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by Ali Baba
Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Yet more Lithops
Replies: 7
Views: 381

Re: Yet more Lithops

this one first time flowering from seed this year
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vallis-mariae
by Ali Baba
Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Melocactus violaceus
Replies: 5
Views: 533

Melocactus violaceus

This plant was grown from seed by me a few years ago now (about 12 I think, form the seed-list of Doug and Vivi Rowland). This year it has just begun to form a cephalium, and about a week ago the first flower popped out :grin: The plant is about the size of an orange, and the photo disguises the som...
by Ali Baba
Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: A few late (or early) flowers
Replies: 2
Views: 195

Re: A few late (or early) flowers

Thanks iann, sadly no chance of any shows, I’m off to Cornwall shortly to deliver no 1 son back to Falmouth Uni. Last year that plant had as many flowers but they all came out in drubs and drabs
by Ali Baba
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: A few late (or early) flowers
Replies: 2
Views: 195

A few late (or early) flowers

From today
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by Ali Baba
Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Lapidaria margaretae care tips
Replies: 14
Views: 864

Re: Lapidaria margaretae care tips

Here's my pair of plants. Right next to the south facing end of my greenhouse. Just enough water in summer to prevent excessive wrinkling, and then more water now and as they form a new pair of leaves.
They go a lovely colour in full sun, green with a hint of biscuit.
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by Ali Baba
Mon Sep 10, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Spectacular late flower show
Replies: 7
Views: 557

Re: Spectacular late flower show

My two plants usually produce a few flowers at one go, but despite various efforts to get them to synchronize, they almost always flower on different nights :???:
My plants are usually open still the next day which makes taking their picture easier (see left!)
by Ali Baba
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:51 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Astrophytum Caput Mesudae
Replies: 12
Views: 1045

Re: Astrophytum Caput Mesudae

That's nice Ralph. They seem to get more sturdy as they get older: here are some of my seedlings
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and here are my two much older plants
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by Ali Baba
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Mammillaria problem
Replies: 12
Views: 784

Re: Mammillaria problem

I'd agree with the thrips idea. Thrips do graze on young spines, usually producing banding on the spines, but if spines are feathery they can reduce the spines to stubs. I have seen this on Mammillaria luethyi.
The other pest that can sometimes do this are earwigs.
by Ali Baba
Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Astrophytum Caput Mesudae
Replies: 12
Views: 1045

Re: Astrophytum Caput Mesudae

I have several plants , all seed grown, all at 5C and dry in winter with no problems, although I have lost one or two when they were very small. All in my standard compost and plastic pots. The roots are mostly tuber with very few fine roots when young, suggesting underpotting might be helpful at le...
by Ali Baba
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Strange growth on Ariocarpus
Replies: 16
Views: 905

Re: Strange growth on Ariocarpus

must be a monstrose form then :eek: