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kyleleonard

31. Salford.

Gymnocalycium Baldianum

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kyleleonard

@Soph1e this has been growing for about a year now, is it a pup? How would I take it off? 🤔 thank you! #cactus #chincactus

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columbiariver

Well, looky there. So cool!

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Soph1e

It is a pup. I'd unpot the whole plant and gently wiggle it back and forth to remove the pup. Don't be too forceful and try and get some root with it.

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kyleleonard

Thank you @Soph1e! Will keep you updated

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Soph1e

Look forward to seeing how you get on @kyleleonard

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kyleleonard

@Soph1e I’ve been reading up - do you think I should let it callous? Or is that just for cuttings. Thanks again

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Soph1e

It depends how much root you manage to get. I pot anything with a good root system up straight away. You can let it callus over, just don't give it a drink for a few days and it'll be fine either planted or resting on top of soil.

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kyleleonard

The most buds we’ve had at any one time since we bought it about 4 years ago.. #chincactus #cactus #pink

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terrimclaughlin

There very pretty I love the whole look, the flowers and the buds look really cool. Nice and short too😊💕

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gauravsh6

Beautiful Blooms

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suerichards

Wow that’s gorgeous 👍

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johninbrighton

Wonderful.

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kyleleonard

#chincactus #pink #cactus

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carolgs

That's beautiful 💕

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lovestogarden

Great color! ❤

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kathy

Gorgeous

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kyleleonard

#pink #chincactus #cactus

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wilko

Looking beautiful, how did the cacti that you grew from seed get on? @kyleleonard

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kathy

Very pretty ❤️

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juliesgarden

Gorgeous flower Kyle ❤️

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Lynpy

Beautiful flower, perfection!

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kyleleonard

Lots of buds 🌞 #chincactus #cactus #buds

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kyleleonard

#chin #chincactus #pink #cacti

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Soph1e

Beautiful 💚 🌵

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plants

Lovely ❤💚

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kyleleonard

Sorry for the spam - here it is without the light coming in from the window #Cacti #cactus #chincactus #pink

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errolly

Beautiful 😊

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kyleleonard

#cacti #cactus #flower #pink #chincactus

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seemore

Beautiful!!!

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kyleleonard

#cacti #cactus #flower #chincactus

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kyleleonard

To retain the high humidity during flowering, I've cut off the side of the drinks bottle to slide then buds through #cloche #cacti #cacus #flower #pink #chincactus

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slj

Do you measure the humidity in your home? @kyleleonard

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kyleleonard

Nope! I just mean inside the drinks bottle. The cold windowsill was killing the cacti, but this saved it from the mushy state it was just a few months ago @slj

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Naomi126

👌📸👌💡👌

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slj

I've found that I have to keep humidity between 60% and 70% but anything over that effects the humans a bit. I seem to have found perfection in regulating it to now with the number of plants I have in each room it tends to sit at 65% the few plants that need humidity in the range of 80% have to live in the bathroom to attain the humidity they need. I think the kids get sick of me using the reason for baths being the plants need them to 😂 I always find it interesting that people who grow plants

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slj

Indoors don't tend to think about humidity when the average house sits at around 30% not much good for humans let alone plants

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Alcurtis93

Cacti really don't like high humidity I've found. I think it was more likely moist soil rotting the roots that caused the mushy?

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Alcurtis93

I had a cacti on my sister's windowsill which had a blind behind it so it was getting extremely hot and almost zero humidity and it loved it and flowered ha

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Alcurtis93

I also keep one of my cacti outside and it seems to survive okay. I'll bring it in next month though I imagine when night time temps drop below 5ish

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Soph1e

What a clever trick! I always thought cacti hated being in humid conditions.

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kyleleonard

@Soph1e - a lot of botanical gardens have really hot, humid conditions for their succulent/Cacti. The one in Munich was horrendous to go into

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kyleleonard

Come on!! #cacti #cactus #chincactus

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kathy

Nearly there😊

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kyleleonard

So close to opening #cactus #cacti #chincactus

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Hayley.R

I miss my cacti collection, had it when I was a child with my next door neighbour , I even went to cacti club. Can't wait to see this open 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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kyleleonard

Nearly 🤞🏻#cactus #cacti #chincactus

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totallygarden

@kyleleonard , did you do anything to get it to flower? I love cactus but mine never flowered , thanks!

