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by Davey246
Wed May 18, 2022 2:40 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: John Innes compost replacements
Replies: 12
Views: 247

Re: John Innes compost replacements

Better to trust an expert grower (Juster) who has real experience of using the product rather than a soothsayer of doom (Davey) who has no experience of it apart from likening it to his old bag of 'chipped woody prunings'! I didn't realise that you knew me so well, what I do, where I go, anything a...
by Davey246
Wed May 18, 2022 2:39 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: John Innes compost replacements
Replies: 12
Views: 247

Re: John Innes compost replacements

That is not my experience Davey, I've been using it for several years with no problems, the plants are doing well and it does not become a sludge. I have to say that I do not understand why it is still OK. I have dabbled with composts based on bark and wood chips over the past 10 years or so and co...
by Davey246
Wed May 18, 2022 12:18 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: John Innes compost replacements
Replies: 12
Views: 247

Re: John Innes compost replacements

Sylvagrow ericaceous is a blend of bark chip and coir, so will compost-down to dark brown/black sludge reasonably quickly, a few months if kept well dampened. Reduction in volume will be huge, maybe 90%, maybe more. It will be fine for nursery stock for a few months, depending on how damp it is kept...
by Davey246
Tue May 17, 2022 7:21 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Chance seedling
Replies: 6
Views: 157

Re: Chance seedling

It certainly makes the most striking photograph.
Not a fan of hybrids, but that is a gem. Hopefully the plant itself, if somewhat small at the moment, looks like it might make an attractive addition too.
by Davey246
Tue May 17, 2022 6:50 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Plant ID please
Replies: 9
Views: 151

Re: Plant ID please

Feel free to check the library and comment. Most happy to receive all offerings. I'm no expert ... my guess was miles out.. Acid John's suggestion is perfectly good - I am no taxonomist or searcher for the ultimate truth in plant I.D., but to me, forms of buinningii and ottonis come close to a fit ...
by Davey246
Tue May 17, 2022 5:26 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Plant ID please
Replies: 9
Views: 151

Re: Plant ID please

Notocactus?
I could get the books out for a match, but will leave that to you :-)
by Davey246
Tue May 17, 2022 5:24 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: John Innes compost replacements
Replies: 12
Views: 247

Re: John Innes compost replacements

All original JI recipes contain peat, they are all loam, plus peat, plus sand, plus lime, plus fertiliser. There are peat-free JI composts, althogh I have never looked for the JI seal on the bags. The problem with all major non-peat organic compost components, no matter what they are, is that they a...
by Davey246
Sun May 15, 2022 9:18 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Mystery props thread
Replies: 10
Views: 378

Re: Mystery props thread

You ows thanks to Aeonium. His suggestion.

If that is the plant, it is probably unusual in the UK. Nice flowers too (or I think so anyway.)
by Davey246
Sun May 15, 2022 7:59 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Mystery props thread
Replies: 10
Views: 378

Re: Mystery props thread

Now renamed Kleinia petraea, it seems to fit the description.
I have never knowingly seen it in the UK as a garden plant, if at all. A quick search suggests that it is uncommon here, and possibly borderline hardy.
by Davey246
Sat May 14, 2022 9:49 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Hose feeder
Replies: 15
Views: 340

Re: Hose feeder

I am unsure that I'd ever use Miracle-gro for C&S, except very early in the season - it is high nitrogen - hence it's claims for phenominal growth.