fliffy_stitch

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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, thanks. Chris.
  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 stapelia has flowered for the last couple of years and some of the aloes, the euphorbia obesa has flowered for the couple of years I've had it. I have a nice pot of sedum morganium that has a few flowering stems at the moment but they're very insignificant flowers. And a pot of ceropegia woodii that flowers pretty freely, they have quite small flowers too but they are really beautiful if you take notice of them. I have a few orchids that have flowered this year too, phalenopsis, paphiopedilum and a big brassia so far this year. I know that the cacti would be much more likely to flower if they were in the greenhouse over winter but I have no heater for it in case of freezing weather and I'd hate to lose any of my older ones. Here's a couple if pics of the brassia and stapelia from about a month ago. http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc280/fluffy_stitch_jodi/IMG_0754-1.jpg http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc280/fluffy_stitch_jodi/IMG_0749.jpg And a paphio from last november I think. http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc280/fluffy_stitch_jodi/PA110160.jpg
  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.photobucket.com/albums/cc280/fluffy_stitch_jodi/P9230128.jpg http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc280/fluffy_stitch_jodi/P9230126.jpg http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc280/fluffy_stitch_jodi/P9230120.jpg http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc280/fluffy_stitch_jodi/IMG_1551.jpg
  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/P9230122.jpg
  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.
  14. Thanks for the replies, hopefully the won't take too long to recover then. I was really dissapointed again when I looked at the picture from last year and compared it to now!
  15. Another thing I meant to ask about is that they have some bits of woody stem from where the died back that don't have new growth on them, should I snip them off or just leave them be? Thanks.
  16. Hi all, here are a couple of pictures of three of my cephalotus plants that were left outside all winter and died back a lot. We were just moving into our house so I just left them outside in a little plastic greenhouse and hoped for the best. Everything else did fine outside. The first pic is what they looked like last year and the second is now, it's pretty irritating! I hope the recover and look like they did last year again. http://i215.photobuc...di/P9120069.jpg http://i215.photobuc.../IMG_0737-3.jpg I just got a proper second hand greenhouse and they are in there now instead of the little green plastic one that didn't really let much light in at all so maybe the will start doing better now, they only seem to have really started growing at all this year in the last few weeks. What do you think?
  17. Oooh...stockings and suspenders on my downpipes, it will make the neighbours blush! Good idea though, thanks!
  18. Thanks for the replies, I'll keep using it then and have a look at putting something on the downpipe to keep the crud from the roof out of it. Good to know it shouldn't harm the plants at least! Thanks.
  19. Hi, I noticed today that the water in my rain butt outside has started to get a very slight smell to it, not really bad but noticable and it has a very slight colour to it. It's been so hot here for the past week and a half and we haven't had any rain at all for nearly two weeks so I am worried that it is going to get worse and bs bad for my cp's. Is the water likely to harm my plants if I keep using it or should I start buying deionized water for them? Thanks.
  20. Hi, I noticed today that the water in my rain butt outside has started to get a very slight smell to it, not really bad but noticable and it has a very slight colour to it. It's been so hot here for the past week and a half and we haven't had any rain at all for nearly two weeks so I am worried that it is going to get worse and bs bad for my cp's. Is the water likely to harm my plants if I keep using it or should I start buying deionized water for them? Thanks.
  21. Ok thanks, I'll use it then.
  22. Hi, I just bought a big bale of this to hopefully use for re-potting my cp's, has anybody used this brand of peat for their plants and is it any good? I only have a small collection of cp's so I don't want to risk them. I have previously used peat from a bog that is cut for turf but have recently moved and it would be much easier to use a big 170l bale of Erin peat.
  23. Hi, yeah I think it's a male flower. I have never taken pollen from one though. Umm...would anybody like some in excnange for a few seeds or something? None of my other plants show any signs of flowering so it's of no use to me.