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by Steve Johnson
Tue Sep 27, 2022 4:12 pm
Forum: Cultivation
Topic: The Cal-Mag of my dreams?
Replies: 12
Views: 394

Re: The Cal-Mag of my dreams?

Might not be a bad idea to water with a dilute Calcium Nitrate from time to time, rather than limestone in the mix. Actually, that's an excellent idea because this controls the amount of Calcium going into the plants whenever they're fertilized -- better than guessing if one would have the right am...
by Steve Johnson
Tue Sep 27, 2022 4:06 am
Forum: Cultivation
Topic: The Cal-Mag of my dreams?
Replies: 12
Views: 394

Re: The Cal-Mag of my dreams?

I think the tomato fertilizer Mrs. Green mentioned is reporting elemental P and K. If that's the case, we'll break the 4.2% N, 1.4% P, and 7.0% K down into a ratio. Using N as a constant of 1, the NPK ratio is 1:0.33:1.67 -- good balance not just for tomatoes, but for cacti and succulents too. Only ...
by Steve Johnson
Mon Sep 26, 2022 3:59 am
Forum: Sick Cacti - Pests, Diseases, etc.
Topic: Old man of Andes rot
Replies: 31
Views: 934

Re: Old man of Andes rot

Well ahhh Iduno :) It is definitely Oreocereus trollii though The cactus was 18 inches above soil with maybe 6 inches buried. So assuming the stem goes all the way through. That makes 24 inches. It probably has 10 inches left. I bought this cactus on the 2 year anniversary of losing my lady to meni...
by Steve Johnson
Sun Sep 25, 2022 7:42 pm
Forum: Sick Cacti - Pests, Diseases, etc.
Topic: Old man of Andes rot
Replies: 31
Views: 934

Re: Old man of Andes rot

Update -- FYI, species name for Old Man of the Andes will be either Oreocereus trollii or O. celsianus. Miles' To Go has O. trollii in stock now, so I think you might want to buy one as an "insurance" plant in case your rooting effort doesn't work out. I don't think it's too late in the ye...
by Steve Johnson
Sun Sep 25, 2022 7:21 pm
Forum: Sick Cacti - Pests, Diseases, etc.
Topic: Old man of Andes rot
Replies: 31
Views: 934

Re: Old man of Andes rot

A question for you, Fred:
  • How tall was the stem when you first got the plant? Let me know the height in inches.
  • How many inches of stem do you have left?
The answer will tell us if the chances of saving the plant are good or bad.
by Steve Johnson
Sun Sep 25, 2022 2:52 am
Forum: Cultivation
Topic: The Cal-Mag of my dreams?
Replies: 12
Views: 394

Re: The Cal-Mag of my dreams?

Hello Steve- Was just wondering if you thought of the “end of the summer review” of the TPS Cal-Mag on your collection? Would love to know if I should add it to watering regiment. Good Growing, OWgave Yes, and when I get the 2022 review going, I'll describe the improvements I've seen since I upped ...
by Steve Johnson
Sat Sep 24, 2022 6:10 am
Forum: Seed Depot
Topic: Cacti seeds.
Replies: 1
Views: 332

Re: Cacti seeds.

Hi Joe,

I just moved your thread over to the Seed Depot forum, and I'm keeping a shadow copy of your thread in the General forum for your reference.
by Steve Johnson
Thu Sep 22, 2022 2:11 am
Forum: Sick Cacti - Pests, Diseases, etc.
Topic: Old man of Andes rot
Replies: 31
Views: 934

Re: Old man of Andes rot

Unfortunately this may be a case of closing the barn door after the horses left... See the following: https://www.mrhouseplant.com/blog/houseplant-mythbusting-is-cinnamon-good-for-houseplants/ Forget Cinnamon -- IMO you would've been better off if you treated the cut with sulfur powder right from th...
by Steve Johnson
Wed Sep 21, 2022 2:18 am
Forum: Sick Cacti - Pests, Diseases, etc.
Topic: Can this Cacti be helped?
Replies: 33
Views: 860

Re: Can this Cacti be helped?

Hi Steve, yes it will work use just about 1/2 inch on top of your normal soil and place the cut part on it after its dried a little for a week or so. that's what I do. I use rooting powder with fungicide , not sure if its for sale anymore ? Any fungicide should work or even nothing ? I'm going to c...
by Steve Johnson
Tue Sep 20, 2022 5:53 am
Forum: Sick Cacti - Pests, Diseases, etc.
Topic: Can this Cacti be helped?
Replies: 33
Views: 860

Re: Can this Cacti be helped?

Question for you, Keith... First, please see this: https://www.cactiguide.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=396453#p396453 Your rooting approach may work better than what I originally had in mind. Let me know if this is the sand I should use going on top of the soil: https://www.amazon.com/Original-Ingredie...
by Steve Johnson
Sun Sep 18, 2022 6:29 pm
Forum: Sick Cacti - Pests, Diseases, etc.
Topic: Can this Cacti be helped?
Replies: 33
Views: 860

Re: Can this Cacti be helped?

Thank you for all your replies. I suppose I didn't take the last photo at the right angle, but the spines hold the Cactus up and lots of air can get under it. I really appreciate all the advice. P.S. He is a she! 😊 Oops -- my apologies for the boo-boo! :oops: It looks like you're doing everything r...
by Steve Johnson
Sun Sep 18, 2022 2:40 am
Forum: Sick Cacti - Pests, Diseases, etc.
Topic: Can this Cacti be helped?
Replies: 33
Views: 860

Re: Can this Cacti be helped?

jerrytheplater wrote: Sun Sep 18, 2022 2:06 am Steve, he has the cactus sitting on an empty pot, he didn't pot it up yet.
Okay -- if that's correct, I'd still recommend that he puts it into bigger (empty) pot or container so he can leave it upside down until he's ready for repotting in spring.
by Steve Johnson
Sat Sep 17, 2022 10:54 pm
Forum: Sick Cacti - Pests, Diseases, etc.
Topic: Can this Cacti be helped?
Replies: 33
Views: 860

Re: Can this Cacti be helped?

I performed my first ever Cactus operation! ? I followed the instructions I was given above to the best of my ability. 1) I tested the brown part and found that it was neither mushy rot or hardened cork. The inside was hollow! 2) I cut ( not very evenly!) until it was healthy, and applied sulfur. I...
by Steve Johnson
Fri Sep 16, 2022 8:45 am
Forum: General
Topic: To Avoid Duplicate Content, Use a Plagiarism Checker.
Replies: 1
Views: 89

Re: To Avoid Duplicate Content, Use a Plagiarism Checker.

gillinger wrote: Fri Sep 16, 2022 7:34 amYawn! 🥸
Yeah, that was a new member abusing the forum with a post that has absolutely nothing to do with cacti or succulents. I deleted the post, and the member is permanently banned. Real genius, huh? :roll:
by Steve Johnson
Fri Sep 16, 2022 3:13 am
Forum: Cultivation
Topic: Tips on germinating Echinocactus texensis seeds?
Replies: 5
Views: 138

Re: Tips on germinating Echinocactus texensis seeds?

Kira wrote: Thu Sep 15, 2022 11:02 pm This is super helpful! Thanks, Steve!
You're most welcome, Kira!