Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
CACTUS SEED QUERY
Growing on cacti from offsets gets easier and easier as experience grows so I thought why not try some seed just for the buzz of actually doing it, so I gave it a try, it came about after asking for an offset from a friends plant that had finished flowering on the asking for the offset she went hyper in saying no you can’t it’s taken me years to grow that one and I’m not giving it away, so I asked if it was alright to have the dead flowers pods thinking there would be seeds in them (there sure was) getting some light compost I poured boiling water over it to sterilize it then let it cool down over night and adding it to two air tight plastic tubs damping it and sprinkling the seeds over the surface (28/05/10). At this point there was no great expectations but bags full of hope, putting them to one side in the green house I forgot about them for about ten days when I decided to have a look at the containers they were in, which were not clear plastic but obscured with filtered light available, on opening the containers both were full of green sprouted cactus “Wow” replacing the containers tops I left them to one side for a few more days: then again removing the tops I thought (with over watering in mind (the plants were still green)) perhaps the compost is too wet and they need more light so I left the tops off, late in the following day I went to look at them only to find they had all turned brown and looking decidedly unhealthy even though the compost was still damp. I have done this twice with the same result, on replacing the top and returning them to a higher humidity they again returned to the green state. I have planted three plants in another pot which has a lower humidity level and a higher light level these are still green although growing at a slower rate: would I be correct in thinking that they were suffering from light burn on being subjected to the brighter light it is the only thing I can think of, or does any one have another answer or even advise.
- 24 Aug, 2010