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Post by Ali Baba » Sat Nov 24, 2018 5:35 pm

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...
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Post by el48tel » Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:24 pm

That is gorgeous ...... and one type of succulent of which I've never heard
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Post by ralphrmartin » Sat Nov 24, 2018 9:58 pm

At least you'll keep the weeds down with them crammed in like that (I hastily admit that mine look just the same! :shock: ).

Some Massonias have wonderful scents, too.
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Re: Massonia

Post by Terry S. » Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:12 am

Plants in my greenhouse are packed together as closely as possible. However, I have a friend in Somerset who can resist the temptation of quantity and grows each single Massonia in its own pot and spreads the pots out so that the leaves don't touch. They look really good if you can do this.

El Tel: Massonias are not succulent but geophytic, they have "normal" leaves and flowers during the winter months (a couple of miserable species are summer-growers) which die away for summer. However, in the wild in RSA one can see massonias, conophytums, adromischus, crassulas etc. growing quite close together and these South African bulbs mix very well with succulents in our greenhouses and can be grown under similar conditions. Massonias will not be accepted by BCSS show judges but confusingly plants with similar growth forms such as Brachystelma are acceptable. I wonder what the rationale is?
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Re: Massonia

Post by el48tel » Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:37 am

Terry S. wrote:
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:12 am
Plants in my greenhouse are packed together as closely as possible. However, I have a friend in Somerset who can resist the temptation of quantity and grows each single Massonia in its own pot and spreads the pots out so that the leaves don't touch. They look really good if you can do this.

El Tel: Massonias are not succulent but geophytic, they have "normal" leaves and flowers during the winter months (a couple of miserable species are summer-growers) which die away for summer. However, in the wild in RSA one can see massonias, conophytums, adromischus, crassulas etc. growing quite close together and these South African bulbs mix very well with succulents in our greenhouses and can be grown under similar conditions. Massonias will not be accepted by BCSS show judges but confusingly plants with similar growth forms such as Brachystelma are acceptable. I wonder what the rationale is?
Thanks for the detailed explanation ..... as a newbie I find some of this puzzling, if not amusing. Regardless of the specification laid down (by whom, and for whatever reason), I think the plant is rather fine ......... and if I see one, I shall purchase it, and endeavour to remember the instructions for success.
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Post by Aiko » Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:53 pm

I have seeds of Massonia on offer, if you want to try them from seeds. Will have more species in April / May. Plants should also be not too hard to obtain, but chances are you will most likely come across M. pustulata / M. longipes.
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Post by el48tel » Sun Nov 25, 2018 3:52 pm

Aiko wrote:
Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:53 pm
I have seeds of Massonia on offer, if you want to try them from seeds. Will have more species in April / May. Plants should also be not too hard to obtain, but chances are you will most likely come across M. pustulata / M. longipes.
Thanks
I may take you up on the offer in April / May once I have got myself organised properly.
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Re: Massonia

Post by Ali Baba » Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:19 pm

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
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Re: Massonia

Post by BrianMc » Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:47 am

Ali Baba wrote:
Sat Nov 24, 2018 5:35 pm
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...
Looking super! I have always tried to keep mine single once flowering size.

The word cull sounds a bit extreme. I think repotted sounds much nicer
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Re: Massonia

Post by KathyM » Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:19 am

My Massonia depressa bulbs looked like this about a month ago and I decided to split them because the biggest bud was on the middle plant completely hidden by a leaf. It's just starting to open now.
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