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  1. Hi, I have 3 seed grown tricho”s sourced at EGA 2012 from seller who also sells at vic market. They were labeled as bridgesi cross Pacanoi. To me they look like a scop cross Pacanoi. 

    The pics also show the difference between cutting and not cutting a young cactus. If you cut you will have more cactus and similar size plants in around 4 years. I cut a tip off 1 of the 3 to use the base to graft with and planted tip. 


    The 2 uncut plants. I call the taller one EGA2012#2 and the shorter one EGA2012#3


    This is the cut plant and I call this one EGA2012#1.

    If these had bridgesi in them I would expect much bigger spines and darker coloured skin with a blue tinge depending on exact type used. 


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  2. I have the following tip cuttings up for grabs

    8 x 40 cm approx. Pach (sourced from PD)         $20 each

    3 x 30 cm approx. plus 1 x 60 cm pup. Bridges (blue torch sourced from Greensbrough)         $20 for tip cuts and $40 for the pup———SOLD

    1 x tip cutting and 1 mid cut approx. 40cm Eileen          $25 each——-/-SOLD

    1 x tip cutting and 1 mid cut of Super Pedro approx. 40 cm       $25 each———-SOLD

    1 x tip cutting approx. 30 cm of Hulk (scop)         $20 ———SOLD

    12 x 40 cm of Achuma           $15 each

    2 x tip approx. 50 cm and 2 x mid cuts approx. 40 cm of Peruvians        $30 for the tip cuts and $25 for the mid cuts

    All cut in the last 2 weeks with nice dry healed cuts and in healthy condition. Cuttings located at Kilmore Victoria. Can help with delivery. PM if interested. Cheers Vulcan






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  3. The only day that is a issue for me is the 15th of this month. Have been asked to attend a cancer charity "show and shine". If there was no other option i could make a donation and still attend the meet but would prefer to attend both if it works out.

  4. I keep some Malay game and Asil. These birds are great with people but adult males will fight and can seriously hurt or kill each other. Wire fences are no use as they will fight thru the fence and cut their feet on the wire. So a solid fence up to waist height and wire above that is the way to go for most game types. Hens that do not know each other will also fight to set pecking order. Even with all that i still find these birds very enjoyable to own, and preserve some rare genetics at the same time. For normal old egg laying chooks i can recommend light or buff Sussex, Welsummers, Marans(can be costly), Aracauna(lays a blue to blue/green egg), New Hampshire, and Faverolles in the pure breeds. The Marans are prolific layers of large sized very dark brown eggs, but can be a bit flighty. The Aracauna is a very hardy breed with good egg production over a long life span and the blue egg, but are also a bit flighty and will head for trees if left to free range. The Sussex, Welsummer and New Hampshire would be quieter in nature and still with good egg production of brown eggs. The Faverolle would be the most layed back of them all in nature and will give you a good supply of eggs. I would ask you to consider keeping one of the pure breeds which ever one it may be and a rooster if local laws allow and help keep one of our heritage breeds going. Happy to pass on any tips or help i am able to make your chicken venture a happy one. Cheers Vulcan PS the best fox deterrent i have had was a pet fox i had that i found down a mine shaft, half starved and dehydrated at about 6 weeks old. Didn't have the heart to kill him, so i roped my way down and got him out. Took him home and raised him in a secure pen and called him Basil Brush. I could even walk him on a lead but after a while he would get sick of it and bite my boots. He was alright with me but totally unpredictable with anyone else. From the time he matured i never had foxes raid the property until he died 5 years later from snake bite. In my view he earned his dogfood and worm tablets for keeping other foxes away, and a funny little bugger to boot.

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  5. I have been growing o. ficus indica and a couple of recaptured escapees for a few years now. Have been making the fruit into a drink and cooking the pads ( shallow stir fry with onions and garlic and spices to suit your taste and serve as a side dish to other meals or mixed with salads.) This cactus has a number of health benefits and can help with blood sugar balance, stomach general health-fiber, and cholesterol levels. I class it as a high value member of the garden and am happy to net it so birds cannot spread the seeds and have found they are much easier to manage when you are harvesting the fresh younger growth. Any excess pads can be cubed and boiled in water and then added to compost heap and recycle the nutrient content. I have poured the water the pads were boiled in on my pot plants after cooling and adding more water to dilute it a bit and have no issues so far. Cheers Vulcan

