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    Peak District, England
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    Growing cacti and carnivorous plants, particularly Mexican Pings and Sarracenia.

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  1. fantastic, thanks for sharing.
  2. Stapeliads including Huernias can be tricky, too wet they rot, too dry the roots die back after which it can take ages to reroot. I have Huernia zebrina "magniflora" and have found that it grows best in the house rather than greenhouse. It needs a certain amount of shade, I found sunlight in a South facing window was too strong but in a North facing window they will go leggy. South seems ok during late Autumn to Spring. They need a freely draining compost and, although you say your compost is freely draining, I think the peat based mix will be too water retentive. I would use a loam b
  3. It's a shame to have to discourage a potential beginner but I think you'd definitely have a better chance of success if you could add a grow light. There are some cheaper options these days so you might be able to consider it. I'm sure he'll appreciate whatever you get him.
  4. Fair point Magnus, I was more focused on the light availability than the beginner aspect. Let's forget Utrics then
  5. Mexican Pinguicula will tolerate lower light levels but if he has no sun at all even they might also be better with grow lights. Likewise some Utricularia.
  6. Does sound promising, it will be nice to see developments next year. Sorry I don't know the answer to your question.
  7. Fantastic. Let's hope you did something right! Thanks for sharing.
  8. I'd agree with Tropfrog's comments and also perhaps the oxblood is too rich in nitrogen. Maybe next year you could find a low nitrogen fertiliser but for now it should be kept dry, and cool until March or April. Good luck, hope to see it in good health next year.
  9. hi Natale, from what I've read on cactus forum could be mineral deficiency (maybe iron or manganese), possibly caused by incorrect ph of compost. Have you changed the type of fertiliser used this year? Do you use low nitrogen fertiliser? How long since the plant was last repotted? Out of interest how does the grow point look, still healthy?
  10. The affected area looks a bit too localised for spider mites from my experience, is it really just 2 ribs or is that just how the photo was taken? Are the orange spots part of the surface or are they on the surface, i mean is it easily wiped off? I've used diatomaceous earth powder for mites in the past but it does get messy. Have you had a good look with a magnifying glass? Could orange spot be fungal?
  11. Hi Natale, yes let's hope it's "just" a sunburn, unsightly but not fatal. Hope to see it again next year when in flower.
  12. Sorry to see your cactus problem, it was such a nice plant 8 years ago. I can't identify the exact problem but would ask if it had any big changes in how it has been kept recently, such as extreme sunlight, extreme cold, or changes to the watering regime? Has it been turned so that the "dark" side now faces South (towards the sun)?
  13. what a dilemma! his 'n' hers greenhouses perhaps