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  1. Thanks for the replies, I think that electrical heaters aren't going to be what I would use, I haven't insulated it yet but i was going to use bubble wrap if I decide to keep the plants outside for the winter. I've taken all of the succulents inside now and left the cacti out for another while, it's only gone below 4 or 5 degrees one or two nights so far. Does anybody here use paraffin heaters and know if they are any good. I've read good and bad about them.
  2. Hi, can anyone give me some advice on heating my greenhouse over the winter? It's my first winter with a greenhouse and I would like to leave my collection of cacti and succulents in it over the winter rather than trying to fit them all back into the house...my collection seems to have gotten a good bit larger this year, somehow, so it will be a struggle to fit them all into the house, especially with the orchid collection having multiplied this year too. So if anyone can give any advice on what might be a good economical way of keeping the plants alive over the winter I'd appreciate it, thank
  3. Yes I think you're right, I looked up some Thelocactus and I think maybe Thelocactus rinconensis?
  4. I don't know what it is but it I like it!
  5. Thanks Gaz and Rodrigo, the obesa is one of my favourites too. Chris.
  6. Wow, they are amazing, I want them! I got a (Huernia hystrix v. parvula) on ebay a couple of months ago, hopefully it will look as beautiful as yours in a few years.
  7. I have most of the larger ones for a long time, more than fifteen years for some of the oldest ones. The cacti rarely flower indoors for me though, the big mammilaria used to flower every year but that was when I lived in a house with no central heating during the winter and it hasn't flowered for about five years, we lived in a house with a large heated conservatory for the past two years but it didn't flower there either, and moved into our own house in January so maybe it will flower again here. Some of the succulents do better indoors though, christmas cacti that flower in november, the st
  8. Thanks, I love the greenhouse. Have to fit most of the cacti and succulents back into the house for the winter though, and we've only got five windows in our house! Don't know how I'm going to manage it.
  9. Thanks for the replies. I learned the hard way last year too, the three on the left were lovely dense plants with loads of pitchers on each plant. I think I'll at least bring the two Hummers in if it freezes this winter!
  10. Hi, here are some pictures of some of my plants, I moved most of them out into the greenhouse this summer and they have done amazingly well. I left some of my favourite ones inside though because I didn't want to risk them, they'll be going out next year too though, if I can fit them in! http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc280/fluffy_stitch_jodi/P9230034.jpg http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc280/fluffy_stitch_jodi/P9230037.jpg http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc280/fluffy_stitch_jodi/P9230035.jpg http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc280/fluffy_stitch_jodi/P9230127.jpg http://i215.ph
  11. Thanks for the reply. I'll look up parodia on google and see if I can find a likely candidate!
  12. Hi, I thought I'd post a couple of pics of my cephalotus. This is the first year I've had a greenhouse and they have done really well and coloured up nice and dark in full sun. Not sure what to do with them over the winter, I left them outside last winter in a little plastic cold frame and they didn't do too well at all but maybe in the greenhouse they would be more protected and do ok? http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc280/fluffy_stitch_jodi/P9230121.jpg http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc280/fluffy_stitch_jodi/P9230120.jpg http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc280/fluffy_stitch_jodi/P
  13. Hi, can anyone ID this plant? I've only had it a few months and it has just sent up two lovely flowers. I hope that means it is happy. Is it some variety of Strombocactus? http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc280/fluffy_stitch_jodi/IMG_1551.jpg Thanks.