  6. One thing that has worked for me is a strong "tea" made from tobacco leaves. Have used dried leaves and fresh(much more tobacco required if fresh), both seem to work but chop it up so you extract max. nicotine with your warm water soak. Stir it up a bit as well, it all helps. KEEP IN MIND WHAT YOU HAVE MADE IS A DEADLY POISON. The nicotine that can be extracted from 1 30 odd ciggie pack is strong enough to kill 1 or possiblly 2 adult people. NEVER LEAVE IT ANYWHERE PETS OR CHILDREN CAN ACCESS. It can be sprayed on plants to control most pests but i would recommend to not use it on any plant intended for human/animal consumption. Plants can be washed a few times and if in the open and getting good sunlight the nicotine will be washed off of broken down via uv rays after approx. 1 month ( time varies due to how well washed and how much sunlight and how strong the sunlight is). Twice weekly sprays in the latter afternoon after direct sunlight is no longer on plants for 2 weeks should knock them for 6. After reading the above on the sulpher was also thinking it could be added to the nico-tea. Will play around with that idea this spring and post if results are good. Cheers Vulcan PS may also help to put a drop or 2 of dishwashing liquid in the nico-tea to help with coverage on some plants

  7. Was thinking people may be able to argue its not illegal,------------------- so long as they are really fake people. General rule in life-- if it cannot be taxed then it will be banned. In this post 9/11 world we live in we have to remember the grubbyment is on the lookout for stuff like this. Would be a good one to steer clear of i think. Cheers all

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  8. Hey tedzr, could not have put it better myself. Trouts notes is the best on the subject i have found. It raises 2 issues for me, 1 it made me realize just how much i dont know and 2nd it made me realize how clouded this whole subject is----the more you know the more you realize how much you still have to learn. The issue of trying to id any tricho is going to get even harder as we have more and more crosses where breeding info is not passed on with the plants. So people by all means cross your different tricho's but keep a written record of what you did and pass it on with any plants sold or gifted. Have not found any works that explain brews or other plants that can be added to brews--dont know if this is because it would be viewed as a how to guide or not. I do not like playing with things i do not understand so my quest for more knowledge continues. Cheers Vulcan

  9. Hi Cactus Kate. there is peresoksis on ebay at the moment that ends in 1 or 2 days. I have contacted seller and am buying a bulk lot and would be happy to send some your way. That may be the best option as its coming from Sydney and i'm in Kilmore Vic. The plants could travel half way and have a spell here to refresh and then on to you. Cheers Vulcan

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  10. Hi Niggles, would be very interested to attend your workshop. I have 2 peres plants(1 single branch and 1 with 3 branchs) i could use them at the workshop if you are short of it. By the way thank you for the new years invite and sorry i could not get there but the wife and i went out to celebrate our 25th anniversery.

  11. First cactus sow out today---800 Tri pach

    -50 Tri macro

    -50 Gym saglionis

    -50 Cereus jamacaru

    -50 Echinocactus grusonii

    -30 each of Tri bridgesii, Pilosocereus palmeri, Cereus peruvians, Hylocereus undatus, Oreocereus fossulatus, Carnegia gigantea

    and 10 different varieties of agave that are more suited to Victorian climate. Still have 600 Tri spachianus to sow and have crossed

    Echinopsis barrel (with the large pink flowers) with Tri spachianus, both ways and have fruit nearly ready to collect seed from,- on the barrels and the spachianus. Brought 2 Echin barrels 25 years ago and have over 120 now and have given away another 60 odd. All just from pups. First time i've got them to fruit.

  12. I have three types, one is spineless and has large thick pads(used for fruit, can eat the peeled pads-some very good health properties). One with large spines and thiner pads(fruit is ok but the pads are a lot of work for little return). The third is from a plant i found on a farm whilst working there and said to be over 40 years old( fruit is smaller but still worth the effort- it is covered in long, medium and short spines everywhere- an extra prickly pear, due to this i have not even bothered trying the pads. Can source pads for anyone else interested in this very under rated cactus. Have some cooking tips also. Cooked(pan fried with onion and garlic and garden herbs) and kept in fridge covered with a good quality oil and then mixed with salads or used as a side dish-quite nice. Note the warnings about the glochids if you handle them in the house without removing them first, they get every where----like onto a bar stool at my kitchen bench which my wife then sat on (with limited clothing) and i spent the next few hours picking them out from her bum while trying to explain the virtues of prickly pear. Not the best way to endear your cactus collection to your other half.