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kyleleonard

@totallygarden - hello! Well, moved house last September and this year it's been pointing in a different direction on a cold windowsill - it was yellow and mushy in May, so I had to repot it - first I trimmed the roots, took it out of the pot and used cacti/succulent compost and topped it with horticulture grit. This all helped improve the general look of the plant, but using an old drinks bottle cut in half has really helped.. I kept it on for weeks at a time, watering when there was no visible

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kyleleonard

@totallygarden - humidity in the drinks bottle. Now I have three buds which could be the best we've ever had! And it's all grown a few inches in height and width. I really can't recommend using a cloche of some description. Has yours ever flowered?

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kyleleonard

@totallygarden - I don't use any special feed on any of my cacti as I once used a drip one on my bonsai and it still died.. so I just use old fashioned water.

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totallygarden

Thank you so much!! @kyleleonard , I will give a cloche a go, I think that may be the best way and play with a different position! Nope, mine never flowered . But hope they will soon do!

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kyleleonard

Hopefully @totallygarden! Just put it on and leave it for a few weeks, I wanted to take it off but had to just leave it.. maybe the heat helped the roots grow better in the new soil

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kyleleonard

Nearly 🌸 #cacti #cactus

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lovestogarden

👏 looks like it will be a lovely color!

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Garyg

@kyleleonard quick question, how do get rid of mealy bug on cactus? Tried a bug spray but they keep coming back. Many thanks.

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kyleleonard

Now and a picture I posted on here 38 weeks ago.. huge amount of growth this year #cactus #Cacti #growth

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kyleleonard

So this is the result of a lot of tlc. New soil, cloche on it for half the day to keep it nice and humid. I've actually noticed it has gotten taller since I began my exercise of trying to rescue it from the yellow, squiggy plant it was only a few months ago. Hoping the bud produces a flower and doesn't just fall off! #cactus #cacti

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sieveheadsarah

Looks really healthy, I see 2 more flower buds 🌞🌵🌞

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rachelbrooks

Brill! Well done 👍🏼

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kyleleonard

Thanks guys 😀 @sieveheadsarah @rachelbrooks

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PunkyKy

Great job Kyle! 🌵

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kyleleonard

So a few months ago I posted about a squiggy, soft, yellow #chincactus which I thought was on its way out.. I changed the soil, added horticulture grit and even made a homemade cloche out of an old drinks bottle and now it's thriving! It's got its green colour back and really starting to fill out again 🤞🏻

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carolgs

Excellent

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lovestogarden

Wonderful #cactus-advice . Did you use the cloche to provide moisture in lieu of watering?

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kathy

Well done good news

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kyleleonard

@lovestogarden - it faces a different direction to where we first lived when we bought it, always felt it's now in a cold position, but now with the cloche it gets so much warmer in the day and the heat is still there during the night instead of just constant cold

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richard.spicer.7906

Great job of getting it back on track 👍🏼😀

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lovestogarden

Oh, thank you for the info. So glad it worked and it is happy now.

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kyleleonard

@totallygarden here's my cloche

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kyleleonard

#advice needed - my chin cactus seems to be yellow at the base of the plant - any clues why? It's on a windowsill (was kept on windowsill since we bought it) and I water it every few months... thanks!

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Opuntia

Hello Kyle, from cactus plants that I have had in the past, almost no water through the winter months. They can take a surprising amount during the summer if enough drainage is provided. Also, it is normal for the base and older parts to get woody and brown coloured with age.

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kyleleonard

Thanks @opuntia! I can't remember how it looked last year.. might be the same as now

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beckers1974

I have the same prob with one of mine. Watering weekly now, with a cactus feed. Blown away by the rate of growth/intake of water, now that there's more light/heat.

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alovealoe

What you're describing is called corking and it's a normal part of cactus growth.

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kyleleonard

Thanks @alovealoe! It looks like it's shrinking too.. but feels firm when I touch it, not squiggy or anything. Should I just leave it be and hope it's ok?

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Alcurtis93

Looks very dehydrated!

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kyleleonard

Should I water it @Alcurtis93?

