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by esp
Fri Apr 30, 2021 12:06 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Echinocereus rigidissimus ssp. rubrispinus
Replies: 30
Views: 1538

Re: Echinocereus rigidissimus ssp. rubrispinus

Good to hear Stuart's plant is early, as along with a bunch of tiny seedlings I have two of these which I hope might flower for the first time this year. Your plant looks stunning, Stuart (tu) My biggest one has been showing buds for a few weeks now, I still think it's a couple of weeks off floweri...
by esp
Tue Apr 20, 2021 6:26 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Mammillaria haudeana
Replies: 3
Views: 179

Re: Mammillaria haudeana

South of Yecora is the location of the original habitat material for your plant, no reason from the label to think it's anything other than typical for the (sub)species :

https://www.fieldnos.bcss.org.uk/finder ... a+haudeana
by esp
Mon Apr 19, 2021 9:56 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Aloe plicatilis
Replies: 5
Views: 210

Re: Aloe plicatilis

Beware of frost. I lost all my twelve plants I have sown in 2012 this winter, when they had to endure just a few degrees of frost somewhere in December. Thanks for the warning. I'm hoping to have some seed from my plant this year so was thinking about trying a few seedlings unheated over the winter...
by esp
Sun Apr 18, 2021 9:39 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Currently have no suitable place to put my plants, is this suitable. Solved
Replies: 8
Views: 644

Re: Currently have no suitable place to put my plants, is this suitable. Solved

the risk of frost seems to be over so is it safe for the cacti to go in the garden yet? It depends what you have. Hardy cacti, yes. Ones that like a tiny bit of warmth over winter, quite likely. Ones that need a lot of warmth year round, no. Healthy plants in good growth can often cope with brief o...
by esp
Sun Apr 18, 2021 1:47 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: What happened here
Replies: 20
Views: 550

Re: What happened here

Both my Astro. myro. nudum types died this winter, after several years being OK in the unheated cold frame. Other Astrophytum types are all OK. There seemed to have been some combination of circumstances this winter that a few plants didn't like - the main stem on a clustered Cleistacactus strausii ...
by esp
Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:35 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Ariocarpus
Replies: 45
Views: 1223

Re: Ariocarpus

I understand the scepticism, but it may be harsh. Look at the full set of plants on offer and they are from all over the place, globally. There are also a mix of ages. I think a more likely explanation than illegal import is that the seller is a son/daughter facing the sad task of disposing of thei...
by esp
Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:40 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Pliospilos compactas
Replies: 3
Views: 239

Re: Pliospilos compactas

I think mesemb seeds often need a few months to mature, even if the capsule is dry and opens on wetting.
So maybe sow a few now, and if nothing happens within 2 or 3 weeks, try again in 2 or 3 months time.
by esp
Mon Apr 12, 2021 1:53 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Crassula arborescens not looking well
Replies: 13
Views: 500

Re: Crassula arborescens not looking well

Looks fine, on a superficial dig.

Now stick the pot in a large bowl and drench it!

It looks like you've got a lot of cat litter or similar molar clay granules in there, the roots should love that.
by esp
Mon Apr 12, 2021 12:37 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: How to
Replies: 5
Views: 244

Re: How to

Hi As a new starter to seed raising I would like help. I've been given some Asto Caput Medusa seeds to try Lucky you! They are very easy to germinate, and then quite hard to keep going afterwards. I'd seriously consider trying (say) Astrophytum myriostigma, Ferocactus or Rebutia first. With many ca...
by esp
Mon Apr 12, 2021 11:06 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Crassula arborescens not looking well
Replies: 13
Views: 500

Re: Crassula arborescens not looking well

Ahh, I should have mentioned that the photos make it look paler than it really is. Thank you for all the replies. I will unpot it and take a look. Not sure where I'm going to get/put a bigger pot if it needs one, that one is massive, haha. I had not realised it needed more water. It is indoors, tho...