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Cactusdan's Cactus Germination TEK * 6
    #11599304 - 12/06/09 11:02 PM (10 years, 9 months ago)

Cactusdan's Cacti Germination TEK

Materials:
  • Cacti Seeds
  • Soil (I use Miracle-Gro Cactus, palm, and citrus but it is a preference)
  • Plastic Solo Cups
  • Plastic Bag or Tupperware
  • Rubber Band
  • Grow Lights or a sunny window
  • Spray Bottle

    Steps:
  • Strain cactus soil to remove all large objects ie. bark, sticks, rocks, etc.
  • Microwave or oven sterilize soil to kill any fungus gnat larva/eggs.
  • Wait for soil to cool.
  • Scoop up cactus soil into solo cups or plastic tupperware leaving about 1-3cm between the cup rim and the soil.
  • Sprinkle seeds on top of soil and then gently press the top of soil flat with a finger, but be sure not to pack it down too much.
  • Mist the soil fairly heavily but do not drench.
  • Mist inside the plastic bag and then fasten to the cup with the rubber band or seal bag around cup/tupperware (Make sure it is tightly attached.
  • Place under a bright light (I use a Fluorescent grow light found at hardware stores that puts out equal to 75 watts but only consumes 15)
  • Be patient and enjoy the cacti!

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    I suggest keeping the bag on for 6 months at least and when the time for it to be taken off comes around do it VERY gradually.

    My first few seedlings are suffering dearly due to my impatience and are getting dwarfed by those that have been weened off slowly.

    Also, seedlings LOVE the moisture and can handle it, so make sure to keep the soil nice and moist.

    This is certainly not a technique that is set in stone, and is even changed by me many times.

    There are a few things that are essential to the well being of the seedlings (light, moisture, and surface sowing)  but I encourage you all to use this as a foundation to build and expand upon.

    Good luck and keep growing!

    -Dan


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    Re: Cactusdan's Cactus Germination TEK [Re: Cactusdan]
        #11599327 - 12/06/09 11:05 PM (10 years, 9 months ago)

    Good tek Dan:thumbup:


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    Re: Cactusdan's Cactus Germination TEK [Re: Cactusdan]
        #11599360 - 12/06/09 11:11 PM (10 years, 9 months ago)

    Nice.  Thanks for sharing.


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    Re: Cactusdan's Cactus Germination TEK [Re: Mr. Mushrooms]
        #11599391 - 12/06/09 11:16 PM (10 years, 9 months ago)

    Well I've seen plenty of requests recently and had this lying around from back when Doc did the seed giveaway.

    So I thought it may help some people out as well as give the vets another way fo doing things.

    :smile:


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    Re: Cactusdan's Cactus Germination TEK [Re: Cactusdan]
        #11599435 - 12/06/09 11:22 PM (10 years, 9 months ago)

    :thumbup:

    How many hours of light per day would you recommend? (Assuming one is using plant lights rather than a window.)


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    Re: Cactusdan's Cactus Germination TEK [Re: Dr. Seuss]
        #11599443 - 12/06/09 11:24 PM (10 years, 9 months ago)

    When I use lighting I tend to have them on 12/12

    However recently I've had better luck with window light.


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    Re: Cactusdan's Cactus Germination TEK [Re: Cactusdan]
        #11599571 - 12/06/09 11:45 PM (10 years, 9 months ago)

    sweet ill be starting some cacti soon
    thanks for the tips this is defiantly bookmarked

      -noobie-


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    Re: Cactusdan's Cactus Germination TEK [Re: noobieshroomie]
        #11599680 - 12/07/09 12:02 AM (10 years, 9 months ago)

    Personally I prefer to use aluminum baking trays as they are cheap and offer a much larger area to plant seeds without requiring much dirt. A 11" by 9" by 2" aluminum tray is perfect for 100 seeds.

    Also I find using a dusting of sand on the dirt really helps keep the moisture in and doesn't harm seedling growth at all. To cover my trays I use a large Ziploc bag cut open and taped over the top on three sides leaving one open to spray with water. I don't doubt your method works Dan I just think it requires more dirt than necessary and sowing the seeds and spraying each cup individually can be a real pain.


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    Re: Cactusdan's Cactus Germination TEK [Re: crazyboy25]
        #11599776 - 12/07/09 12:16 AM (10 years, 9 months ago)

    I find mind tend to allow for good taproot growth on those that need it and keeps the species organized when you're planting many species.

    Thanks for sharing your tek crazyboy25, it's always good to have options.

    We all have our methods and mine works for me :smile:


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    Re: Cactusdan's Cactus Germination TEK [Re: Cactusdan]
        #11600021 - 12/07/09 12:58 AM (10 years, 9 months ago)

    here are my seedlings they are growing ever so slowly:crazy:



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    Re: Cactusdan's Cactus Germination TEK [Re: KBG1977]
        #11602212 - 12/07/09 12:23 PM (10 years, 9 months ago)

    Thanks dude . . . . Bookmarked for future use


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    Re: Cactusdan's Cactus Germination TEK [Re: Cactusdan]
        #11602654 - 12/07/09 01:44 PM (10 years, 9 months ago)

    Thanks for the tek Cactusdan, I've been meaning to pick up some T. bridgesii seeds and try my hand at indoor cacti cultivation for some time now.


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    Re: Cactusdan's Cactus Germination TEK [Re: eTarded]
        #11610401 - 12/08/09 05:14 PM (10 years, 9 months ago)

    Danny, how many seeds do you put per cup?


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    Re: Cactusdan's Cactus Germination TEK [Re: PitcherCrab]
        #11610406 - 12/08/09 05:15 PM (10 years, 9 months ago)

    I tend to put up to 50 in one cup.


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    Re: Cactusdan's Cactus Germination TEK [Re: Cactusdan]
        #11610416 - 12/08/09 05:16 PM (10 years, 9 months ago)

    I presume you transfer um once they get large enough...


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    Re: Cactusdan's Cactus Germination TEK [Re: PitcherCrab]
        #11610436 - 12/08/09 05:19 PM (10 years, 9 months ago)

    Yes, but that usually isn't for about a year or so.

    Plus i take from my bulkiest cups for grafting scions, so they get thinned out a bit.


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    Re: Cactusdan's Cactus Germination TEK [Re: Cactusdan]
        #11610452 - 12/08/09 05:23 PM (10 years, 9 months ago)

    Cool.

    Do you ever take off the plastic bag to give um a little fresh air? I imagine it might get moldy in there. Do you sterilize/pasteurize your potting mix at all?


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    Re: Cactusdan's Cactus Germination TEK [Re: PitcherCrab]
        #11610465 - 12/08/09 05:26 PM (10 years, 9 months ago)

    I do take off the bag as much as possible, both to cycle air and to make sure the soil is still nice and moist.

    I do not and have not ever sterilized my soil and never had a problem with fungus, mold, or algae.

    You want to keep it as damp as possible but not wet, almost like if you filled a sponge with water and squeezed it out.

    That's about what mine stay at.


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    Re: Cactusdan's Cactus Germination TEK [Re: Cactusdan]
        #11610491 - 12/08/09 05:30 PM (10 years, 9 months ago)

    Do you moisten the soil at all before putting it in the cup, or just by misting the top?


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    Re: Cactusdan's Cactus Germination TEK [Re: PitcherCrab]
        #11610525 - 12/08/09 05:36 PM (10 years, 9 months ago)

    All the wetting goes on after it's in the cup when I do it.


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