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Name: Chad
USA (Zone 5b)
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yeah
Jun 25, 2017 11:25 AM CST
Greetings from NWI. Starting to become more active online so I guess I'll share what I'm doing. I'm really looking forward to bonsai, herbal gardening and expanding my cactus and succulent collection. All started from seeds [other than the gifts I've received]
I have Pilocereus Azureus twins, some hardy opuntia for grafting and some seeds I started of Saguaro, Golden Barrel and San Pedro cactus just two months ago.
I'd like to know where I can expand my collection, probably any sort of ball cactus fit for my growing zone

Here's my seedlings!
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Fancy river rock top layer I collected from my yard and an inch or two underneath [they haven't reached yet] is a more organic, well draining soil.
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Hamwild
Jun 25, 2017 12:11 PM CST
Welcome!
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Tisha
Jun 25, 2017 12:18 PM CST
Welcome! yeah. LOTS of good info and succulent growing buddies here. Enjoy Smiling
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jun 25, 2017 12:36 PM CST
What/where is NWI? Sorry, all these acronyms tend to confuse me.
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Tisha
Jun 25, 2017 12:51 PM CST
I agree Deb,
But we did get USA (zone 5b) Thumbs up
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Hamwild
Jun 25, 2017 1:38 PM CST
I was thinking Nothern Wisconsin.
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jun 25, 2017 2:37 PM CST
Ah, perhaps right, and that would likely be zone 5=ish. I try to remember that not everyone knows PNW as the Pacific NW so try to write it out more clearly. And have seen eastern Washington abbreviated as eWA which likely stumps many folks. Just going for clarity...not snoopy or critical.
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Name: Chad
USA (Zone 5b)
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yeah
Jun 25, 2017 7:30 PM CST
Sorry I've been away from a computer for so long.. Too many messages! I should abbreviate it NWIN or NW-IN looks better that way.

So I got these today..
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These are dried and weathered seed pods from Prickly Pear. Enough for an entire village! I went back today to grab a pad from another separate plant from the one I have, and they were all now in bright yellow bloominess with last blooms seeds staying in mid-air.


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I should reaffix the numbers my camera assigns because these should be all 7s and 10s
Name: Chad
USA (Zone 5b)
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yeah
Jun 26, 2017 11:39 AM CST
Following this links instructions
https://www.prairiemoon.com/se...

Mentioned, they have to age for at least one year to be viable. The pods I have were gathered successfully after a late fall bloom or only a few months old.

Does anyone else find this true?

I'm happy; this is my first acquisition.
Name: Larry
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ricelg
Jun 27, 2017 9:57 AM CST
That seems like a long time. Most advice I've seen on cacti seeds is that sowing sooner is better.

I applaud your patience. Growing cacti from seed is not for those wanting immediate pleasure. I've sowed about 20 diff varieties over the last year. But careful, it can create space problems!😜

I haven't sown Optuntia because the pads root so well & I have a couple different types on my property.

There's a good book that has some cold hardy cacti suggestions. I can pass along the info if you are interested (away from home right now)
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tarev
Jun 27, 2017 11:22 AM CST
Welcome! yeah! I will watch your attempts from seed, I am never good at seed level.
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Baja_Costero
Jun 27, 2017 11:28 AM CST

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Welcome!

I don't see any advantage in storing cactus seed for a year, or really any extended period for that matter. That seems like bad advice as a general rule. A better rule of thumb would be the fresher the better. This is easy to test if you want to sow a few seeds right away and then wait however long to try again.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 28, 2017 2:29 PM CST
Cactus seeds are opportunists - when conditions are right, they will grow.
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Name: Chad
USA (Zone 5b)
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yeah
Jun 29, 2017 8:20 PM CST
Very neat, I'm going back to find ripe pods I'll see what they look like in a week.

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