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PostSubject: Mammillaria saboe   Tue May 04, 2010 6:29 pm

In flower today, my rather large saboe.



and here it is in habitat...somewhat more reticent!


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PostSubject: Re: Mammillaria saboe   Wed May 05, 2010 6:13 pm

Nice Chris. My ssp. saboe is not yet in flower but my ssp. goldii is again in flower just like ssp roczekii (picture of last weekend but another one in flower today).

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PostSubject: Re: Mammillaria saboe   Wed May 05, 2010 7:18 pm

Whaoooooo !!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Mammillaria saboe   Sun Jul 04, 2010 4:34 am

OFF TOPIC (a bit)... Chris... looking at your beautiful photo of the large clump of saboe, I'm also fascinated by the material in the background that your greenhouse seems to be made of. It looks like bubble wrap. Would you mind filling me in a little more about just what it is? It looks like a great material to insulate a greenhouse better over winter in a coolish location (like where I live).

How old is this saboe of yours? I didn't know they clumped so freely.
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PostSubject: Re: Mammillaria saboe   Sun Jul 04, 2010 11:28 am

Hi TasV,
You are right, it is bubble wrap. It is of horticultural standard which doesn't degrade (or degrades much more slowly) than the sort used for wrapping parcels, and is triple walled as well. I keep it up all the year round, as I had been having some problems with scorch on plants like Copiapoa krainziana, and soem Feros and also annoying the saboe which stared this thread. Since then the saboe has grown out and covered the scarred heads.
Wintertime temperatures here west of London get down to about -10C over winter, and the bubble wrap does a good job of keeping the heating bills as low as I can get them.
I have had the M. saboe plant for about 5 years myself, i bought it in an auction for £25 but it had been owned by the chap selling it for well over 20 years, and he had it as a decent size plant, even then. All of this group - saboe, haudeana, roczeckii, goldii - will offset in time and without very much difficulty. M. theresae I find more difficult and for me at least doesn't offset anywhere near as much.

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