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#1 Pithead

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:07 PM

These were germinated late October. I almost killed them in a cold garage a few weeks ago but brought them in and put them under T5 6500k. I think they are fattening up and look quite healthy?

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#2 Skywatcher

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:36 PM

Your photo is a testimony to the amazing ability of Pedro and cactus to survive. I am sure they appreciate the light and warmth under the new lighting. Fortunately pedro is not as picky about soil as lophs, but I would still recommend you try to pick out some of the wood. You will also develop stronger much better roots by letting the soil dry between watering. Constant maximum saturation will cause you grief, so i would very much advise you to lose the water traps under the pots and let these little guys dry out.
They do look fine now, but will rot if you continue these conditions.
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Posted 20 February 2013 - 08:48 AM

Cheers Sky, I'm intending on repotting them in a week or so in a less harsh soil. My reasoning for chucking the seeds in that soil was - Can't be as bad as the desert! I do let the soil dry out for a couple of days between waterings.

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 05:43 PM

And here they are today in a herb and vegetable soil. Thriving! -

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 06:03 PM

My reasoning for chucking the seeds in that soil was - Can't be as bad as the desert! I do let the soil dry out for a couple of days between waterings.



Uh, what exactly do you think it's like?

The desert?

And you'd be prudent to back off the watering a LOT more than
a couple dry days between...

Not a pro here either, but I LIVE in the desert, and water mine
just shy of monthly (28 days).

Soak them good at that point, but fight the urge to water more often.

This is why the soil is important.

Good old home depot cactus soil by the bag works for me (this is my first
cactus attempt- like I said...no pro).

VERY few wood chips to be found out here in the sand, too!:teeth:

Good luck

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 06:50 PM

They are looking better Pithead. The biggest reason to water less is to encourage a good strong root structure. Under lighting i would recommend no more than one good drink every week, and even less is better.
The way this works is this. Drying out makes the cactus produce more root searching for water. As the root mass grows and expands, when it does get a drink, the whole cactus expands to store the water better. This stretching helps the cactus grow faster and stronger in the long run.
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Posted 05 April 2013 - 07:34 PM

Kactus Korners, which is just over 1 year old now, is testament to this advice............my cacti are thriving! Nice grow man! Keep at it. :thumbup:
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#8 Pithead

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Posted 05 April 2013 - 08:15 PM

What you fools talkin' bout? I'm spirited into these babies:cacti:now! I know when them needs they water. These are my little babies and they like a good drink every few days.

Any more fool advice I need will be greatly appreciated! (insert wink smiley).

EDit - Sorry guys I'm drunk and trying to be funny. Thanks for ongoing advise, I do listen.

Edited by Pithead, 05 April 2013 - 09:06 PM.
I can't spell advice.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 07:13 PM

1 week on and I'm a bit worried about the larger one - a bit shaky on it's roots. I'm hoping this can be remedied by repotting but there's enough depth in this pot for there not to be a depth problem. The shorter one is sturdier.

Also can anyone give me a positive ID that these are San Pedros?

Thank you.

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 10:36 AM

Still going well but time for a repot I think -SP0613.jpg

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Posted 18 June 2013 - 11:59 AM

looking healthy but I don't think they are san pedros - spines are too big.
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Posted 18 June 2013 - 12:32 PM

Looks good!
They are definitely big enough to be put into their own pots IMO.

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Posted 11 February 2014 - 09:36 AM

So they've been overwintering in an unheated greenhouse. I very lightly watered them twice.

 

Now they are bigger can someone give me a positive ID please?

 

SPF141.jpg SPF142.jpg


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Posted 11 February 2014 - 10:00 AM

Pithead, they look beautiful to me, but the beautiful, large specimens of SP I thought I had, turned out to be some degraded cousin or something. I think we need Skywatcher, BillyThKid, or someone else with in depth knowledge to help ID your gorgeous little ones. Great luck in all you grow!
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#15 Pithead

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 01:09 PM

Thanks Titus, yeah even if they're not SP's I still want to grow them to see how big they'll get over time.

 

I've got some Bridgessi (supposedly) which I'm going to germinate soon. I'll post up some pics of them when they're visible.


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Posted 12 February 2014 - 03:28 PM

Hard to tell at that age but they do look like some of my young pachanoi and peruvianus.
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#17 Pithead

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 09:54 AM

Thanks Paph, Would the flowers be a better indicator? If so, got a long wait to find out!



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Posted 13 February 2014 - 03:44 PM

As they mature they will be easier to ID, maybe 1 or 2 growing seasons depending on growing conditions. Of course flowers are always good ;-)

Young trichs always look similar to me especially pachanoi and peruvianus (bridgesii are a little easier IMO.)
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Posted 14 February 2014 - 09:21 PM

too many spines to be a Pedro from what i know, really it should have no more than 4 spines but normally only 1-3. also the areolas are all wrong to be a pedro. 

 

 

 

to me, this looks more like a Peruvian torch.


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#20 Skywatcher

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 10:53 PM

to me, this looks more like a Peruvian torch.

I second this opinion. None of my Pedros produce spines of the size, color, or quantity like your pictures.  However all my torch look very much like this.


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