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Evil Genius

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  1. Evil Genius

    Mushroom in my cactus seedlings

    Hey mate, I wouldn't worry too much about mushrooms. Just remove the fruiting body aka the actual mushroom and leave it at that. Mushrooms and mycelium are everywhere in nature and they usually dont kill cacti directly unless they produce toxins. If you mean something like cobweb then the approach would be to remove the starting point and dry it out. But again, only in case of having a spiderweb like mycelium growing all over the container and the seeds.
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    Hi mate, yes, Trichocereus peruvianus or Trichocereus macrogonus depending on the system you use. Very nice!
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    Fat trichocereus to identify

    Hi mate, super nice Trichocereus terscheckii. Very close to what's commonly referred to as Trichocereus validus. Totally love it.
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    cresting and montrose growth from bug attack

    Hey mate, it definitely happens relatively often on Trichocereus after injuries and insect attacks on the meristem. But yeah, can't really speak about hiw it is with Astrophytum. Pics?
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    Help with i.d

    Wish I could help, but have no idea. Could be something like Crassula.
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    Going going gone

    Hey mate, these belong into the Trichocereus spachianus group. There's quite a few forms and related species that belong to it. I don't think it's the well known Trichocereus spachianus clone that's around, but it's certainly close to it. Please post flower photos when it flowers. Bye Eg
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    Germinating Newbie

    Hey mate, how long has it been since you planted them? At which temperatures did you have them. Personally, I sow out in a mix of Pumice, Lava and Coir and I wouldn't want Vermiculite in my sowing soil. It's not that it kills seeds, but there are minerals that produce much better results. Picking up seeds that were already sown out is possible, but very time consuming. I'd probably rather let everything dry out when nothing shows after 2 months and then start another wet cycle when the weather is hot.
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    Hey mate, send me your contact email address via pm and I'll pass it on to him. Bye Patrick
  9. Hey mate, what browser do you use and do you use any sctiptblockers? It definitely works for me from Android mobile. Just checked. Might have to do with the browser.
  10. Evil Genius

    Giveaway competition 2020

    Hey mate, great to see you.I'm out of competition because of import restrictions, but happy to start this off! Love this Trichocereus validus.
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    Lost the label

    Hey mate, yeah, the possibilities are endless. It definitely has a Super Pedro look to it, so that one were my very first choice if I'd have to pick one.
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    A quick introduction

    Hey mate, welcome aboard.
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    Cacti Root Systems

    Hey mate, are these different types of seedlings or species or the same? Different species have different growth rates, both in regards to the body and the roots. Then, the soil definitely looks different in structure, which could make a big difference too. Even if it's the same ingredients, their structure might be different or there might be additional add-ons in one soil that aren't visible, e.g. clay dust is often added to improve the root formation. Also, soil pH might be different, which could make rooting easier or more difficult. Position in the greenhouse/garden/environment might play a part too. A spot that's in full sun means less soil humidity and one that's more in the shade would provide more humidity in the soil. Both have effect on the roots. And yeah, nutrient availability or fertilizer composition might be different. For example, I use extracts and fertilizers containing silica because it improves the root formation dramatically. Lots of ways to look into this and hard to tell what the culprit was. Bye Eg
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    Just showing off my T. bridgesii

    Lovely plant, mate!
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    Cactus collection looking sickly... any advice?

    Extreme dehydration due to unsuitable soil. The minerals you have there would probably be fine, but it lacks finer ingredients so water runs straight through it. Get some finer Pumice, Lava, Coir and stuff like that and mix it evenly. Roots can't properly form around these huge particles. They are just too loose, and it just makes it very hard for the plants to get a good root system. And ditch the quartz topping layer too. It makes it even harder to judge about the humidity of the soil because you can't check it easily. And yeah, more water and fertilizer in the future. Bye Eg