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by ragamala
Fri Jun 04, 2021 2:00 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: A little help/advice
Replies: 31
Views: 1018

Re: A little help/advice

I always now sterilise by microwave. I might well not do this and have success, not only with germination but continued growth, I don't know, I have sterilised (using the old sterilising steam bucket technique decades ago!) but the question I would ask is - Is there any argument AGAINST heat sterili...
by ragamala
Tue May 18, 2021 3:25 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Has anyone tried the peat-free John Innes?
Replies: 34
Views: 1628

Re: Has anyone tried the peat-free John Innes?

Things have taken a new turn with the confirmation that sales of peat-based composts will be banned from 2024. Thank goodness - at last - after a decade of refusal by the industry to comply with advice which was only just that - advisory and not compulsory. The devil is in the detail, whether the ba...
by ragamala
Mon May 10, 2021 12:32 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Cactus falling over regularly
Replies: 11
Views: 639

Re: Cactus falling over regularly

I am sure there are two major factors in the leaning, Firstly the restriction to roots of the pot. Few of us have the luxury of giving our plants unlimited root-run so they can do what comes naturally. Secondly if anyone has experience of plants leaning away from the sun I'd be surprised (apart in m...
by ragamala
Tue May 04, 2021 7:15 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Has anyone tried the peat-free John Innes?
Replies: 34
Views: 1628

Re: Has anyone tried the peat-free John Innes?

Apologies Pattock, my typing overlapped with your last response. FWIW I share it seems a similar hobbyhorse to you, but I can't be dogmatic because nobody's perfect. What's important is that we try and learn from the experience of others of new and hopefully improved commercial composts. Complaining...
by ragamala
Tue May 04, 2021 7:11 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Has anyone tried the peat-free John Innes?
Replies: 34
Views: 1628

Re: Has anyone tried the peat-free John Innes?

But as John Innes himself had nothing to do with the peat free version, and has not endorsed it, I believe it is a shameful misuse of his name to simple call it Peat Free John Innes Compost, wrongly insinuating that it was subject to all the same rigorous research that went into the original John I...
by ragamala
Tue May 04, 2021 12:24 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Has anyone tried the peat-free John Innes?
Replies: 34
Views: 1628

Re: Has anyone tried the peat-free John Innes?

Sorry for putting this in 'Off-Topic' but the last time I raised the issue of peat free compost it was suggested that the topic had been discussed to death so I thought I'd avoid that and just ask for peoples' experience of this brand. No reason at all for apology. Indeed the battle has raged befor...
by ragamala
Sun May 02, 2021 12:27 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Has anyone tried the peat-free John Innes?
Replies: 34
Views: 1628

Re: Has anyone tried the peat-free John Innes?

Why is this off-topic? More folk might be interested in this if this were shifted.
by ragamala
Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:12 am
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: What happened here
Replies: 20
Views: 972

Re: What happened here

I wonder if it succumbed to old age. But you haven't said about watering. This year I only started watering my plants a couple of days ago. Maybe a month later than I normally would start. This at least gave me time to sort out the goners over the winter, and not worry about whether it was winter co...
by ragamala
Tue Mar 16, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Looking after members interests.
Replies: 40
Views: 2137

Re: Looking after members interests.

And how do we respond to this in Horticulture Week yesterday?

"Cacti supply issues ease
Garden centres say cacti and succulent supply issues have improved post-Brexit."

https://www.hortweek.com/cacti-supply-i ... le/1709951?
by ragamala
Tue Mar 16, 2021 2:20 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Looking after members interests.
Replies: 40
Views: 2137

Re: Looking after members interests.

I am not arguing about anything in detail This is partly my concern. If all put forward is just complaint or disatisfaction, and no positive constructive detailed proposals are made, nothing will change. The quote in the Times is "A lot of garden centres are not stocking cacti at the moment because...