Hydroponics Drain to Waste windowsill/patio cactus growing

jpaz(9b)August 22, 2014

I have formalized my current cactus growing methodology on this web page. Please visit it - all feedback is appreciated.

jpaz

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nil13(z21 L.A., CA (Mt. Washington))

Very nice. I grow many plants including cactus in a similar manner. I will have to track down that book.

You mention substituting Turface for pumice. Have you had success growing in just Turface? I would think that would be too moisture retentive. I have had success with strawberries in just Turface but other plants languished. I do however like to add Turface instead of organic matter to pumice to increase the available water.

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jpaz(9b)

Thank you nil13. you wrote:

"Very nice. I grow many plants including cactus in a similar manner. I will have to track down that book.

You mention substituting Turface for pumice. Have you had success growing in just Turface? .........."

No I haven't - it was just a thought I had.

James.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 12:11AM
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MsGreenFinger GW(8 Ireland)

Very good. I am trying something similar with succulents in semi-hydroponics using expanded clay. I am quite new to this though :)

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 9:43AM
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jpaz(9b)

MsGreenFinger wrote:

:"Very good. I am trying something similar with succulents in semi-hydroponics using expanded clay. I am quite new to this though :)"

Excellent. Please report your ongoing experiences.

James

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 11:07AM
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jpaz(9b)

Previously nil13 wrote:

"You mention substituting Turface for pumice. Have you had success growing in just Turface? .........."

No I haven't - it was just a thought I had.

I have changed the Turface reference as follows:

"Similar inorganic products such as "Kitty Litter" or other expanded clay material may work just as well."

James

This post was edited by jpaz on Sun, Aug 24, 14 at 3:59

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MsGreenFinger GW(8 Ireland)

So far I have only good experiences with my plants. They adapted nicely to the soilless situation. One of my aloes is going to flower. Crassula does great, just like moonstones, bearpaw and a stapelia.
For some of the plants being too small for plain clay, i added some perlite to the 'mix'. This wasn't the best idea and going to leave it out next time. They are all watered from the bottom. 1/4 strength nutrient solution with every watering.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 10:49AM
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jpaz(9b)

Photos of cacti I have grown using my Hydroponics Drain to Waste methodology:


top: Coleocephalocereus aureus
bottom: Discocactus horstii



top: Micranthocereus streckeri
bottom: Arrojadoa dinae



top: Uebelmannia pectinifera
bottom: Frailea castanea



top: Micranthocereus polyanthus
bottom: Micranthocereus densiflorus



top: Uebelmannia buiningii
bottom: Micranthocereus estevesii

James

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jpaz(9b)

I want to thank those who have responded to my request for feedback - mostly via e-mail and Forum(s) postings. I received many excellent suggestions. I have incorporated some of them into this revised edition of my web page along with the addition of updated information and several more photos.

For those who would like to try, or experiment with, this methodology: what I describe is the way I have adapted it -- you would have to adapt it to suit your own environment and growing conditions.

James

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LilBit7765

You have some VERY beautiful plants James!! :)

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 1:50PM
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jpaz(9b)

Thank you, LilBit7765.

James

    Bookmark   August 24, 2014 at 5:44PM
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jpaz(9b)

A few more photos of cacti I have grown using my Hydroponics Drain to Waste methodology:


top: Coleocephalocereus aureus
bottom: Micranthocereus densiflorus



top: Melocactus azureus
bottom: Arrojadoa rhodantha

James

    Bookmark   August 25, 2014 at 2:06PM
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jpaz(9b)

More photos of cacti I have grown using my Hydroponics Drain to Waste methodology:


top: Melocactus harlowii
bottom: Discocactus subviridigriseus



top: Arrojadoa rhodantha
bottom: Discocactus crystallophilus



top: Discocactus buenekeri
bottom: Arrojadoa rhodantha

James

This post was edited by jpaz on Mon, Aug 25, 14 at 16:25

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LilBit7765

All I can say is WOW!!!! I hope that I can do at least 1/2 as good as you! How long did it take to set up your system?

    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 3:44PM
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jpaz(9b)

Thank you, LilBit7765.

Rather than me having to essentially re-type the information. you request, may I suggest you visit my web page -- it lists the material and equipment needed (actually very little) and describes the methodology in detail.

There is very little to set up and the procedure is quite simple -- it can certainly be accomplished in one day. You don't have to purchase the pH test kit or fertilizer I use -- feel free to use any similar products of your choice.

What I describe on my web page is the way I have adapted this methodology: -- you should, in turn, adapt it to suit your own environment and growing conditions.

I should mention that I have no formal training in botany or horticulture and that I base my growing techniques on experience, reading (well regarded and/or accepted in the C&S community) literature and interchange of ideas/information such as that available through personal association with other enthusiasts and discussion groups such as this one.

James

    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 5:20PM
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jpaz(9b)

The basics:


Equipment and Materials: Potting container of
prepared substrate - small plastic pots.
Acidifier solution - Liquid fertilizer with
micronutrients - pH testing solution with vial.
For washing raw pumice: Garden hose power spray
attachment - large fine kitchen sieve

This post was edited by jpaz on Wed, Aug 27, 14 at 13:45

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