Friday, November 14, 2014

Article Number: 9897

Newsgroups: alt.drugs

From: (Robert Cain)

Subject: Re: cactii


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




Bob Cain 408-358-2007

"I used to be different. But now I'm the same."

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