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by Nina
12 Feb 2018, 22:10
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Echinacea
Replies: 4
Views: 1677

Re: Echinacea

Yes, I agree with Lin -- those are roots. Just for information, tubers are actually a type of swollen stem that grows just under the ground, and they almost always have 'eyes' or growth nodes on them. But it can be difficult sometimes to tell the difference between fleshy roots, tubers and rhizomes,...
by Nina
08 Feb 2018, 09:50
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Echinacea
Replies: 4
Views: 1677

Re: Echinacea

Hi, and thanks for contacting us. I'm a bit confused too, as I didn't think that Echinacea grew from tubers! Are you sure that what you are seeing are actually tubers and not just fleshy roots? Most types of Echinaceae have long tap roots, and these can be quite fleshy, but I have searched lots of s...
by Nina
02 Feb 2018, 13:00
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: A Couple of Plant IDs please.
Replies: 7
Views: 2278

Re: A Couple of Plant IDs please.

I have a whole book on ferns, and there are thousands of them, many of which look exactly the same to me (I've just read that there are over 10,500 known species of ferns) -- but I think this is probably a Boston Fern (Nephrolepsis exalta var. bostoniensis), although it could also be an Asplenium or...
by Nina
02 Feb 2018, 12:43
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: A Couple of Plant IDs please.
Replies: 7
Views: 2278

Re: A Couple of Plant IDs please.

Don't worry -- that's a good photo and definitely a fern. There are hundreds of types of Euphorbias, and all of them have a very distinctive milky white sap in the stems, but I'm sure this one is a fern and most probably a Boston Fern, so I think you are fine with planting it in the enclosure. As it...
by Nina
02 Feb 2018, 12:38
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Horsfield hibernation 2nd try
Replies: 5
Views: 1930

Re: Horsfield hibernation 2nd try

Wow, that is brilliant news, and it means that now you can stop taking those antidepressants and drinking all those gin and tonics that were prescribed for the anxiety (well, maybe don't give up the G andTs) ! It sounds like he had an excellent hibernation, and I think that next year if all goes wel...
by Nina
02 Feb 2018, 11:46
Forum: UK Plant Identification
Topic: A Couple of Plant IDs please.
Replies: 7
Views: 2278

Re: A Couple of Plant IDs please.

Hi, I agree with Lin about the Speedwell, but I think I disagree about the other two (this often happens when you have a smallish photo and no flowers on the plant), so just thought I'd give my thoughts (lol, Lin and I always end up agreeing on an ID eventually, but these aren't always as easy strai...
by Nina
29 Jan 2018, 21:07
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: maringa oleifera
Replies: 1
Views: 1579

Re: maringa oleifera

Hi, and thanks for asking about Moringa. I haven't done a lot of research yet on this plant but here's what I've discovered so far. The leaves seem to be perfectly safe to eat (although I would feed them in moderation rather than freely). One source said there was a slight possibility of negative si...
by Nina
25 Jan 2018, 14:22
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Hibernation
Replies: 11
Views: 3097

Re: Hibernation

Whew -- I'm so glad to hear that! It's lovely when they come back from hibernation -- usually full of energy and ready to go. I was just looking at some weeds in the garden today, and some campanula and pansies and was thinking how wasted they are, when they could be making a nice lunch for a tortoi...
by Nina
24 Jan 2018, 08:25
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Tiny's new enclosure
Replies: 10
Views: 3756

Re: Tiny's new enclosure

Isn't that clever! And I can see now that there is a piece of cuttlefish in the middle of it (hadn't been sure what that was). I might get one of those for mine.

Nina
by Nina
22 Jan 2018, 22:45
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Hibernation
Replies: 11
Views: 3097

Re: Hibernation

No problem, and do let us know how you get on (we'll be thinking of you and fingers crosses that all is well)!

Nina
by Nina
22 Jan 2018, 22:06
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Hibernation
Replies: 11
Views: 3097

Re: Hibernation

I think she will be fine. A wee just dehydrates her -- it doesn't kill her -- and tortoises can go a long time being a bit dehydrated. I know it's all worrying, but I do think no harm will come to her in the next day or so.

Nina
by Nina
22 Jan 2018, 19:24
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Tiny's new enclosure
Replies: 10
Views: 3756

Re: Tiny's new enclosure

She's looking absolutely brilliant, with a nice smooth shell! I'll bet she's loving that new enclosure. You've got my curiosity up though -- what is that little metal thing near her green flower pot -- some sort of high tech contraption? :)

Nina
by Nina
22 Jan 2018, 19:21
Forum: African Species
Topic: Speedy's new bath!
Replies: 6
Views: 4339

Re: Speedy's new bath!