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Alcurtis93

I would. @alovealoe knows much more than i about cacti though. I water mine quite frequently as in well draining mixes and in a fairly hot room. Every 2-3 wks or so. Obviously not at all in winter as they're dormant

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kyleleonard

Watered and I'll keep an eye on it - soil was dry so hopefully it'll have a positive effect! Thanks @Alcurtis93!

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alovealoe

I think it looks dehydrated too.

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kyleleonard

Thanks! @alovealoe can't remember when it was last watered so hopefully it'll show improvements

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kyleleonard

Morning! Weather seems to have dropped a few celsius again after a couple of promising days... #cactus #cacti

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clustyroen

Hi Kyle lovely day here in South Wales today after a dreary day yesterday 👍

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bigb

I was wondering if you could tell me what kind of cactus I have

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kyleleonard

Whenever winter comes I pray this doesn't die.. looks to be going well! #cactus #cacti 🌵

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kyleleonard

#christmas #festive #cacti #cactus #tinsel

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columbiariver

The chin has whiskers. Bwahahaha!

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kyleleonard

#cacti flowered twice this year!

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nessas

👏🏻👏🏻

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Naomi126

👌📸👌

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kyleleonard

This has now flowered three times this year since June! I've been watering it sparingly and when I do it's got a tiny bit of tomato feed in which someone on here/or a gardening forum I frequent recommended to me a few months ago to help it flower #cacti #cactus #bud #pink

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clustyroen

Very pretty

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blasome

I likey....

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brightcolours

#cacti-tip

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kyleleonard

First time we've had two flowers at one time 😎

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aes239

Beautiful! 😊

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stephent

Gorgeous @kyleleonard

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JeanChapin

What a treat! @kyleleonard

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kyleleonard

Taken one hour after my previous photo #cacti

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blackorby

Just beautiful!

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stephent

Beautiful @kyleleonard

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kyleleonard

Sorry about my girlfriend following you on IG 🙈 just keep declining her or just leave her request unanswered @stephent

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stephent

Oh is that who it is... @kyleleonard

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kyleleonard

Or block her 😏 @stephent

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stephent

Why @kyleleonard

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kyleleonard

She's being annoying. She doesn't know GT exists so she's curious why someone would find my posts interesting! @stephent

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stephent

Oh blimey! @kyleleonard

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kyleleonard

This doesn't exist to her as she'd kill me for buying plants when we're trying to buy a house 😵 @stephent

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stephent

Ok... I get that @kyleleonard

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clustyroen

Well it will look great on the window sill in your new home won't it!

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kyleleonard

Nearly 🙏🏻 hoping they flower and not fall off like some do 🌵 #cacti #cactus

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Nannaida

Stunning....nearly there! 🤗

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lilium

Hope they will. Cant wait to see that!

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kyleleonard

@lilium - it flowered a few weeks ago, scroll through my photos for this plant 😏

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ulrikagustafsson

I's so very disappointing when they fall off. Good luck.

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kyleleonard

I opened my ISA account today to try and buy a house 🏡 so hopefully, one day soon I'll have a garden of my own 🍾 this guy will be coming with us wherever we do go also 🌵 #cacti #cactus

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simon50

Good luck @kyleleonard on saving. What time scale do you have?

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kyleleonard

Probably a few years. My girlfriend and I have one each so hopefully won't take forever! Cheers @simon50!

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brightcolours

Good on you!! 🏡

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Susanandsteve

Looks so healthy! @kyleleonard nice

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lovemygarden65

Good luck with the saving, healthy looking cacti 💚

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kyleleonard

Thanks all 😬

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missiscook

There's nothing so special as the first garden that's your very own!

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TheGardenWife

Oh how exciting! I remember my Dude and I saving for ours in our late 20s when we decided we were gonna be lifers 💍 Felt like forever but we saved for a deposit! Bought the house in 2004 off my Dad....Garden still nowhere near finished 😂 Enjoy making your dreams come true 😊👍🌱

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kyleleonard

Thank you @TheGardenWife 😊

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kyleleonard

No buds last week - think it enjoyed the hot weather #cacti #cactus 🌵

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Jason

@kyleleonard I didn't know they had emoji for some plants #cactus.

