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by esp
Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: What’s done this...
Replies: 3
Views: 134

Re: What’s done this...

If you want to use that pot for decorative reasons, put a plant in a normal plant pot inside it rather than planting directly in it. This means you can empty excess water away after watering so it doesn't stand for long with "wet feet" (succulents hate this). It also means you don't have to destroy ...
by esp
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Germination begins
Replies: 28
Views: 891

Re: Germination begins

S. pyrodorum only took 3 days to sprout for me last year, the joint quickest of everything I sowed last year, tied for first place with some Thelocactus and Echinocereus.

This year, I've had Gymnocalyciums and Austrocactus sprout within the week, but that's all so far.
by esp
Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Cacti & Succulent Outdoor Raised Bed Project
Replies: 16
Views: 540

Re: Cacti & Succulent Outdoor Raised Bed Project

You indicated that you put a layer of gravel in the bottom of your raised bed. The theory is that any change of medium within a container constitutes a barrier to free drainage, hence we no longer put a load of crocks in the bottom of pots. I wonder what peoples' experience of this is? Is the theor...
by esp
Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Sowing cactus seeds: best time?
Replies: 36
Views: 1044

Re: Sowing cactus seeds: best time?

Am I right in thinking that some cacti, like rebutia or cintia, may like a lower germination temp? Or am I barking up the wrong tree? Maybe it doesn't matter? It seems reasonable to expect that some cacti may need higher/lower temps or some other different treatments to germinate, but for the major...
by esp
Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Updated seed lists
Replies: 251
Views: 50987

Re: Updated seed lists

Succseed has been updated and re-opened for orders a few days ago: http://www.succseed.com/
by esp
Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Coping with fog
Replies: 9
Views: 618

Re: Coping with fog

In habitat, for many plants it's not a case of "Coping with fog", it's "surviving because of fog" (or dew..), and adapting to collect as much of it as possible. I just thought I'd seen many references to C&S collecting or using fog or dew, but not seen many (any?) relevant images, so just did a sear...
by esp
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Overwintering plants - Relative Humidity
Replies: 11
Views: 820

Re: Overwintering plants - Relative Humidity

Outdoors, RH will often be very high over winter (in the range 93 to 98% where I live today, according to the met office). With an air temperature of 5deg C, it needs very little moisture content in the air (<7g per cubic metre) to get a RH of 100%. So it may not be realistic to target a low RH, unl...
by esp
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Aloes, Gasteria, Haworthia Etc (The Haworthia Society)
Topic: Wrong time to sow Haworthia seeds
Replies: 7
Views: 1498

Re: Wrong time to sow Haworthia seeds

I've had excellent, high percentage germination from Haworthia seeds sown in the autumn - both Aiko's H. truncata seeds from a couple of years ago, so presumably quite fresh, and some H. tesselata from my own plant sown this September - maybe minutes after harvesting. Certainly within a day or 2. So...
by esp
Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Lithops cuttings
Replies: 5
Views: 768

Re: Lithops cuttings

Apologies, I had a reado.
by esp
Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Recommendation wanted for an Inkbird or Biogreen thermostat
Replies: 35
Views: 2883

Re: Recommendation wanted for an Inkbird or Biogreen thermostat

I'd take that list as very rough guidance only - expect some species to be more hardy and perhaps some to be less hardy than listed, or to survive but with markings or damage. A few inconsistencies spring out: Some Echinopsis are listed at -10, others at +10. I'd be dubious about the need for that h...