Aww bless her. You'll be building an extension to your house and converting it into a spa for Speedy before you know it!

Nina
by Nina
22 Jan 2018, 19:19
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Hibernation
Replies: 11
Views: 3097

Re: Hibernation

Oh dear, it's really difficult, isn't it. I wouldn't think it would be condensation, unless your substrate was damp to begin with, as fridges are actually very drying atmospheres, so you don't really get much condensation in a fridge. Also a tortoise that size would have a sizeable wee, I would thin...
by Nina
21 Jan 2018, 21:51
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants
Replies: 16
Views: 4490

Re: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants

It sounds like your wine cooler is perfect! It's funny about these fridges in the UK. Lots of people have big fridges now (although not often as big as a US fridge), but until a few years ago most people -- including rich people -- only had these under the counter fridges. My Aunt and Uncle from Chi...
by Nina
20 Jan 2018, 18:23
Forum: General Tortoise Care
Topic: Horsfield hibernation 2nd try
Replies: 5
Views: 1930

Re: Horsfield hibernation 2nd try

Hi Darren, Great to hear from you, and I'm so glad that Pastie has settled well into his hibernation! And it does sound like he has settled in well -- the fact that he hasn't really lost any weight is great. I wouldn't worry about the movement or the scratching around in the corner. In the wild if t...
by Nina
18 Jan 2018, 17:51
Forum: News, Announcements and Events
Topic: Posts deleted in error.
Replies: 0
Views: 2837

Posts deleted in error.

Yesterday we were targeted by a spambot and had over 60 spam emails sent to the General Tortoise Care section of this forum. We found the relevant IP address and banned that, and then we deleted all of the posts that had been sent in by the spammer. Unfortunately, in our haste to delete the spammer'...
by Nina
14 Jan 2018, 22:24
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants
Replies: 16
Views: 4490

Re: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants

I have them in an ordinary fridge, rather than a wine or beer cooler type thing. It's a standard under-the-counter fridge (they call it a larder fridge and it has no ice box). I'm not sure if you have them in the States, but it's the most common type of fridge in the UK. It's almost as tall as a kit...
by Nina
13 Jan 2018, 22:46
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants
Replies: 16
Views: 4490

Re: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants

Welcome back Steve! Doris and Dolly still have about six weeks to go, so it will be quite a while until I see their happy little faces again :(

Nina
by Nina
11 Jan 2018, 19:08
Forum: Enclosures
Topic: Tiny's new enclosure
Replies: 10
Views: 3756

Re: Tiny's new enclosure

That looks great! I love all of the textures you've put in for Tiny to walk on -- it will keep up his interest and help build muscle too!

Nina
by Nina
08 Jan 2018, 19:59
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants
Replies: 16
Views: 4490

Re: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants

What a pretty little flower. The centre of the flower is quite different from many of the Campanula that we grow here. I think this looks like one of the upright campanula. I have some of those - particularly a really beautiful one called Campanula takesimana 'Elizabeth', which has beautiful long be...
by Nina
05 Jan 2018, 09:33
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants
Replies: 16
Views: 4490

Re: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants

The problem with plants that they can eat is that they eat them in two seconds and then they are gone. Mine do nibble on the Spider plants, and sometimes they eat them in two minutes and other times they leave them for several weeks. I find they do grow well in the soil. My substrate is a mixture of...
by Nina
03 Jan 2018, 20:30
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants
Replies: 16
Views: 4490

Re: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants

Ooh, that's good then -- thanks for looking that up, Lin! I think you have another candidate for your table, Mekie and you can get fresh supplies from plants growing in your garden.


Nina
by Nina
03 Jan 2018, 17:17
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants
Replies: 16
Views: 4490

Re: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants

Campanulas are great plants, and I agree that they are very hardy, but I'm not sure if they can survive a Michigan winter. I looked at the temps from last week and it got down to -12F (-26C) in parts of Michigan on the 27th, and I think it can often go down to -20F or lower. Mekie will know whether ...
by Nina
03 Jan 2018, 13:46
Forum: Questions about Plants
Topic: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants
Replies: 16
Views: 4490

Re: Ideas for Low-Light, Indoor, Russian Tort Plants

Hi and many Happy New Year wishes to you and Steve too! I think Coleus and Viola should grow well in less light. I've always had good luck with spider plans and ornamental grasses (they do especially well as they cope with the drier conditions). I often have a spider plant in a pot just outside the ...