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    I'm growing lots of cacti from seed and a quarter of them after growing upto 1cm seem to start going transparent then turning to jelly and callapsing. Why is this?

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    Hi Elgin,

    You don't give much detail as to growing medium, watering, environment, etc. but I suspect a fungal problem called damping off.* This site has some ideas to combat damping off.* I'm including the cached version so you can easily see where to find the info.
    http://216.239.51.104/search?q=cache...lnk&cd=4&gl=us

    Newt


  3. #3
    hi,

    thanks for reply. not sure if damping off is the prob as i don't see any evidence of that. they r in a propergator at a constant temp between 70 - 80c. they're grown in ready made cacti compost & i'm spray watering them every 4/5 days or when the soil look v dry. usually during the day i take the lid off and place them in light (not direct). i am wondering if the temp fluctuation is the problem. strangly they seem to grow fine to 1cm then start going transparent then sticky like jelly & callapse to the touch.

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    If it's not damping off then it's probably rot from keeping the soil too moist bu replacing the lid after you water.* Maybe you should keep the lid off for longer after you water or not put it back on at all.* Take a look at this first site and scroll down to - Propagation - Seeds.
    http://www.cactusmuseum.com/care.asp
    http://www.cactusmuseum.com/diseases.asp

    Newt

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    hi,

    yes, maybe i am keeping them in tropical conditions which is cooking some of them. i'll take yer advice and leave the top off as most have germinated anyway. thanks for your help.

    glenn

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    Glenn, you are so very welcome!* One other procedure I find helpful with seedlings that I would think would also apply to cactus would be air movement.* This site is for growing herbs from seeds, but has loads of helpful info.
    http://www.richters.com/newdisplay.c...=5440704.22962

    From this site near the bottom of the page, which has other helpful info.
    http://extension.missouri.edu/jasper.../globe/014.htm

    "If you have a small fan, place it so that a gentle breeze flows over the small plants. A little air circulation makes them stronger, prevents some mildew-type diseases from forming, and helps them grow stockier."

    Good luck!
    Newt


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