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anyone have any experience with Blossfeldia Liliputana

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myco,

That looks like a successful graft, they are really slow in the beginning but speed up dramatically after a while. Grafted, you can get similar growth to a grafted Lophophora once they break that initial slow time.

Good luck.

HN

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Good to see they're still going myco. Couldn't believe how tiny they were, I was impressed with how you managed to graft something the size of a grain of salt onto the pere!

I'll be sowing some in the next cupl weeks :-)

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These little cacti have been a real challenge. Initially I was treating them like the other 'hard to grow' species such as Ariocarpus and struggled getting any to maturity (I have got three mature plants from around $50 of seed).

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One of the survivors... About three years old...

Hardening off seems to be the killer for these cacti. Keeping it as gradual as possible is the key to success.

In my experience They seem to germinate well in a variety of different mixes but harden off better with a sandy mix. Once they have been kept under lights for a while and need to be moved into the greenhouse, I move them to the area where I keep epiphyte orchids, not the cacti There they get misted once every day or two during warmer months, kept dry during winter, have it quite humid, and get a decent amount of light.

Here is some seeds that were planted in May on 2013, and still very small

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I tried a recent experiment sowing some seeds in sterile media. The media was standard orchid agar with coconut water. Seeds were sterilised in 10% (w/v) Hydrogen Peroxide for 5 minutes, washed with distilled water over filter paper and then spread over the media. The Plants are bigger than the ones above and are only 4 months old!!! It will be interesting to see how they handle being taken out of the sterile world they have become accustomed to...

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Awesome juzzoa!! That little seedling at the top there looks nice. You must be proud of that little guy.

Keep us updated on the agar grow.

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well done mate thats awesome :)

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Mine are going well. I'm going to try and winter some over and graft the others. Here are my first attempts at grafting these tiny cacti...

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And here are some that remain in the container. I will be trying to graft some more as their minute root systems do not inspire confidence that they may survive the winter. Roots so tiny that, when grafting, it is was difficult to tell which end is the top and which the roots...

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nice one dawn beaver my one lone graft is still going

i havent had a chance to sow any more yet no room at the moment to many astro's and ario's goin

haha that is a beautiful plant there zelly i hope to have one like that one day :)

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