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PostSubject: Growing Echinocactus Polycephalus From Seed (Any advice?)   Growing Echinocactus Polycephalus From Seed (Any advice?) EmptySun Jun 10, 2012 6:27 pm

Hey all,

Recently I have been attempting to grow cacti from seed (with not a whole lot of success) and in my haste to grow pink cacti I ordered some Echinocactus Polycephalus seeds. Afterwards I found out these have a reputation as being hard to grow :S

I am wondering if anyone has any experience growing Echinocactus Polycephalus from seed (or at all I suppose) and would like to hear of your experiences.

Also, I live on the coast near Rockhampton in Central Queensland, it is a humid and relatively warm place where I find cacti grow great. My garden is outdoor on top of a hill planted along a large rocky outcrop so naturally it has excellent drainage.

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I bought seeds of Echinocactus polycephalus f Las Vegas Nevada and sowed on 31/08/2006.
The success ratio of the germination was around 50%.
I grafted several young seedlings but kept own-root seedlings also.
The growing speed of own-root seedlings are very slow.
The photo is own-root seedlings accommodated in 5 cm square tubes.
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PostSubject: Re: Growing Echinocactus Polycephalus From Seed (Any advice?)   Growing Echinocactus Polycephalus From Seed (Any advice?) EmptySun Jun 10, 2012 9:23 pm

Awesome, your plants look like they are doing very well, good job. I didn't realise this species took so long to grow on it's own rootstock.

What soil/grit mix did you plant them in?
Also, may I see some of your grafted ones and know what rootstock you used for them??
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PostSubject: Re: Growing Echinocactus Polycephalus From Seed (Any advice?)   Growing Echinocactus Polycephalus From Seed (Any advice?) EmptyMon Jun 11, 2012 10:17 am

Pottingmix is not special, sand and organic base mix.
I use zeorite for top-doressing.

The attached photo is the grafted one, 12 cm diameter.
Grafting stock is an Echinopsis hybrid.
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PostSubject: Re: Growing Echinocactus Polycephalus From Seed (Any advice?)   Growing Echinocactus Polycephalus From Seed (Any advice?) EmptySun Jun 24, 2012 6:13 pm

Excellent, that grafted one is doing well, as of yet none of my seeds have germinated whatsoever despite being in ideal conditions Sad but I do think that they may be too fresh at the moment so I will put them away for now and try another day Smile
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Great plants Hanazono.

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