Hello from the Highlands

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AntMcEwan
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Hello from the Highlands

Post by AntMcEwan » Fri Jun 04, 2021 6:57 pm

Hi!

I'm Antony McEwan (Ant) and I used to have a reasonable collection of cacti and succulents about 20 years ago. I had them in a large adapted cold-frame and they did really well. Anyway, for whatever reason, I gave up and have only recently got back into these plants. I am limiting myself to a few window-sill spaces and a 60cmx30cm fish tank equipped with full spectrum growing light (my "Cactarium") which I should fit about 20 or so plants in. Currently have a nice mix of succulents and cacti, but it's early days - and I seem to have acquired several types of seeds too!

If anyone from the Highlands remembers the club show events that took place at the Trinity Church Hall - they were my "buying trips" twenty-ish years ago! ;)
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Re: Hello from the Highlands

Post by fero » Fri Jun 04, 2021 9:56 pm

Welcome Ant
Happy growing in the highlands. The cactarium sounds fun :smile:
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Re: Hello from the Highlands

Post by Pattock » Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:00 pm

Hi Ant and welcome!

Do you have a fan to bring air into your Cactarium?
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Re: Hello from the Highlands

Post by AntMcEwan » Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:11 pm

Pattock wrote:
Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:00 pm
Hi Ant and welcome!

Do you have a fan to bring air into your Cactarium?
No, it is open topped though.
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Re: Hello from the Highlands

Post by Tony R » Sat Jun 05, 2021 5:49 am

Welcome to the Forum, Ant.
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Re: Hello from the Highlands

Post by el48tel » Sat Jun 05, 2021 7:05 am

Welcome to the forum Ant
Endeavouring to grow Aeoniums, Aylostera, Echinocereus, Echinopsis, Gymnocalycium, Lithops, Matucana, Rebutia, and Sulcorebutia.
Currently being wooed by Haworthia, attempting hybridisation, and enticed by Mesembs.
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Re: Hello from the Highlands

Post by Pattock » Sun Jun 06, 2021 12:16 pm

AntMcEwan wrote:
Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:11 pm
Pattock wrote:
Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:00 pm
Hi Ant and welcome!

Do you have a fan to bring air into your Cactarium?
No, it is open topped though.
I would suggest a little computer fan just to get the air moving. Otherwise you will get high humidity building up inside.
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Re: Hello from the Highlands

Post by Paul D » Sun Jun 06, 2021 3:56 pm

Welcome Ant.
Give me a shout if you venture eastwards ;)
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Re: Hello from the Highlands

Post by BrianMc » Wed Jun 09, 2021 3:38 pm

AntMcEwan wrote:
Fri Jun 04, 2021 6:57 pm

If anyone from the Highlands remembers the club show events that took place at the Trinity Church Hall - they were my "buying trips" twenty-ish years ago! ;)
Hi Ant,
I remember giving a presentation at a Trinity Church Hall meeting not too long before Highlands and Islands changed venue. There was a great turn out and I particularly remember how, at the break, we all went into the side room and everyone sat around a huge table for tea and other refreshments. Happy days for H&I branch.

Best of luck with the rekindling of your hobby (tu)
Especially interested in Mesembs. small Aloes and South African miniatures and bulbs.
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