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by DaveW
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:19 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Can succulents be planted in plastic cups?
Replies: 10
Views: 191

Re: Can succulents be planted in plastic cups?

Around the world Succulents are planted in anything that will hold soil, from tin cans, plastic cups, disposable coffee and tea cups, ceramic bowls and even tea pots god help us! In the old days were even told we needed "breathable" clay pots since they might rot in plastic ones. Some seem...
by DaveW
Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: E. Pulchellus Seedlings Solved
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Re: E. Pulchellus Seedlings Solved

These are of the same group two and half years on in the 2 inch pots they were sown in and have come through two years of -5C in my unheated greenhouse. Not quite as cold as yours, but they survived OK. Of course they were kept dry over winter so the sap thickens as a form of antifreeze. seedlings.j...
by DaveW
Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Raised planting beds in a greenhouse
Replies: 11
Views: 393

Re: Raised planting beds in a greenhouse

As Suzanne says Cerei planted in beds can grow much quicker than in pots, but also may not flower so freely until tall. I had a Trichocereus in the bed which grew almost up to the ridge, putting on a foot of so growth each year but not flowering. I took a couple of 4ft cuttings off it and left them ...
by DaveW
Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Derek Bowdery
Replies: 31
Views: 1383

Re: Derek Bowdery

Our Chairman asked me to post this from Nottingham Branch:- Members of the Nottingham Branch of the BCSS were saddened to hear of the news of Derek Bowdery. Derek was a speaker at our meetings on several occasions in the 1980s and 90s, always arriving with many large plants, especially Ferocacti, an...
by DaveW
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Matucana name
Replies: 6
Views: 350

Re: Matucana name

Presumably if it was considered a good species it would be "Matucana roseiflora" (gender would need to match that of the genus, so roseiflora not roseiflorus). However the new combination would have to be legally made. Why not just email Graham and ask? His email is on the Cactus Explorers...
by DaveW
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Raised planting beds in a greenhouse
Replies: 11
Views: 393

Re: Raised planting beds in a greenhouse

Hi Paul. I have a similar centre bed setup in my 18ft x 12ft 6inch greenhouse. It is 2ft high (double row of 1ft concrete blocks). I cut a couple of 3 inch drain holes with a cold chisel in the concrete floor underneath the bed so excess water drains into the hardcore under the concrete which acts a...
by DaveW
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Gardeners' World grit
Replies: 14
Views: 450

Re: Gardeners' World grit

I also got granite grit from my builders merchants since it is used on steps to help make them non slip and in paving stones etc.
by DaveW
Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Gardeners' World grit
Replies: 14
Views: 450

Re: Gardeners' World grit

Most of the potting grit sold around here is flint grit, hence neutral PH. I would avoid any alkaline grit for South American cacti, including chicken grit that contains oyster shell. It is debatable if any North American cacti need alkaline grit either, even if they grow on limestone in habitat. I ...
by DaveW
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Replacement aluminium slats for staging?
Replies: 4
Views: 250

Re: Replacement aluminium slats for staging?

There's some of these on EBAY, but they are steel. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MOD-Steel-Metal-Oil-Drip-Tray-Pan-Car-Workshop-Garage-Servicing-3ft-x-2ft-G2/222484311327?hash=item33cd192d1f:g:bPEAAOSwvKtY-yG7 Most greenhouse trays now seem to be plastic. https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_odkw=greenho...
by DaveW
Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Derek Bowdery
Replies: 31
Views: 1383

Re: Derek Bowdery

I think what is the biggest collection in Europe is a bit of the usual press speculation to pad out the story Aiko. Everything has to be the biggest or rarest for the press to be interested. Do they mean biggest commercial, or biggest private one? Graham Charles has probably one of the biggest priva...

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