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Walker87
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PostSubject: The cactus army   Tue May 06, 2014 7:27 am

Greetings folks!

The much anticipated cacti order from Lester Meyers arrived a few days ago, haven't had a chance to post pics as I've been too busy with work.
The order arrived extremely well packaged and the plants were all of exceptional quality, there was a few smaller plants but also some monsters! I had to put some in larger pots as they were too big for the small square pots the rest went in.
One plant was damaged but I believe this was a postage issue, I've cut the top of it off to dry and will plant it as a cutting, the base has gone into a pot as well just in case it grows too.
I was given a free plant as one of the cacti was very small, a very kind gesture from Lester. Only one of the 40 I ordered was unavailable and a refund was in closed in my order.

Here is a picture of the new troops .....




If you were considering placing an order from Lester. I highly suggest you do.
He has an amazing range of plants all priced very well and the postage rates are very reasonable too.
If anyone is interested in the list of plants I ordered, let me know and I will post a list.
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PostSubject: Re: The cactus army   Tue May 06, 2014 6:13 pm

I haven't bought from Lester in years, but used to quite often back in the 80's. Was always great to deal with and opening the parcels was always enjoyable and usually came with a few surprises! Plants were always healthy and good value. Be interested in hearing what you bought. Good luck with them!
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PostSubject: Re: The cactus army   Wed May 07, 2014 12:50 am

nice 1 walker.

now the fun begins... what to water... what to not... water.

couple of em are really nice n collectable... there all collectable but you have picked a couple of my fondies.
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PostSubject: Re: The cactus army   Wed May 07, 2014 7:07 am

Yes I have been pondering that dilemma since I potted them up.
They have taken up residency in the bathroom for now, somehow I figured they would appreciate a sheltered spot for a couple of days after their journey, I gave them a very light mist but am hesitant to actually water them, I have quiet a few rot prone types so I figure I will hold off for a while for those ones, the others will get a light water next week.
I'll post the full list of names tonight, hopefully that helps in determining which ones can handle a drink and the ones that are best left dry.
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PostSubject: Re: The cactus army   Wed May 07, 2014 9:14 pm

Certainly keep the water away for a few days at least, let the roots etc recover. They're really not in need of water much at all now anyway, and with the expected cool conditions in Melb the next few days and nights, they'll be safer without it...
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PostSubject: Re: The cactus army   Thu May 08, 2014 7:18 am

Hi guys!
The following is the list of plants I ordered.

Acanthocalycium:
brevispinum
glauca

Ancistrocactus:
scherri
terbuschi

Astrophytum:
asterias
capricorne
coahuilense
columnare

Aylostera:
heliosa

Cochemia:
poselgeri

Coryphantha:
cornifera
delaetiana V.lau 1230
greenwoodii

Denmosa:
erythrocephala
rhodocantha

Echinocactus:
ingens
palmeri

Echinocereus:
adustus
armatus
aguirie
dasyacanthus
davisii
perbellus
plomosus

Echinopsis:
Haku-jo

Ferocctus:
acanthodes
alamosanus
coloratus

Gymnocalycium:
ambatoense
andreae
armatus

Lobivia:
aculeata
amblayensis
chilensis

Mammillaria:
albata
albata Sp. san siro
albicans

Neochilenia:
atra
chilensis

Will be holding off on watering them for now, even though it's very tempting!
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PostSubject: Re: The cactus army   Thu May 08, 2014 12:52 pm

Nice mix ! There's a few that aren't grown a whole lot amongst them too.

What sort of spot will you be growing them in?
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PostSubject: Re: The cactus army   Thu May 08, 2014 2:28 pm

hmmmmm. "heliosa".

for some reason whenever mine flowers it has a profound effect on me. distict from effects other flowering cacti have. might be just me cause im a freak. heliosa is a babe.
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PostSubject: Re: The cactus army   Thu May 08, 2014 2:42 pm

Thanks navajoa, I wanted a really mixed bag and am pretty happy with the selection. Good mix of younger plants and some older ones too.
They will be grown under the house eaves which is fairly sunny and there is no chance of them getting rained on so I can control the water.

Some of them I am nervous about as I've heard they can be tricky but I've got a pretty green thumb so should be fine.

Wert- the heliosa is a magic plant, it's top 3 from the bunch for me!
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PostSubject: Re: The cactus army   Thu May 08, 2014 4:32 pm

its magic alright. shes top 3 of all cacti in my freaky opinion.
just looks so delicate and sweet but a real tough beast at the same time. little bit jeckle n hyde kinda thing going down with heliosa. total babe!


perhaps you would be so kind as to post a close up of the sweety. bounce 
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PostSubject: Re: The cactus army   Fri May 09, 2014 9:19 pm

Great choices walker you will end up with some great plants in no time at all.

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