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cactus rooting question
    #848480 - 08/28/02 07:13 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

i know that this probably wont sit well with too many people, but here goes anyway. i was just wondering how easy it would be to transplant a root from the wild into an indoor garden. now im talking talking about anything specifically, but would it be possible to dig up a cactus from the wild, and grow it indoors?
would it survive the shock? any help would be great:)


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Re: cactus rooting question [Re: mile69]
    #848686 - 08/28/02 09:22 AM (14 years, 3 months ago)

Sure, you can do that. Just don't go stealing anyone elses plants.


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Re: cactus rooting question [Re: mile69]
    #849124 - 08/28/02 01:22 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

you could just make a cutting instead of harvesting the entire plant.


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Re: cactus rooting question [Re: mile69]
    #849223 - 08/28/02 02:03 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

i know that stats from my area, the desert, show that such a transplant of a cactus are more often than not unsuccessful. so be very careful.


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Re: cactus rooting question [Re: mile69]
    #849230 - 08/28/02 02:06 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

Hi,

Well, I am guessing I know which cactus you are talking about. Yes, you could dig it up being careful to protect the roots and plant it indoors and it should survive. However if it is a lophophora in the wild I would say DO NOT do it. From my extensive readings on the cactus it is extreemly endangered and should not be uprooted in the wild. What you could do is take a sensible cutting (at ground level, leaving the root, and dusting with sulphur). Then you could clone the plant with the button you have just taken. Why should you do this you ask? Well you want to protect the population still living in the desert which are endangered. Since you are just taking the head, the plant will regenerate more heads in the next couple of years and you just helped prolong the survival of the cactus instead of just taking it for your own use. That way you could potentially come back and take more cuttings from the same plant! Not to mention the clone you have at home. Now this dosent even discuss any spiritual attachements, but would also be more friendly in that aspect also (say a prayer to it first).

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Re: cactus rooting question [Re: reite]
    #849374 - 08/28/02 03:28 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

say i did do the button cutting...when i do whatever it would be that i would do (yeah that was confusing) i wouldnt have anything left would I? will the cuuting eventuelly root, or just put off new buttons? and thanks for the info guys


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Re: cactus rooting question [Re: mile69]
    #849604 - 08/28/02 05:51 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

Well....

If you cut the button YOU are better off leaving it sit on sterile sand (go get some sand moisten it a little and microwave it for about a minute a cup, let it cool and dry out) out of direct sunlight. You need to leave it like this for some time to let it calus and develop roots.

Now if you had more experience with cactus grafting and cuttings (and you don't because you are posting here for help, so take the advice I am giving in this post) I would suggest the following experiment.

You could try micro or wedge grafts, but I would do an experiment with grafting the growing point by cutting out the center cylinder (or cone) of the button and placing it in a cylinder (or cone) sized hole the same diameter as the one you cut from the button in the stock plant. This would seem to give the best of both worlds of preserving your button for your use (this idea taken from another site), and the chance for developing chimeras between the scion and the stock plant (taken from my plant phys. text). Thats what I would try. However I never had the chance to clone an actual button.

Now last bit of advice, and its gonna mean work on your part, READ!!! and then go find some more reading material and READ!!! You need to do a bit more reading on this cactus, because you seem like you want to grow it, its a challenge, but not too difficult if you read up. Here are some good links to start you out, but you need to do searches on your own and find more material.

Good luck, I wish I had a button to clone!

http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/lsd/pbotany.htm
http://www.erowid.org/library/books/trout_cactus.shtml
http://www.xenopharmacophilia.com/ee/nhc.htm
http://www.cactus-mall.com/ccc/index.html
http://www.a1b2c3.com/drugs/mes03.htm
http://www.peyoteway.org/peyoteway/plant_the_seed.htm
http://cactus.sphosting.com/propagation_seeds.html


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Re: cactus rooting question [Re: reite]
    #849979 - 08/28/02 09:02 PM (14 years, 3 months ago)

i have experience with plants, but not too familiar with cacti. anyway man, i totally appreciate the info...you get a 5 mushroom rating from me for effort. thanks again all:) phil


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