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Auxin

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  1. Religious nutters lie when they say they 100% believe nonsensical prophecies. It is extraordinarily easy to prove. Just bet them $40,000 it wont happen, in writing, signed and notarized. After all, an extra $40,000 couldnt be bad in end times when jesus is coming, right? They wont take the bet, not one of them. They dont believe. They just wish they believed.
  2. In the case of recognita x divinorum, the chromosome counts wouldnt be helped by colchicine as they are 2n = 16 and 22, respectively [1]. You might get a Triangle of U type situation after several thousand pollinations yielding a 2n=38 hybrid but I have yet to see anyone with several thousand divinorum flowers. I'm unclear how much mentor pollen and hormone applications might help cause a triangle of U scenario. Protoplast fusion could be an option if someone were set up for that. Those options could be done by very few people but, realistically, I see no trouble in several people growing several dozen plants each year and making a standardized extract of each for bioassay, and then using the best four to eight plants as the parent for the next generation. Every six years or so they could exchange genetics to diversify their breeding pool. Sure, there would be subjective error and possibly a significant procedural error but on the whole things would be moving in the right direction. Estimating from pictures I've seen, 45 uncrowded plants could be grown to seeding in a 1 meter by 3 meter plot [which by my gardening standards is small but non-trivial] the harder part would be finding gardeners that would want to do 45 acetone extractions every year and bioassay 45+ samples every year. Salvia always slapped me back into the cradle, doing that 45 times each winter would be stressful As a side note, as near as I can see the salvinorin content of Salvia tiliifolia is unknown. S. tiliifolia has the same chromosome count as S. divinorum and is native to a region just like 200 to 400 kilometers north of S. divinorum.
  3. S. recognita is a turkish species, before trying to cross it with a species from another continent it would be worthwhile to simply breed it for potency through 7 or 10 generations. Quite a few uncrowded plants could probably be grown to first seed set in just 3 square meters of garden space Even if it were eventually used in hybridization schemes, wouldnt it be better if it were brought up to 1 mg/g or higher first? ;)
  4. tradition (countable and uncountable, plural traditions) A part of culture that is passed from person to person or generation to generation, possibly differing in detail from family to family, such as the way to celebrate holidays. A commonly held system. It is traditional. For ±30 years gringos have been going south [or east] to pay big bucks to not have sex and take abnormally trippy ayahuasca in the jungle. Its not even remotely the south american tradition but it is the birth of the western aya traditions. People go down/over there and pick up the little nucleus of westernized christianized new-agey aya tradition like a dab of pollen on a cotton swab to smuggle home and pollinate their own local culture with. Its a fun thing to watch develop over my lifetime. Perhaps if I ever have grandkids their rites of passage can include a developed american aya session.
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    American election, what's your call

    I can tell you exactly who will win [and I challenge you to prove me wrong 4 years from now] The one who will win will be..... a bad and horrible person. I will vote, but I dont know who I'll vote for yet. I cant be bothered to follow the campaigns yet, in america its degenerated to just a perverted form of entertainment. I do not ascribe to the 'lesser evilism' doctrine because, really, is it moral to vote for someone even you yourself considers evil? When I get my ballot I'll rule out every bigot, every corrupt bastard, every incompetent or horrible person and if anyone is left I'll vote for them. If not I'll vote for none of the above. In the end either hillary or trump will win, which one doesnt matter, theyre both corrupt egotistical fools.
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    "Pure mineral soil" for Scopulicolas?

    Well, I've seen three distinct scop types. Mine looks identical to the Ritter scop and is spot on in regards to spine length according to literature. The next most common, apparently mostly confined to OZ, is what I call the belly button scop- the one with a distinctly recessed areole so, while the spines are still 1-2 mm long you cant feel them at all. On occasion I've seen pics of what otherwise looks like mine [or an intermediate between the two] but doesnt seem to have spines at all. This may just be a climatic variation of one or both of the previous types. I've tried growing mine in more mineraly, drier soil and it didnt appear to effect spine length or presentation. But I didnt keep that up for too many years. Kada is right, beware of heavy feeding combined with humidity. Hot and dry is when I can get away with dumping water and ferts on them almost daily. My summers are 40° and so dry that breathing can get difficult [especially if someone turns on the AC... damn pansy asses... ].
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    "Pure mineral soil" for Scopulicolas?

    Here we go, sexy long spines... for a scop
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    "Pure mineral soil" for Scopulicolas?

    I'll look around for pics or take some in the morning. Basically, by long spined scop I mean the one with 1-2 mm long spines which, if you grab the stem with your hand, you can feel but not get wounded by. To carry them I just let the stem slap down on my shoulder and try not to let my cheek rub on it too much while I'm walking, lol. Long spined relative to spineless or the indented areole variant you guys have lots of.
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    "Pure mineral soil" for Scopulicolas?

    As always, remember that growing them to look natural means them growing slowly. It wasnt until I planted my scops in soil intended for tomatoes and began watering and fertilizing them as if they were tomatoes that the plants started growing like tomatoes!
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    Seed storage - desiccant?

