Hello from Scotland

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guthrie
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Hello from Scotland

Post by guthrie » Sun Jul 11, 2021 2:53 pm

Hi everyone,
I joined the BCSS a month or two ago because I'm the kind of person who, when they want to get a bit deeper into a subject, immediately looks for the enthusiasts and professionals who spend a lot of time on the subject.

In my case, I got some cacti as a teenager because they seemed easy enough to grow, even if I wasn't into plants and gardening the way my mother or grandfather were. I ended up with 7 or 8, most of which died at some point or another as I went to university, moved around the country for work, left them behind to be looked after y family etc.
Fortunately 4 or 5 have survived and I've bought one or two more over the years, some of which haven't thrived.

So I am here looking for more information and advice, I want to keep them alive, growing and hopefully flowering. I will be posting in the sub forum for showing your cacti off and asking for a bit of advice. Reading Cactus world has informed me of potentially important things like a cactus going dormant in the hottest summer months.

Being in Scotland that might not be too big a problem, but then there are other potential issues like people leaving windows open letting cold air in at odd times of the day.

We don't have a huge amount of space for more cacti, but I would like to get a couple of smaller ones of Rebutia or Gymnocalycium to grow to flowering and end up with a nice display of flowering cacti at various times in the year.
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Re: Hello from Scotland

Post by el48tel » Sun Jul 11, 2021 4:07 pm

Hi
Welcome to the forum
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 Scotland

Post by Paul D » Sun Jul 11, 2021 6:45 pm

Welcome guthrie :)
There are quite a few of us in Scotland. Which neck of the woods are you in?
Paul in North-east Scotland (Grampian Branch BCSS)
National Collection Rebutia, Aylostera & Weingartia (inc. Sulcorebutia). Also growing a mixture including Ferocactus, Gymnocalycium, Lobivia, Mammillaria, Asclepiads, Lithops, Crassula, Gasteria, Haworthia.
http://www.rebutia.org.uk
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Re: Hello from Scotland

Post by guthrie » Sun Jul 11, 2021 7:00 pm

I'm in Symington now, quite nice and rural but also cloudy, rainy and cold in the winter.
Originally from Edinburgh, I see there is a Glasgow branch, there doesn't seem any closer. South Lanarkshire isn't Glasgow, but I guess you are the closest collection of enthusiasts?
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Re: Hello from Scotland

Post by Paul D » Sun Jul 11, 2021 8:50 pm

guthrie wrote:
Sun Jul 11, 2021 7:00 pm
I'm in Symington now, quite nice and rural but also cloudy, rainy and cold in the winter.
Originally from Edinburgh, I see there is a Glasgow branch, there doesn't seem any closer. South Lanarkshire isn't Glasgow, but I guess you are the closest collection of enthusiasts?
There's an Ayr branch too, meets in Kilmarnock I believe. Scottish branches are here-
https://www.zone18.bcss.org.uk/
Paul in North-east Scotland (Grampian Branch BCSS)
National Collection Rebutia, Aylostera & Weingartia (inc. Sulcorebutia). Also growing a mixture including Ferocactus, Gymnocalycium, Lobivia, Mammillaria, Asclepiads, Lithops, Crassula, Gasteria, Haworthia.
http://www.rebutia.org.uk
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Re: Hello from Scotland

Post by guthrie » Sun Jul 11, 2021 10:52 pm

Thanks, Ayr and Glasgow are equidistant, Glasgow easier to get to although I don't expect to go to many meetings, pandemic or not.
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Re: Hello from Scotland

Post by Chris in Leeds » Mon Jul 12, 2021 4:23 pm

Welcome to the forum
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