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Very excited to be here!

Post by Cactipod » Sun Apr 17, 2016 3:49 pm

Afternoon everyone.

I've been interested in cacti and succulents for around 12 years. I used to have a large collection in a lovely greenhouse, unfortunately life can go wrong and get in the way sometimes. Luckily I still have a small collection on the windowsills. I'm looking forward to increasing my collection again.
Today I purchased a small probogator for my newly planted seeds. I intend to have a greenhouse again once we move house but for now the windowsills will have to do. :razz:
I can't wait to get to know everyone here and learn more.

Ellie
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Re: Very excited to be here!

Post by Carl » Sun Apr 17, 2016 7:17 pm

Hi Ellie & Welcome to the forum :welc:


Lots of members start over through the years due to one reason or another. I hope you have lots of luck with your new seeds, what do you have currently on the go?

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Post by Cactipod » Sun Apr 17, 2016 8:13 pm

Hello and nice to meet you carl.

Currently I have some mixed lithops seeds, some ferocactus and some L.karasmontana on the go.

I'm trying to be optomistic and hope they grow :)

Do you have any seeds on the grow currently?

Ellie
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Re: Very excited to be here!

Post by juster » Sun Apr 17, 2016 8:33 pm

Welcome to the Forum Ellie. Many of us started growing our plants on windowsills and I'm sure your seeds will do well. Good luck!
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Post by Cactipod » Sun Apr 17, 2016 8:52 pm

Evening Juster

Thank you for the welcome!
Hopefully I will be visiting a cacti nursery this month so the tables and cabinets are at risk next :lol:

Do you have suggestions on books I should purchase I would like to expand my knowledge, I love learning about my plants I have and potential new ones :razz:

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Post by Carl » Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:20 pm

Cactipod wrote:Hello and nice to meet you carl.

Currently I have some mixed lithops seeds, some ferocactus and some L.karasmontana on the go.

I'm trying to be optomistic and hope they grow :)

Do you have any seeds on the grow currently?

Ellie
That sounds good (tu)

I currently have a selection of Matucana sp. seed and Rebutia/Sulcorebutia seed I haven't grown any cacti before from seed (I'm not a very focused person and I get bored easily... :oops: )
Cactipod wrote:Evening Juster

Thank you for the welcome!
Hopefully I will be visiting a cacti nursery this month so the tables and cabinets are at risk next :lol:

Do you have suggestions on books I should purchase I would like to expand my knowledge, I love learning about my plants I have and potential new ones :razz:

Ellie
Well not to bang the drum of the society too much :wink: but if you joined the society you could access your local branches library which I'm sure is full of lots of books to read and flick through there is also a number of books available online for free at https://www.cactuspro.com/biblio/en:accueil there's quite a few good ones but most aren't easy reading...

There's also the free Cactus Explorers jounrnal which you can download and read here which is fantastic for browsing plants! http://www.cactusexplorers.org.uk/journal6.htm

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Post by Cactipod » Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:44 pm

Thanks Carl.

I am looking to become a member asap.
Where is a local branch library? is it online or at the meetings?
Thank you for the links. Some bedtime reading for me :grin:
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Post by juster » Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:49 pm

Hi Ellie, as Carl says, l think you would gain a lot from joining the Society and attending your local branch. A good basic cactus book is John Pilbeam's 'How to care for your Cacti', there is a similar volume for Succulents. They are about 30 years old now, but second hand copies can be found. I'm sure there are others, but John's books are usually a good starting point - easy to read but full of useful information.
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Post by Carl » Sun Apr 17, 2016 11:25 pm

Yep +1 for John Pilbeam's books they are still good books with an easy and straightforward style.

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Re: Very excited to be here!

Post by Cactipod » Sun Apr 17, 2016 11:25 pm

Thank you for all the suggestions.
I'll have a little look online for some of his books :mrgreen:
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