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#21 scott_1971_h

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Posted 29 August 2022 - 06:00 AM

How fertile should the mix be?

I am using fertilisers for roses, but at 1/2 strength, for ~cereus. I'm assuming 1/4 would be OK for lophs. (When they are rarely watered). Are there any signs, apart from splitting, that they are getting too much?



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Posted 29 August 2022 - 09:29 AM

I am not big on chemical fertilizers. I pretty much stick to organic. I personally get nervous with ferts mixed in the soil, prefering to feed when I feel comfortable it will remain good weather for growth. I worry when it cools down for winter that a dormant cactus sitting in rich fertilized soil is more prone to problems.

Worm castings, and kelp are my main ferts for all the cactus. My lophs get fed in late spring when the weather is stable, and appx two more times with diluted portions before fall cool down. My Trich's get the same frequency, but at regular strength.

 

Signs of over fertilizing are unfortunately often an irreversable burning, and can be fatal. Lophs rot from the inside out....



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Posted 29 August 2022 - 10:17 PM

Currently waiting for roots:

Top sections and 1 mid 10-18inches, sat aside for a few weeks, then dabbed with rooting gel and cinnamon. I currently intend to wait until I can see roots actually develop (I'll move the newspaper every few days to check). Not currently planning on potting them up until I see roots growing. (or do they need soil to stimulate?)

Currently sitting under car port to keep dry. Should I put the box on a heating mat?

Not overly used to cactus, open to suggestions.

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#24 scott_1971_h

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Posted 31 August 2022 - 11:32 PM

Is it worth getting 'special strains' or are they mostly just made up in the dark recesses of someone's mind?

(eg T. Pachanoi 'Roy' or T.P. 'Joe Bloggs' or T.P. 'Youll See Stars' etc ad nauseum)



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Posted 01 September 2022 - 08:49 AM

There are some strains with stellar reputation for potency. Juules Giant for example. The problem is that without an assay being done on the parent stock, you have no real surety of the content until you actually try some.

Personally, I tend to be drawn to strains with beautiful blue coloration and striations.

 

The cuttings you just showed look like nice healthy ones, with nice color.



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Posted 01 September 2022 - 11:39 PM

Are these any good to graft on to?

 

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Posted 02 September 2022 - 05:14 AM

Hold on. No wont work. One's a spurge, and has poison sap.


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Posted 02 September 2022 - 09:01 AM

All of the euphorbia's have milk sap, and are not good for grafting...........


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Posted 02 September 2022 - 09:12 AM

Yes and they itch. But firstly, and most importantly, I have about 300g fresh, sliced peyote in my dehydrator.

One way or another, this should be an interesting weekend.


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Posted 03 September 2022 - 12:23 AM

Anyone tried grafting peyote onto the areoles?

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Posted 05 September 2022 - 08:34 AM

How long does pereskiopsis usually take to root when in ordinary potting medium? Are there any signs they they have started developing (news leaves etc)

I want to start grafting reasonably soon (start of spring here)...



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Posted 05 September 2022 - 09:12 AM

Pereskiopsisis is near indestructible........

You can throw a piece on the ground and spit on it, and it grows.

I have rooted cuttings in water and in potting mix. I usually see some roots in a week.

If you are rooting in potting mix, as long as you keep the soil damp you can be 95% sure they are rooting fine. Not being overly sensitive, just lift a cutting to see if it is hanging onto the dirt.

 

Two weeks max to have enough root to feed a graft.


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Posted 16 September 2022 - 05:04 AM

Porn.

Icaro trichocereus peruvianus (?sp), Bridgesii, and a rather buxom pachanoi.

Ordinary San pedros rooting, ready to accept scions.

And the scions.

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Posted 16 September 2022 - 05:28 PM

Very nice cuttings scott. Really healthy with great coloration.

That cluster looks beautiful.....................



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Posted 26 September 2022 - 05:59 PM

Gotta back off the water. Plus... Twins

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Posted 13 December 2022 - 07:06 AM

6 pack

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Posted 13 December 2022 - 09:32 PM

Handle the peres' with great care. Their intent is to  needle you before you put your gloves on  :)


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Posted 13 December 2022 - 11:38 PM

lol. I am aware of the glochids, and used an old green scourer to get them off. (While I was wearing gloves)

They are a pain if they get into you.

All the opuntias have them. Handle with care, if at all.


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Posted 13 December 2022 - 11:48 PM

First flower for prickly pear, and some developing on the 'pedro. (I've heard pedros are not self fertile? Bugger?)

 

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Posted 15 December 2022 - 09:05 PM

3 sets of twins, and one set of triplets. How long do prickly pear usually have to be laid flat for? I'm guessing 2 weeks.

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