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DeadStar, is that a double headed Loph? Nice! :)

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Awesome tip on the cocconut milk, will be using it from now on and seeing as that helps possibly mixing mollasses in to the nutrients I feed my cactus with will promote benificial microbial activity which according to many mary jane growers is very helpful during flowering. perhaps I could increase bloom sizes and seed pods.. may have to mix some nutes up tomorrow.

As for today,

I Re-potted this Loph caespitosa de graft that I recieved from Sharxx101 in August last year, it is now rooted and throwing out two new pups Thank you Sharxx (sorry for the poor camera phone photo)

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not cacti, but what the hey planted out this mimosa seed from SAB and this catha grown from Ph seed either f2 or a batch of his crosses

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And snapped this photo in the morning of a big orb weaving spider out the back

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DeadStar, is that a double headed Loph? Nice! :)

Hi Evil Genius

It is a double headed loph :) Its the only seedling that i have at the moment with a little personality.

I read about the coconut milk from this forum and thought i would give it a go.

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Well, it contains sugar, vitamins, protein, antioxidants, minerals and provides an isotonice electrolyte balance. It also is sterile. It can even be used as a liquid injection as some kind of electrolyte solution.

Very interesting EG! I will read up on it a bit more and perhaps give it a try.

@ 2Deep. Can't see your picture...

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Nice work deadstar I have never got a mutant/variagated loph or trich from seed, you lucky bugger :lol:

And i don't think 2deep posted an image he was just bumping the question?, unless you're talking about the image in his signature under his post which I also can't see it

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Yeah, you are right, sorry. My eyes somehow skimmed over the quote. Oh well.

2Deep. Update your sig pic haha!

Just looked at a few threads on the coconut milk, definitely going to give that a try.

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Just looked at a few threads on the coconut milk, definitely going to give that a try.

Tonic, i have about four books that contain all kind of recipes for Plant Tissue Culture Medias and Nutrients so just let me know if you should wanna have some more in depht knowledge in the future. Coconut water is a really great nutrient source and with some more admixtures, you can really make an nearly perfect fertilizer out of it. bye Eg

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Potted up the majority of my Trichocereus cuts, checked my L. fricii albiflora graft which looks as if it has taken.

Grafted the top and bottom of a TBMW to pachanoi stocks.

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Grafted the top and bottom of a TBMW to pachanoi stocks.

I prefer to graft TFerrari, but would probably even graft a TSkoda if I had one, ;]

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Just received a cutting in the mail, plus there is another cutting here, and I am carefully considering whether to spend money in the morning, on an ideal potting mix, (or just the sand to mix my own), or whether what I already have here, will mix into the right balance. Thanks for the coconut oil idea.

What I have here, is decomposed granite, brisbane mud, tiny wood chip mulch, and some organic slow release fertilizer that had in it: neem cake; lime; usual mineral balances stuff; silica, gypsum, otash, zeolite, and blood and bone. What I am worried about, is that the whole mixture might be too alkaline, so perhaps more of the mulch I will need to get the balance safe enough. Or even steal a bit of ti-tree mulch from another part of my garden. I still suspect sand would be better than the decomposed granite, but there is a big pile of it out front. And of course I could just buy a specialist product in the morning, so I am still just contemplating the fabric of my future cactus garden right now.

Cactus gardening, feels like a pyramid trading scheme to get in on, like if you haven't started one already, its too late now. But I mean to prove different.

And all my aloe vera and jade (about which they say in China "Jade at the door, never poor"), and Chinese money tree plants, (the bigger leaf, shorter growth form, versions of jade), are doing fine, EVEN THOUGH THE PRAYING MANTIS FOUND TWO OF MY MANY CHINESE MONEY TREES RATHER TASTY. I have one other aloe plant also, but as it was an African variety of drift away from the Brisbane botanic gardens, (not cut, but fallen out of its bed), without any formal naming details, I shan't tell of it except that the wet weather keeps it green, whereas in dry weather, it was totally red.

