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  1. I have not forgotten, that you still owe me, some money, I wait for this money now since years. we had a verbal handshake contract. but instead of trying to solve the issue, you just always just attacked me, via pm's. grow up, torsten don't treat me that bad. sorry for the side track people, but this issue bugs me since a long time.
  2. nice extention to the the topic Cheshire! I do use your method sometimes, mostly if catching prawns and crayfish. insects can excite me far more than mammals, they can be so alien, and I guees, I like that a lot. did you know that the silver fish, goes through more metamorphosis stages than any other insect?
  3. this is an easy experiment, but it can only proofed one way or the other, with a large number of experiments. scenario: you spot a grasshopper or similar plant pest, and try to catch it, so it doesn't eat your beloved plant. the idea: many grasshoppers and alike, start to wiggle a bit once they seem to detect a thread. the idea is to in 50% of the cases, to try to catch the insect with a straight forward hand movement, but in the other 50%, to as well, wiggle or move your hand side to side or so forth, till you close enough to attempt the catch. maybe even wiggling the whole body would help as well. the hypothesis: the insect uses wiggling and side movements, to evade capture. it thinks wiggling is a cloaking device! maybe this strength, is also it's weakness and it does not notice (or see it as danger) if an object wiggles. I got a few results already... branches and leaves move often, it would be stress full for the insect to, take flight every time a branch moves or a leave(s) casts a shadow.
  4. hi, people! I will discontinue growing this plant, so I would like to give it away for free, but you have to pay for postage. to save on postage, I would prune the plant a lot and than remove most of the potting mix. this offer would best be suited, for members living not to far away from me. note the secateurs to give you scale. pm me for more details, people without gardening skills, and the ability to say, thank you, don't need to apply!! I say this because, far too often, we (this happens to everybody here) give things away for free & pay postage, and the receiver doesn't even say thank you....
  5. hmm, the seeds you mention, can't have come from an inmature tree... because flowering and setting fruits, are what defines, a plant to have become mature. it's said that with some plants the first seeds produced might not be viable, but I highly doubt this is the case here. most likely the seedpod itself was picked too early and as such was I n ma t u r e. colubrina seeds (and peregrina most likely as well) will change there color from brown to almost black, once they mature, as well fully ripe seeds, will display a certain shiny gloss. only use fat heavy, glossy seeds for probagation. I never observed fungus issues ever, maybe the seeds came already with the fungus, and were not dried proper after harveresting.
  6. ^I don't agree, caapi plants which have been neglected, do loose there leaves, this plant obviously has not. your leaves look like the plant experience a big shock on top of the neglect. but as mentioned, the fatter the stems and branches the more, she will be able to survive.
  7. I don't remember where I got my seeds from originaly, but one tree displayed warty lumps, but the other one elevated fissures!! maybe the seeds were collected from various trees. nope, they should germinate just all the same, the only thing is, peregrina (so it's said), is far more frost sensitive, so she needs it much warmer over winter, than colubrina...
  8. yt, I found the timber as well amazing, as well I used to coppice the trees and as such was rewarded, with straight strong, but flexible walking sticks. if you loved sticks as a lil boy, you will love those sticks!
  9. yeah matt, they are out of season. unless you are one of those people who always likes to grow everything from seed, I would suggest to you, to rather seek cuttings. it's the easiest cutting in the world, and you will get fruits much, much sooner. I probably gave hundreds of cuttings away over the years, but the last frost has damaged my plant a lot. there are heaps of super cool threads about this lovely succulent (super flowers) around on this forum, so try to find them. one of my mates, with bowel cancer, said it was the best treat ever for him! the red fleshed, is a self pollinator, and said to be the tastiest, but I prefer the yello fleshed ones.
  10. gotta nice pic, which was taken in nature? gotta bloody, upload it here. the uploader with the pic with the most likes gets 50 ariocarpus kotschoubeyanus seeds!! here is mine, taken at the Carnarvon national park.
  11. i never took notes, but i guess your estimate is correct. i found out, that it totally depends on the weather, to get flowers and fruits. without rain, no fruits will be produced, but if the plant is happy, it produces an abundance of seeds.
  12. as toast say's those buggers self seed, with ease (I have erraticated my trees now). I would wait till the pod is brown and dry, and just starts to open up. some borers destroyed 85% of my seeds. no soaking needed if seed fresh, older or poorly stored seeds, will benefit from soaking in water, but make sure, this happens in a very warm place. this is the fastest germinating seed, I ever observed, the root came out after only a few hours!!!
  13. yep! allow me to go into more detail, arios can produce several flowers at the same time, but form flowers only when the day's are short. whilst the loph flowering season is much much longer, let's say, they almost flower all year. this ario had 4 or 5 shrivelled up flower heads, and 3 of them had around 50 seeds each, the other two were empty. this is a fantastic record, I assume, it had lot's of other lophs flowering around it, did ya hand pollinate?
  14. I'm not 100% sure, but back in Austria I know a blutbuche (blood beech) and it could be what they/ you call a copper. it's one of my favourite trees, and I always visit it, when I return to the place of my birth. it's quite big though, rather 20m tall or more.
  15. bio, I am pretty sure any of the fagus will not grow/survive your location, they need a cold climat.