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#1 Cactusbob

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Posted 05 May 2020 - 05:21 AM

Grown from seed, now 3 months in. However, are they the right size and color?

The soil is a cactus blend, gets v. dry and I am therefore spraying them each day to give moisture. They are on heat mats under grow lights.

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Posted 05 May 2020 - 07:12 AM

They look good to me Cactusbob, nice fluffy hairstyles! :)
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Posted 05 May 2020 - 07:47 AM

Yea they dont seem to have any issues.
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Posted 27 May 2020 - 10:32 AM

A few weeks on. Still ok? Sheez, these things are small and grow not!

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Posted 27 May 2020 - 10:43 AM

Hopefully better detailed picture

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Posted 04 June 2020 - 09:06 AM

Lol now you know the struggle and why people tend to graft them lol.

These things are suppperr slow to grow
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Posted 05 June 2020 - 12:38 AM

Have you considered putting a 'clone dome', or something of the sort, on it?  It would raise the risk of bacterial infection, but would raise the available moisture.  Also, Cacti breath at night... so maybe turn off the heat mat for a few hours each day.

 

Yes, seedlings are a pain.


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Posted 05 June 2020 - 04:54 AM

A small opaque plastic container (I believe lunch meat was packed in it originally)

 

Sterilized cactus mix (oven baked) with sterilized fine topping sand (decorative cover sand) also sterilized by baking....

 

Seeds sown right on top of the sand....

 

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These seedlings will probably spend their first four years like this...

 

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On a windowsill facing the south........

 

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The lid is clear and kept in place (high humidity) for 99.9% of the time.....these are like 14 months old...

 

I might start to harden them to the open air later this year....

 

Patience is absolutely demanded........

 

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Posted 05 June 2020 - 08:57 AM

They are globing out to nice round form so they are getting enough light. I totally second Thwomps suggestion to use a humidity dome. They appear a little dehydrated, and you will see more growth if you keep the saturation higher for the first part of their life.

You are just one month along. I have always maintained high humidity for the first several months.

 

After these get some deeper root formation, You can give them some less organic and higher mineral based soil, and start feeding them a very weak cactus fert (stay below 2/6/3)



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Posted 11 June 2020 - 01:26 PM

Dudes, thanks for your helpful and informative shares. Here are the seedlings as they appear today....

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