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#1 ethnobotanica

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 02:50 PM

Hi folks,
Firstly i just wanna say Merry Christmas and to wish you all a very happy, prosperous, and healthy New Year.:)
My little affair with la semperviva started just recently thanks to a top notch member on the board here.;)
It seems its time to show a little something of this to you all. I really wish my camera and/or photo skills were better but its still a worthy show.
These are 4 out of 5 plates, 1 has very thin but fast growth and has a fluffy contam riding on its back, i doubt i could get a decent pic of it so i didnt bother.
The other four however are showing great substrain potential, i think 2 might even be pure already, this is quite mad (luck?.....topia vibes?????:eusa_thin), this is from innoculation, no transfer (yet ;) ).
Here's to the birth of some beautiful baby culture's, may they have a long and prosperous year.:teeth:
Thank you for everything Topia!:rasta:
Vive le Semperviva!!!:bow:

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 03:15 PM

Looks very healthy! :thumbup:

Do you use an incubator?
Because that is a subtropical species.

Keep us updated! :)

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 03:29 PM

Looks very healthy! :thumbup:

Do you use an incubator?
Because that is a subtropical species.

Keep us updated! :)


Thanks NF, yes, they have there own incubator at 27 C.

I shall definately be updating.:)

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 03:37 PM

They will do just fine at room temp also... ;)

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 03:47 PM

My flat is a bit cold, what would you class as room temp Kcmo?

Would be nice to make room in my incubator for other things.

Unless jars could sit on top of inc??:eusa_thin;)

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 03:49 PM

I just put mine in the cabinet above my fridge. Stays about 74-77. They grow almost as fast as cubes.

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 04:07 PM

Ahhh, i see. I unfortunately have only a small undercounter fridge, such are the joys of living in, everything is smaller, Great Britain.:lol:

not too worry tho, i dont need the extra space that much, my plan is already formulated.;)

Still, handt to know i have a wider range to colonize at.

Cheers Kc.:)

edit-:lol: only just realized this means they can sit happy in the woodlover incubator! Wkd!:rasta:

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 05:09 AM

Ahhh, i see. I unfortunately have only a small undercounter fridge, such are the joys of living in, everything is smaller, Great Britain.:lol:

Very true, I visited the US this year and the fridge we had in our villa was nearly big enough to live in!:amazed::lol:

Nice plates.:thumbup:

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 05:21 AM

The average size refrigerator in American homes is somewhere between 20 to 25 cubic feet. It is not uncommon to see 27-28 c.f. models (those big french-door units) in nicer homes.

Semperviva, back to the subject, originated in Mexico, I believe, and will thrive in conditions almost identical to Cubensis. They will certainly slow down considerably if you go below 21 C. I have a casing project just underway with Semper and am hoping for some fruits for the New Year.

Your plates look great. And Semper is a fighter. I am certain that you will get some great results.

Good vibes. Happy holidaze.

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 06:34 PM

...coming along nicely. These jars have since been shaken and have already begun showing a quick re-coup. Will have more to show very soon...

Peace:rasta:

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 12:51 PM

For my 1000th post I would like to show you guys how quickly these re-coup after shaking, this is after 48 hrs. I really shook them like f**k. They looked completely uncolonized after I did this, seems semperviva really is a tough one.:nunchuk:

In case your wondering, I have used micropore tape for the vents this time. I reckon its more forgiving than polyfill when shaking jars in as far as not letting contams in when getting a little moisture on it (when shaking).

I was actually worried that I made the wbs too wet as this is the first time I've used it. Looks like I got it right.:)

Thanks too all the peeps that paved the way for us all with their brilliant tek's.:bow:

Viva la semperviva!!

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 12:55 PM

lookin good man :) Ready to spawn on soon!

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 01:03 PM

Lookin very healthy! :thumbup:

I guess the jars are in the incubator.
I heard it's very cold these days in the UK.

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 01:15 PM

Ya, I love my little mini tropical environment boxes, as do these babies.;)

I use tub-in-tub incubators made from dis-used re-cycle bins and aquarium heaters.

It is damn cold here right now and the inc's are wrapped up snug with blankies.:)

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 03:32 PM

Very nice bro!:thumbup::bow: and congrats on post 1,000!:teeth:

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 03:35 PM

Thanks dude.:)

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 06:15 PM

I can't wait to see what happens next. I'm fascinated by this species!

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 08:04 AM

Nearly ready to spawn.:)

Just gota get some poo from somewhere, all is covered in snow at the mo so it might be a wee bit tricky.:o

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 08:10 AM

TCO advised me that Semperviva does not take well to poo. It likes straw as a bulk, or you could case it with coir, vermiculite, and/or peat moss.

Your jars look great! I hope that I might have saved you some hassle.

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Posted 12 January 2010 - 02:59 PM

No offence to TCO, but I am going to follow Captain future's method as his flushes were FAT.
His mix was 70% straw/ 15% poo/ 15% grass seed.

Am guna do an A/B test with stevia leaf as well to see if this potency boosting malarky has any weight to it.

Stay tuned.:rasta:




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