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  1. Andreas, then it looks like I will be needing your advice because I have just ordered my first lithops! (Conophytum meyeri puberulum) I am totally clueless about them. I will make some research of course, I still have a week before it arrives. Have you found an effective way/insecticide to battle spider mites ? They are the absolute nightmare for me. They have destroyed a few of my most precious plants including a huge elephant ear. The organic way of using soap+water to spray on plants does work but it's rather time consuming. Lately I've been using medicinal alcohol to wipe the leaves, the results are good so far when combined with regular spraying. Luckily I am not interested in orchids yet, that would be the final nail in the coffin! I am deliberately staying away from them as I know one may easily get infected Let's see if I like lithops. You know, Mrs. Hübner may be right about the weekly watering/fertilising of both huernia and orbea; they rather love water in summer. The expert I got my plants from has a big collection and he told me to water frequently in summer but fertilise once every two weeks so that's what I've been doing. I guess it all depends on your soil mix and growing conditions though... Caralluma Rogersii just bloomed a fabolous flower! It has a very interesting smell. It doesn't stink like Orbea but it's like...protein...if you know what I mean It has several ones about to open, I am waiting for the other buds to take a good photo.
  2. Noah, you're very welcome! Daniel, trust me I hug them every day
  3. Daniel your avatar is creepy Poor thing got attacked by aphids, not on the upper plants but the ones below which are surrounded by dead leaves. I guess aphids could make it there because of the dry areas. It stayed under water for a while and was saved. Then crows made short work of ALL her blooms (no seeds this summer, every stalk cut by damn birds) so she's living under a big plastic bottle now. And look at her! Only getting stronger, a true survivor (did that just rhyme?)
  4. Hello Andreas, Yes, Anıl is my name :) Don't worry about your plants, they are really easy. I use a soil mix of cacti mix (this is how it's sold, a yellow package, i can check the brand if you like) and I mix it with %50 perlite. The mix already contains perlite in the package but I haven't experienced any negative effects of using %50 more; in fact, I haven't had a root rot case since then except with Edithcolea that is. I kinda remember she's from Somali, she can not stand cool temperatures so it's another story. Just hold back the water is the only important thing I can tell you. In winter I hardly water succulents, maybe once a month. I never water my cacti in winter. I leave all my succulents and cacti outside even when it's down to 0C. In summer I water once every week or so depending on how quick the mix dries up. They receive about 8 hours of direct sunlight in summer so they do need more frequent watering. It is easy to save a plant from a "not enough water" case but it's so difficult to get rid of root rot...So, just don't water, be very harsh about it. That's my way, anyway! I didn't know there are different Ceropegia species. I have a Ceropegia Woodii; she's a crazy bloomer. Mom has one but hers hasn't bloomed in years. It might be about the direction they're facing. Mine are facing West, getting afternoon sun and they get very very little amount of water. I can't keep this windowsill clean!
  5. Thank you very much! That was very useful for me as well.
  6. Hey guys, I have a few more photos of new blooms coming. They should be ready soon, buds are swollen. Hey Inactivemoth, the species are: 1. Stapelia Hirsuta 2. Orbea Variegata 3. Huernia Angolensis 4. Caralluma Rogersii Merhaba Andreas :) What a warm message, thanks! Yes I have a small collection of them. Most of them are easy. I grow them like I grow my cephalotus or the other way around :) You just need to be careful with some of them. Edithcolea Grandis is one! I grew that beauty for a year before root rot took her away from me. I still managed to root all the cuttings I took but lost those because of the exactly opposite reason this time: too little water! Cephalotus is like kindergarten when compared to Edithcolea, in my experience anyway. Here's my list: Orbeopsis lutea var. vaga Orbeopsis lutea Huernia pendula Huernia Keniensis Stultitia tapscottii Huernia angolensis Huernia lepida Stapelia hirsuta Orbea Variegata Caralluma Rogersii Echidnopsis Cereiformis Edithcolea Grandis - cutting, struggling You can share your shots here if you wish! sevgiler, anıl
  7. Agreed Jim! Survivors are the bomb :)
  8. Being always on the hunt for something rarer, something more "exotic"; I tend to forget how the easiest, cheapest, most "disposable" species can amaze and embarrass people like myself. No special treatment; all I did was to take her out of that blasted terrarium. April, 2010 June, 2011 September, 2011
  9. Hey guys! A few photos from my little collection... I have a couple more I'll be adding later. I think I have about 10 species or a struggling Edithcolea cutting. I hope it roots but it's such a small chance.
