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Planting A San Pedro Trichocereus Cactus Cutting

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Planting A San Pedro Trichocereus Cactus Cutting

The Sand Pedro Trichocereus Cactus is an upright or columnar succulent that can successfully be grown from a cutting. This process is also called rooting and is used to propagate most cactus species. The most significant feature of this cactus are the stunning, fragrant flowers that it produces.

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You can buy quality cuttings online to be delivered directly to your door. There are, however, a few steps that you need to take in order for the cactus planting & propagation process to be successful.

Step 1 – Wear Gloves

Cacti have spines and prickly bits so in order not to be harmed, I recommended you wear a thick pair of gardening gloves when handling the cutting.

Step 2 – Check Your Cutting

Make sure that the end of the cutting you have received has been dried out to stop the sap from leaking out. It is also best to ensure that the cutting is fresh. Don’t expect it to be in perfect condition – it may have some scars and blemishes but this will not affect the success of the propagation.

Step 3 – Check Your Soil

Your soil needs to drain well and be porous. Adding sand or gravel should give you the right consistency. Alternatively, check with your online cutting supplier or local nursery if they can provide you with the ideal soil for your cutting. Soil should be slightly moist but never wet.

Step 4 – Choose Your Pot

A medium to large size plant pot with drainage holes should suffice. Fill the pot with your soil, leaving a few inches of space at the top. Insert the cutting gently into the plant pot by pushing the dehydrated end into the soil. For tall or heavy cuttings, support with a stick so that it remains upright.

Step 5 – Finding The Right Spot

A dry, shady area, with minimum direct sunlight is ideal for the San Pedro Cactus to start taking root. Normally, it will take 3-4 weeks for the roots to begin taking hold. Gently pull on the cutting – if it comes loose, replace it and wait a few more weeks after checking if rot or other problems are preventing roots from growing.

Step 6 – Watering

I do not recommended you water the cutting until a root system is in place. Use a watering can to gently wet the soil, ensuring that it is draining well. Allow the soil to dry out entirely before the next watering. Keep in mind that wet soil is the enemy of cacti. However, your San Pedro Trichocereus Cactus will require water to survive and flourish. If you notice a lack of growth, rot or a lack of flowers, you are probably over-watering it.

I recommended you then move the cactus to a sunny area once the root system is thriving. Cacti love hot, dry and sunny conditions however, direct sunlight for an entire day may cause sunburn. I recommend you introduce your potted Trichocereus Cactus from shade to sunlight slowly to allow it to adapt.

Please contact me if you have any questions or need more help with this. I’d love to help you get started.

Growing Mushrooms in Your Own Back Yard Garden

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Growing Your Own Mushrooms Is Easy

Are you hoping to grow your own mushrooms? Mushrooms are one of the healthiest foods available and are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and other nutrients. It’s certainly possible to grow your own mushrooms, but you’ll have to set up the right conditions and find good, healthy spawn to get started. Most of the time, mushrooms are grown indoors, but it is possible to grow them in a garden.

The easiest and quickest way is to purchase a mushroom growing kit, but if you can create a special place for growing mushrooms, you can raise them yourself.

 

 

The first decision is the type of mushroom you will grow.

There are a few that are easier to grow than others.

These include oyster mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, and white button mushrooms. The white button is the type you commonly see in grocery stores.

You can find spawn or spore either locally or online. Spawn are like seedlings and spore are like the seeds. It is easier to start with spawn.

Once you choose your mushroom, you’ll need to choose the growing medium. If you choose to grow shiitake mushrooms, they are usually grown in hardwood dust or directly on some type of hardwood. White button mushrooms grow well in composted manure and oyster mushrooms in straw.

 

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Once you choose a mushroom to grow and get the right growing medium, the rest of the growing process is pretty much the same for any type of mushroom. You will need a cool, dark, and damp place. The most common place to grow mushrooms is in the basement, but you could also use a closet or a cabinet. It must be somewhere you can control the humidity and temperature and create almost total darkness.

Put the growing medium in a container or pan and then raise the temperature under the pan to 70 degrees. Put the spawn in the growing medium. The spawn will take root within the growing medium in about 3 weeks. Lower the temperature to 55 degrees and cover the spawn with potting soil. Place a damp cloth over everything and keep the cloth damp.

Small mushrooms should begin to appear within three to four weeks. When the caps have separated from the stem and are fully opened, they are ready for harvest.

Growing funghi garden mushrooms is simple and doesn’t take long. Mushrooms you’ve grown yourself also seem to just taste better.