S Krelbourn

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  1. I keep a few echinopsis in my greenhouse over the winter, I keep them dry and it drops below freezing on occasion and they have been ok for the last few years, in fact they flower better than the ones I keep indoors. Phil
  2. For years I had an oxypetallum and though I could grow it, it never flowered for me and eventually ended up on the compost heap!
  3. Unfortunately the flowers only stay open fo a few hours. On the plus side it does seem fairly easy To grow and flowers every year. I don’t have much of a sense of smell, but i’v Been told it’s quite a pleasant scent. this is what it looked like in the morning...
  4. No, I did think about it, but they are easy to propagate from cutting. I didn’t think Judy would want anymore growing across the ceiling!
  5. I repotted my selenicerios grandiflora into a ten inch pot this year and it has rewarded me with eight flowers opening together.
  6. The seeds are from the same pod, so the genes are there. Good luck!
  7. Thanks Adrian, the Darlingtonia s really seem to like the leds, unfortunately I lost a lot of sarracenia seeds to fungus gnats, When I first saw them I foolishly thought they would provide a ready source of food for mini pitchers, only to find out too late they like to eat emerging seedling roots! Rob the dendrobium is a recent acquisition and I hope it will appreciate a long bright summer and cool autumn with the Saracenia in the greenhouse and hopefully flower again next year, I have never been very successful at reflowering them in the past. Hope the seeds do well for you. Phil
  8. I’ve just been potting on a few of my darlingtonia seedlings eight months from sowing, five of which under lights. Planted several hundreds, this is one of the biggest, approximately 15 cm across and has just started putting up adult type pitchers. Well pleased.
  9. Hi Carnivoro i have only been using led lights for 5 months, but find 12 hours to be fine and am experimenting with gradually increasing that. I understand some people use up to 24 hours . I grow mainly sarracenia, but have a couple of cephs in there too and they seem quite happy. you will also have to consider the strength of your lights too, the lower the wattage, I guess the longer time will be required to give the same exposure. Hope this helps as a starting point, there is plenty of information on the web about leds, but maybe not so much about using them for CPs. regards Phil
  10. I would avoid running them under a tap, I always let the water stand for a few hours to get up to room temperature and let any chlorine etc gas off.
  11. Sounds reasonable to me, dare I ask why you boil the water?
  12. This IS freestanding in the corner of the garden ;)
  13. If you want to maximise your available space ( don't we all) why don't you consider a freestanding lean toward (?). I built the missing wall out of wood and polycarbonate and it is approx 8 feet tall at the highest point ( don't have a tape handy) and it allows me two full length shelves above the main bench (3 if you include the space under the main bench , which I'm sad to say is currently just storage). Re attached pic seems a little dark on the right as I built it butt up to a beach hedge.
  14. Thanks Karsty, but like most cactus, short lived, which of course only adds to their charm.
  15. Echinopsis 'Tango' a plant I bought a good few years ago at Abbey Brook nursery and flowers reliably.
  16. Looking good Deltatango, I particularly like the removable mesh ventilation insert for the door. Guy, might I recommend you try finding a secondhand greenhouse, usually as good as new and a fraction of the price.
  17. Well done at flowering chrysocardium, I understand they are really tricky to flower, I have had one for a similar length of time , but no indication of a flower.
  18. It really stands out, I have s similar O. de Kaleb x F 45 , but it has a lot of growing to do before it ( hopefully) looks like yours.
  19. Great looking set up. Now it's all sorted it's time to think about building another greenhouse! what is the impressive looking large red sarracenia two thirds down the left hand bench? Phil
  20. Thanks Osmosis, to me one of the most unusual things is that it is planted in a five inch pot!. It has lots of aerial roots, but I don't know how much benefit it gains from them .
  21. Absolutely stunning!
  22. Couldn't resist taking another one tonight.
  23. Last night my selenecerius grandiflora flowered, a truly magnificent flower 11 inches across. It flowers most years, but last year I missed it as each flower only lasts one night, being at its best around midnight. Truly stunning, but my wife complains that, at six metres long it dominates the room. I say it's a talking point.