  10. Very interesting ! I didn't know cephalotus made such a big, visible amount of nectar. How big are the pitchers ? Judging by the newly forming small one I'd guess them to be about 4cm but I could be totally off.
  11. Those are huge ! And here I am up in the clouds because mine is making a 4cm pitcher...
  12. Sorry to hear that, but at least you still have it which is what matters. Good luck with it.
  13. Is there a way to learn what he's using right now ? I've been happy with his mix for exactly a year now, never had any problems. It worked particularly well in winter when I didn't water my plant for 2-3 weeks. I use it for the %75 part of my pot; the top part is all live sphagnum.
  14. Ah ok, thanks for the heads up. I will definitely watch out.
  15. I also have mine sitting in water. I had to resort to this because it receives about 7-8 sunlight every day and the substrate can't keep up with the temperature even though it's Charles Brewer's mix (sphagnum + perlite mainly). It has responded very well, making 3 new mature pitchers whereas before it had only 1. I keep the water at about 3-4 cm though, nothing deep.
  16. Wonderful, any new photos of this one ? Love the colouration.
  17. What a nice find! (For me anyway) Thanks for sharing. I had opened a thread on another cp forum wondering if I should be worried about this "leaf attack" of my own plant; but it turns out that it's only a seasonal effect.
  18. maxxima

    A sick Ceph?

    Oops, wrong thread guys, sorry.
  19. Oh wow, where to begin! I love your broomensis x ordensis pot. I've never kept an ordensis but I heard it was a bit difficult! You don't seem to be having any problems :) I think my fave is your Derbyensis, looks very unique. First time I'm seeing a tokaiensis. I see there's some Utricularia in there as well. That tank is gorgeous! So inspiring. Thanks for sharing!
  20. Ah my most fave drosera for sure...I kept one 2 years go. Still makes me sorta shiver to think of all the trouble I went through, trying, experimenting...Used to put a frozen bottle in there every single night to take it out in the morning, repeated for months just for this beauty! And it still never got as beautiful as yours. I gave up after a while and let it go... Thanks for the photos!
  21. :)) I find it very amusing and cute! Personally I'd like to see it more often >(*U^)< edit: apologies to Mobile for being offtopic.
  22. Hey everyone, thank you for your input, it's wonderful to get so much feedback from more experienced growers. I'm astonished really, what's wrong with top watering and a wet crown ? Isn't this how they get wet out there in nature ? I've always top watered. And I don't even water the medium only, I also water the pitchers directly from above, getting them all thoroughly wet like it's raining heavily.
  23. Looking menacing and absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
  24. Hey everyone. Lately I've been thinking how hard it is to actually define a plant's needs, they just seem so adaptable. Take cephalotus for instance. I've always heard how troublesome and difficult it is to keep them, recommended only for experts. June, 2010 January 2011 Compared to my other CPs, I wouldn't call this a slow growth at all. I may be a bit of a radical grower but I've always treated them like a succulent; water often and in little amounts in summer, reduce watering in fall and water about once every 2-3 weeks in winter...I always kept them outside, never took them in during a frost or snow. I think they're very resilient when kept dry, just like succulents. So I'm thinking; maybe there are just basic rules to keep in mind and the rest is about "trusting" the plant ? Or have I been just lucky and it's not a good idea to keep them so dry ?