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by swords
Sun Sep 27, 2009 7:38 am
Forum: Cultivation
Topic: peat moss?
Replies: 10
Views: 4226

Peat & sand is what many Cacti and Succulent plant books suggest people use to pot their plants. But oddly enough, so do most carnivorous plant books! I don't think the environments could be more different, one is a bog and the other a desert. Yet the same soil mix is suggested! lol In general t...
by swords
Tue Jul 28, 2009 1:31 am
Forum: Cultivation
Topic: Winter Grow Rack...
Replies: 6
Views: 1681

I built something just like that for my C & S in May. Mine is 48" L x 24" W x 72" tall. With 3 shelves, 4x 40 watt lamps over each shelf a few inches away from the plants. The only suggestion I'd make to your sketch is to get some sorta air circulation going on cos the shelf is wa...
by swords
Sat Jul 04, 2009 3:29 am
Forum: Cultivation
Topic: General question
Replies: 3
Views: 1205

I like to use pots based on the plants root system for most things this means shallow or rather 2.5" x 2.5" x 2.5" pots and I let the plants go until they seem to be crowded in there. I figure that if they grow in nooks and crannies a small pot might simulate that tight niche in the w...
by swords
Fri Jul 03, 2009 12:48 am
Forum: Cultivation
Topic: A watering question that has been puzzling me......
Replies: 7
Views: 1636

Yes Daiv, I suppose I should add that I use either Reverse Osmosis or distilled water for my plant spraying. Who knows what nasties are in my tap water, so I save that for me and the cats to drink! :D
by swords
Thu Jul 02, 2009 10:47 am
Forum: Cultivation
Topic: A watering question that has been puzzling me......
Replies: 7
Views: 1636

I spray my plants quite often, I've started "watering" some of my Mesembs (Lithops relatives) only by just spraying and not actually watering the soil. They are doing better than when I was watering the soil and not misting. Some plants live on the coast and rarely if ever get real rain bu...
by swords
Mon Jun 29, 2009 8:53 am
Forum: Cultivation
Topic: Napa 8822
Replies: 89
Views: 20166

LOL! Just go into Napa and ask for "Floor Dry" instead of by part number. Or just locate the cases of Oil and walk the aisle.


Lancer all you gotta do is time how many days each pot takes to dry out - if you haven't dumped them out already.
by swords
Mon Jun 29, 2009 8:34 am
Forum: Cultivation
Topic: Pea Gravel-Only Potting Medium?
Replies: 1
Views: 947

I use Napa Floor Dry grit and Cherrystone chicken feed Grit. About 50/50. The Napa is expanded diatomaceous earth that soaks up water (or oil slicks in the garage!) but it retains water slightly longer than Cherrystone or pea gravel alone would so plants can get a decent drink before going bone dry ...
by swords
Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:08 am
Forum: Grafting
Topic: Shortening/hiding an Aztekium graft stock?
Replies: 7
Views: 2685

Shortening/hiding an Aztekium graft stock?

I've got a grafted Aztekium ritteri that I would like to cut the graft stock shorter (down to 1" or so) and hide it under the soil mix & top dressing so just the Aztekium is showing. The Aztekium is about 2" in diameter and loaded with offsets along the ribs but I really hate the look ...
by swords
Sun Jun 28, 2009 2:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: The tip of the iceberg?
Replies: 13
Views: 1655

:lol: Isn't that always the way!
by swords
Fri Jun 19, 2009 11:52 pm
Forum: General-Succulents
Topic: I missed it ! (Anacampseros)
Replies: 10
Views: 1688

After reading this post I checked my ever blooming Anacampseros and they're chock full of seed! Thanks for posting this!
I caught an open bloom once:
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by swords
Mon Jun 15, 2009 12:36 am
Forum: General-Succulents
Topic: I could make a bouquet!
Replies: 9
Views: 1669

Ah another pink stick lover!
That's a nice sized clump, mines just one stick with a few branches.
by swords
Sun Jun 14, 2009 2:35 am
Forum: Succulent Identification
Topic: Senecio
Replies: 3
Views: 1380

Hey man, thanks for posting about these. I can't help much with ID but I have that same last plant and probably the S. citriformis or more likely your unnamed. However the leaves on mine have red/purple candy striping on them, the stems is also reddish purple. The deep colors came after putting it a...
by swords
Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:37 pm
Forum: General-Succulents
Topic: Why is this happening?
Replies: 2
Views: 866

Many of my succulents that bloom under lights make lots of nectar on their flowers and stalks. I'd say it just means your plants are happy. :D
by swords
Tue Jun 09, 2009 7:58 am
Forum: Free For All
Topic: Two-year-old rose cuttings . . .
Replies: 7
Views: 1278

Very nice! I like fragrant roses.

I hate it that the new thing seems to be scentless roses. I see a lot of nice looking rose plants (not sure how they'd do in a big pot on my patio) but none are fragrant. What's the point I wonder of doing that.
by swords
Tue Jun 09, 2009 7:48 am
Forum: Free For All
Topic: The last embrace
Replies: 7
Views: 1380

I put all my CPs outside with my succulents, so far they've mainly caught cottonwood fluff. It's been floating around for weeks! :(