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What did you do to your cacti/botanical garden today (pictures welcome)


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#2441 Alpoehi

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Posted 10 September 2021 - 02:26 AM

It's now 2.5 years. My scop 60 cm tall. It started as a small pup on a cutting...a thick cutting.
I gravitate very much to that way of cultivation, have another bridgesii cutting with a pup on it.
They grow really fast and almost reach the diameter of the cutting itself.

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Posted 10 September 2021 - 11:37 AM

[quote name="Alpoehi" post="1491919" timestamp="1631258784"]It's now 2.5 years. My scop 60 cm tall...
Edit: Damn it has been only 1.5 years growing that scop.

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Posted 10 September 2021 - 11:44 AM

Here's the bridgesii cutting. I cut it myself took the middle part for an alchemical experiment and rooted the tip. The base came up with this nice nice pup after a few months...grow time for the pup 6 months.

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The upper part:

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#2444 Sicshroom

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Posted 10 September 2021 - 08:13 PM

Lovely!
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Posted 12 September 2021 - 05:43 AM

A generous mycotopian sent me some loph seeds.
Only one made it so far, sowed them 10 days ago. Will keep an eye on this.

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I will run it with a whole tray of australian hybrid seeds I got from Gus Freeman.

One batch I planted 2 years ago and to my surprise one young giant/sausage clone split apart in a very early age.

Maybe it got hurt in a young age but anyways - the trichocereus sausage does "have the tendency to terminate its growth and pup again on top of the old shoot. That look can sometimes make the impression of a sausage" (quote from trichocereus.net)

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The seedling in front did the sausage thing
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#2446 YoshiTrainer

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Posted 12 September 2021 - 12:18 PM

One of my dragon fruits, a little confused about which season it is.

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Posted 19 September 2021 - 09:04 AM

Some stuff that caught my eye:

T scop grafted onto ~3 foot tall pc
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TBM grafts filling out nicely

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T peru BK08612.4
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T bridgesii SS02
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SS02 x Kimura’s Giant (not spiny)
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#2448 Sicshroom

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Posted 23 September 2021 - 07:23 AM

Look at my beautiful babies

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Posted 23 September 2021 - 03:28 PM

Thanks to a very kind and generous member here, I'm the proud Papa of about 12 baby Lophs. I noticed some green through the condensation and upon further inspection, a happy dance ensued!

I also noticed a fruit on my Selenicereus grandiflorus, ready to be popped in your mouth.

How long on the lophs to germ? I'm at about 3 weeks and feeling ready to try a different soil mix. 



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Posted 24 September 2021 - 09:07 PM

How long on the lophs to germ? I'm at about 3 weeks and feeling ready to try a different soil mix.

You should see at least some germination by two weeks. You also really need to sterilize the soil prior. Very low organic content works best, like coarse sand and grit with a little loam.

You also need near full humidity saturation and warm temps. No real sunlight.



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Posted 24 September 2021 - 09:21 PM

Speaking of soil mixes, has anyone tried the recommendations from San Pedero Mastery on YouTube? He recommends 50/50 peat/perlite for seedlings, and 1:3 perlite:potting soil for transplanted seedlings and adults.. That seems like a pretty hot mix for cacti, but perhaps the perlite helps keep things dry which helps to prevent rot? He has shown seedlings (non-loph) that were supposedly 1yr old and over 1" in diameter.

I'm thinking about re-potting my cacti at the end of the season, I also have a bunch of seedlings that I'd like to split up and get outside now that the sun isn't so intense too. So I'm looking into soil mixes and honestly, this guy's results look good. I'm just curious if anyone else has used his advice.


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Posted 24 September 2021 - 09:26 PM

 

How long on the lophs to germ? I'm at about 3 weeks and feeling ready to try a different soil mix.

You should see at least some germination by two weeks. You also really need to sterilize the soil prior. Very low organic content works best, like coarse sand and grit with a little loam.

You also need near full humidity saturation and warm temps. No real sunlight.

 

I used my normal seedling mix which is sand, pumice, pieces of brick, and some coarse materials I'm unfamiliar with. Worked well in the past on Lophs. I just introduced light too early previously.

Keeping humidity up has been my issue. I have them in a takeout container with saran wrap and then the lid. That's placed inside a freezer bag. Indirect light away from critters. 



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Posted 25 September 2021 - 08:54 AM

I use a timer on a fluorescent set up from day one. 12 on and 12 off. Well moistened soil mix but not wet.

I personally use a 10 gal fish tank with glass lids, and a layer of gravel on the bottom. With a reptile heater mat under the tank, it stays pretty constant at 80-90F. Add some water to the gravel and humidity stays at around 95%.I also burp or air exchange once a day.

 

zip locks should be maintaining the humidity, try an artificial light. They do need light to sprout.


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Posted 25 September 2021 - 03:02 PM

HrVanker, as for repotting at the end of your season, I personally dont. If you are growing on a heat mat, under lights, you can probably disregard this. For me, growing outdoors, even in a greenhouse, I try not to disturb cacti roots before the cold comes. Maybe just superstition but my fear of rot from cold/wet is why. I have various cacti poised for planting next Spring when the weather warms a little and they have an extended growing season ahead of them. Good luck!

This is my first time growing Lophs and I'm pretty excited! Thanks to the generosity of a very kind individual, I have over 12 seedlings in my care with more seeds in reserve. I used mostly playground sand with a small amount of COIR added. The mix was sterilized in a covered pie tin at 225F for 60min. After the pots were filled with the mix, they were soaked from the bottom up and drained. The seeds were sprinkled on top of the soil and misted with a hand sprayer. I took one of my 3 cup food tubs, flipped it on its lid and poked a single hole in the center. It is sitting on a shelf in the bright light of a S facing window and my house hovers around 80F.

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Posted 26 September 2021 - 11:35 AM

Looks great yoshi!
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#2456 Alpoehi

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Posted 26 September 2021 - 12:42 PM

I use a verm, peat and perlite mix 1/3rd each for all cactus seed. I give the mixture in a microwave oven 10 minutes dry at low range.Then I add water to the soil and give it another 10 minutes midrange. When it starts steaming a bit then it's ready. Do that outside because it produces a bad smell for a while.

Perlite is a tricky thing because of algae. But mostly it comes from the water, especially rain water. That's why I use distilled water only and keep the container closed.

To my surprise only one loph has germinated but it came overseas and the seeds may have gotten crushed a bit. Or even X-rayed.

I sowed my own self-grown loph seed at the same time as a control and got a good 80% germination rate.

I have also a special container and a heating mat under it so that the soil temperaure is 83 peaking up near to 90F at times. Humidity is very wet, that means droplets under the lid every day that fall on the soil like a rain. My seeds germinated within 8 days.

I will post a few pictues when I have more time for it. I have around 150 little cactus babies in a box and they are so small and cute. I even bought a LED lamp for them.
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#2457 Sicshroom

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Posted 27 September 2021 - 11:48 AM

With seeds from Europe ice only ever gotten 10-15% germination.

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Posted 01 October 2021 - 04:11 PM

Agree on European seeds with low germ, 10% for me.

I think I done goofed somewhere. No germ! Not sure if it’s worth starting again as it’s already in the 50s

Dang lophs continuously make me feel like I don’t know cacti.
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Posted 05 October 2021 - 07:55 AM

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Posted 11 October 2021 - 12:52 PM

Brought everything inside as it frosted last night. Seems my cacti/succs were fine as they were on an elevated table. 

Also chopped up a pach that's been growing unevenly. Not sure if I want to cut the longer guy again. 

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