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#1 CatsAndBats

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Posted 09 June 2018 - 07:58 PM

You read it, I figure I'll start this and let y'all watch me learn as I'm not at all versed in growing cacti.

 

This is my first and only cactus grow to date, it's approximately 2yrs old. It pupped at the beginning of last summer (after a year of me staring at it intensely)  and it's been taking off ever since. It's sitting in coir only, with a dusting of diatomaceous earth and a layer of sand to deter gnats. I feed it occasionally with some coir grow fertilizer.

 

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Anywayyyyy, I'm about to cut this motherfucker up like edward scissorhands and make like six more. Stay tuned!

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Posted 09 June 2018 - 08:41 PM

That appears to be 4 ribbed. It will be interesting to see if the pups maintain the sacred number...........


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Posted 09 June 2018 - 09:15 PM

That appears to be 4 ribbed. It will be interesting to see if the pups maintain the sacred number...........

 

 

It's five, womp


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Posted 09 June 2018 - 09:36 PM

Well then,

Carry on.....................................



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Posted 10 June 2018 - 05:06 AM

It gets enough light just being in that window?


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Posted 10 June 2018 - 08:12 AM

It gets enough light just being in that window?

 

Look at it, most of that growth happened in 3mos last summer. Following @pharmer 's advice, I let it go dormant during winter, reducing water, eliminating feeding, etc..

 

Today, the hacksaw surgery occurs!


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Posted 10 June 2018 - 11:47 AM

I'm no expert but it looks great to me!


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Posted 10 June 2018 - 11:53 AM

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Question. Is there anything special I should do to the original cactus after the circumcision?

 

 

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Posted 10 June 2018 - 12:31 PM

nice  cactus


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Posted 10 June 2018 - 03:36 PM

 

 

Question. Is there anything special I should do to the original cactus after the circumcision?

Absolutely !

Give it a full dose of gratitude, Tell it how many offspring it has now, and don't water until the cuts scar. 


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Posted 10 June 2018 - 04:04 PM

 

 

 

Question. Is there anything special I should do to the original cactus after the circumcision?

Absolutely !

Give it a full dose of gratitude, Tell it how many offspring it has now, and don't water until the cuts scar. 

 

 

 

I love you sky. I did apologize before the cut. I also thanked it as I do when I harvest fruits from my mush colonies.


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Posted 10 June 2018 - 04:41 PM

if you can get a fan blowing across the cut it will help it callous quicker. you can put the other six cuts in front of the same fan for the same reason.

 

whatever you did to the soil of the current plant do to the soil for the cuts you'll be rooting.  that plant looks very good and you got some great growth with the conditions you gave the column.

 

it's not going to do much for most of this growing season. it's recovery time.  maybe some root stimulator to get a bigger badder root ball underneath and then expect a growth explosion next year. not that this year wasn't impressive. well done with that.

 

you might get a pup or two or three this year depending on how itchy it is to get growing again.

 

but, friend, if you're willing to do this much work I'd really recommend putting that effort into Bridgesii's.....   to my estimation you'll get 3x the sparkle per weight but only half the rate of growth.


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Posted 10 June 2018 - 05:24 PM

if you can get a fan blowing across the cut it will help it callous quicker. you can put the other six cuts in front of the same fan for the same reason.

 

whatever you did to the soil of the current plant do to the soil for the cuts you'll be rooting.  that plant looks very good and you got some great growth with the conditions you gave the column.

 

it's not going to do much for most of this growing season. it's recovery time.  maybe some root stimulator to get a bigger badder root ball underneath and then expect a growth explosion next year. not that this year wasn't impressive. well done with that.

 

you might get a pup or two or three this year depending on how itchy it is to get growing again.

 

but, friend, if you're willing to do this much work I'd really recommend putting that effort into Bridgesii's.....   to my estimation you'll get 3x the sparkle per weight but only half the rate of growth.

 

Thanks pharmer!

 

I did put the cuttings under a fan already and the "dad" is in a room that I dehydrate booms in, so it'll scab up quick in my estimation.

 

Yup, coir only, with an occasional feeding. I like how simple it is and how quickly it dries out, so I can water more often allowing Pedro to maximize photosynthesis without putting it at risk of rotting or disease, or at least that's been my observation/instinct.

 

Bridgesii you say?


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Posted 10 June 2018 - 06:17 PM

I think Bridges' don't tolerate as much water as Pach's do. At least not in the soil. They like a more mineral, quicker draining mix.

 

Pach's are the weeds of the columnar cactus world IME. They grow in pretty much anything as long as they're not swimming.

 

Given your coir soil it's no surprise that column put on so much mass so quickly. I'd guess it's also good for feeding them frequently.

 

Ever done a horse poo tea for your plants?


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 06:31 PM

I think Bridges' don't tolerate as much water as Pach's do. At least not in the soil. They like a more mineral, quicker draining mix.

Pach's are the weeds of the columnar cactus world IME. They grow in pretty much anything as long as they're not swimming.

Given your coir soil it's no surprise that column put on so much mass so quickly. I'd guess it's also good for feeding them frequently.

Ever done a horse poo tea for your plants?

I was thinkning bunny poo tea for my cacti??

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 07:16 PM

I don't know bunny poo from horse poo so I'll reserve comment

 

But the key to supercharging teas is to oxygenate them. Running an air pump through an air stone while tea-ing the poo keeps it aerobic. Adding molasses and some local fungus infested soil really beefs up the tea.

 

Seems like bunny poo would be mild by comparison to hot/ammonia horse poo. Now that I think about it why not tea it up???


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Posted 12 June 2018 - 08:38 PM

Ive heard bunny poo is ready for the garden outa the :) its ready for use no need for aging

So far its doing great in the garden I have a lot of it having 3 bunnys so far.....

I like the idea adding mushroom mycellia to the tea too :)

I make fermented fertilizer its usually ready for flowering and fruiting veggies ....made from my comfrey plant and some cabage

poo tea would be great right now how long to let the tea steep in the ariated water?

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 08:46 PM

 a few hours, two days wouldn't hurt. I hear there's a point of no further gains though, like two days in the aerated environment and then use it up quickly or it starts to loose all the good qualities.


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Posted 13 June 2018 - 10:42 AM

I think Bridges' don't tolerate as much water as Pach's do. At least not in the soil. They like a more mineral, quicker draining mix.

 

Pach's are the weeds of the columnar cactus world IME. They grow in pretty much anything as long as they're not swimming.

 

Given your coir soil it's no surprise that column put on so much mass so quickly. I'd guess it's also good for feeding them frequently.

 

Ever done a horse poo tea for your plants?

 

Nope, but I do have ample manure, I could give it a shot.

 

Now that my cuttings have scabbed, do I just wait for root nodes to show up?

 

I'm really glad that I started this thread, I'm learning a lot and it gives me a break from fungi.

 

 

I think Bridges' don't tolerate as much water as Pach's do. At least not in the soil. They like a more mineral, quicker draining mix.

Pach's are the weeds of the columnar cactus world IME. They grow in pretty much anything as long as they're not swimming.

Given your coir soil it's no surprise that column put on so much mass so quickly. I'd guess it's also good for feeding them frequently.

Ever done a horse poo tea for your plants?

I was thinkning bunny poo tea for my cacti??

 

 

 

I imagine that it's still pretty hot since they are so small and have such a fast metabolism..


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Posted 14 June 2018 - 09:04 AM

Some of the pieces already have root nodes popping out (I think)! Please advise. Is there a time limit? Can I let them grow more before potting?

 

 

 

HELP!

 

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Here's a shot of the ones with the nodes:

 

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