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#21 Spooner

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Posted 18 May 2018 - 05:50 PM

The light color and plumpness are common for babies.  I would expect a darker color to develope as they mature a bit, maybe after at least 7-8 months.  Over all they look very nice indeed.  Generally they seem to resemble grown plants after the first half year, and I consider mine out of baby phase by one year.  

 

As for the heat mat, I primarily use that for germiination or in winter when the room gets below 50f at night. The heat tends to accelerate the drying of the soil, so keep an eye on moisture as you leave the dome off more frequently.  My only problems arose when I left them for a week with the heat mat on, and of course Bridgesii come from a wetter mountain place than the desert cacti.

 

 

Please tell me about reptile calcium sand.  Never heard of it or it being a problem, but would like to know just incase.  Good job my friend, nice seedlings.


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Posted 18 May 2018 - 08:39 PM

Thank you Spooner for the insight and reassurance.

 

Temps should remain above 50f as we head into summer here in southern cali. Is there anything to note in removing the heating mat, should I reduce it slowly or simply remove it?

 

The sand is sold as 'thermal terrain' calcium sand for reptile terrariums, it is, or should only be calcium carbonate. I think the concern is its being almost pure calcium carbonate as opposed to a sand comprised of minerals such as silica.


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Posted 18 May 2018 - 10:49 PM

I would not worry about going slowly as you remove the mat, southern California should be fine this time of year.

 

P.S. Thanks for sand explaination.


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Posted 14 June 2018 - 06:26 PM

Got an update here. Things are growing smoothly.

I do have a couple questions, BUT FIRST....

 

T.Bridgesii

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Menchaca, Decipien 

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Texana, El Oso & Big Bend

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So I have them all under the T5s for 12 hours a day. Youngest guys are still on a heat mat, but will be removing that any day now. Ive been letting them dry a bit before water. not as much as the older yotes above.

 

Question is, should I keep them with the same light/schedule or should I ween them off to a point where they can just use light from the window?

 

Also, the ones in the trays, Id like to repot them if i could. Bad idea?

 

Thanks guys!

 

 


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Posted 17 June 2018 - 08:18 AM

Looking really good Adrian.

I personally would leave the light alone, as the color and shape looks good on the seedlings.

 

I re-pot all the time, but remember that any really tight groups should be left together. They do fine with company in a pot. The best (IMO) way to do that is to prepare the pot they are going into with a good loph, sterilized soil. Use a spoon to take the desired seedlings, going deep enough to get all the root and surrounding soil. You then lift out the whole clump of soil with the seedlings, and place it in a pre hollowed, equivalent size hole in the new pot. Keep the soil levels the same. Then lightly water the new plug to settle it in and you are done.


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Posted 17 June 2018 - 12:19 PM

Great! Thank you Skye. 

 

Im really happy with how these are looking. I do love having them together as well. Id like to get the few El Oso seedlings from the tray over in with the rest of its kind, but i think ill jus lets everything be for now.


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Posted 12 November 2019 - 02:27 PM

Well I fucked this all up. And coming here now to post where things are is a real bummer. Seeing all those great lil baby yotes in the pics from before makes this a hard earned lesson.

 

I ended up transferring and consolidating all these guys into three larger pots, with new soil. That went fine, then shortly after i started moving them out on the the porch fr direct sun light. For a bit at a time, increasing over a few weeks. I thought things had been going well and i left them to stay out all day. This was too much for them realized and i brought them back inside but it was too later and i basically lost all but 5 of them.... I feel like an asshole. I rushed it, was impatient and now all of those lil dudes are gone. 

 

Here are the survivors. 

 

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 07:18 PM

What a murdering asshole! Ha takes one to know one huh? Your definitely not alone in this journey. I have done the same thing. What makes you feel worse than burning them is drowning them. I can't count how many I murdered learning how to water them like they want. It's a shitty feeling to drown a 20 year old button. They good news is though, those 5 that are still hanging in, are survivors and will hopefully be around for while.


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Posted 12 November 2019 - 09:56 PM

I suppose I need to confess that when I first tried to grow peyote, it took me 100 seeds and 4 tries to get 5 cactus that survived.....

You most definitely are not alone Adrian.

 

So as far as lighting, I live in inland So Cal, and I have extreme heat in summer, with humidity that at times is below 10%. These are harsh conditions at times, but practice and being observant of the local weather patterns has helped me dial in the care for these.

My lophs get some direct sun in the morning only. The majority of the day is light broken by lattice patio covers, broken shade from other bigger plants, and bright shade in the afternoon.

 

Even in the wild, these cacti prefer to live under scrub, which provides broken shade all day. My best rule I follow is if in doubt, more shade is preferred over too much sun.

 

I would recommend you get some more seeds and keep going. You will find you keep getting better at this...............


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Posted 12 November 2019 - 10:57 PM

Thank you both for the encouragement. I know this stuff takes trial and error. but i also feel liek i could have avoided my mistake. I cant keep beating myself up tho and Im very happy still to have my survivors. I have a bit a seed left over I might try again. Ill have to hit the books again before that tho.

 

As I said above, lesson learned, and also thanks Skye for the advice on shaded light. I think i thought because my porch is east facing and gets morning sun that they would be ok out there in the direct light. But in reality, the sun doesn't become shaded on the porch 9-10am, which by then in summer is already scorching. Im sure i could sort out some kind of shelf/bench to keep them under with shade, but to be honest, I'll probably just keep them indoors for a while now. 

 

On the bright side, my pachanoi sprouted a pup... ill post a picture tomorrow.



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Posted 13 November 2019 - 02:14 PM

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 03:12 PM

Alright so found I had and extra batch of 15 l.w. seeds, cant recall which variety.

 

Made room in the dome by combining the other two pots which only had 1 surviving loph each. So I thought, and to my surprise I uncovered 2 seedlings which were hidden beneath the sand that look like they are surviving. So with some luck I'll have 6 surviving lophs in this pot now.

 

Mixed up some soil for the new seeds and go the heat mat out. A lil improvisation with the bag to get some extra humidity, see hwo it goes. Dont really have space for my second grow dome. So here we go... 

 

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Posted 26 November 2019 - 09:01 PM

10 days and we have 3 babies.

 

 

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