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Re: Cactus/cactuses/cacti Vishaal Dalal

Unread postby VishaalDalal » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:22 pm

Arjun Tandon wrote:Wow! those cacti are splendid Vishaal!!!
At first I was thinking that why is Romi pushing you so much for the pics but now I feel like pushing you down from your balcony for hiding all those magnificent creations of nature from us. Despite being a keen observer and gazing hard at every wild plant on trips, I have never seen many of the cacti you have.
They are splendid in all sorts or shapes sizes and colors!

But I still remember a cactus, very tall and striped, and dark green and plump, very splendid. I saw it an year ago when we were going to Patnitop on the hills. And it had those large yellow blooms shining in sunlight, falling through the nearby trees! Since then, I've been waiting for the day when I'll see a cactus of the same kind again


Thanks Arjun,

though some misconceptions need to be cleared.
1. They are not native (indigenous) to India barring a few epiphytes.
2. the wild one seen by you would be a Euphorbia which are common in the hills but the blooms would be wrong

Now I need to see those blooms or the plant. when are you next going to patnitop.



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Re: Cactus/cactuses/cacti Vishaal Dalal

Unread postby VishaalDalal » Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:24 pm

Romi wrote:Vishaal Romi Dalaal will now share with us Fish and Plant Wallahs some pics of his beautiful cactus plants that he has on sale...

:clp


Beauty apart people I need to sell these as My balcony is not the best place for them as I dont even get 3 hours of sunlight in the summers.

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Re: Cactus/cactuses/cacti Vishaal Dalal

Unread postby ishaan » Tue Mar 19, 2013 4:19 pm

VishaalDalal wrote:
Romi wrote:Vishaal Romi Dalaal will now share with us Fish and Plant Wallahs some pics of his beautiful cactus plants that he has on sale...

:clp


Beauty apart people I need to sell these as My balcony is not the best place for them as I dont even get 3 hours of sunlight in the summers.

i will try to get 1-2 of them when i visit delhi next time, you made me interested in these spiky plants whis
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Unread postby neilthirumuttam » Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:57 am

one started flowering here too
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Unread postby neilthirumuttam » Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:02 pm

slow growing one is this among my collection

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Re: Cactus/cactuses/cacti Vishaal Dalal

Unread postby VishaalDalal » Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:20 pm

Neil there seems to be too much water and organic matter,

cacti dont like wet feet, the best proportion of soil mix is as hereunder.

1. Leaf mould 20%
2. coarse sand or gravel 2-5mm with higher amount of 2mm 60 %
3. Bone meal 5%
3. Garden soil balance 15%

water only when you are sure that the soil has dried completely. here in Gurgaon where it is very hot and dry I water once a week in the summers, no watering in the rainy season and once every 2-3 weeks in winters only if there is marked shrinkage otherwise I dont water when the night time temp goes below 15 degrees.

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Re: Cactus/cactuses/cacti Vishaal Dalal

Unread postby Romi » Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:46 pm

VishaalDalal wrote:Neil there seems to be too much water and organic matter,

cacti dont like wet feet, the best proportion of soil mix is as hereunder.

1. Leaf mould 20%
2. coarse sand or gravel 2-5mm with higher amount of 2mm 60 %
3. Bone meal 5%
3. Garden soil balance 15%

water only when you are sure that the soil has dried completely. here in Gurgaon where it is very hot and dry I water once a week in the summers, no watering in the rainy season and once every 2-3 weeks in winters only if there is marked shrinkage otherwise I dont water when the night time temp goes below 15 degrees.


Where to find the sand? I can find only Badarpur, which is just slag. And leaf mould is also availble in your chosen nursery?

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Unread postby shergill00 » Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:52 pm

:clp[/quote]

i will try to get 1-2 of them when i visit delhi next time, you made me interested in these spiky plants whis[/quote]

@ Ishaan you don't need to wait for your Delhi trip, you can get cactus from Government Nursery in Sector 23 in Chandigarh and also from Cactus garden in Panchkula. Panchkula garden has good collection and they have decent list to choose from.

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Re: Cactus/cactuses/cacti Vishaal Dalal

Unread postby VishaalDalal » Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:54 pm

Romi wrote:
VishaalDalal wrote:Neil there seems to be too much water and organic matter,

cacti dont like wet feet, the best proportion of soil mix is as hereunder.

1. Leaf mould 20%
2. coarse sand or gravel 2-5mm with higher amount of 2mm 60 %
3. Bone meal 5%
3. Garden soil balance 15%

water only when you are sure that the soil has dried completely. here in Gurgaon where it is very hot and dry I water once a week in the summers, no watering in the rainy season and once every 2-3 weeks in winters only if there is marked shrinkage otherwise I dont water when the night time temp goes below 15 degrees.


Where to find the sand? I can find only Badarpur, which is just slag. And leaf mould is also availble in your chosen nursery?

for sand get the red sand from the aravalies and wash to remove the clay leaf mould go to any old heap of leaves in a garden and collect the lowermost decayed ones

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Re: Cactus/cactuses/cacti Vishaal Dalal

Unread postby ishaan » Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:33 am

shergill00 wrote::clp

i will try to get 1-2 of them when i visit delhi next time, you made me interested in these spiky plants whis

@ Ishaan you don't need to wait for your Delhi trip, you can get cactus from Government Nursery in Sector 23 in Chandigarh and also from Cactus garden in Panchkula. Panchkula garden has good collection and they have decent list to choose from.

i can't visit chandigarh :(
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