The new Stapelia list is online. Due to the severe and long winter, some sorts have unfortunately not survived, so the list is not as long as I would have liked, but there is plenty left to choose from. A new photograph is the Huernia macrocarpa, a South-African species – just in time for the football world cup.

Huernia macrocarpa

We care about the environment, so we use as little chemicals as possible. Where possible I use biological control, for instance phytoseiulus persimilis against spint.
And you may very well get green filling material with your order. These green ‘bits’ look like polystyrene chips, but are actually made of maize and when thrown into water dissolve into a harmless starch solution. You can also throw them on your compost heap. They are coloured green to differentiate them from the non-biodegradable polystyrene ones. Should you still get white ones (sometimes mixed with non-degradable green ones) with your order from my shop, you can be sure that they are second-hand chips that a local shop saves for me. Better to reuse than to throw away! Don’t ask me why they have green non-degradable ones as well as using that colour for the degradable ones – how to confuse the well-meaning environmentally conscious person – but the easiest test is to throw one in water and see what happens. If nothing happens, they are the non-degradable ones.

Bio-degradable packing material

Dear friends, this is my new blog and I am still getting the hang of it, but I will regularly be posting news items regarding my collection or my website.

For starters, pictures of Rhipsalis have been added to the website. Do have a look!

Rhipsalis zurizilan GPS 5839