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what are the cuttings of ? That coud make a difference in the mix you use ( i.e tricho or loph/ario/astro ? )

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T. Peruvianus and a yowie piece I ought have had out before now, but forgot all about it.

I just read in another thread that cactus like being urinated on, so I am no longer worried about making a mix too alkaline. Althought the decomposed granite is very alkaline.

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Depends what sand you have? If it's a course washed sand, then I say use that. I use Nepean river sand, I give it a good wash before using it to remove any clay, sods and fine particles. It's also a good idea to let it dry out a bit before adding it in, as it mixes better. This can be used for your cacti, propagation seeds/cuttings etc.

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id not put lime in a tricho mix as they enjoy it slightly acid helps with the uptake of nutrients ... Oh and mate i dont think praying mantis eat plants lol ,if i ever come across one its ziip off to my place to control the real pests! Today i picked some loph and turb fruit separated , cleaned ,dried and packed away the seed ,ah its a hard life

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OH yeah, a grasshopper, a big ugly bastard grasshopper it was on my Chinese money trees, . . . I was over esteeming it calling it a praying mantis.

Thanks for that advice everybody. I made up a mix later yesterday, of the tiny woodchips (actually an el cheapo potting mix I used for mulch in pots), the ti-tree mulch to make it all more acid slightly, and the super strong organic fertilizer I have, plus ordinary top soil that was in a black pot awhile, but came from a patch of garden which had a deep layer of sugar cane mulch only three years ago, plus the decomposed granite, PLUS, a chopped up Aloe Vera leaf. The thing with the decomposed granite, was that it has particles of many different sizes, (it is basically gravel, too alkaline and too readily compacting, for anything much to like growing in, so I used it for where I want to keep garden paths open), which includes some tiny tiny particles, as well as some larger than those of river sand. So because Brisbane top soil is quite heavy clay normally, (there is a lot of bright orange clay up here, good enough for dying clothing, and making body paint from), its a good thing I had previously dug the hole for my garden path, and filled it with sugar cane mulch, which I recently re-dug to fill with the decomposed granite. I am happy enough that the total mixture is loose enough, but reckon it'd be better if I could have waited for a good sand.

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this morning i went out to my front porch, where many of my cacti live happily, to notice that an anonymous neighbour or someone has noticed i have cacti and left a few there for me! several echinopsis (i believe oxygona and bruchii) and a pilocerues and another too small mams, stoked!

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Tried some coconut milk. See how it goes.

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I bumped one of my recent loph grafts off its host,

caused from endless fussing over my babies, im worse than a mumma bird with a nest, always fussing about, or just staring....

also i got a 25X hand lens today, amazing magnification, good for putting in front of the camera lens too,

im about to vacuum cleaner the excess sulfur powder of my dissected lophs too, before my flatmate comes home, she thinks im weird enough already

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Sunny afternoon. Perfect for admiring.

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Hmm NegativeDave

I also did that today with a loph graft, didn't want to say though haha, now I don't feel so bad about it. I re grafted it though. Now to wait again.

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lol, i quickly pressed it back on quoting the '5 second' rule, then pretended like nothing happened... cant bear to think about it.

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Every time ive knocked one off dave ive always recut the stock and the button, hopefully yours takes well so we'll all know for next time

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^^^That's what I did. Re cut both surfaces and put the stocking back on for another week. If Dave's doesn't take, it still might throw a couple of roots and can be grown as a cutting. They do eventually re grown a tap root. It's all a lot slower than grafting though, obviously.

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yeah it was only grafted a week ago today, and probably didnt actually graft anyway, both were very moist so i just stuck it back on. it had also gone really pale so im thinking it was a failure anyway, we'll see how it goes.

im just in the middle of potting up a stack of loph off cuts, so im hoping they will all put out roots, ive used root hormone powder which i hope will help and not burn them...?

a couple of 35 degree days coming up here, so a good time for stimulating root growth

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grafted another 5 loph seedlings today :)

i've run out of peres now though :(

hell shit

i need loads of it i've got so many seedlings to graft

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