Cactus update

Discussion in 'Cacti and Succulents' started by Phil A, Mar 30, 2018.

  1. deana

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    Hi ziggy.
    Are you going to be at the car boot tomorrow morning If so what time will you be there & will you have a favourite cactus that I like with you :dancy:
     
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    Sorry @deana, totally missed your post :doh:

    You posted on the day I moved to Kent, so I missed a few things :phew:

    Afraid I sold the whole bowl of cacti for a tenner :doh:
     
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    • Phil A

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      Most of the cacti have put on growth since the central heating came on, a new experience for them and me :phew: :)

      This is one of Pete's :)

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      This prickly pear has pulled itself upright, it was lying down flat when it got here, won't say what Tetters likened it to :snorky:

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      Brushed Owcho's hair today :)

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        Zigs - try not to water at this time and allow them to come into growth. Top one seems to be moving a bit.
        With the low light levels at this time of year, they will just become etiolated.
        Rather keep dry until March/April
         
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          Only watering when totally dry, as I said, thems not used to central (or any) heating :phew:
           
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          Thems would be better next spring with no central heating and no water.;):smile:
           
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          • Phil A

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            Will it be ok to move them from warm to unheated ? :hate-shocked:

            Tetters would be happy as she hates having cacti in the kitchen :doh:
             
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            well difficult now, they need to be dry when you move them, in my greenhouse which is kept just frost free I rarely water after mid September, and they get no water until around mid March or April depending on the weather.

            Dont move any that are growing, but dry them all off and move them out in about a month, gradually if possible.
             
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              I thought them might like to move next door Pete....or even to somewhere in Dover or Maidstone, or Africa..... [​IMG]
               
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                I'll have a word with lady awful about moving them into the bedroom :whistle:
                 
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                  upload_2018-12-4_22-35-43.jpeg NO chance.......
                   
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                    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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                    When I was a kid I had my first cacti in a tiny pot, I sat on it by mistake.:frown:
                    Believe me, dont keep them in the house they are dangerous.

                    Took a couple of weeks to get all the spines out of my a*se.
                     
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                      They are no safer outside, my brother tripped and put his face into a pan of cacti, fortunately he wore glasses and no cacti were harmed in the event.
                       
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                        image.jpg Hi all, would you clarify for me please? My cacti are and have always been in my unheated kitchen.
                        Do I just leave them dry now? And if so, when should I start watering again?
                        Please forgive the hideous pink flowers, daughters! :heehee:
                         
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                          Hi Loki, just keep them as cool and as bright as possible, also dry, but avoid really bad shrivelling.
                          The cool dry resting period will make them flower much better when the spring comes and temperatures naturally rise and you can start to slowly increase watering.:smile:
                           
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