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I have a couple questions regarding the physiology of T.panchoi, T.peruvenias, and L.wiliamsii. First are does anyone know the germination speeds of the seeds from these three cacti (how long it takes to go from seed to sprout)? Also how are the roots formed, for example Cannabis initially sends down a 4" long root, and if it is inhibited a female plant is less likely to develop. For the second question I know the two have different root systems so it will matter with growing them and may possibly matter with initial planting though not necessarily with sexing the plants.
Not physiology, but? Does anyone use a commercial cactus starter? I think I saw one that SalviaEngland used, can you give me any details on it, how you like it, cost, name and brand?
Next, a few years ago I ordered a few cuttings of T.panchoi (#16). They were sent dipped in rootone (auxin/cytokinin mix rooting hormones) and about half rotted away in two days after unpacking at which time I planted them in cactus mix. The rest rotted away within a month even though I did not water. I have a green thumb plus, ever since I was a kid growing in mom's considerable garden, but this was my first time with cactus. I would like to try again but maximize my results, (and take my own cutting of the singe pedro I have now (purchased rooted). Can someone lay out use of rooting hormone or not, callus development, initial planting (including container size), and what to do if rot develops specifically for our Tricho friends. I hope this thread can be a good teacher thread for getting started with these cacti. If there is a book which either specifically talks about Trichos, or has very good cactus information which can be applied to this genus could you also recommend it? Thank you for your help.
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(1) San Pedro will germinate fairly quickly. My seeds showed signs in a few days, and the past couple of weeks have seen more and more seedlings popping up. Lots of inch tall seedlings with two little "horns" now. Very cute.
(2) The send down a small initial tap root. That's all I can really tell you about seedlings, sorry.
(3) DON'T USE A ROOTING HORMONE! It's not necessary. A dry and well callused cutting will root just from being put into soil and watered. Trust me. Use decent soil and sterilize it if it's not already that way (in a dish covered in aluminum foil in the over for a while).
Please do a search...I've answered some similar questions here recently.
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I found out about rooting hormone the hard way, lets just say I've probably lost about 8 salvia cuttings, they all rotted and I didn't know why. They all started to rot within a day, this time I caught them on time and thoroughly (sp?) washed them and put them in clean water. I also took another cutting, without rooting hormone, and 4 days later it hasn't shown any signs of rotting.
I think everyone should be alerted to the evils of rooting (or should it be rotting) hormone.
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