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Triumphs and failures on a window ledge.

Cactii! March 26, 2009

Filed under: cactus,Indoor,Seeds,Spring — northernwindowgardener @ 1:35 am
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Seed tray No. 468

Somewhere underneath (or mixed in with!) that good Scottish sand are 40 cactus seeds just waiting for the right moment to burst into action.

I couldn’t resist, although I have absolutely no idea what I’ll do with them if any of the seeds manage to germinate. Fortunately as they are very slow growers I have plenty of time to come up with a solution, should one be required. The slow growth won’t put me off looking at them all the time but with a thin covering of sand I have no idea where the actual seeds are.

There’s a lot of conflicting and confusing advice out there on the interweb. For instance this site recommends using specialist cactus soil. The British Cactus and Succulent Society recommend well aerated soil of compost mixed with sand and Lophophora suggests a mix of sand, gravel and sphagnum moss peat. So in the spirit of almost complete confusion I mixed seived seed compost, multi-purpose and random sand. Then I spoiled it all by watering it from above which has probably compacted all that nicely aerated soil mix.

Lots of time to see what happens develops though.

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4 Responses to “Cactii!”

  1. Flighty Says:

    I shall be following your posts about these with interest as cactii are something I fancy growing from seed.

  2. I’m not sure I even like cactii, but the seeds were there …. and there was a spare propagator …. and, and!
    Gives me something new to photograph though 🙂

  3. Flighty Says:

    If you find that you don’t like catii, which do have wonderful flowers when they bloom, then try succulents!

  4. […] general I’ve never backed down from a challenge either, no matter how ridiculous – see the Cactii experiment Many of these are diversions and if I just wanted to have some pretty flowers then they would have […]


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