Tephrocactus Geometricus problem

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Re: Tephrocactus Geometricus problem

Post by Tony R » Thu Jan 07, 2021 11:59 am

RAYWOODBRIDGE wrote:
Thu Jan 07, 2021 11:31 am
... or am I thinking of someone else. :!:
Dave Appleton's presentation to the TSG?
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Re: Tephrocactus Geometricus problem

Post by Mike P » Thu Jan 07, 2021 1:29 pm

Yes that was Dave A.
I have seen them in habitat and they looked like this:
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definitely not a stack of pale green golf balls but I would like mine to look a little nicer than they currently do. Having said that I came back from ELK in 2019 with a very nice looking clone which has so far remained clean. I also have one seedling (from several sowings so low success rate!) which looks ok although not a lot like a geometricus yet...
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Re: Tephrocactus Geometricus problem

Post by RAYWOODBRIDGE » Fri Jan 08, 2021 4:16 pm

Thanks Tony ( and sorry Mike ) but I've slept since then :oops:
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Re: Tephrocactus Geometricus problem

Post by Mike P » Sat Jan 09, 2021 8:15 am

I passed on the offer to go along when Dave went to visit Michael Kießling and in hindsight that was a mistake. even if I go now the opportunity to come back with a boot full of plants has probably gone.
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Re: Tephrocactus Geometricus problem

Post by Mike P » Mon Jan 11, 2021 1:14 pm

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Plant with the ‘rot’ in its hardened state.
Very unlovely plant!
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Re: Tephrocactus Geometricus problem

Post by HaoBao » Mon Jan 11, 2021 5:02 pm

Could your one be cleaned up by chopping the darkened area off or is it just likely to rot again?

The piece I cut off mine doesn’t look good now and is most likely going to rot completely. For the original plant, I put it under lights and close to a fan yesterday so hopefully it will be ok.
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Re: Tephrocactus Geometricus problem

Post by HaoBao » Wed Feb 17, 2021 2:44 am

The tephro had another chop as the rot continued. The ball I originally took off is gone completely.

Now the base part still has some dark areas around the cut but it isn’t really soft. The ball I took off before looked similar and I tried to re-cut the dark parts out and it pretty instantly went bad.

The ball I took off this time I wish I had asked the best way to remove it as I made another bad job of cutting it and took some off the bottom. Is there a good way to remove them? some thin wire maybe?

I think I’m going to leave the base as it is for a bit, I wonder how Mike P’s looked when it was cut as it looks pretty black on top now.
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Re: Tephrocactus Geometricus problem

Post by Mike P » Wed Feb 17, 2021 7:52 pm

I left mine as it was. I find the ‘rot’ dries out and the head persists...
I’ll take an update photo at the weekend
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