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San pedro gone crazy

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My cactus has done this, after taking a cutting on September 5th, and then November 23rd it showed signs it would do this, i didn't think it would look so cool though! I was in voluntary mental health system for a month while it exploded in growth so not sure when... :)

I cut it because it was severely etiolated, the top looked crap, even though it would apparently still flower.

I am under the impression it is a san pedro(pachanoi... it looks to me, not that im well versed in the cacti world), the cactus was given to me.

Hoping for other peoples impressions, and also whether it will go weird as it grows into itself.

This is my first post, i hope its not breaking any first post rules :)

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hello istherockhard, good that you are here, it is a nice place :)

thats a nice cactus, it could be a cereus.

wiked pupping........

I'm no id'er man, but i reckon its a cereus

nice fuchsia also

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Hey mate,

I don't think it's a san pedro either, my guess would be cereus too but I don't know much about cacti. San pedros are usually "fatter" in the ribs, and not so star like. Very nice cactus though, that's pupping like crazy. Cereus get big fast and they flower profusely, that will be a really cool plant in a couple of years. If you want to get some other cacti too then maybe make a post in the seed and plant exchange. There is a lot of cacti going cheap this time of year. And it's a good time to plant cuttings being the warmer months of the year.

And welcome :) I predict that you will catch the cactus bug and have one million cacti by this time next year :wink:

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thanks for the replys :), im wondering if i can take the bottom two pups as cuttings, so it doesn't grow into itself, and accelerates the top branches

also the fuschia is an electric lights from bunnings

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You can take them as cuttings, but at that size it will take them forever and a day to root and grow into sizeable cacti - I would just leave all those pups on there and let them grow to like a foot each before cutting (if at all) - don't worry about it growing into itself, it will adjust it's growth angle etc

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hello all just an update on my supposed... "cereus" genus type cacti, its been growing well since i repotted it over a year ago (rootbound mind you),

just recently repotted it again into airpot (rocketpot) and suprise surprise... very little root growth... i took to it with a knife... so hopefully itll comfortably fill my massive air pot. (just as a side note, if using airpot, halve the size required compared to a standard pot) anyway... heres some piccys :)

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not supposed, definitely a cereus, looks like what I call cereus hexagonus (based on the plant at the adelaide bot gardens).

 

cactus don't really grow extensive root systems, only when they get really large.

 

really nice new growth on the second pic, so it's very healthy.

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cool... ill definitely have a look at the botanical gardens, i havent been there for a while... interestingly, the hexagonus is referred to as "the lady of the night" :P

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Have some new up dates on the growth of my C. hexagonus

 

first 2 2/4/17

3rd 29/4/17

last 3 13/5/17

 

all i can say is... WOW... so cool that taking two cuttings and moving to mostly full sun gave it such an explosion of growth... new growth is much thicker now... should have waited on taking the cuttings as the ribs are now more than half the thickness as they were a couple weeks later... also lots of slow release ferts and lots of water and heat helped...    also lots of pups and branches forming on main body... as well as the startings of some  branches on the two cut branches....

 

considering using 6-benzylaminopurine and lanolin mix two maybe get some branches forming on the other branches... but not sure...

 

absolutely love this thing... i am hoping the drainage is enough... i think it was 50/50 perlite/osmocote cactus soil with some hydroton thrown in... Sand is mostly aesthetic and for lots of drainage as i planted this cactus deeper then before...

 

also chopped off a large chunk of roots matted together before i repotted... used a sharp blade to slice down vertically on sides of rootball(or rootpot... should i say)

 

thinking i might just leave it out for winter... it is heavy and awkward and water doesnt build up a pool on top of the pot... any thoughts???

 

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Very nice lookin' cactus, good job persevering with it, and great update.

 

Tell us more about that pot you are using. Did you assemble it yourself, is it adjustable, cheap or expensive?

 

Cheers!

-Some people would say don't cut the roots but I take it it must have been pretty bad for you to decide to do so. Shouldn't affect it's growth too much.

 

 

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The airpot... or Rocket Pot, according to the girl i bought it from... was sort of expensive, i think it was 25 dollars.. its delivered as a rectangle with loops on either end for a plastic rod to be inserted so it connects itself to itself and has a base grating thing that is adjustable in height/depth, eventually its roots will be prolific  enough to fill the pot and the holes on the side will air prune the roots...  which will encourage finer root growth which apparently have more water uptaking ability...

 

only concerns are when it will require repotting in the future and I may just drop it in the ground by the time i own a house...  I dont know when this cactus will require a pot larger than 50 litres basically...

 

also... came across pictures of it before the Big Chop... acquired from a dealer who had little I.D knowledge... It was free but apparently flowered

 

had a mid section cut but i left it out in the rain and it started to rot... silly me :P I probably could have saved it... but thats not how i was at the time...

:) 

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