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October 2018 - Rescued

Posted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:58 pm
by Jim_Mercer
I did think about using the article in the latest Cactus World to set this month's topic but focus stacking might be too specialised and we have had Close up as a topic in the last two years so based on my plant in the September competition this months topic is Rescued. Not restricted to clearance offer plants from supermarkets, looking for any plant restored to health after being neglected (no need for before and after pictures).

Re: October 2018 - Rescued

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:45 am
by juster
I am hoping that I have rescued this Mammillaria candida, but time will tell. I see that I bought it in 1983 and it has been very slow, much more so than my other M. candida. This one had started to lean over, to the extent that only a few roots actually went into the compost, yet, with some determination, it still flowered regularly. About six weeks ago I tackled it and cut off the entire bottom of the plant, which looked awful. I left it for weeks before potting up in this 7" pot. Fingers crossed!

Re: October 2018 - Rescued

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:39 pm
by gerald
I've not entered this competiton before, so here goes.

Five years ago I started this thread, with a battered old Copiapoa humilis:


Just today I was thinking about how well it looked now compared to before. Here it is a month ago:
copiapoa humilis.jpg

Re: October 2018 - Rescued

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:32 pm
by juster
That's an amazing rescue Gerald, well done! I must admit I would have binned the plant as it looked in your original post.

Re: October 2018 - Rescued

Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:14 pm
by el48tel
Rescued - certainly
Restored - will never be
Returned to former glory - impossible
Retained for breeding and in an accessible place - definitely

This Echinopsis hybrid was given to me with a few other plants a while ago. It had been mauled by a mollusc at its previous abode. In another thread .... viewtopic.php?f=1&t=167450 I'd posed the question relating to its future. It had some offsets when I transported it home; six of them survived the journey whereas a few tiny ones did not; five of these six seemed to have rooted; another ten offsets have popped up and will be potted in the spring; one of the ten is seen here.

Re: October 2018 - Rescued

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:28 pm
by Sheila

Another rather late entry I'm afraid. I have bought quite a few plants from garden centres over the years, and I suppose that they could all count as rescues.
The first picture is of a Senecio (possibly stapeliformis although I am not certain). This was rescued from B&Q. There were five barely rooted cuttings, sitting in a tall glass jar, in about half and inch of peat. I gave two of the plants away as raffle prizes, and the remaining three are now romping around a 5inch pot. This year they have produced at least four flowers between them.

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The second picture is a slightly different rescue. This was bought at the 2016 National Show from a specialist cactus nursery, which has excellent plants. This one had got a little over-enthusiastic however, and split (this is just visible at the front of the picture). I bought it anyway, as I thought no-one else would and this year it has rewarded me with a total of 10 flowers.

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Re: October 2018 - Rescued

Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:58 pm
by KathyM
This is one rescued from my own neglect!

I posted this picture of an Uncarina and another plant on the forum last year asking for advice. The suggestion was to cut it back hard, so I did.

ImageReally tall Uncarina and Didierea by Kathy, on Flickr

It started to grow back this spring and I got flowers for the first time in years.

ImageUncarina flower by Kathy , on Flickr

I'm going to give it another trim this year.

Re: October 2018 - Rescued

Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:43 am
by Jim_Mercer
Not as popular as I was expecting :cry:

The winner is gerald and his Copiapoa

Re: October 2018 - Rescued

Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:45 pm
by gerald
What an honour! The first time I've won anything since the egg & spoon race at our local fete when I was a youngster, round about the time I acquired that Copiapoa :grin:

I'll have a quick think and post the new subject for November shortly, thanks to all who are involved