meeting
Replies: 0
Views: 1089

Sheffield Branch November meeting

Sheffield Branch meeting on November 9th is Ray Stephenson, always well worth hearing, on Succulents of the Sredna Gora, Balkan Range and Rhodope Mountains/ Macaques, Mountains and Morocco. The meeting is at our usual time of 7.30pm, usual venue on Trippet Lane, details here . PLEASE NOTE, if you ar...
by MikeT
Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Unlabelled recent purchase help needed! - prob. mammillaria
Replies: 5
Views: 362

Re: Unlabelled recent purchase help needed! - poss rebutia??

I'd agree 7 plants of Mammillaria spinosissima. They will take down to freezing easily enough if dry. A mini greenhouse is unlikely to stay much above the outside temperature. That would be adequate for much of the winter, but a real risk of several below at some time in the winter, and I don't know...
by MikeT
Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:36 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Frailea ID
Replies: 3
Views: 508

Re: Frailea ID

ragamala wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:49 am
Possibly Frailea buenekeri ssp. densispina?
gerald wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:39 am
I'd agree with that
Thanks, both

I'll get the label done.
by MikeT
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Frailea ID
Replies: 3
Views: 508

Frailea ID

I acquired this Frailea at the Sheffield branch auction last week. It's labelled Frailea goldii, but I can't find any reference to this name. Any suggestions please?
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by MikeT
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Schlumbergera truncata
Replies: 3
Views: 599

Re: Schlumbergera truncata

I'm usually very un-enthusiastic about Christmas decorations in October.
But for this there's definite (tu)
Excellent photo, Christer (as usual).
by MikeT
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Mammillaria ID please
Replies: 4
Views: 538

Re: Mammillaria ID please

I'd go for laui
by MikeT
Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:05 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Cacti identity
Replies: 11
Views: 636

Re: Cacti identity

I think you're right, Ralph

The stripes aren't as obvious on the left hand plant as on the right hand one, but are apparent in this photo. The spines still look different. I think it's 2 seedlings growing together, rather than a double-headed plant, given the differences.