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OfflineGNIOM1498
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rooting cactus
    #3872385 - 03/05/05 11:51 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

because the search engine on here is very difficult retrieve the right results i wanted to post this. I got cutting of some cactus and had them in Schultz cactus soil for about a month and half pulled them up to find not one rooting. I kept it moist religiously. so i put them in just plain peat moss after a week i pulled them all of them are rooting. So Schultz cactus mix what i found is not very good for rooting and peat moss is. Hope this helps someone in the future.


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Re: rooting cactus [Re: GNIOM1498]
    #3873038 - 03/05/05 03:33 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

try a mix of fine sphagnum/peat moss, fine perlite and vermiculite, I've never had a problem rooting in it.


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Re: rooting cactus [Re: Prisoner#1]
    #3873491 - 03/05/05 05:51 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Careful with peat moss, it is too acidic to leave cacti in. Rooting usually takes about a month, sometimes as long as 2 or more.


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Re: rooting cactus [Re: GNIOM1498]
    #3873673 - 03/05/05 06:36 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

I heard you're not supposed to water them as the lack of moisture is what causes the roots to grow and search for water. Could be wrong. I normally use coarse river sand to root the cacti. Only ever had one not root and that was a tiny bridgesii. Not entirely sure if you're meant to keep them in the shade or in partial sun. I've had them root in both.


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Re: rooting cactus [Re: ninjapixie]
    #3883341 - 03/07/05 05:50 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Yes, cacti throw out roots to search for moisture. I get best rooting in indirect light. Under a shade tree or equivalent.


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Re: rooting cactus [Re: Maverik]
    #3883355 - 03/07/05 05:54 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

i found a sand/perlite mixture did the best. rooted in a little over 2 weeks.


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Re: rooting cactus [Re: jben]
    #3884291 - 03/07/05 09:58 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

I am just curious why they would grow roots to look for water in soil but not open air? Ive been told on the instructions when i got the cactus to keep the soil moist.


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Re: rooting cactus [Re: GNIOM1498]
    #3885417 - 03/08/05 01:59 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

They will throw out roots in open air, I've had it happen a few times.If there are no roots to uptake the water the cactus cannot benefit from it being there. Soil itself holds some moisture, just not enough to cause any problems with rot. I would guess the darkness of the soil plays a role in speeding up rooting but I can't be certain.


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Re: rooting cactus [Re: Maverik]
    #3888428 - 03/08/05 06:47 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

It might also have an effect by the time you take cuttings. Cuttings taken in the summer months root faster then the cuttings that were takin in the dormant months.


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Re: rooting cactus [Re: GNIOM1498]
    #3889846 - 03/09/05 12:02 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

I dusted a few of my cuttings with rooting hormone (though I was barked at for being too impatient  :wink:) and they grew roots like crazy.  They've all pupped and and now that I have them where they're getting enough sun I expect some phenomenal growth this year.  Even under shitty conditions they'd been in new cuttings planted at the end of Sep have all grown 3-4" and fatter as well.

One has even turned out a seventh rib.  :grin:  They really haven't gotten the chance to get started yet.


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Re: rooting cactus [Re: HagbardCeline]
    #3890677 - 03/09/05 02:42 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Cacti grow quickly in peat moss. In fact, many commercial greenhouses grow cacti in almost pure peat moss. On the other hand, these commercial greenhouses use pesticides and fungicides heavily. Do you want these in your house? Peat moss is extremely susceptible to mealy bugs, fungus gnats, and other pests. Commercial greenhouses typically cut off the entire root ball every year because it's labor intensive to separate out the roots. You don't want to set your plants back like that.

Other problems with peat moss include the fact that it is not harvested sustainably, it acidifies the soil as it decays while cacti prefer a slightly basic soil, and it is extremely hard to rewet when dry (thus starving the root ball).


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