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bluecondo

🌵🌵🌵

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kyleleonard

I think we've had all the flowers for 2016 now #cacti #cactus

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stephent

#shame

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angipangi

Looks good without flowers. That's one thing about cacti they are interesting all year round. 👌🏻

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bluecondo

Yes agree. 👍

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stephent

@kyleleonard so worth the wait

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clickchick

Stunning 😀

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bluecondo

Ohhh!! It's coming.

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linfoster

Wow different think @krishnahairdo will like this one 🤔

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kyleleonard

#cacti #cactus

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sukiflower

Lovely colour n I don't think I have seen one like this before.

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kyleleonard

@lilium

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lilium

Oh my...I am so impressed! 👏👏🌵🌵🌸

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kathy

😍beautiful

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kaz.p58

Absolutely lovely

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bluecondo

Most precious to look at and worth the effort. That is we all love our plants.

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kyleleonard

So close...

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wilko

It's going to be a beaut ❤️

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stephent

@kyleleonard... It's nearly ready...

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bookworm68

That's a large flower gor a cactus😍😃

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angipangi

@kyleleonard Thought you said you were a novice cacti grower. Nothing novice about this beauty👌🏻

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bluecondo

Very good. It's gorgeous as suspected. Will it flower for a few days?

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kyleleonard

@angipangi - still a novice! By chance this flowered I think! 🌸

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kyleleonard

@bluecondo - I think it'll be a few days, another bid to follow

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kyleleonard

Good morning! I think today will be the day it opens

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grantham

Good morning...love the in flower plant

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grantham

Crossing all fingers for you

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stephent

@kyleleonard... Fingers crossed, it looks ripe!

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bluecondo

Rise and shine we are waiting for this new creation!!

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kyleleonard

Nearly...

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stephent

Love this!

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drnicko

@kyleleonard mmmm...looks like black currant blancmange!! 😂😂

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pennylynn

Wow! Really weird. Beautiful too in its own way...,@kyleleonard

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bluecondo

It's coming out soon!!! We have to be patient!!!

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kyleleonard

The pink of the flower now slightly visible #cacti #cactus

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stephent

Exciting...

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kyleleonard

@stephent - it last flowered in June 2014 so been a long time coming! 🌵

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stephent

@kyleleonard.. That's patience.. But the flowers are usually worth the wait?

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bluecondo

Ohhh wow! Can hardly wait to see it

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kyleleonard

It's the girlfriend's birthday today - so hoping it flowers later on but not holding my breath!

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stephent

Brilliant!....fingers crossed

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wilko

Hi @kyleleonard this is a gymnocalycium cactus commonly known as chin cactus. Don't know which type though. It's flowers are really beautiful. Happy Birthday Girlfriend ! Hope you enjoy your day 🎂🍰🍾

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kyleleonard

@wilko - thanks! I'll google the type later

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bluecondo

Two flowers! This is a very lucky birthday!🎂🎂🍷

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stephent

Almost bursting!

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bluecondo

Flowering soon! What colour?!

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kyleleonard

@bluecondo - pink!

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kyleleonard

Nearly there

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stephent

Love it!

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cactusboy123

Where do you get all of these amazing cacti??? :O :)))

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kyleleonard

New and old bud. Hoping it flowers in the next few days 🌵 #cactus

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bookworm68

Nice prickles😃😂

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rosesforme

Possibly a Notocactus

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kyleleonard

Hello, @wilko! I've had this for 3 years now - first year it flowered with pink blooms. Any idea what it's called? Thank you!

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wilko

@kyleleonard , I'm really not sure, think it maybe a hematocactus or a type of rebutia in I'm meeting up with some cacti friends in the next couple of weeks. I will let you know when I get a definite answer. Has this cactus not flowered since? Do you feed your cacti at all? I feed my cacti fortnightly with a weak mixture of tomato feed. This guarantees flowering and provides the cacti with all the nutrients they need. I only water from the beginning of May to Beginning of October.

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kyleleonard

@wilko - I've never fed them! And it didn't flower last year, probably why then! I'll look into buying some tomato feed this week. I buy cacti because I live a second storey apartment, but I tend my parents' garden. I have 3 big ones and 6 small ones, but nothing too unusual yet.

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wizzykat

Lovely 🌵

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