Greetings from Warsaw

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TomaszB
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Greetings from Warsaw

Post by TomaszB » Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:24 pm

Hi all,
Cacti has fascinated me since the mid 80'. I even converted one of my aquariums in a propagator and tried to raise some cacti from seeds, which I had bought in East Germany (in Poland they were hard to obtain at this time). I got a lot of seedlings, unfortunately, I made enough mistakes to kill these plants. In the mid 90' I almost quit with my hobby, because I had no place for proper wintering of my plants. However, I always had some cacti. Now,, much too late, I noticed the availability of frost-resistant cacti and became a little bit crazy about cacti again. Moreover, winters are warm nowadays, so I plan to keep many of my plants on the balcony, of course shielded from rain and snow. I am reading this excellent forum for a some time and now I am proud to be the part of this community,
Best Regards :-)
Tomasz
Best regards :-)
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Re: Greetings from Warsaw

Post by Phil_SK » Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:42 pm

Welcome! I'm glad you got your access sorted eventually. :smile:
Phil Crewe, BCSS 38143. Mostly S. American cacti, esp. Lobivia, Sulcorebutia and little Opuntia
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Re: Greetings from Warsaw

Post by el48tel » Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:56 pm

Welcome!
Attempting to grow Aeoniums, Aylostera, Echinocereus, Echinopsis, Gymnocalycium, Lithops, Matucana, Rebutia, and Sulcorebutia.
Currently being wooed by Haworthia, and attempting hybridisation.
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Re: Greetings from Warsaw

Post by edds » Thu Oct 15, 2020 9:58 pm

Hello. Outdoor balcony sounds interesting - how open is it and do the plants get any water in winter or are you able to keep them totally dry?
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Post by anders » Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:04 am

I grew cacti on an unglazed balcony for a few years, some (Echinocereus, Escobaria, Gymnocalycium etc.) protected from rain and snow by a sheet of plastic, some (Opuntia) unprotected. I brought the less hardy types inside on really cold nights, otherwise that setup worked well, mostly.
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Post by TomaszB » Fri Oct 16, 2020 1:07 pm

It will be the first winter, so I am not sure how it will work. The setup is similar to that of anders. The cacti will stay on the shelf, covered from the top by another shelf (summer place :-) ) and with shields made from the cell polycarbonate from open sides of balcony. We had heavy rain last few days and, except one place, which should be modified, it worked pretty well. And yes, in case of severe frost, only frost-resistant Echinocerei end Escobarias will stay on the balcony and the rest will be moved inside (refrigerator for a while?).
Best regards :-)
Tomasz
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