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71. Special Cactus Tips
The more I use my hobby greenhouse through out the year the more I want to add other types of flowers and special plants. Many of my personal favorite plants are grown from seed or grown from cuttings I was given by friends. I have recently discovered the wonderful world of the Cactus and I have been experimenting in growing different varieties, and I have even been able to make a few flowers already. You can buy cactus seeds from a variety of vendors, and you can also grow cactus by using a piece of another cactus.
I have one cactus outside of my greenhouse that is simply set on the dirt and it will grow roots and flower after one year if the conditions are right. I was able to get this piece from a relative who does have flowering cactus in her outside garden, and yes it does snow here – so I know I can have great success with different kinds of cacti in my greenhouse as well.
One type of interesting cactus is the desert cactus, which is able to with stand the high heat of the summer and the low cold freezing temperatures of the winter. A desert cactus will still produce flowers after it has had a few months or years to establish its roots. Even if you have very poor soil, or rocky soil a cactus will grow. The trick to raising a desert cactus in the hobby greenhouse is only to water about once a month and not to prune or pay much attention to a cactus. The irregular rains or watering of the cactus is what actually causes this plant to bloom.
The cactus usually will prefer to be watered from the bottom, meaning adding water to the bottom of your plant dish and the roots will come down for the water. Watering from the top is still ok but will not produce the same results.
If you would like to start a cactus from seed, you will need to mix it with sand so the soil is very loose. You will also want to use a very shallow pan or pot when starting a cactus. In order to germinate a cactus you will have to be patient, it can take up to ten weeks to notice much growth at all.
Another little tip to remember when growing or raising cacti is that when a little shoot comes off the main plant, you can cut this off let it dry and then you can plant this shoot in another pot to add a plant to your collection. Letting the shoot dry out before you try potting it, is the trick in getting it to survive the transplant.
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