Germination

Discussion in 'Cacti and Succulents' started by Phil A, Aug 14, 2017.

  1. Phil A

    Phil A Gardener

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2019
    Messages:
    46,120
    Ratings:
    +6
    Sowed 100 mixed cacti and succulent seeds. At least one has come up :)

    DSCI0003 (8).JPG
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Sirius

      Sirius Total Gardener

      Joined:
      Jun 26, 2012
      Messages:
      1,310
      Gender:
      Male
      Location:
      Hertfordshire
      Ratings:
      +1,027
      Have any more come up?
      Ideally you should cover the soil with a layer of grit. Helps support the seedlings as they germinate
       
      • Useful Useful x 1
      • pete

        pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

        Joined:
        Jan 9, 2005
        Messages:
        25,956
        Gender:
        Male
        Occupation:
        joinery
        Location:
        Mid Kent
        Ratings:
        +23,997
        Left it a bit late Zigs.:biggrin:
         
        • Useful Useful x 1
        • PaulB3

          PaulB3 Gardener

          Joined:
          Jul 21, 2017
          Messages:
          118
          Gender:
          Male
          Occupation:
          Professional Gardener
          Location:
          Lincolnshire UK
          Ratings:
          +293
          Have you tried germinating cactus seed in an inert medium such as perlite ? If you've access to a heated propagator , fill pots with pure perlite , cover seeds with about 1/4" of the same ; STAND POTS IN WATER UNTIL SEED GERMINATES ; this goes against current advice , but when I worked at Whitestone Gardens years ago , this was the virtually guaranteed way to grow seedlings . A constant supply of water is essential ; hydroponic cultivation was the norm ; reduces the risk of bacterial and fungal infections . Mature plants were only grown in a 1/11 mix (1 coarse sand & 11 parts grit ), and fed with liquid nutrients . Such gems as Aztekium , Ariocarpus and Copiapoa were grown well using this method . Forget any idea that cacti 'thrive on neglect' ; moisture throughout their growing season is vital as well as copious feeding with low nitrogen fertiliser .
           
          • Informative Informative x 3
          • Useful Useful x 1
          • Phil A

            Phil A Gardener

            Joined:
            Jan 23, 2019
            Messages:
            46,120
            Ratings:
            +6
            Cheers all, will try that :)
             
          • ricky101

            ricky101 Super Gardener

            Joined:
            Jun 15, 2016
            Messages:
            816
            Gender:
            Male
            Location:
            nr Leeds
            Ratings:
            +1,143
            Hi Paul,

            May I ask, what height of water are you talking about, just the depth of a pots saucer or much further up the pot, say 1/4 or 1/2 way up ?

            thanks
             
            • Friendly Friendly x 1
            • PaulB3

              PaulB3 Gardener

              Joined:
              Jul 21, 2017
              Messages:
              118
              Gender:
              Male
              Occupation:
              Professional Gardener
              Location:
              Lincolnshire UK
              Ratings:
              +293
              Hello Ricky101
              The pots (about 5 inches diameter) were kept in neutral pH water to a depth of about 1 inch .
              They were in heated propagators in a partially shaded large greenhouse ; optimal temperature around 21-25 centigrade . Maybe better in spring with better light conditions .
               
              • Like Like x 1
              • Informative Informative x 1
              • BeeHappy

                BeeHappy Total Gardener

                Joined:
                Feb 19, 2016
                Messages:
                4,316
                Occupation:
                Mother Nature's Garden Apprentice
                Location:
                Happy in the Garden of W' Eden ;)
                Ratings:
                +6,118
                @PaulB3 really enjoying reading the info and learning about succulents on this thread :thankyou:
                 
              • ricky101

                ricky101 Super Gardener

                Joined:
                Jun 15, 2016
                Messages:
                816
                Gender:
                Male
                Location:
                nr Leeds
                Ratings:
                +1,143
                Hi Paul,

                Tried your method and so far its really worked a treat, see Living Stones/Linthops / Succulents

                Many thanks
                 
                • Like Like x 1
                Loading...

                Share This Page

                1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
                  By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
                  Dismiss Notice