    It varies from one species to another. Some love quite strong desiccation, some dont, some cant be dried at all (recalcitrant). As a general rule, desert species are fine with silica desiccation. Useful information can often be found in the Kew Seed Information Database, including seed storage potential at different humidity/moisture/temperature levels.
  11. Recently I've observed a real mess developing with hybrid names. Somewhere, college I think, I picked up my way of naming hybrids. Say SS01 is pollinated by SS02 and the progeny of that cross is used to pollinate J3. I always thought such a cross was supposed to be written J3 X (SS01 X SS02). I'm not saying thats right, its just what makes a lot of sense for me. But over the last two years as more trich hybrids circulate theres this confusing hodgepodge of naming styles. I dont even know what some mean so lets use different clone names. I've seen stuff like.. N1~Psycho0 x PC N1/Psycho0 x PC N1 x Psycho0xPC N1 x Psycho0 x PC What the hell. N1 x Psycho0 x PC could be two completely different crosses and does N1 x Psycho0xPC mean N1 is the mother or that N1 x Psycho0 is the mother? Arent there rules for these things somewhere? I'm just waiting to see the train wreak that would be caused by (Juul's Giant X Kimnach) X (((N1 X TPM) F2 X Psycho0) X Lumberjackus) How do you write them down?
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    Astrophytum thread

    Nice, is this frosty 8 rib one some sort of myriostigma x ornatum cross?
  13. Not a dirty pic, but just look at her smile She knows whats going on
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    trichocereus glaucus

    I forgot to photograph them before bringing in for winter
  15. I took my favorite TPQC X TPM crest and grafted little pups on some intentionally etiolated pach X bridge so I can grow me some BDSM lollipops!
  16. Taxonomically speaking, Trichocereus does not exist. Its absorption into Echinopsis isnt just a matter of opinion, its the current scientific definition. So, lacking that, its just an issue of what you choose to look at. You can group them on growth form, size, floral characteristics (the word trichocereus, itself, roughly means 'torch cactus with hairy flowers'), you could even choose to group on spination characteristics or supra areolear stem markings. Ever notice while some have a "V notch" others have like a seagull or a bar or cow horns sticking out of the areole. It would be amusing to see if grouping on that would show any other associated patterns. Take your pic and follow your preferences
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    wrong forums but anyway: ebay help.

    If you find the seller and choose 'see other items' the search bar will search that seller. Alternately, if you cant find the seller you can simplify the url so you can type it in. For instance: http://www.ebay.com/itm/80-Strips-PH-Range-0-5-5-0-Alkaline-PH-Test-Indicator-Papers-Lab-Supplies-T1K-/141092203918?hash=item20d9c02d8e:g:RkcAAOxyjNlRzafPis the same as http://www.ebay.com/itm/141092203918basically the url doesnt need the auction name or the junk at the end, just /itm/ and the auction code number, so you can just jot that number down.
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    Hybrid Naming Conventions

    Yeah, it is important to keep in mind that crosses are sibling groups and not expected to be clones, or nearly so. When I grew out the LC00x non-PC pachanoi & bridgesii crosses even in the F1 they produced three different spine lengths in the plants. One of the parents must have itself been a cross. That happens a lot in cacti, so sequential crosses are never entirely reproducible and even one cross is only reproducible in large numbers. 3/4 off topic but I have a side question. Zelly, I was drooling over your trich seed inventory and I saw you have one pachanoi cross named 'PC pachanoi X ...' does that mean that all other pachanoi crosses you have are non-PC?
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    Hybrid Naming Conventions

    Someone wants to commemorate a foursome There is an 'Alf' clone 4+? I've seen people in Oz and cali go from seed to flowers in 4 years. Granted, I regard those people as being so dripping with awesomeness I just want to rub them all over myself, but 4 is possible. Not too different from my personal book keeping numbers. I usually keep track of harvested fruits, seed groups, etc. with a year/month/day number like 151217. Not for naming but just for tracking. When collecting seed on hikes I can include hour and minute to match the packet with photos on my camera. I still dont get /, for instance I've seen 'pachanoi/juuls giant x kimuras giant' around. huachuma has one [porn]. Does that name mean its (pachanoi x juuls giant) x kimuras giant or is it just a note on the species that juuls is or that both are?
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    Hybrid Naming Conventions

    In this particular instance (SS02 X SS01) X (SS02 X SS01) would simply be the F2 generation of the original cross, so I expect it would be better written (SS02 X SS01) F2 (with brackets so people dont get confused and think the F2 might refer to the pollen donor. It would sure save some typing when a cross is bred to a new variety over 8 generations
  21. I was shown the Cactus and Succulent Field Number Query database... So I made a browser search bar plugin for it Now people who think about cacti far too much can save time, when you wake up at 3 am and cant remember where KK923 is from this will save you precious seconds.
  22. The 'spiritual' component is neglected just as much by patients as it is by the medical profession. Really, they seem to have the same archetype. Wait for the shit to hit the fan then try a 'magic bullet', like hoping statins will cure cardiovascular disease or that last minute prayer will make a stroke not have happened. In buddhist philosophy (just because thats what I know) an essential fundamental part of the 'spirituality' is the advice to avoid any willful act of body, speech, or mind which will predictably cause harm to oneself or others. Most buddhists ignore this, they live on fatty meaty curries and mcdonalds, and when they have a stroke or get diabetes they look to the magic bullet false spirituality of chanting, holy water, and magic string. Now is the best time to think things through and get your spiritual work done, especially if your still healthy now. It'll prevent some illness and let you handle the rest better.
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