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Mr. Bowser

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About Mr. Bowser

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    Brewmaster's Apprentice
  • Birthday June 22

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    Coastal
  • Interests
    Brewing, Cactus, Palmistry

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    USDA 8A

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  1. Hey, I'm looking for some suggestions for cacti that would do well in a hanging basket. I've got a bunch 6+ of ceiling mounted hooks by windows in nearly every room of the house and want some unique and interesting cacti that will flow down over the edges of the basket. Most are brightly lit with most of the light being indirect. Cacti that flower easily indoors are also a plus, although this is only a secondary consideration. So far on my list I've got: Selenicereus Anthonyanus (Fishbone Cactus) and other species, like Mutant's Selenicereus (forget the species) that is really cool Hylocereus Undatus (Dragon Fruit) and other similar hylocereus (already have these) Schlumbergera (Christmas Cactus ... not especially unique or interesting to me ) I've seen in a cactus species reference book a long time ago, what looked like hanging cacti that had wooly looking spines that covered most of the skin of the cactus. They looked kind of like dreadlocks. Any thoughts? Thanks!!!
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    Sleep patterns

    kava works great for relaxing me before bed... especially with a beer (although i think the kava warning label recommends against this). chamomile tea can zonk me out pretty quickly and gives me some very vivid dreams. benedryl is the same active ingredient as unisom and works great in a pinch... but seems to be habit forming for me within a week, so I stick with the herbal teas. like scarecrow says, exercise (especially higher intensity or longer duration) does wonders for recalibrating the internal clock, its better to do this at least a few hours before you go to bed... sometimes you can get wired from working out and it could keep you up later.
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    Enjoyable non-sugar drinks. Are there any?

    I drink an herbal kava tea (sold in supermarkets here in the US) that is sweetened with stevia leaf. It is so sweet that adding honey makes it too sweet for me! We also sell a bunch of sports drinks at my work that are sweetened with stevia, which is supposed to have a low glycemic index. I always prefer naturally sweetened beverages, since I believe that aspertame and other artificial sweeteners have not been adequately proven safe for long term consumption, and at least in the case of aspertame, was approved by the FDA rather unscrupulously (link here for more info) And huffington post reports that diet soda drinkers are at greater risk for diabetes than regular soda drinkers... go figure (link here)
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    Grafts -Photos & Updates

    My trich scions grown on trich root stocks do very well in full sun, and its easy to grow them quite large before degrafting. Also, the scions grown on trich stocks seem to be much thicker than when grown on peres stocks, perhaps because the root system of the established trich is larger than the peres. Usually I'll pick the most interesting scion from the peres grafts to regraft the tip onto an established trich for enhanced pumping power and scion girth. Also I've gotten quite sick of all the peres glochids, so hylocereus and selenicereus seem like other good candidates for seedling grafting, but haven't tried them yet to compare speed and girth of scion growth.
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    What weird things do you collect

    my g/f collects all my bottle caps... even she isn't sure what will become of them... probably another upcycle project
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    Relative Sun Tolerance of the Trichocerei

    Interesting thread... from experience with pach, peruvianus, and bridgesii, the pach seems the heartiest when going from indoors to out, whereas a couple of my very blue peruvianus and bridgesii are much more easily sunburned. Then again, other (greener) peruvianus and bridgesii seem to do better. I have best results moving them out into full sun by giving them a week or so with a few hours of filtered/direct sun (morning) and acclimating them from there, making sure to rotate them every other day or so.
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    What did you do to your cacti today?

    Taking a break after transplanting -72- SS02 x SS01 seedlings and -72- T. Peruvianus Los Gentiles seedlings. Next up -72- T Peruvianus Serra Blue x SS02 seedlings. After 6 months in their seedling containers, they were getting pretty cramped.
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    Cacti under lights.

