Where did everyone go.

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Where did everyone go.

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Hi All
It's a relief to have CactiGuide up and running again. I was growing more and more frustrated with all the Facebook Groups. To be able to have an intelligent conversation with our resident long time experts is a pleasure. At the same time there is a noticeable absence of many of the newer members that had been working their way up the ladder. I wonder what happened to those.
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As a newer member and someone who hasn't been growing cacti for very long, I just feel I don't have much interesting things to share that hasn't already been shared on the forum. Most of my interesting plants are in their infant stage, still in plastic baggies. Also, I recently lost all my turb seedlings from last year so I'm in a bit of a cactus slump.

Probably going to start posting seedlings again for the purposes of staying active on the forum.
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Nes. There is a huge following for seedling growth, Post away on member blogs.
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Cactus are becoming more popular and way more expensive yet this forum is fading... I watch allot of YouTube videos on cactus most are dull but some are very good like Crime Pays and Cactus Quest. You can check out other growers collections and see what they are doing.

Maybe video killed the written text ?
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I sent an email to Steve Johnson and he replied that he's very busy at work and has to have his posting on hold, but hopes to get back.

Me, I've been posting some, but want to beware I don't mislead. I did send a PM to Hegar yesterday in hopes an email notification would go out to him to come back. He could help that new member who lives in El Paso with her outdoor cacti rotting question.
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Ok I added some pictures this is a new PC I am setting up old one won't boot. These are old pictures I had saved on a thumb drive probably from Phoenix AZ 15 years ago.

AZ for sure note plastic pots and sharp gravel and so many flowers from intense heat .
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I cant grow these in CA but easier in Phoenix AZ. Fast from seeds I THINK they are short lived cactus.
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keith wrote: Thu Apr 21, 2022 6:51 pm Ok I added some pictures this is a new PC I am setting up old one won't boot. These are old pictures I had saved on a thumb drive probably from Phoenix AZ 15 years ago.

AZ for sure note plastic pots and sharp gravel and so many flowers from intense heat .
Do you still have that double head retusus? Must look insane after 15 years of growth.
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For me the forum continues to be a fantastic resource of information and I love to see the images of people sharing their succulents. My cacti are now not growing in the best circumstances, e.g. no winter rest and not enough light, but that's changing in a few months. I have always been reluctant to post pictures because 90% of my plants don't flower and a lot are slightly etiolated. Once I have a basic setup I want to start sowing and focus more on certain plants such as Pterocacti. From the cacti I got from the botanical garden I already have a Stenocactus which is in flower and many others are on their way. Unfortunately they were exposed to the sunlight a bit too soon and some have a slight sunburn, so I had to move them back from the window in my cactusroom (at the new place). About who are you exactly talking about?
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I think the newer, younger members prefer things like instagram to share their cactus growing. Instant gratification and all that. Probably why online forums/message boards have been dying off. Admittedly, it's nice to see all the neat plants people take pictures of, but the endless scrolling gets tiring and there is a sense of lack of substance, if that makes any sense.
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keith wrote: Thu Apr 21, 2022 6:56 pm I cant grow these in CA but easier in Phoenix AZ. Fast from seeds I THINK they are short lived cactus.
This is both encouraging and concerning! I've recently been interested in this genus (and Pediocactus and Sclerocactus too), so it's good to hear they 're fast from seeds! But why are they difficult in California? Not dry enough?
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I would like to participate more in this forum but currently just don't have time due to other circumstances in my life. I am keeping my plants going and hope I can share some experiences (the good and the bad) with growing mostly indoors with lights in the future.
Growing mostly under LED lights, in northern latitudes. Especially interested in stem succulents and caudiciforms. Dreaming of my first greenhouse.
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I'm still around and usually check the forums regularly for new and interesting posts.
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But why are they difficult in California? Not dry enough?"

I don't know ? Maybe not hot enough for example I had a Echinomastus in CA moved to Phoenix AZ and the plant came back to life , flowered etc.
Moved back to CA and they slowly died away. This is coastal CA where I live, inland way hotter so probably growers there may have better luck ?

The two headed Ariocarpus retutus I think I sold it when I moved out of AZ I just couldn't move everything. Probably should have made the effort but these plants were not expensive in 2009. The big Fissuratus 20 bucks.
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Covid and the long time changing the board did not help. We tend to be creatures of habit and once our previous habits are interrupted and we have found new ones meantime we tend not to go back.

We could not hold our cactus branch meetings due to Covid in the UK as the hall was shut, therefore we all kept in touch via an email round robin that probably kept us all together until we could all meet in the hall again. We get few youngsters at branch meetings since most prefer using Social Media containing people their own age. They would sooner be online than meeting we geriatrics face to face or often on these supposed more advanced Forums filled with older collectors.

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Also for some it has been our winter close season with nothing really happening, therefore no new flowers to post. I only started watering again from September this week, but many of the Turbinicarpus flowers appeared before watering started. However not had the camera out yet as still moving plants out of the house back to the greenhouse.
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