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by el48tel
Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Aloes, Gasteria, Haworthia Etc (The Haworthia Society)
Topic: Seedlings from last years sowing.
Replies: 8
Views: 6035

Re: Seedlings from last years sowing.

Cactusgirl wrote:
Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:18 pm
Intelligent Lighting T5 blue fluorescent tubes 6500k and red 2700k high output T5. There are 6 tubes
Ah yes - thanks - I recognise these now as the similar to my daughter's aquarium. I take it you have them fitted in standard tube fittings supported over the growing plants.
by el48tel
Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Top dressing for succulents
Replies: 51
Views: 11311

Re: Top dressing for succulents

I have been reading this thread with interest. Do you think the slimy white stuff on the surface of the growing medium that el48tel mentions could be mould? If potted plant soil is over watered it can get a covering of saprophytic fungus. No chez2 -- definitely not mould - was the red stuff some of...
by el48tel
Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Aloes, Gasteria, Haworthia Etc (The Haworthia Society)
Topic: Seedlings from last years sowing.
Replies: 8
Views: 6035

Re: Seedlings from last years sowing.

They look amazing. My seeds from the last Haw Society list are just starting to pop through now. I've got them in my Vitapod propogator in the greenhouse. The pots are also in zip lock bags. Any advice please ad to what I need to do next as I know in many ways the easy thing is germinating them and...
by el48tel
Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Top dressing for succulents
Replies: 51
Views: 11311

Re: Top dressing for succulents

OK -- all is clear. There's Cat Litter and there's Cat Litter. Cat Litter goes slimy when wet because it is only a soft-fired ceramic, whereas Cat Litter is a harder fired ceramic and so does not disintegrate when wet. Unfortunately you can't get Cat Litter anymore because supermarkets have stopped ...
by el48tel
Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Cultivation snippets wanted for CactusWorld
Replies: 61
Views: 14390

Re: Cultivation snippets wanted for CactusWorld

I will report back. Give me a nudge if I forget. I grew a few lithops from seed as a child and never took the care I have read about on here. I never lost any, they lived for years. Some used to grow roots so I would take them off the parent plant and pop them into sandy soil. A thought --- been to...
by el48tel
Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Top dressing for succulents
Replies: 51
Views: 11311

Re: Top dressing for succulents

Two points here 1. I had some plants from a plant sale which contained that which I am told was Seramis or similar and was told was similar to "cat litter". Washed the used compost to reclaim the grit / sand --- found I had a slimy stuff on the surface (same colour as the component we discuss) --- a...
by el48tel
Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Cultivation snippets wanted for CactusWorld
Replies: 61
Views: 14390

Re: Cultivation snippets wanted for CactusWorld

We do something similar to this but bought those clear plastic salad or bakery containers that supermarkets use. They let more light in and the lid is hinged. Microwaveable containers are better imho, because the compost can be placed in the container, then it can be microwaved for (say) 3 minutes,...
by el48tel
Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Top dressing for succulents
Replies: 51
Views: 11311

Re: Top dressing for succulents

Nick_G wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:37 pm
el48tel wrote:
Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:56 pm
Clay (cat litter) goes slimy;
You must be using the wrong stuff.
No I am not.

I don't use it. I am not convinced that the ions are not exchanged.
by el48tel
Wed Jan 23, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Polycarbonate glazing and winter growers
Replies: 7
Views: 1725

Re: Polycarbonate glazing and winter growers

For what it's worth .... My greenhouse supplier says polycarbonate is lighter and so a greenhouse not anchored to the ground is likely to fly in a high wind. It discolours. It loses its plastic nature and becomes brittle. It is a better insulator than glass. It is safer to use should you have young ...
by el48tel
Wed Jan 23, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: The Cactus & Succulent Plant Forum
Topic: Cultivation snippets wanted for CactusWorld
Replies: 61
Views: 14390

Re: Cultivation snippets wanted for CactusWorld

A use for unwanted PLASTIC knitting needles - use as supports for Opuntia during winter - flagging for a drink but not allowed by humans lest they rot