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Invisiblechinacat72
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Pedro question
    #2447643 - 03/18/04 04:57 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

This is a question for those experianced with San Pedro.
I have several Pedro's that are fairly big that I have had for years.
Last summer I decided one of my oldest ones had gotten way to big to keep moving indoors for the winter. I cut it up into a bunch of one foot cuttings and gave them away. At the base of the cut pedro sprouted 4 little pups. I let them grow over the summer. At the begining of fall 2 of the pups just fell off. The other two continue to grow on the stump.

The two that fell off sat on the floor of my laundry room for the last 8 months. I could tell they were still alive, but I doubted they would ever grow again becuase they had been out of soil for so long. I was talking to a Anthropology professor at my university and he works in Peru. It turns out the people he studys have used Pedro(and other ethnobotanicals) for thousands of years. I told him I had some Pedro's growing and asked if he would like some for his house, he gladly accepted my offer.

So a couple of weeks ago right before I left for Europe I took the pups and stuck them in a bucket that had a 4 foot pedro in it. I planned on giving him a different cactus and didn't expect them to do anything. Well when I got home a few days ago I was suprised to see that these little buggers had sprouted roots. The roots are just starting, but damn after 8 months out of soil and without a drink or much light they want to live. I have decided to give him these.

My question is do you guys think it's safe to give them a drink yet. Like I said their roots are just sprouting. I can tell they are very thirsty because of there color and shrunken size. I want to have them safely growing and stable before I give them to him. I know your supposed to wait awhile before you water any perdro you just planted, but like I said their thirsty.
So water them or not???


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Re: Pedro question [Re: chinacat72]
    #2447676 - 03/18/04 05:05 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

thats pretty amazing that they survived for so long.

and to your question, i dont have all that experience with it tho, but personaly i would be extremly careful with watering. actually i wouldnt water them at all at that stage, wait and see how things develops. i have drown san pedro before in that stage and i was convinced that they need just a little bit water and it turned out to be a mistake. but like i said, im not the expert on san pedro and havent done as much research on it as i have with some of my other plants.

welcome back from europe , hope you had a nice stay :smile:


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Re: Pedro question [Re: shriek]
    #2447880 - 03/18/04 05:42 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I'd treat tiny pups like seedlings.... indirect humidity, lightly moisten the very top of the soil, dont drowned it, maybe a terrarium.. ambient humidity


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Re: Pedro question [Re: HarveyWalbanger]
    #2447961 - 03/18/04 05:53 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

never heard of humidity for cacti
is this true?


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Re: Pedro question [Re: chinacat72]
    #2448037 - 03/18/04 06:06 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I should mention these guys are around 5 inches long.


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Re: Pedro question [Re: chinacat72]
    #2448096 - 03/18/04 06:18 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Water them but VERY lightly, at the point they are and after being out of soil for so long they are quite prone to root rot. i would mist the soil lightly but until they have a decent root system too much water could be bad for them.. jus my .02


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Re: Pedro question [Re: chinacat72]
    #2448352 - 03/18/04 07:28 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

5 inches is relatively established, but who wants to take chances with their babies? :P If you have hydrated lime and sterilized the soil, you've really done all you can do short of rooting hormones.



Psht, yes its true... Cactus need humidity to grow, period. So does rot unfortunately.


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Re: Pedro question [Re: chinacat72]
    #2449681 - 03/19/04 12:55 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

If they're in a well drained container give them a good watering with some rooting hormone mixed in and leave it for about 2 weeks without water and check the soil saturation level with a stick or tooth pick or something stick it in deep see how wet/dry it is, once it's completely dry again, usually after some time water it again, don't use hormone this time. You only need a tiny bit of powdered rooting hormone for your watering.

A normal cycle could be ever 2 weeks. But still use judgement


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Re: Pedro question [Re: neuro]
    #2450638 - 03/19/04 06:26 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Thanks Neuro I was hoping you would reply. Thanks to all the others who replied also. One more question is what is rooting hormone and were would I get it( I realize no specific sources). In my years of dealing with pedro's I have never had this situation. I have always cut them and let them callious then planted them. Didn't usually water for several months. In this situation it's different though cuz thse guys want a drink.


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Re: Pedro question [Re: chinacat72]
    #2450991 - 03/19/04 10:27 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

I bet you could find it at walmart or almost any gardening place...


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Re: Pedro question [Re: chinacat72]
    #2451331 - 03/19/04 01:15 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

there are miracle grow brand powders at wal-marts and such, but hormex is a much better product imho, can be found online or if your lucky your local gardening store


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Re: Pedro question [Re: Organic]
    #2451643 - 03/19/04 03:20 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

i got mine from where i work, a garden center. Look at any place that carries gardening stuff and you will likely find it


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Re: Pedro question [Re: chinacat72]
    #2452414 - 03/19/04 07:39 PM (12 years, 8 months ago)

You'd be surprised. But this situation is pretty much the same as you other situations. I just reccomend the rooting hormone because it will speed things up. You can either dust the bottom or use it in the water. I guess if it's already planted just use it in the water.

Rooting hormone you can get at Home Depot. Super Thrive will work too.


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Re: Pedro question [Re: neuro]
    #2453623 - 03/20/04 07:18 AM (12 years, 8 months ago)

Thanks for the info Neuro and everyone else. :thumbup: :smile:


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