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by DaveW
Thu Aug 18, 2022 10:18 am
Forum: General
Topic: ELK 2021
Replies: 41
Views: 3358

Re: ELK 2021

I don't think the Brits who usually go to ELK know what the regulations are regarding bringing back plants and seeds since we have left the EU. I have heard the new British import regulations for both plants and animals, supposed to come in this year 2022, have been postponed to end of 2023? So some...
by DaveW
Wed Aug 17, 2022 2:10 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Gymnocalycium horstii ssp. buenekeri: Male or female?
Replies: 9
Views: 139

Re: Gymnocalycium horstii ssp. buenekeri: Male or female?

Mmcavall explains it excellently. The name Mammilaria dioica indicates the original plant was dioecious = having effectively male or female flowers. Whether all specimens of the species or flowers show this trait is uncertain. I did know that Gymnocalycium bueneckeri was supposedly dioecious, theref...
by DaveW
Thu Aug 11, 2022 9:49 am
Forum: General
Topic: Winter preparations Question?
Replies: 20
Views: 231

Re: Winter preparations Question?

Regarding insecticides. Most (at least in Britain and the EU?) are not ovicides (ones that kill the eggs) since most of these were banned for amateur use. Maybe they are still available in the US? However that means most insecticides we use do not kill the mealies eggs. If you read the directions on...
by DaveW
Wed Aug 10, 2022 8:34 am
Forum: General
Topic: ‘Promiscuous’ plants or how many fathers can be involved
Replies: 4
Views: 113

Re: ‘Promiscuous’ plants or how many fathers can be involved

I'm not a botanist Mrs Green so somebody more scientific will probably correct me. As far as I understand it each pollen grain that lands on the stigma and germinates produces its own pollen tube down to an unfertilised seed, Therefore in theory every seed in that fruit could have a different "...
by DaveW
Tue Aug 09, 2022 7:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Winter preparations Question?
Replies: 20
Views: 231

Re: Winter preparations Question?

As others have said it depends on winter temperature and light in your basement. Cacti will stand cool and dry with no light if they are dried off and dormant. However if too warm and lacking light they will etiolate. I don't know about American basements, do they have any windows, if not you may ha...
by DaveW
Thu Aug 04, 2022 9:23 am
Forum: Cacti Identification
Topic: help again
Replies: 5
Views: 215

Re: help again

Interesting! Hard to tell without a side shot of the flower to see if it has spiny tips on the scales, but almost looks like a tall Acanthocvalycium, illustrating how hard it is to tell from pictures rather than having a plant in front of you! That's my excuse for misidentification anyway LOL Note t...
by DaveW
Mon Aug 01, 2022 10:59 am
Forum: Cacti Identification
Topic: Help please
Replies: 10
Views: 417

Re: Help please

As MrXeric says all the "Code" asks for is a name to be validly published then you can use it. The "Code" in only concerned with nomenclature (legal naming of plants) not classification. Classifications are optional, you can adopt or reject any you want. When "Lumping" ...
by DaveW
Sun Jul 17, 2022 10:13 am
Forum: General
Topic: Good cacti videos?
Replies: 8
Views: 324

Re: Good cacti videos?

A good video on the ev0lution of cacti here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EUsB2leQoc Also other CSSA lectures, though sometimes quality is not great as they are videoed directly off the projection screen rather than images taken off the speakers computer. https://www.youtube.com/results?search_q...
by DaveW
Sun Jul 17, 2022 9:29 am
Forum: Cacti Identification
Topic: Id please
Replies: 7
Views: 355

Re: Id please

Looks a bit like the stem of a Selenicereus to me? Selenicereus are no problem in cultivation apart from growing long like vines therefore can be a bit rambling if you are short of room.

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by DaveW
Sat Jul 16, 2022 1:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Good cacti videos?
Replies: 8
Views: 324

Re: Good cacti videos?

Probably a case of video enthusiasts being largely beginners when growing cacti and the cactus growers are amateurs when it comes to making videos? Both have specialised in the different hobbies. Never done a video, only travelogue. Even the BCSS Forum only has travelogues not videos. I'm not on Fac...
by DaveW
Sat Jul 16, 2022 1:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hardgrown or not- how do you prefer your cacti/succulents?
Replies: 26
Views: 916

Re: Hardgrown or not- how do you prefer your cacti/succulents?

Something in between hard grown and over bloated show specimens. Reasonably hard grown but to look as though they are actually growing.
by DaveW
Sun Jun 26, 2022 8:49 am
Forum: Cacti Identification
Topic: ID help please
Replies: 6
Views: 355

Re: ID help please

Looking at Llifle's synonymy under Notocactus mammulosus (You need to click on "see all synonyms") the combination for P. submammulosus does not seem to have ever been made under Parodia if his synonymy is correct? http://www.llifle.com/Encyclopedia/CACTI/Family/Cactaceae/20042/Notocactus_...
by DaveW
Thu Jun 23, 2022 4:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Liquid gold (water)
Replies: 5
Views: 335

Re: Liquid gold (water)

There are devices to collect it from your house or outhouse rainwater guttering and downpipe. The water fills the water but until it gets to overflow level then the water overflows down the bottom of the downpipe as it did previously, meaning you don't waste any rainwater until the butt is full. The...
by DaveW
Wed Jun 22, 2022 10:29 am
Forum: General
Topic: Do Mammillaria have extrafloral nectaries?
Replies: 10
Views: 370

Re: Do Mammillaria have extrafloral nectaries?

I can't find any reference to Mammillaria's, but Coryphantyha's which may be mistaken for Mammillarias often have. However they are increasingly being found in other genera too like some Opuntia's. https://www.cactus-art.biz/schede/CORYPHANTHA/Coryphantha_echinoidea/Coryphantha_echinoidea/Coryphanth...
by DaveW
Tue Jun 21, 2022 2:50 pm
Forum: General
Topic: British Show Rules
Replies: 5
Views: 325

Re: British Show Rules

The problem with all show plants Mrs Green is they tend to go around the show circuit and people remember them. Therefore what difference Social Media would make I fail to see since its not the public that votes for them but a qualified judge, supposedly working to a set of rules on how the plants s...