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iann
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Just for Ralph

Post by iann » Thu Feb 25, 2021 2:57 pm

Second watering for Echinocactus polycephalus today.

This one always dries out fast, partly because it has no top dressing.
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My original E. xeranthemoides.
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And a younger seedling.
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Re: Just for Ralph

Post by ralphrmartin » Thu Feb 25, 2021 6:18 pm

What a superb collection of Echinocacti. :mrgreen:

And the fact you have several shows it's no fluke - you really know what you are doing. (tu) (tu)

When will you stop watering them?

i've never got one more than about 2 years old. :oops:
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Re: Just for Ralph

Post by Tony R » Thu Feb 25, 2021 6:27 pm

.. and us too, iann.
They are magnificent!
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Re: Just for Ralph

Post by Aiko » Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:26 pm

These are indeed quite beautiful. I tried them once, no success. Tempting to try again.

But maybe I should wait for the Echinocactus zoom talk Iann might give for the BCSS in the future (hint!).
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Re: Just for Ralph

Post by NaZzAtAzEr » Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:39 pm

I love that plant! I have a huge fascination in plants with huge spines. Just setting myself up for a lot of pain :D
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Re: Just for Ralph

Post by iann » Thu Feb 25, 2021 8:36 pm

I give them a break from some time around May until July or August. Then they'll get stood out in a thunderstorm so I can admire the spines which are so brightly-coloured in the rain. Real watering doesn't start again until next year, just keeping them ticking over because they only grow for that short period in spring.
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