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    Sci-Fi, rock music. Growing various unusual plants like cacti, succulent plants, aroids and of course CP's.

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  1. I have used cat litter as one of the components of my mainly non-organic Mexican Pings mix for a number of years. I find it preferable to perlite due the the latters tendency to work its way to the top of pots of compost. Having said that I have found that my mostly non-organic mix results in very slow growing and often tiny plants (Pings) and I plan to test changing this to something with a John Innes type compost as one of the components. I also sometimes add small amounts in my cactus mix.
  2. Not a lot of cactus nurseries left these days and most not selling many Lithops. Try the cactus & succulent markets, there's one at Spalding on 27 April and another at Manchester the Saturday after. Manchester do another market in the Autumn which coincides with the Mesembryanthemums Show, so plenty of Lithops on show there. I found Lithops easy to germinate from seed but take a few years to grow on. You could join the society (BCSS) and as a memeber have access to their seed list. Tony Irons sells at these markets and lists on ebay, he usually has some Lithops available. There's plenty of info here although no sales.
  3. Obviously not many Aeonium growers here then. If I were you I'd head along to the Cactus and Succulent forum there'll be folks growing them over there. Good luck with them.
  4. Gaz

    Mimosa pudica

    Mine also, I had one from a garden centre and then grew some from seed. They all did exactly as you say and although they didn't exactly die they became such unattractive plants that I eventually threw them out and gave up. I think they needed higher humidity than I could provide and keeping constantly moist.
  5. Looking good Tom, thanks for sharing. I might try that approach with my U. longifolia which never fail to disappoint year in year out.
  6. Yep roots, no problem. Your plant looks in good health. Welcome to the forums.
  7. thanks Mujinamo, the flowers are still looking good
  8. My understanding (based on my wife's experience as an artist) is that if you took the photo of the plant then you own the copyright. If you took a photo of Kew's own photo of the plant that may be considered to be making a reproduction of the original which would most likely be an infringement of any copyright, unless they had granted you permission to take it (for commercial purposes). To use someone elses photo you should get their permission first (they may or may not grant permission) and you should let them know that it will be used commercially. If you do get permission you could use it and would usually credit the photographer in the book. The key points are if you took it, you own it but you may still be able to use others photos if they grant permission. Clearly for a commercial venture you need to get this right so a bit of official legal advice might be worthwhile too. Good luck with your book.
  9. Could you post a picture of the whole setup and perhaps closer view of the plants?
  10. Thanks for all the comments and likes. I've got it labeled as U. nelumbifolia x reniformis. The flower stalk is considerably over 2 foot long and I was surprised (and very happy) to see the buds survived as it sneaked past the tray on the top shelf.
  11. Good luck with that Dave , that's what I was planning a few years ago, now my cactus and succulent collection is much bigger than my CP collection and I even had to add a second greenhouse to move the CPs into. As you're looking at hardy/half hardy plants you're presumably planning on keeping them outside so space may not be such an issue. Not as easy to do in wet old Derbyshire as it is in Kent I suppose. Anyhow good luck with your seed hunt.
  12. If you are not already a member you could try joining the British Cactus and Succulent Society. The annual BCSS seed list is just out and if you also join the associated forum there are often members with seed/cuttings to sell or give away...much like CPUK members do for CPs. There are branches around the UK who hold monthly meetings, there may be one near you, Dover perhaps? One supplier many members seem to use for seeds is Mesa Garden, although I've never used them myself so can't vouch for them. BCSS is here