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PostSubject: Greetings from Melbourne   Sat Mar 01, 2014 7:46 am

Hello!
Just found this forum after doing some research into cacti, have recently embarked on building a cacti collection.
Currently I have a single San Pedro cactus (pachanoii) and a small collection of zygo (unsure if true cacti)
My plan is to build a varied collection neither specie or region specific, basically anything that catches my eye!
I have ordered half a dozen packs of seed through ebay which will mark my first attempt at raising cacti from seed and with any luck boost my collection to a point where it will consist of more than one cactus!
I'm looking forward to discussing cacti cultivation, sharing a tale or two and I'm confident I will be a regular user of the buy and trade forum.

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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Melbourne   Sat Mar 01, 2014 1:14 pm

Welcome Walker87. Great to have you here.

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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Melbourne   Sat Mar 01, 2014 8:43 pm

Welcome to the forum.

Zygos are true cacti (having been in the genus Zygocactus which is now included within Schlumbergera). If you like them then I would suggest looking into other epiphytic cacti like Rhipsalis and Epiphyllum. The cactus family is a truly varied one!
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Melbourne   Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:22 am

Thanks HN, I've found some great info on the forums makes for great reading.

Cheers Ceroid, good to know they are a true cacti, I really only have the bright pink one as all the colours I have tried have failed they don't seem as robust as the standard hot pink one.
Can't say I am familiar with Rhipsalis but will look into them. I've considered Epiphyllum but they need a decent amount of space, if they're the ones I'm thinking of (like zygo but much bigger leaves and flowers?)
I have so many projects around the yard I've had to start restricting each one to its own little spot!
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Melbourne   Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:34 pm

Hiya Walker87, looks like you've already gone too far to turn back. It starts with one, then the perpetual one more, one more, etc. Look forward to trading some time.
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Melbourne   Sun Mar 02, 2014 10:04 pm

Yes Epiphyllum spp. are similar to zygos but with the larger cladodes and flowers, but those with the colourful flowers (the species mostly have white flowers) are mostly hybrids. Epiphyllum hybrids are actually intergeneric between multiple closely related genera of epiphytic cacti, especially Disocactus and Epiphyllum. If space is limited then some Disocactus species might work if you like that 'style' of cacti. Note also that if searching for these names, there is also the name Discocactus, which is real but is a completely different type of cactus.
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Melbourne   Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:13 am

Think you may be right supergirl, started with one a fortnight ago and I just bought another 5 this weekend and have seeds on their way! If things go well with my seeds I may very well have a few extras in the coming months.

Thanks for the info Cereoid, a family friend has an inormous ephiphyllum so I may just have to ask for a clipping or two! I saw some riphsalis yesterday but cant say I was overly inspired.
Do you think ephiphyllum will do ok in a hanging basket? I think they'd look nice next to the zygo and that would solve the space issue.
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Melbourne   Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:08 pm

Rhipsalis may not be much to look at but I find the way they cover themselves in modest flowers which look very delicate quite endearing. They're also a forgiving plant when it comes to neglect and they take to cutting readily. All combine to make them a lovely addition to the collection.
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Melbourne   Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:18 pm

Hanging baskets will work for most of the hybrids and most (but not all) species. E. oxypetalum gets too tall for a hanging pot but most will hang down and be quite nice.

Not to be pushing for rhipsaloid cacti too much, but one other great point about them is that many tolerate wet. Like raining every day kind of wet.
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Melbourne   Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:30 pm

Very forgiving. Wet, dry, light variable. And they do have such sweet flowers.
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Melbourne   Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:15 pm

I can see the Rhipsalis has quiet the fan club. Maybe I was being a little too harsh on them.
Might just have to pick one up next time I'm out and about, I do have an empty hanging basket spot.
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PostSubject: Re: Greetings from Melbourne   Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:20 pm

Welcome Walker87, ive got heaps off this forum and you will too!!
Enjoy!!
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