Good buy or foolhardy purchase? (cacti)

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Good buy or foolhardy purchase? (cacti)

Post by greyhound » Wed Sep 25, 2013 1:55 pm

Just bought these on e bay for £50 ,also included were 3 large agave Americana and 1 medium royal agave
Only problem is I have never grown cacti before
I have just unloaded them and staked them and given them a good watering.Now to make room in the conservatory for them for the winter icon_scratch
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Re: Good buy or foolhardy purchase?

Post by Steph » Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:21 pm

You got quite a lot for your money and its hard to kill cacti...
Very little water over winter and they'll be OK.

Keep little hands away from them!
You may want to stabilise those tall specimens with straight sided pots... Homebase do them, other than that prepare to shorten them in time.

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Re: Good buy or foolhardy purchase?

Post by JoelR » Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:26 pm

Defo a good deal if you have space for them. Cleistocactus strausii is very cold hardy if kept dry. I think you have Opuntia robusta there as well which isn't quite totally winter hardy for me but could plant out and protect in situ. One or two of the smaller ones at the front look like Echinocereii and are potentially very cold hardy too. Some of those larger plants could be very old.

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Re: Good buy or foolhardy purchase?

Post by greyhound » Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:30 pm

Hi Steph

Yes they are quite wobbly I have put a couple of thin canes into them but I thought that they should have been much more stable in their pots I have checked for roots coming through the bottom of the post and there are none ,in fact they do not appear to have much of a root system at all.Is this normal ? If I re pot them into much taller narrower pots will this encourage more root growth? Ideally I would want to grow them to much larger self supporting specimens
K9's and exotic palms not a good combo K9's 5 :exotic palms 0

Kristen

Re: Good buy or foolhardy purchase?

Post by Kristen » Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:33 pm

greyhound wrote:Only problem is I have never grown cacti before
Priceless!

And there was me thinking I would try a few Aloes and Agaves from seed ... what-a-wimp-am-I !!!
Steph wrote:Keep little hands away from them!
You may want to stabilise those tall specimens with straight sided pots...
When I have unstable pots I stand them in a larger pot and fill the space between with gravel, dunno if that would work?

flounder

Re: Good buy or foolhardy purchase?

Post by flounder » Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:38 pm

Looks a good deal......especially if the gloves were thrown in as well! icon_thumleft

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Re: Good buy or foolhardy purchase?

Post by Steph » Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:00 pm

You need BBQ tongs to handle them.

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Re: Good buy or foolhardy purchase?

Post by Clive60 » Wed Sep 25, 2013 6:55 pm

A great buy but was it impulse as you said you are not a Cactus collector? It looks like the previous owner new what they were doing as they are in clays, not over potted and look very good specimens. icon_thumleft

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Re: Good buy or foolhardy purchase?

Post by greyhound » Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:31 pm

It probably was Clive and I did not expect to get them for my bid price I thought I would be outbid by the end of the auction ,the guy that sold them had been growing them for 15 years but unfortunately he wasn't able to name them for me.he said he hadn't watered them for 2 weeks as he knew they were moving.I have had them outside all day for the last 2 days but I bring them in at night.I gave them a good watering this afternoon with the hose and they are now a bit firmer in their pots
He told me only to water them once each week and stop the water completely from the end of October onwards
If the weather is good in October I will leave them outside all day and bring them in at night I think they may benefit from a bit of fresh air
K9's and exotic palms not a good combo K9's 5 :exotic palms 0

kata

Re: Good buy or foolhardy purchase?

Post by kata » Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:31 pm

I will be honest, I was like goodness me what a lot,

Well done GH!

:mrgreen: :lol:

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Re: Good buy or foolhardy purchase?

Post by dino » Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:00 pm

Instant desert icon_sunny

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Re: Good buy or foolhardy purchase?

Post by jungle jas » Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:21 pm

Nice haul you have there. I was told by a cacti nurseryman in Yorkshire not to water them after the end of September, until spring. icon_thumright

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Re: Good buy or foolhardy purchase?

Post by cordyman » Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:00 am

Steph wrote:You got quite a lot for your money and its hard to kill cacti...
Very little water over winter and they'll be OK.

Keep little hands away from them!
You may want to stabilise those tall specimens with straight sided pots... Homebase do them, other than that prepare to shorten them in time.
So you can simply lop the height off cactus and it will regrow? and is it essential for pot planted ones to sustain root balance vs growth?

Blairs

Re: Good buy or foolhardy purchase?

Post by Blairs » Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:15 am

greyhound wrote:Just bought these on e bay for £50 ,also included were 3 large agave Americana and 1 medium royal agave
Only problem is I have never grown cacti before
I have just unloaded them and staked them and given them a good watering.Now to make room in the conservatory for them for the winter icon_scratch
Good buy! You have a good couple of hundred quids worth of Cacti and Agave. You could probably make the £50 back by selling the smaller ones on ebay.

I prefer the Opuntia cactus over the long tall, hairy ones - they are also reasonably cold hardy with dry soil.

fern Rob

Re: Good buy or foolhardy purchase? (cacti)

Post by fern Rob » Thu Sep 26, 2013 4:52 pm

A really good buy, you will end up being a exspert if you get them through the first winter. :lol:

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