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by Ali Baba
Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Massonia
Replies: 11
Views: 619

Re: Massonia

BrianMc wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:47 am


The word cull sounds a bit extreme. I think repotted sounds much nicer
Oops sorry Brian it does sound a bit harsh 😬 the spares will end up being given away on the forum no doubt 😀
by Ali Baba
Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Advice on Astrophytum caput-medusae please
Replies: 13
Views: 704

Re: Advice on Astrophytum caput-medusae please

gerald wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:42 am
I grow in a mineral mix and also in light shade, with no problems. Strong light and heat will dry it out.
Or not! Mine are in full sun. Definitely a Quixotic species!
by Ali Baba
Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Advice on Astrophytum caput-medusae please
Replies: 13
Views: 704

Re: Advice on Astrophytum caput-medusae please

I don't find it difficult at all, apart from its annoying susceptibility to thrips which can easily kill young plants. Grown in my usual compost (2 parts JI#3, 1 part tesco cat litter, 2 parts grit). As Karl says deep pots and plenty of water in summer (watered about twice as often as my usual cacti...
by Ali Baba
Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Massonia
Replies: 11
Views: 619

Re: Massonia

Can’t detect any scent, but the weather hasn’t been warm enough to encourage it much. My Massonia jasminiflora always has a very strong scent, more so if a bit of sun warms the greenhouse
by Ali Baba
Sun Nov 25, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Fouquieria.
Replies: 14
Views: 791

Re: Fouquieria.

Just measured my 2 year old seedling: 52cm, so quite rapid growth if you don’t want a bonsai!!
by Ali Baba
Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Fouquieria.
Replies: 14
Views: 791

Re: Fouquieria.

Nice! As you say they can get very tall! I read a paper somewhere on the internet about flowering ocotillo, when I was trying to work out what height it might have to be to flower. see https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/596331?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents Unfortunately once it reaches flowering si...
by Ali Baba
Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:38 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Fouquieria.
Replies: 14
Views: 791

Re: Fouquieria.

Lovely, but I don’t think I will be able to get one of those in my greenhouse 😂
by Ali Baba
Sat Nov 24, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Massonia
Replies: 11
Views: 619

Massonia

This pot full is looking good this year. I think I will have to cull the ones in the centre when the leaves die down in spring though...
by Ali Baba
Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Fouquieria.
Replies: 14
Views: 791

Re: Fouquieria.

Ive managed to locate my photos:
by Ali Baba
Fri Nov 23, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Fouquieria.
Replies: 14
Views: 791

Re: Fouquieria.

I have flowered both splendens and diguettii from seed, the former took about 20 years the latter flowered in its third year. If given plenty of water and feed in the summer they will grow very rapidly. They need more root room to get going properly. You can easily get a seedling of splendens to 15 ...