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


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#1461 newmoon

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Posted 30 October 2019 - 03:33 PM

It's hard growing a lot of these plants in a place where only four months of the year reliably stay above freezing, but here are a few little fellas coming up on their first birthday.

 

 

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#1462 DocOct

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Posted 03 November 2019 - 02:18 AM

Texensis enjoying the change from HPS to MH7ddd285aa715e32f4a6d7ce57ac347eb.jpgedde8e07e1a07bc7af4d0cdb8cb50f70.jpg66641bb7d0670e253d0e20f68623e7e3.jpgfc49636c46b01ae06a2e20989d00145e.jpg
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#1463 DocOct

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Posted 03 November 2019 - 05:46 PM

I was bottom watering a few of my specimens today, I used a diluted fertilizer mix for the water to help with the recent flowering’s.

I also took some nice pictures of some of my friends that I enjoy the company of. So I thought I would share9da26a4a7fbb890e211dc205fc4461a9.jpg0ed14363d6fd3855a26ce682ae8feafa.jpg58ecb4443a5ac6d65389ca61ef8623e3.jpg48cd525aa1301541a855f184935d105f.jpgdd7ab6787e43139340fa291694a83355.jpg3881432e5bafa51ae6781c61bc1d1fa4.jpg89b5872c6831428f2b83e3f056f2bc22.jpge2bfc0a22d8b5d6f9d0e8f64844dcf1b.jpg0e33b3a578715d9a88a38ab27bf36599.jpgfca407ea246c73697a4c7ed714699f08.jpgcb1af7232762f32948431b4d9433bf50.jpg7adc05b88f1ff65e83f74076c3a7ed3a.jpgi55635b0ec5d9d0d8e29e1a7edc9f7db1.jpgf32746a9fa8d4e1e108078cbb95b4c4d.jpga0b60a4bb4f267c2efcda8de8ea8f0af.jpg8507d2885530d46954617f62cf5b53c7.jpgf9706797752219a3d58da9e71117c537.jpgdc2c69c3590ef98c31ec0247b13225e4.jpgd63fe9cf30adfb97a49d058c3826791c.jpgb8f17e1e6d296f1e7c36a44b5cf9bb36.jpg2ff8b5f1dc48c661033eb8eab6255d88.jpgb2774cd98f8915224ce1ce0aebaa43dd.jpg17877b00b0a860988680d02309fd4116.jpg6f2b72e57cc779736d773e660e860763.jpg155884af7d43fb8f3d1c81e02f20fc66.jpg

They are like hairy butts that poop flowers, I like them :)
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Posted 06 November 2019 - 02:50 PM

Had a friend move my cactii into the basement

 

It's getting quite cold here at night, well below freezing

 

They've been under a shelter for a little more than a month so the soil is fairly well dried out which is important to sending them into dormancy.

 

I'll give them a couple weeks to get used to the basement then put some black plastic around the storage area to make it almost dark. they're tucked up against a concrete exterior basement wall which will give them maximum coolness. Cool and dark being very important to getting into a true dormancy

 

If they don't go dormant they'll try to grow toward any light they can find - which causes etoliation


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Posted 09 November 2019 - 09:42 AM

I do not have a cool dark space but may need to make a room in my other basement for this... I would worry about freezing but if I made a cold storage root celar it be the same kinda cold dark dry but not as dry as wood stove basement either?
I've been able to deal with etoliation some cacti can be more forgiving than others and all of mine are young and from seed from the same window so if they were to stretch so much they would not have survived that's my thoughts for now... My cold drafty attic window right in the window frame away from the one freeze zone I barely water and when I do they don't get much... My prickly pear doesn't do well this way but it's ok...

Anyway... I seen this more from the contest and show cacti and succulents

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 09:42 AM

I do not have a cool dark space but may need to make a room in my other basement for this... I would worry about freezing but if I made a cold storage root celar it be the same kinda cold dark dry but not as dry as wood stove basement either?
I've been able to deal with etoliation some cacti can be more forgiving than others and all of mine are young and from seed from the same window so if they were to stretch so much they would not have survived that's my thoughts for now... My cold drafty attic window right in the window frame away from the one freeze zone I barely water and when I do they don't get much... My prickly pear doesn't do well this way but it's ok...

Anyway... I seen this more from the contest and show cacti and succulents

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OK that was about lights this is the show

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Now I hope I didn't post this already my memory sucks

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#1467 DocOct

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Posted 09 November 2019 - 01:49 PM


There are 2 led grow light “systems” I feel are optimal for plant growth.

Back when mars hydro came out with the TS-1000 they weren’t being very honest about the wattage of there lights. The TS-1000 is not actually a thousand watts it has a light output comparable to a 1000 watt HID light system. Now this isn’t the end of the world as this product came out during a time when most led light manufacturers were doing the same thing, which is to take a 300 watt led and to slap a 1000 watt name on it despite it being nowhere near 1000 watts.

That being said I think mars hydro killed its competition when it came out with the SP-250. This light is genuinely 250 watts and is a killer light( I mean it when I say killer this thing can murder plants if you put it to close to them). The most impressive part of there new line up is the meanwell drivers which if you don’t know anything about LEDS,.. meanwell drivers are the shit.

The SP series of light in my opinion are great lights for the price(1$ per watt) considering the build(meanwell drivers& epistar quantum boards)but the next level up is to DIY build with meanwell drivers and quantum boards, or cree COB diodes with pin heat sinks. You can make some incredibly amazing lights this way that will obliterate any competing lights, DIY isn’t cheap though...

That being said the mars hydro TS-1000 isn’t a bad light I just don’t like how led manufacturers were being disingenuous about there products at that time, and I feel like there are much nicer led options now with DIY kits available.

I like To use both HID, LED lighting with cacti but I find LED to be much better with crop plants as it’s much more efficient, recently I purchased a ceramic metal halide light and I really look forward to seeing what those have to offer for my non crop plants.0019f8e7f4a24c99604b9137138f753c.jpg
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#1468 crazy1

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 04:51 PM

Today I got a few succulents potted, and a couple cacti.

 

Have no idea what the more round one is, but the other is a Tipz Marco X Super Pedro. Have no idea, just sounded cool lol

 

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Peace


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Posted 17 November 2019 - 05:25 PM

It's hard growing a lot of these plants in a place where only four months of the year reliably stay above freezing, but here are a few little fellas coming up on their first birthday.

 

1 year old?! WOW, how did you get them to grow so fast?


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#1470 BigSteve

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Posted 20 November 2019 - 10:55 AM

Just got the ability to post. Last night I repotted my cacti, pics are in the welcome mat forum. Drying some seeds and will be planting new cacti sometime soon. I will start a grow log and probably will need some help naming them!


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Posted 23 November 2019 - 08:41 AM

Pollinated some flowers today

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Still working on getting them to open all the way with synthetic light, HPS seems to be a big helper with this. Need to upgrade to DE-HPS, perhaps wider spectrum will help a lot.
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Posted 24 November 2019 - 03:38 AM


Just some more flower pictures, can’t wait to have fresh seeds with high germination rate!
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DE-HPS is definitely in my future
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