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Cactus seeds
    #3533120 - 12/22/04 09:35 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)


Can I plant my Cactus into straight cactus mix ?

Im thinking of using a rectangle tupperware type container with lid to keep moisture in, but air every so often.

Anyone got a good link or info they can copy/paste on this subject ?

Thanks for the help!



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Re: Cactus seeds [Re: JaRRn]
    #3533179 - 12/22/04 09:51 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

you mean upload limit? The upload limit is only a daily limit. If you email the pics neuroATshroomery.org i can post them.


www.cactus-mall.com/ccc/ is a good guide.


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Re: Cactus seeds [Re: neuro]
    #3533236 - 12/22/04 10:06 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Thanks for the link



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Re: Cactus seeds [Re: JaRRn]
    #3533952 - 12/23/04 12:26 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

gotcha.


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Re: Cactus seeds [Re: JaRRn]
    #3534801 - 12/23/04 05:48 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Manditory links:
Growing cacti from seed( @ MushMush with nice pictures)
Germinating cactus seeds (the Nook cactus archives)

Some cut-n-paste action:

Here's the text of a pamphlet I got with my first seeds long ago:
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HOW TO GROW PEYOTE and other psychoactive cacti IN YOUR OWN HOME





GROWING CACTI FROM SEED

Cacti should be germinated in sandy, well-drained soil. A commercial
sterilized cactus soil mix works fine. Use small ceramic pots
(2" x 2") since they allow the soil to dry out completely (after
germination) and prevent root-rot. Most cacti's germination
temperature should be around 70F. Lophophora Williamsii should be
between 80F and 90F.

Place a small piece of cotton over the pot's drainage hole and pull a
few strands through to act as a wick. Fill the pot with cactus soil
mix. Place the seed on top of the soil in the center of the pot.
Additional soil should be sifted through a tea strainer to barely
cover the seed. Put the pots in a tupperware container which has a
translucent snap-top lid. "Bottom" water the pots by pouring about
1/4 inch of tepid water (never cold) into the tupperware. Bottom
watering causes the roots to grow strong, searching for the water.
When you first plant the seeds, you should also top water once with
a fine mist water sprayer. The soil should be well watered throughout,
but not soggy. Place the lid on the container and set it outside
(April-July) or under fluorescent lighting (for an earlier start in-
doors).

The tupperware creates a mini-greenhouse, and should be kept closed
except for a daily check on the seeds' progress. (which allows some
neccesary air circulation) until the seeds germinate. They don't
need any additional watering or misting during this time (unless for
some reason the water level in the container drops below 1/16" ) Be
careful that your mini-greenhouse isn't too humid. Wipe off any beads
of condensation that form on the container's lid. Also be careful that
the temperature isn't too high,as this can cook the seedlings. Many
species germinate within a few weeks. When the seedlings first appear,
they look like tiny green spheres. After they have sprouted, replace
the tupperware lid with a piece of muslin secured by a rubber band.
This will allow air circulation, wich can be increased by placing a
fan above the container. Adequate circulation is essential as all
green plants need plenty of CO2 to grow. Seedlings are more sensitive
to light than mature plants. They should be green. If they become a
reddish color, they are receiving too much light, and additional
pieces of muslin must be placed over the top of the container to
shade them. If they are yellowish, they aren't receiving enough light.

After four to five months (when spines have formed on the seedlings)
remove the muslin shading for one or two hours a day to give the
seedlings more light. Stop bottom watering and use a watering can
twice a week. Water around the seedlings, not on top of them. The
seedlings should be misted occasionally (not a lot) in hot weather.
Cacti grow rapidly during spring, and slower in the summer. Bring them
inside during the winter, as they can't handle the cold weather. Place
them in a sunny window but out of any cold drafts. Mature cacti
require little water during the winter. However, seedlings don't stop
growing their first winter, and they should be kept moist. Cacti don't
need to be transplanted until they have outgrown the pot they are in
and this may take several years. The best time to transplant is in
the spring. When you do transplant, the cacti should be kept moist
and shaded throughout the summer, as full light will halt their
growth and discolor the cacti.

MATURE PLANTS

Different cacti have different needs. Lophophora Williamsii is very
slow growing and it needs adequate space for its large, tuberous root.
Trichocereus Pachanoi (San Pedro) is fast growing and likes lots of
sun and water in the summer. It is a good idea to obtain a general
reference book on cacti for more detailed instruction about specific
species needs. All mature cacti should be fed fertillizer on occasion
to provide them with adequate minerals. Use a fertillizer that is
designed for succulents, such as 7-40-6.


M o r e C a c t u s I n f o r m a t i o n ...


SOIL

It's a good idea to sift the sterilized commercially produced cactus
mix through a pasta strainer to remove the larger material. These big
chunks make the growing surface uneven, and it's better to remove
them. They can be placed on the bottom of pots, for better drainage.
Peyote likes a soil which contains limestone. You can mix a little
Dolomite lime or gypsum in with the sifted soil. After the seedlings
have germinated, place a thin layer of very fine aquarium gravel
(basicly large sand particles) on the surface of the soil. This gravel
will help to support the seedling and protect the surface from drying
out too quickly.

GERMINATION

Germinate as many seedlings as you can get your hands on. It's
discouraging when some don't sprout, and others are lost to over-
watering and disease. I have found that it is more convenient when
germinating a large number of seedlings to use a commercially
produced "mini-greenhouse." I do this indoors near a window, and I
place a tiny fluorescent lamp (two tiny 15W bulbs) directly over the
greenhouse. This gives the perfect amount of warmth for germination.
After most of the seedlings have sprouted, I place a paper towels on
top of the clear greenhouse lid to diffuse the light. Remember to take
off the plastic lid periodically through-out the day to provide air
circulation. You may have some problems with a green moss-like growth
due to the extreme humidity. Scoop this out as it appears (but don't
be so concerned about it that you jar the seedlings or disturb the
un-germinated seeds). When most of the seeds have germinated, remove
the lid completely (this will allow the soil to dry out and halt any
further moss growth). while these greenhouses don't dry out as well as
clay pots, they are much more convenient and take up less space.
Mini-greenhouses can be purchased at most garden shops for about $5.00.
In a year or two, when the seedlings have outgrown the greenhouse,they
can be transplanted individually into clay pots.

GROWTH FROM CUTTINGS

When harvesting your mature cacti, leave a stump in the pot as it is
likely to produce new growth. The top of some species of cacti is also
useful for new growth, as this cutting can be rooted. This is
especially easy with the Trichocereus species. Take a cutting at least
six inches from the top. Cut several "nicks" in the ribs near the
bottom of the cutting. Set in a cool dark place on its side until the
cut section becomes "corky" to the touch. This can now be rooted.
Use RooTone(TM) Rooting Hormone and follow instructions on the
container. Insert the cactus about three inches into moist soil.
Water sparingly and allow to dry out completely before watering again.
Cuttings may require misting near the base if they fail to root or
shrink excessively. Keep the cutting well shaded.

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Hope this helps, and good luck!


Edited by koppie (12/23/04 06:01 AM)


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Re: Cactus seeds [Re: koppie]
    #3535309 - 12/23/04 11:50 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

Start them in a shallow pot and throw some clear wrap over them for the first month or so.


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