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Offline Inyan

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Bog-ponics continued
« on: November 29, 2017, 08:13:31 AM »
I find this method of growing suits me well. I use well fertilized soil mixed with natural blood and bone meal and a dash of fish emulsion. I also tend to use seedlings grafted on Pereskiopsis as Pereskiopsis I have found lends itself particularly well to growing in pure water, bogs, etc. It is hard to kill Pereskiopsis.

I leave the leaves on my Pereskiopsis when I perform my grafts as well as when I grow in bog-ponics. Why? Because Pereskiopsis that has been striped of its leaves push seedlings much slower and I want fast growth.  I enjoy the fact that I can also simply take my Pereskiopsis out of this bog and there is very little transition that has to happen as the soil dries so to does the Pereskiopsis adapt to being grown in dry soil without having to be manhandled which can stunt growth with any plant.

Large healthy leaves makes for more surface area to collect sunlight and thus my cacti seedlings grow very fast. Additionally, those leaves pull the liquid fertilizers I use through the cacti much faster than a Pereskiopsis that is devoid of leaves. This helps me to force pupping quickly.
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Re: Bog-ponics continued
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2017, 02:13:11 PM »
Awesome stuff!!
Gonna try something similar with bone meal and maybe guano thats all i have at hand atm.
Do you ever let the peresk roots dry out or do you keep them in the bog?

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Re: Bog-ponics continued
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2017, 03:39:27 PM »
Many stay constantly in the bog. However, I will let some of my Pereskiopsis sit outside of the bog as I don't have enough temperature controlled bog area at the moment. So, some will indeed be rotated in and out of the bog as it were. I do try not to let them dry out completely however. I had one scare when I first started this bog project of mine and that scare occurred when my Pereskiopsis started to appear shriveled up just a bit after several weeks in the bog. I immediately took them out of the bog and then replaced them back into the bog after that initial scare. I haven't had any problems with it since then.

I also let the water level fluctuate a bit, but I try not to submerge the leaves and if they are submerged I try not to submerge the leaves for more than a few hours as that can indeed spell trouble.

Here are some more bog pictures as they appear today.
Please note, while I have been experimenting with Trichocereus in the bog on their own roots, I rarely leave them submersed past the soil line for more than 12 hours and most of the time they simply sit in water 1-2 inches deep at most like you see in this last picture.
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Re: Bog-ponics continued
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2017, 03:43:37 PM »
Also please note the leaves in the bog. I do this to recycle the nutrients directly into the water. Eventually, they will disintegrate and join the algae. Every so often I will strain the algae out and pour this directly into the soil above. This is why sometimes the water appears more clear than at other times.
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Re: Bog-ponics continued
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2017, 05:15:08 PM »
Really lovely man, what is your ph value like?
Those are some fat looking peresk leaves :P
 

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Re: Bog-ponics continued
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2017, 05:38:36 PM »
What is a pH? Should I be worried about the structural stability of my house built on this water due to some pH?
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Re: Bog-ponics continued
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2017, 05:18:53 PM »
Update on some of my bog-ponic cacti.
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Frost damage seen... means plant 1000+ more seeds in the bog
« Reply #7 on: December 31, 2017, 04:09:07 PM »
When you see frost damage in your seedling green house.. time to plant more seeds right?
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Re: Bog-ponics continued
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2018, 01:14:29 PM »
Update on bog-ponics. Picture taken today
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