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#1 Ian_P

 
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Posted 29 June 2013 - 13:17 PM

Hello everyone,

I had this Huernia Zebrina division off Stephen, gardenofeden, about a month ago and after I potted it up, it soon started to put out a new growth point.

But imagine how surprised I was last night when I was tucking my plants up for the night and saw this flower bud starting to appear. :dance4:
This is the new growth with the bud at the bottom,
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A view from the side,
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And a close up of the bud,
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Looking at the closeup image, it looks like there will be more than one flower growing.

I was only thinking the other day about buying some cactus compost, but now I'm not sure if I should disturb it, as it's obviously happy (and so am I) and thriving.

I'll post some more pictures as it progresses.

Many thanks to Stephen for hooking me up with the plant division. :good2:

Regards,

Ian.
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Posted 29 June 2013 - 14:16 PM

i love these plants and am still wanting to get my hands on one,be sure to keep us posted
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Posted 29 June 2013 - 20:24 PM

Great Huernia Ian, be sure to post when the flower opens, they very impressive. I also had a couple of Huernias from Stephen, 1 has flowered continuously since February with 4 flowers just about to open right now.
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Posted 29 June 2013 - 23:00 PM

Great Huernia Ian, be sure to post when the flower opens, they very impressive. I also had a couple of Huernias from Stephen, 1 has flowered continuously since February with 4 flowers just about to open right now.


Hi Gaz,

It was the picture of your Huernia that you posted a while back that made me want to give them a go, as you say they do have very impressive flowers.

I'll be posting more pics as it blooms.

Regards,

Ian.

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 08:16 AM

Glad to see they are doing well. :)
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Posted 30 June 2013 - 08:47 AM

What about the stink, though? A colleague at work has a Stapelia (closely related to Huernia) in the office and strangely when a flower bud appears they always seem to fall off :roll: Impressive flowers however.

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 15:59 PM

They don't smell much of anything...

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 17:40 PM

I read somewhere on the internet that the smell of carrion is only detectable by flies. The human nose just isn't sensitive enough.

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Posted 30 June 2013 - 21:00 PM

Hi Ian, happy to have inspired you if that's the case :cheers:

Martin, I have H. zebrina 'magniflora', H. keniensis & H. pillansii all flowering at the moment and I can't detect any smell whatsoever. Maybe some of the larger flowered species have this attribute or maybe as Ian read the human nose is just not sensitive enough. I'll post a few more photos once the buds open on a couple more plants I'm waiting for.
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Posted 30 June 2013 - 21:15 PM

Well, I think I've been bitten by the cactus bug as well as the cp bug.

Just won an auction on eBay for H. Zebrina V. Magniflora. It looks like I'm going to need a bigger flat! :laugh1:
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Posted 01 July 2013 - 02:06 AM

Martin, I have H. zebrina 'magniflora', H. keniensis & H. pillansii all flowering at the moment and I can't detect any smell whatsoever. Maybe some of the larger flowered species have this attribute or maybe as Ian read the human nose is just not sensitive enough.

OK. I can assure you it's not the case with Stapelia, even my poor sense of smell can detect it :sick:
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Posted 01 July 2013 - 12:01 PM

...strangely when a flower bud appears they always seem to fall off :roll: Impressive flowers however.


Although they are succullent plants my understanding is that during the growing season they can stand quite a bit of water and fertiliser as long as the compost is very open and free draining, I read somewhere that a lack of water can cause buds to abort so perhaps this is the problem with your colleagues plant.

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 16:37 PM

OK. I can assure you it's not the case with Stapelia, even my poor sense of smell can detect it :sick:


oh yes, Stapelia is a real stinker! :bad:
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Posted 01 July 2013 - 18:48 PM

oh yes, Stapelia is a real stinker! :bad:


I might get my Dad one of those.

At least then I can say, "He couldn't grow stink on a monkey, but he sure can grow it on a cactus!" :laugh1:

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 14:55 PM

No you couldn't coz it's not a cactus.

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 12:38 PM

Succulent, my bad.

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 09:52 AM

I have a single stem of Huernia zebrina v. magniflora which fell off one of my main plants if anyone wants it...?

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 09:58 AM

i would take care of that for you stephen,really want to try huernia,i have a couple of stapelia that are growing well for me and would i be correct in thinking similar care (i could not find huernia for sale )

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 11:19 AM

Sure, it's yours. Pm me your address.
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Posted 04 July 2013 - 14:45 PM

:thanks:





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