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Cactus ID

Post by NorfolkExotics » Wed May 08, 2019 12:00 am

Hi all, I recently purchased this cactus from B&Q after deciding it was my duty to save it from its dimly lit, poorly drained environment, despite having told myself earlier in the year that I should be making purchases less frequently :roll:
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As someone who is relatively new to cacti (at least in comparison to my unhealthy habit of buying agaves and giving no consideration for space), I would be greatful for any help in finding an identification.
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Re: Cactus ID

Post by rodsmith » Wed May 08, 2019 7:55 am

Possibly a melocactus.
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Re: Cactus ID

Post by Stuart » Wed May 08, 2019 9:04 am

Melocactus Azureus - keep it warm!
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Re: Cactus ID

Post by NorfolkExotics » Sun May 12, 2019 11:17 pm

Thank you!
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Re: Cactus ID

Post by el48tel » Mon May 13, 2019 9:30 am

A thought ... with no preconceptions ... so don't bellow at me ....
Why do Lidl, Aldi, B&Q and Garden Centres all sell Melocactus which need fairly stringent growing conditions, without a name label, let alone an indication of what the plant needs to survive?
Continuing a journey of discovery as I grow cactus seeds and offsets, and discover all kinds of wonderful plants in Cactus Nurseries. Just love Echinopsis, Lithops, Aeoniums and Gymnocalycium .... and....and .... now discovering Rebutia (thought I'd never bother having lost one a winter ago) and Sulcorebutia and Aylostera .... from where did those Echinocereus plants arrive?
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Re: Cactus ID

Post by NorfolkExotics » Mon May 13, 2019 10:21 am

They don't care about suitable growing conditions etc. because they sell most of them to people that want windowsill decoration/office plants who have no clue about how to adequately care for them and most likely wont take the time to do the slightest bit of research as to potting mixtures/watering. They probably can't be bothered to offer suitable growing conditions because they aren't selling to a market that has a clue (that and it would probably take too much time and effort). B&Q also had mammillarias as well as some ferocactus, not exactly plants famed for being moisture loving...
The Jardinland chain in France, though obviously more specialist than B&Q etc. has also been quite bad for growing conditions of plants in my experience. I have been to several in which plants that really want no business with excessive water were sitting in a large tray full of water while already completely waterlogged in a potting mixture with no grit at all, and on top of that the lighting was sub-optimal. One of these in particular was near Carcassonne and I felt so bad for a little agave isthmensis that I had to buy it (took it out of the pot in the car park and the roots were soaking). For the amount of plants that they must kill through such conditions, surely they would make more money by ensuring reasonable conditions?
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Re: Cactus ID

Post by esp » Mon May 13, 2019 10:50 am

el48tel wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 9:30 am
A thought ... with no preconceptions ... so don't bellow at me ....
Why do Lidl, Aldi, B&Q and Garden Centres all sell Melocactus which need fairly stringent growing conditions, without a name label, let alone an indication of what the plant needs to survive?
Arguably, Melocactus make better houseplants than collectors plants - they would be much happier in a central heated room on a sunny windowsill than in a cool greenhouse.
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Re: Cactus ID

Post by el48tel » Mon May 13, 2019 12:46 pm

Point taken about the growing conditions. But no label ... name or hint about conditions was my main point. At least the larger plants in IKEA come with a name so you get some clue ... or could do should you Google it.
Continuing a journey of discovery as I grow cactus seeds and offsets, and discover all kinds of wonderful plants in Cactus Nurseries. Just love Echinopsis, Lithops, Aeoniums and Gymnocalycium .... and....and .... now discovering Rebutia (thought I'd never bother having lost one a winter ago) and Sulcorebutia and Aylostera .... from where did those Echinocereus plants arrive?
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Re: Cactus ID

Post by Phil_SK » Mon May 13, 2019 5:05 pm

The sooner you kill it, the sooner you'll buy a replacement.
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Re: Cactus ID

Post by el48tel » Mon May 13, 2019 7:22 pm

Phil_SK wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 5:05 pm
The sooner you kill it, the sooner you'll buy a replacement.
:grin:
Continuing a journey of discovery as I grow cactus seeds and offsets, and discover all kinds of wonderful plants in Cactus Nurseries. Just love Echinopsis, Lithops, Aeoniums and Gymnocalycium .... and....and .... now discovering Rebutia (thought I'd never bother having lost one a winter ago) and Sulcorebutia and Aylostera .... from where did those Echinocereus plants arrive?
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