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#1 DualWieldRake

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Posted 24 March 2018 - 07:48 PM

I've read some information about dehydrating seeds as a means to boost germination rates.

 

Wanting to try this on a couple of peyote seeds i got laying around..

 

 

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https://cactusbae.co...ctions/moisture

 

 

Anyone got experience/results with this method?


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Posted 26 March 2018 - 10:35 PM

 Very interesting, though I have not experienced germination difficulties since bagging to maintain high humidity for several months of initial growth.


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Posted 26 March 2018 - 10:41 PM

Is this for all species you have germinated? and is this including lophophora?



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Posted 26 March 2018 - 11:17 PM

Loph's are the cacti that I most often germinate since seeds are easier to obtain than mature specimens.

 

P.S. Wish I could post pix to show my beautiful L.w.

Welcome, always happy to meet a new L,w. grower.

Glad you came here and hope to see more posts from you.


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Posted 26 March 2018 - 11:47 PM

You must be doing something right then, what is your method?

 

And how so you can't post pics, i wanna see them too :smile:

What age are they?

 

I've had mixed results with lopho's so far, could have been the temperatures too.

Will try my next sowing with a heatmat



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Posted 27 March 2018 - 12:52 AM

Guess I am just too lazy to learn to use a digital camera.

 

I mix up soil approx. by volume usually including most of the following;

1 washed coarse play sand

1 bird gravel from pet store, or crushed lava rock pumice

1 crushed egg shells, oyster, clam, mussel whatever

1 worm casings

1 commercial cactus potting soil, loam not peat

1 coir if I have a bit handy

1 pearlite

1 garden dirt sifted 

 

 then I put in pots, sprinkle on seeds, mist until wet, then bag in plastic bag or cover with glass or clear plastic to retain moisture, and turn on the heat mat to warm, about 80-90f.misting once every day or so

 

Put them on a 16 hour light/ 8 hour dark cycle and wait.

 

In 8-10 days seedlings pop up and I feel excited, every time it improves my mood.

 

Don't consider the soil super critical as long as it drains well and has some shells/sand/perlite in it.  Want the roots to be able to dry out and breath.  These are not swamp plant.  I am sure that you will have some different ideas that will also work. 

 

Good luck.


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Posted 27 March 2018 - 03:04 AM

How can they not sprout in a 8 component soil mix :tongue:

 

Is your germination rate similar to trichocereus?


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Posted 27 March 2018 - 09:09 AM

That's a nice mix there Spooner. Thanks for sharing !!

 

I know of a couple of lw seeds laying around which have been waiting for this moment. The dried flower from which they came was gifted a couple of years ago (or more). 

This will be a good opportunity to see what happens after all this time laying around dormant. 


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