just born

This is how I entertain myself during the endless Denver winters. Another batch of cactus seedlings emerged today. Maybe they came up last night, but I was asleep, and didn’t hear anything, though the dog did get up with a start a little before five this morning.030402

Proud parent aside, the reason I’m posting these pictures is to show that GA-3 is not necessary to germinate echinocereus seeds, even though a lot of people insist that it is. This is Echinocereus dasyacanthus; the ungerminated seeds are clearly visible at the bottom of the picture. Seeds were sown on February 20.

These are germinating under vintage fluorescent lights; one “cool white” and one “grow light”. It’s possible the “cool white” is providing too much light because the seedlings whose picture I posted a couple of days ago were pink, which is a sign of excessive light.

Another picture with arrow as visual aid.

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4 Responses to just born

  1. Kim Bone says:

    Speaking of Cactus: Kelly Grummons “50th” Birthday is March 17th the Sunday of the Cactus Show@DBG…Come buy a cactus.

    • paridevita says:

      Only 50? Spring chicken. I plan to be at the sale Friday night. I’ll be the one with the gigantic box, pushing people out of the way.

  2. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Glad you didn’t call this post “just born again!” Happy baby cactus to you!

    • paridevita says:

      Thought about it. Briefly. I figure about fifteen years before I get any flowers, so really all this cactus seed business is just to give me something to think about besides the endless white horror that is this winter. Plants are weeks behind schedule, it snowed yesterday, it’s supposed to snow this weekend, too …
      Besides, it’s acquiring large numbers of plants at a ridiculously low price, even if they are microscopic.

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