    I've also grown under 450w MH, mostly grafts and seedlings, both grew really well. Like Space Cadet mentioned, I've found there to be a 'sweet spot' in terms of distance from the bulb. As for over-wintering mature cacti, they will need a cold dormancy to flower. I've overwintered inside under the MH ( about 1.5 meters from the bulb) and with holding water at 15 - 20C . They didn't etoliate, but they didn't flower the next summer either. If you can drop your temps in the grow room to 5 C or so, you might be able to flower them. Good luck!
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    Hylocereus undatus

    Hey, those babies look pretty cool... good work!
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    Happy Birthday Evil Genius!

    Happy Birthday! You're expertise and warm advice is always welcome! Thanks!
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    How to choose seedlings to graft?

    Nice seedlings SC, they look really happy! Probably easier to graft the seedlings to the branches of the peres than pachanoi... Plus it'll look pretty crazy! If you're grafting the butt end of a seedling, make sure there are at least a few intact aeroles on it! I'd wait til they are a bit bigger to try that.. atleast when I graft, the interface can get a bit squashed, and I'd want to be sure that there were plenty of non-squashed aeroles available to grow offsets from. Also IME upside-down grafts take almost twice as long to show real signs of plumping and growth, so they'd need enough water reserve to survive that. Agreed! I've been faked out by yellow runts that green up when they get bigger. I guess if they're true albinos they'll stop growing after a while... Update: Grafted the one head of the two headed freak on peres and its just now throwing some new spines! Just grafted a yellow seedling that remained unusually light even after throwing a couple dozen aeroles... keeping my fingers crossed! Stopped paying close attention to the seedlings and all of a sudden, the shriveled runt plumped up and looks like it'll be graftable after all!
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    Trade with Kahuin!

    Doesn't look like the kava to me. Look closely at the leaf. The true kava has leaf veins begin at the base of the leaf and run roughly parallel with the central vein, whereas the P. auritum has veins branching out from the central vein down the entire length of the central vein.
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    Fitness

    I really dig bicycling (both road and mountain)... its pretty inexpensive to get started. There's a ton of exercises you can do with a simple set of (small) plate loaded dumb bells for strength training. My g/f really enjoys yoga, and got me turned onto it also. It was a bit more demanding than I anticipated in that it left me sore the next couple of days! When ever you start a new exercise program, its a good idea to start off light and ease into it. No need to get discouraged by starting off balls to the wall and hurting yourself! Good luck! Keeping physically active keeps me more mentally/emotionally stable, and I truly believe that humans evolved with an inherent need of exercise to maintain sanity. Glob knows I need every bit I can get.
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    Fired after falsely accused of theft

    Thanks Indigo! Just met with an attorney yesterday, and her advice was spot on with yours! Most employers would be less than comfortable to hire an employee who quit because of "discrimination" or taking their employer to court, even if it was completely justified. She suggested citing hazardous work conditions under why I left. Basically, 99% of cases are settled before a court verdict, and she assured me that even if it were settled in court, my chances of winning are solid. She likes my case so much she waved a whole bunch of consultation and retainer fees! I'm really glad things are looking hopeful again, and my former employer will be notified of my intent to file suit within the week... Just like I told them... "you'll be hearing from my solicitor" lol! My former employer seems to have reported to the Dept. of Human Servics that I refused employment (not that I was fired by the company) so that I could not receive unemployment benefits, in an attempt to further retaliate against me. Fortunately, this is just more evidence to help my case as there is now record they lied to a credible government agency . Also during settlement, I will be able to change the record of my departure such that to any perspective employers I officially resigned, and that along with the length of time I worked there is the only information they can legally disclose. They can also be compelled to submit a correction to D. HS so I may receive the benefits to which I'm entitled. Hurray! Thanks for all the support everyone!
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    Fired after falsely accused of theft

    Any suggestions for discussing this situation with prospective employers? I.e. what to put in the application form under "reason for leaving this position". I was thinking something along the lines of "personal" or "discrimination/unsafe work environment". I figure it would be better to explain the situation better in person.
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