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by DaveW
Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Some potting challenges!
Replies: 10
Views: 293

Re: Some potting challenges!

You can often tip the plant on it's side on layers of bubble wrap or expanded polystyrene and ease the old plant pot off and clean the roots. If it is a case of damaging the plant or cutting off or breaking the pot I always sacrifice the pot for the plant. Thankfully I have not succumbed to the Amer...
by DaveW
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Chempak fertiliser precipitate/insoluble component
Replies: 8
Views: 247

Re: Chempak fertiliser precipitate/insoluble component

Could it be the solution had become saturated so no further crystals would dissolve? Try a smaller amount in the same quantity of water in future and see if you have less or no residue undissolved. The other alternative is once you have used most of the original solution try adding more water to the...
by DaveW
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Poorly but why?
Replies: 7
Views: 266

Re: Poorly but why?

I had similar trouble with some Echinocereus and a resistant strain of mealies to most insecticides I tried. Therefore they are really now just propagation material, so I washed off the roots and completely submerged the plants in methylated sprits for a minute or so in a bucket, then washed them of...
by DaveW
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: SilverHill Seeds
Replies: 23
Views: 2468

Re: SilverHill Seeds

Aiko put this link on CactiGuide,

https://northernnatalcourier.co.za/8242 ... confirmed/

Edit:- did not notice Mike had already linked to it and then could not delete it.
by DaveW
Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Tesco,s finest
Replies: 6
Views: 384

Re: Tesco,s finest

Always best to check our friends the Bonsai Growers site in these cases Eric since they quite quickly put a picture of the latest bag on when a change occurs. Still evidently the "Low Dust" one you need to look for.

See:-

http://www.bonsai4me.co.uk/Basics/Basicscatlitter.htm
by DaveW
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: So called Easter and Christmas cactus
Replies: 19
Views: 749

Re: So called Easter and Christmas cactus

That looks like the white flowered form of the so called Easter Cactus, Schlumbergera gaertneri Eric. Though I have also seen it labelled as a white form of Schlumbergera X 'Graeseri' therefore probably originally of hybrid origin since it also goes around as S. gaertneri X 'Sirius'. Click on the vi...
by DaveW
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Fungus on seedlings etc.
Replies: 1
Views: 104

Fungus on seedlings etc.

Found this video on YouTube:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79MMRAf-UDQ
by DaveW
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Blossfeldia
Replies: 9
Views: 595

Re: Blossfeldia

This one on it's own roots was raised from seed by the late Tom Jenkins and must have been about 6 years old when I got it. However from the rate it grew for me it must have been between 12-15 years old when the picture was taken. Unfortunately it died a few years later. The coin is approximately on...
by DaveW
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:30 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Disocactus macranthus
Replies: 17
Views: 632

Re: Disocactus macranthus

A better version of the Bio One article here Phil including photographs and larger maps etc, one showing a D. macranthus flower more like mine.

http://www.bioone.org/doi/pdf/10.3372/wi.46.46112

Listing at the end what they consider Disocactus and excluding Aporocactus as earlier said.
by DaveW
Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Outside Opuntias (which will be safe/grow better)
Replies: 5
Views: 340

Re: Outside Opuntias (which will be safe/grow better)

I tried some hardy Opuntia's outside, but gave up as the snails and slugs developed a taste for them and kept chewing holes in them, therefore I moved them to my greenhouse bed. I believe it was Opuntia macrorhiza I had outside. They are best in a raised bed outside to keep them above the level of t...

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