Friday, November 14, 2014

Article Number: 9897


Newsgroups: alt.drugs



From: rcain@netcom.com (Robert Cain)



Subject: Re: cactii



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Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1993 16:01:40 GMT





25u7gardinie@vms.csd.mu.edu wrote:



: I am planning on growing some cactii soon and was wondering if anyone



: out in this virtual land has any experience with growing cactus from



: seed. If anyone does and would like to post any comments or suggestions



: they would be greatly appreciated. I regretably have little experience



: in growing things of this nature and would like to have the best chance



: for success the first time out. If you would rather e-mail me info that



: would be fine. I would even appreciate some advice on books which would



: give me the info I am seeking. Once again thanks in advance.





I have 26 little T. peruvianus that I germinated from 100 seeds from



... of the jungle. It was quite easy. As a germination bed I used



commercial cactus mix in a 3/8" layer on the bottom of a pie plate that



I could seal with saran wrap. Moisten, apply a half recommended



solution of Ortho Multi-Purpose Frungacide, DACONIL 2787, with a spray



bottle. This need be done once but needs be done. I lost seeds and



seedlings until I did this and my germination ratio would have been



much higher. Sprinkle seeds on wet bed and seal with saran. Open once



a day to air out. Sprouting will occur within a couple of weeks. They



seem to have a remarkably difficult time getting their tap root into



the ground but don't worry, it happens. They will reach 1/2" in



three months or so. I transplanted half into separate containers at



that point and left half in the germinating bed for a total of eight



months. Interestingly the ones left in the germinating bed grew taller



and thinner and overall slightly larger while the transplanted ones



gained more girth. I just transplanted the remainder and moved them



outside at about seven months and the heavy duty noon day CA sun gave



them a pretty serious sunburn, they were turning purple, I moved to



partial shade and they are recovering nicely. I have no idea how long



it will take until sufficient maturity but the fall should tell



something. These little cuties are perfectly legal (as cactii.)







Peace,





Bob





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