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Sundews69 wrote: ↑Mon Jan 02, 2023 4:46 am For soil, can I use a tiny bit of peat with lots of perlite and silica sand? That's all I have right now. Or should I order some of those items you recommended? Also, how on earth do you repot these?! It seems impossible with all the spikes lol. Would you recommend I keep these all in the same pot or put them in their own? Do I need a bigger pot or is this one fine? I do plan to get a terracotta pot in the near future but I don't know which size.No peat. Perlite can be used though, personally, I have a strong dislike for the stuff. If the sand you have is very coarse, it might work. I pretty much use the same ingredients as SDK1: 1/3 crushed granite, 1/3 calcined clay, and 1/3 pine bark. The pine bark can be omitted -- just means you may have to water more often when it is hot. I would first try sourcing the ingredients locally before ordering online .... Considering the weight involved, shipping could get very costly.
Sundews69 wrote: ↑Mon Jan 02, 2023 4:46 am The heat part worries me. Will 65-70F be ok for them temporarily? I also live in the Midwest (SE WI) so it is much to cold to have them outside. I have some very hot lights that I plan to grow petiolaris sundews under but that isn't ready yet and could be a while before it is.Most cacti are opportunistic growers -- growing as long as conditions are favorable. So if you want them to grow throughout the winter, provide them with intense light for 10-12hr/day and heat. However, keep in mind that, like many perennials, cacti need a change of seasons in order to initiate bud development. Therefore, if they don't get a dormancy period, they are unlikely to bloom.
So is this dormancy required like it is for VFTs? Is it a hot and dry dormancy or a cold and wet one?
Sundews69 wrote:Going to break some rules in the cacti+succulent world and say yes. Here's my view: you can grow any plant in any type of soil, it just depends on what your desired level of convenience is. The most important thing to know for growing plants, but especially cacti and succulents in containers of any sort (with a drainage hole) is that particle size matters first, materials matter second. Most of the generally recommended soils for cacti have large particles. When people talk about a soil mix that drains well, they're typically talking about one that is like 85% composed of tiny rocks. Sometimes it's pumice, sometimes it's crushed granite, sometimes it's clay, but it's basically always some type of material that if you had to describe it you'd probably look at it and go, "well this is just a bunch of tiny rocks."
For soil, can I use a tiny bit of peat with lots of perlite and silica sand?
Sundews69 wrote: That's all I have right now. Or should I order some of those items you recommended?Up to you, I'd start looking for sources for some of the ingredients just to know.
Sundews69 wrote: Also, how on earth do you repot these?! It seems impossible with all the spikes lol.I like using my old welding gloves. Real thick leather works alright with parodias usually. You can also use some old towels, some padded tongs or sonething like that. I ususlly just use my bare hands because I'm used to it and a bit of a masochist at this point I guess. Some cacti have unusual bacteria living on the tips of the spines that cause your body to release endorphins when they get ya. Bit of a rush.
Sundews69 wrote: Would you recommend I keep these all in the same pot or put them in their own?Up to you, they'll grow fine either way. Personally I love clumps.
Sundews69 wrote: Do I need a bigger pot or is this one fine? I do plan to get a terracotta pot in the near future but I don't know which size.Small particle mix --> pot not much bigger than the existing root mass. Large particle mix --> whatever you want *in theory*. I usually go about 1/2-2/3 bigger but if you do so, prepare to see minimal above ground growth until the roots have colonized the new digs. Plants direct energy to the roots first, leaves second.
Sundews69 wrote: The heat part worries me. Will 65-70F be ok for them temporarily? I also live in the Midwest (SE WI) so it is much to cold to have them outside.That's fine for growth, will need lights at those temps though, otherwuse they'll stretch, looking for light. Witholding water will help them not stretch.
Sundews69 wrote: I have some very hot lights that I plan to grow petiolaris sundews under but that isn't ready yet and could be a while before it is.I wouldn't bother. Hot lights sound like $$$$$ to me. I'd use LEDs and a heat mat if the goal is light and heat.
Sundews69 wrote: So is this dormancy required like it is for VFTs? Is it a hot and dry dormancy or a cold and wet one?Idk much about VFTs but I thought some guy from the ICPS proved VFTs don't need dormancy, right? Doesn't matter I suppose. DragonsEye knows what they're talking about; cacti are *opportunistic* growers, they don't really need a dormancy, it's a trait that naturally came about to help them survive extreme conditions. It does seem to be integral for flower bud formation but ehhh, Parodias flower pretty freely once they reach maturity all through summer. If you're going to induce dormancy it should be cool and dry.
Sundews69 wrote: How big are these when mature? Do you have a guess at how old mine could be? Is it close to flowering size?1. Not sure, they can get to be pretty large though. Check Llifle.com for pics.
Sundews69 wrote: Thanks for your help! I'm excited to get into cacti. My neighbor actually collected wild golden barrel cactus seeds while she was in Arizona a week ago. She said I can have some of the seedlingsNo problem. Raising cacti from seed is very fun and very rewarding. Next thing you know you'll be getting into grafting
Sundews69 wrote: ↑Thu Jan 05, 2023 9:45 pm @DragonsEye, if I find orchid/pine bark locally, does it need to be really small or can it be chunky?In the state the chunks will be coming straight out of the bag, they will be far too big with some of the finer stuff that will have sifted to the bottom.
Sundews69 wrote: ↑Thu Jan 05, 2023 9:45 pmAnd could I add crushed Oyster shells (usually used for chickens) in addition to or to replace the calcined clay if we can't find any locally?You can always give it a try. Just make sure there are no additives, rinse the material to get rid of all the dust and tiny particles, and that the particle size is in the same ballpark as that of the other ingredients.
DragonsEye wrote: ↑Fri Jan 06, 2023 2:47 pm
A caveat to SDK's comment that cacti like hot and wet.... for many cacti, this will not necessarily be the case if growing in an area of high humidity. (This is one of the reasons they make poor subjects for terraria). I have known a number of folks in the humid southern states who have issues with cacti falling victim to rot outdoors because of their humid, wet conditions. Under such conditions, large particle-size for the media components AND excellent air circulation become extremely important.
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