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


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#2481 Sicshroom

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Posted 22 November 2021 - 05:59 PM

Have you given thought to grafting one of your pups to a Tricho rootstock?
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Posted 22 November 2021 - 06:01 PM

Have you given thought to grafting one of your pups to a Tricho rootstock?

I have thought about it, and I think I'll use one of the log cuttings. But I have to wait for them to root. Hopefully they show signs of rooting soon, because they could use some water.

And once my seedlings start to look more mature, I may graft to one or two of them. I think they would make great gifts.

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Posted 22 November 2021 - 06:12 PM

Hit me up if you would like some pointers on grafting, if your interested in pereskiopsis hit me up I've got plenty to go around

Have you given thought to grafting one of your pups to a Tricho rootstock?

I have thought about it, and I think I'll use one of the log cuttings. But I have to wait for them to root. Hopefully they show signs of rooting soon, because they could use some water.
And once my seedlings start to look more mature, I may graft to one or two of them. I think they would make great gifts.

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Posted 23 November 2021 - 09:08 PM

I'm enjoying the Fall weather and diving into some this season's hobbies but I do miss working with my cacti. Here are some shots I've taken over the last month.

 

Some scop grafts starting to pup:

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scop tip graft going strong:

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I'm loving the spines on this bridge:

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Juuls Giant slab grafts coming along:

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Posted 23 November 2021 - 09:10 PM

Brdgesii do have such beautiful spines, definitely part of the attraction for me. And all you cacti are looking great!
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Posted 24 November 2021 - 07:30 PM

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Two survivors....a Bridgesii and a Peruvian.......the bridge is a tip broken off by a thunderstorm.....I laid it on it's side until it popped roots then I put it back in the ground....

 

The Peruvian I found today out in the cold, freezing cold, helping the wife put up lights. Poor thing was on it's side all matted with leaves and grass.....it's snowed a couple of times already...

 

Been down in the lower 20's many nights too...the ponds have ice on them......and it's freaking green....the ground is still warm......

 

Cactus are amazing......cool stuff peeps.....still another spot I'll spend my like's uncontrolled......hahaha

 

Like a first time really free at the dispensary......

 

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Posted 25 November 2021 - 11:23 AM

Thanks HrVanker. Yeah, I have several bridgesii and it’s fun to see the difference in spination (I think that’s word lol).

Arathu, that’s a trip! I’m curious to see how they bounce back in the Spring.
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Posted 07 December 2021 - 08:35 AM

First time getting 11 seeds

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 09:47 AM

First time getting 11 seeds

And, the circle has completed its first full turn.......................

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Posted 07 December 2021 - 10:07 AM

First time getting 11 seeds

You are correct my friend! In no small part due to you brother!
And, the circle has completed its first full turn.......................
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Posted 17 December 2021 - 08:25 AM

Has anyone here ever grown cocoa? My wide for me 3 pods for Christmas and I would like to try and grow the seeds from one of them. I haven't opened the pod but what I read was 15 to 20 seeds per pod so I should have a good amount to play either I case I lose any
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Posted 17 December 2021 - 09:54 AM

I have not tried myself, but what I have read is that they are a pretty finicky tree.

Don't open the pod until you are ready as the seeds lose their viability if they dry.

You will need a controlled greenhouse environment if you are anything but warm and humid.................

 

https://www.gardenin...cacao-trees.htm


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Posted 17 December 2021 - 10:57 AM

Cocoa is easy to start and grow as a houseplant for a while. To get it to flower and fruit is more difficult. They are reasonably sized trees and may be grown in pots for years. Skywatcher is correct, they can be finicky. They prefer tropical environments and do not tolerate cold, I think 50F might be killing temp? High humidity and filtered sun seem to be necessary too. Ive picked from full sized trees covered in fruits, that were about 10 feet tall and saw a 4 foot tall tree with fruit in a greenhouse too. Some of the theobroma relatives are a little bit hardier but not by much, maybe 10F degrees or so.

Good luck and have fun with the fruits, the flesh can be a little sour. Plus, as Sky pointed out, the seeds loose viability quickly once removed from the pods, maybe lasting a week or two.

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Posted 18 December 2021 - 11:21 AM

Thank you guys! I have a friend who has a 70ft(long)by 30ft(wide) green house and he mentioned that if I threw a few his way he would let me keep mine there as well. He keeps large citrus tree in there In the winter. I appreciate the thoughts and will post some pix when I get to opening the pods and sprouting the seeds


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Posted 24 December 2021 - 01:46 AM

Full variegated trichocereus bridgesii monstrous!!
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Posted 24 December 2021 - 06:51 AM

Failed to give likes, also I lost the label on my pot of well grown cacti.
But I made a post last year in this thread, had something to do with moss. And I mentioned the ID.
Now I have to flicker through tens of pages in order to find it lol.

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Posted 24 December 2021 - 01:06 PM

Awesome Boebs!
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Posted 25 December 2021 - 06:54 AM

That's amazing. I opened the thread, typed 'moss' into the search engine field, and was guided to my old post where I mentioned the ID. And they are growing so well, the fun starts after a couple of years when the small seedlings start expanding. It's worth the effort it takes in the beginning.


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Posted 25 December 2021 - 09:09 AM

These get a shot of water once a winter.....they seem to be quite happy....

 

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Yule Tide Yotes

 

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And the kids....

 

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Posted 29 December 2021 - 07:53 PM

Looking good everyone! Boebs, that bridgesii graft looks incredible!

 

Here are some shots from a few weeks ago. I don't mean to spam this thread with my photos but I can't help posting.

 

In ground Altman's tpm:

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T bridgesii SS02:

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Trichocereus BK09509.2:

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Trichocereus SS02 x Kimura's Giant:

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T sp Hutchison et al 6212:

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Grafted Tbm short form:

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T peruvianus Los Gentiles:

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Happy New Year!


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