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  1. jaizei

    jaizei Unknown Member Moderator

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    I think so.
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin

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    Another idea is to buy a big plastic container of Spring Mix and use the empty container as a seed starting greenhouse.
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin

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    Yea! What fun!! (I hate packing)
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    My husband got a drip hose that attaches to our rain barrel so his veggies could get a constant flow of water in the hot summer.
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    That's another good idea. You didn't have any problem with roots rotting?
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    Oxalis Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    He said no, but he would close the connection to the rain barrel to let it refill, and let the drip hose run only on dry days.
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    Hey Guys! Trying to make a quick come back to TFO after a long „family leave of absence”. I’m still here, my torts and garden are doing great. I have missed you Guys!!! IMG_9788.jpg this Spring I’ve been seeing Monarch caterpillars all over my garden. Not too many butterflies yet, but I see few of different species daily. IMG_9789.jpg This one had some problems with his left wing (looked like it had never fully „unfolded”. I tried to keep him safe and dry on my front porch in a big planter. Created little mini havitat there for him. IMG_9790.jpg but unfortunately he didn’t make it. He (yes, I thought of this butterfly as of a boy for some reason) got on my hand twice! It was like a magic! Feeling some sort of a connection with a ... butterfly! But WHY NOT?!
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    Oxalis Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    We missed you too! Hope you're doing OK. My husband and I have planted lots more milkweed in our yard and our local park this spring. We're hoping to see a lot more monarchs this year!
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    Turtulas-Len Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    I've had this plant for several years and has never bloomed until this spring, in fact it is the first cactus to bloom here this year. Picture 006 copy.jpg Picture 004 copy.jpg I'm planning on rooting some pads from this plant next month and now I have a good chance of getting some seeds to plant also.
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin

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    Opuntia santa rita
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    Turtulas-Len Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    I'm not sure what types of seeds you are planting but this might help them to germinate. I have found that I get a better percentage of germination with cactus seeds by leaving them in the fruit and cutting it in half or quarters and then putting it back together and planting it so its still together after planting. The fluids in the fruit keep the seeds moist and they grow out between the sections. I see no reason if you added some other kind of seeds why they wouldn't stay moist also. Here is a pic of a fruit from last year and one from this year and you can see that this years seed are not viable yet so they wont compete the other seeds. Picture 008.jpg I haven't tried this with a different kind of plant seed, but I'm going to.
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    Turtulas-Len Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Thanks, I have it in a pot because I'm not sure how it will do in the ground over winter here. That's why I want to start some new plants from this one, just to see how hardy it really is. The cold doesn't bother it but it's under a overhang and the soil stays pretty much dry. I like it and don't want to kill it but will sacrifice a few pads.
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    Thank you for that suggestion!

    However, the seeds I was referring to are desert grazing mixes from Desert Seed Store and other vendors. There's no fruit to put them in.

    Some of them are planted only 1/4 in deep, and our desert heat and sun dries them almost immediately. I think I'll try a sprinkler on a timer...maybe 2 min every hour.
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    Beautiful! :)
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin

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    A while back I posted about adding some dirt to a new cactus bed and getting a lot of tomato and squash volunteers. Well, it looks like the squash isn't squash, but rather some sort of wild gourd or melon. The flower is very small, not a large squash flower. I've been adding the leaves to my babies' food mixture so I hope it's not toxic.
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    I hope so too! Have you tried to ID it?
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin

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    No. I'll have to wait until it sets some fruit. Right now it's blooming small yellow blossoms.
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin

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    I've been worried that so much rain this year might make my cacti rot. So far, so good.

    The first three pictures, then the fourth is the group photo, are my favorite flowers (can't say the same for the plant itself. It's AWFUL!!!!):

    cactus 5-23-19 a.jpg cactus 5-23-19 b.jpg cactus 5-23-19 c.jpg cactus 5-23-19 d.jpg

    This is a type of opuntia:
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    This is my saguaro. I got it as a tiny baby and nursed it until it was big enough to plant in the dirt. It's about 25 years old and a little over 5' tall:
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    This one is the prettiest color. When the sun is shining it blooms bright red, but we've had overcast for the past couple weeks:
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    This is the spineless opuntia with the organ pipe in the back:
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    I'm always confused if this one is an aloe or an agave. At any rate, it's right in the middle of my proposed new driveway:
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    This one came from @Turtulas-Len . It's only a year and a half old and was started from one little pad:
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    Turtulas-Len Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    @Yvonne G are you going to be able to move the plants in the new driveways path to another place on your property ? I enjoy seeing pics of you plants, things that wont survive here that I would love to watch grow.
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    As usual, your cactuses are very impressive!!
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