Cactus and Tender Succulents forum: Living with a HUERNIA

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Name: 'CareBear'

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Stush2019
Dec 6, 2013 11:53 AM CST
Remember Weird Al Yankavick's song to the tune of Ray Charels' Living in America. Well I have this huernia that is growing a crest. Once it gets a little bigger, I'll start it off in it's own pot.

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It was to be a Huernia Pillansii but when it bloomed, it was way too dark.

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Also buying Huernia mix seeds. Appox. 100 seeds so I should be living with a lot of Huernias. Hilarious! I'll keep posted.

Name: Mark Mallon
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a2b1c3
Dec 6, 2013 12:01 PM CST
in for a dime in for a dollar eh.
Hurray!
DON'T PANIC
Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Dec 6, 2013 12:29 PM CST
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Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Dec 6, 2013 1:30 PM CST
Hilarious, Stush! Good looking plant too.
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Name: 'CareBear'

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Stush2019
Dec 7, 2013 9:43 AM CST
Tiffany,
Going to post to our other site. That's where I got some of my huernia from.
Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Dec 7, 2013 6:12 PM CST
I've actually been hearing this in my head now, with your spoof words, man what did you DO?
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Swayback
Dec 7, 2013 6:57 PM CST
Fun title!

I was about 20 when I discovered these lil guys, I was growing and selling c&s at the time, I could never resist asking people if they wanted to see my huernia, I made sure to pronounce it wrong at first and then properly afterward, it got people's attention...


Sadly, stush, I think your plants branching, not cresting, too early to call, ill cross my fingers for a crest for ya too!

I have a NOID huernia (I think) that does it pretty readily, I was super stoked at first too!
No crests yet tho...

I saw a crested carraluma(sp.?) that blew my mind once, bizarre by any standards!

Good luck with those seeds!
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Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Dec 7, 2013 9:32 PM CST
I saw an amazing crest the other day - one of the Stetsonia coryne at the botanical garden has a number of them. According to my boss they almost never have crests. And being about 15' high or so, it's pretty cool looking.
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Name: Hetty
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Dutchlady1
Dec 8, 2013 5:31 AM CST
And you didn't take a picture because...? Confused
Name: 'CareBear'

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Stush2019
Dec 8, 2013 11:48 AM CST
Thumbs up Thanks guys.
Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Dec 8, 2013 9:17 PM CST
'Cause I didn't have a picture-maker, lol - but if you're interested, I certainly can!
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Science is not the answer, it is the question.


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Swayback
Dec 8, 2013 10:39 PM CST
I certainly am, if you certainly can!
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Name: Jan Matherly
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meadowyck
Dec 8, 2013 11:03 PM CST
most certainly a picture is required....LOL
Blessings to you,
Jan
Name: 'CareBear'

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Stush2019
Dec 12, 2013 11:08 AM CST
Adding to this spot instead of making a new thread.
Picture of my Stapelia Mix Seeds I purchased Dec. 6, 2013. Was about 100 seeds.

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Just a few days later Dec. 9, 2013



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Notice the white fuzzy stuff growing. Not good, it's fungus. I even micro-waved the mix and container before planting seeds. It happens. Notice also the larger light brown seeds sprouted first. Hope the rest sprout before the fungus gets to them. I have it in more light to limit the growth of the fungus. I might give it a sprinkle of Cinnamon. More pictures to follow. Also just got my Huernia mix seeds. Planting them up tomorrow. Also with pictures.
Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Dec 12, 2013 12:05 PM CST
If the sprouts are still alive, not damping off, the growth is probably benign to them. Looks very wet & much more organic than what I'd try, like sand or loose, unwatered vermiculite *but only for sprouting seeds.* Did you put all of your sprouts in one pot? Some UV rays and circulation, drying out, could help stop that, whatever it is. I'd probably get them out of there. Definitely organic material decomposing in the pot though (so why I think it's benign, the sprouts are alive.) Stuff explodes in nuker & the steam off of dying organic microscopic critters isn't something I'd want in there where I'm going to put food.
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sheryl
Dec 12, 2013 1:02 PM CST
Picky, picky.....

I used to mike my soil, too, but still ended up with junk in the mix so I don't know how effective it really is. Am betting that baking over a longer period of time might be more effective - 5 minutes in the mike is what I used to do.
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Name: 'CareBear'

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Stush2019
Dec 12, 2013 6:17 PM CST
The five containers I used so far only one shows the fungus. When I nuke them, I have covers on the containers and only a few minuets at a time. Brighter lights seem to be doing the trick. I think it came from the seeds.
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Swayback
Dec 12, 2013 6:51 PM CST
It prolly did come from the seeds!
What can ya do bout that...

I've found the microwave to be only sparatucally effective at stilizun soil.

It does work, but you can't guarantee that the whole load is up to temp.

Just think of that burrito, frozen in the middle, burned on the edges!

It's generally accepted that 180 sustained over 2 hours will kill almost all pathogens, that can only be achieved in an oven!

Further more, temps over 220 wreak havoc on soil composition, destroying important nutes and converting others to unusable elements.

I still use the nuke from time to time, but only on small batches of soil, a 16 oz. cup full with Saran Wrap on top, the soil needs to be moist!
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purpleinopp
Dec 13, 2013 9:20 AM CST
Sway, that's actual, decent info.
"Just think of that burrito, frozen in the middle, burned on the edges!" IKR! Rolling on the floor laughing
What about the hot dog with the 'turned to jerky' spot? Or the 2 dogs that fuse together?

Sheryl, LOL! I started out with something a lot more "ewww" typed and got 'hold of myself though I still sound way too emotional above. OK, I was grossed out, you caught me! I think Stush knows me well enough to know I don't hold this against him at all, and admire his proactive attitude in general.

I did an awful job trying to make the one point I thought important. Organic materials that can decompose have no place in the seed-sprouting business. Not that folks don't do it, or that it doesn't go great a lot of the time, but the risk of fungi/pathogens messing things up is formidable.

And I wasn't kiddin about stuff exploding. Only about 2 weeks ago I experienced 'a new one.' I was nuking some chicken noodle soup, Progresso to be exact. I heard a fat, deep, juicy THUMP sound. I go to the nuker, there's soup everywhere, dripping out of the nuker, running out the front of it, running onto the floor. I think it was a pea that actually blew up, and man did it ever! Does anyone think perlite could explode? Are there moisture-filled 'cells' in the middle? I have no idea but if dirt exploded in the nuker, it would be time to get a new one in my book! (But, like said, I wouldn't put it in there to begin with.)


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Swayback
Dec 14, 2013 9:35 AM CST
Your a nut Tiffany !
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