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  1. Mr. Bowser

    New Epidermis Regeneration

    I have several t. peru and t. bridge that were neglected a few years ago and got sunburned. I noticed this week that some of the sunburn is flaking off and the green epidermis is showing again! Has anyone else noticed this with sunburned epidermis regenerating after a period of time (years)? I'll try to upload some pics soon
  2. How do you choose which seedlings to graft and which to let grow on their own roots? Got a couple hundred hybrid tricho seedlings that I'd like to graft to some peres. In the past I've always grafted the tallest and fattest seedlings of the bunch for grafting and was pretty happy with my surival rate. I've always figured if there were a few runts in the batch to let nature take its course and let them die off on their own. If I saw something that looked like a crest or albino I'm not sure if I'd want to graft or be cautious and let it grow on its own. Has anyone grafted runts that turned out to have ugly duckling syndrome and grow up healthy, beautiful, or more interesting than the rest of the lot?
  3. 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!
  17. I live in the US, and we have this OSHA (occupational safety and health admin) that is supposed to ensure a safe work environment for employees. Anyway over the summer (july) one of the upper management mixed bleach and hydrochloric acid which poisoned a bunch of employees with chlorine gas. The next day management sent employees out to the contaminated work space assuring them that it was safe to do so. However one of these employees was gravely injured due to residual chlorine gas. The manager who caused the accident is still employed by the company. I filed a complaint with OSHA (who provides whistle blower protection), and an agent came out in September, inspected the facility and fined the company in excess of 20,000 USD. On Sunday a bunch of power tools were stolen from work (at least 3 with battery packs and charger and a bag full of tools). They questioned me, since I had supposedly been in the area twice when the theft took place in the maintenance shop. The first time I was in the shop, a new employee (2 weeks on the job) was back there, I introduced my self and dropped my back pack off in the office, and then left. The other employee was in the office the entire time I was back there the first time and would have been privy to any suspicious activity. The second time I was in the back, I was there for a minute or two, just long enough to grab my back pack and leave. Certainly not enough time to hide that many power tools AND grab my back pack (which wouldn't fit that much crap in it anyway). I also stopped on my way out to talk to a co-worker for a good 15-20 minutes, where a back pack full of power tools would be easily noticed. Management (the same manager who caused the chlorine accident) called me in on Tues and asked a whole bunch of questions, which I was very forthcoming and honest about. They claim that it could only be me or the new guy (I have been there over six years). I go in to work today, and the same manager wants to talk to me again. This time I wrote up all the evidence which proves I could not have possibly stolen the equipment in advance and provide it to them before the meeting. They tell me they aren't accusing me of stealing the equipment, and it doesn't even matter if I did or not. My story is not consistent, and they don't feel comfortable employing me further. I ask what is inconsistent, and they do not offer explanation. I ask to know the exact amount of time I was in the shop area both the first and second time, they refuse to provide this information, even though they have it on tape. I state my belief that I am being discriminated against for filing the OSHA complaint that resulted in over 20,000 USD fines. They of course deny this. They offer me 2 weeks of pay if they terminate me and offer 4 weeks pay if I willingly resign. I begin to sign the willing resignation and tear it up after my first name is signed. I take off my work shirt and leave the building. I am currently filing for discrimination with OSHA, and will be contacting a local employment attorney to weigh my options. Any other suggestions? EDIT: I have been there six and a half years handling tools/equipment and parts ordering and 2 years working a cash register, and have never been implicated in theft of any kind.
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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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    Whats happening to this little Tricho?

    looks like its growing a couple wee nutsacs thanks for the new pics, good luck with the grafts, looking forward to future updates!
  20. I agree... the strength of the core and union between tricho scion and tricho stock is incredible! That said, I always use caution with tricho scions grafted to peres stocks, as I've accidentally knocked off a t. bridgesii scion from a peres stock before. In this case the scion had a woody core, but the peres seemed weak in comparison at the union. Just my 2 cents
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    What did you do to your cacti today?

    Today I discovered the freezing point of my T. cuzcoensis is somewhere between -5 and -10 C! This was the only cactus I had out in the snow, and it seemed just fine down to -5C and still kinda squishy ribs I was thinking about bringing it inside the house for a couple months til temps stayed around 0 to +5C ... Checked on it this morning after hitting -10C and it was frozen solid oh well, glad it was just one, and not the flock!
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    10%+ of tobacco cancer caused by fertilizer

    ^^ Along the same lines... I was using a soft rock phosphate based hydroponic nutrient solution until I found a heavy metals analysis... contained arsenic (5ppm), cadmium (22ppm), lead (3.5 ppm) YIKES! Although there was no mention of radioactivity of the lead contained, I decided to switch nutes immediately.
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    What did you do to your cacti today?

    Hey DTB, Looks like that soil isn't the best for growing cactus in general... lots of what looks like uncomposted bark and woody material. IME most store bought cactus mixes are shit for actually growing a cactus in... seems like the soil mix companies just throw all their left over crap together and add sand and perlite and call it a cactus mix. Sure they might barely sustain cacti like peres, selenicereus, hylocereus... but other than that you're better off making your own mix. Lophs like low amounts of organic material in the soil. Check out Kada's Garden website soil suggestions for loph soil suggestions under "mineral mixes" and remember that lophs typically grow in areas rich in limestone. Probably want to replant in better soil and keep dry while they heal. Good luck!
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    How to choose seedlings to graft?

    Thanks DTB! Took me a few times to get the hang of raising seedlings. The pebbles were sewn after the babies were pushing spines and hardened off.
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    Germination Tips for Noobs

    Good that you are doing better with this batch, keep up the good work! Usually I germinate in the winter on a heat mat (24/7) and under fluoro lights to keep the temps and light stable... IME after they are germinated, they don't mind cooler nights that much down to approx 60F. Have definitely killed entire batches of seedlings because in closed containers they are easy to overheat (90F +). Keeping a seedling germination log with as much info as possible has been a great help for me. As EG said its good to divide up your seeds so you can plant several trial runs until you are satisfied with your set up. Personally, I like a bit of coco coir seedling mix (because it retains water and is easily wet-able) with perlite and very coarse sand (1mm in diameter) in approx 1:1:1 ratio, and top dress the soil with very coarse sand right after the seeds are sewn. The choice of seedling soil will depend on your climate and what season you germinate in.
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