Sticky Fingers

Thursday, January 26, 2006

And still more

In the past few weeks, I have just been giving in to this unreasonable urge to get more plants. I want to get the ones I don't have and expand my collection. And in some cases I am getting some that I have already but that look somewhat different, just because I like them. I am still contemplating what seeds I will get also.

So I got some plants to put in my window in Boston because I now just like to have cacti around me wherever I am, even if I will have to leave them when it is time to go. And I hooked up a little shelf - I think I need to fix it up better but for now they won't fall and they are where they get the most sun they can. This will be my brief experience of raising cacti indoors in a cold climate.

Six mammillarias, three euphorbias, and two notocacti. These have been added to the nine plants I had in Boston before so I hope that little collection will keep me satisfied until June. I suppose as long as I don't go shopping and see more that I don't have I will be fine - but the chances of that are slim. I always go shopping.

I'm about to start a major repotting exercise at home - pot up the new plants and repot many of the old ones - clean up their roots and refresh the soil and get them ready for a new growing season. I hope I see good results this year and many flowers. I used to just want to keep the cacti alive and healthy, but now I want more! I want to see those beautiful flowers even though I am told that the climate is too warm for them to set their buds over the "winter" But I will see. I think they are more adaptable than that and some of them, at least, will make the extra effort. If I have success, I will post the photos as they come along.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

More plants - finally!

So today I broke down and went to buy some plants. Planned on getting just a few because the selection hasn't been too great but there were some that I wanted. But when I got there, seems that they got in new stock this week and ....

this is what I got!
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Twenty-five of them. Much more than I planned but I wanted them all. So I treated myself since I haven't been feeling so happy lately and would do well with something to focus my attention.

Problem is that only four of them have ID, so now my task is to figure out what they are. Of course, not knowing the name doesn't diminish the enjoyment of just having them, but I want to know. So I will be consulting with those more knowledgeable than I, in hope of finding out who these little guys are.

More on this as it unfolds (and as I find out more and take more photos).

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Didn't even take the photos

I can't believe after all that effort to pot up the euphorbias I didn't even take photos to record them just as they got into their new pots. Silly of me!

Will have to get them on camera when I next go home.

I'm now contemplating buying more plants - a lot more plants - but maybe that's not such a good idea but then I think maybe it is a good idea and I'm just back and forth about it all the time. I guess I still intend to buy but if I don't get to then it will be a sign that I shouldn't make that investment. I mean, the hassle with the import process is enough to just make me say, what the heck! Easier to just work with seeds and be patient. Some of the seedlings are starting to look like real plants so that's actually encouraging - makes me want to go for more even though it wil be at least two years before any satisfying results can be seen.

These are plants sowed between May and August 2004 - about a year and a half old now. Hope they make it to maturity.

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Still thinking of what to do - have my list of seeds right here contemplating and also the list of plants. Whichever way, I know I want more and more. Call me greedy but...