Repot or not?

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Tomek B.
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Repot or not?

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Hi,
In October 2020 first time I saw seeds, mainly winterhard Echinocerei and Escobarias, some mammilarias and Lobivia, using baggy method (previous attempt was many, many years ago using standard method, so in fact I am really newbie in this area). The seedlings were placed on the balcony in May 2021 and since then treated as adult cacti. Now I am trying to figure out, whether should I repot some of them, those which looks to me really crowded. Below are photos of my seedlings, in case of doubts I can try to take better ones.
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Can I ask for help from experienced forum members?
Best regards :-)
Tomasz
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Those are looking fantastic - really great job!
IMO, I would definitely repot. When they get that crowded, their bases elongate and/or moisture is captured at the bases increasing the chances for rot. I find small seedlings are extremely tough and don't mind roots being disturbed at all.
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Agreed - when they get that crowded, it's time to pot them up.
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OK, thanks for advice :-), i will follow. One more question - according to that what I read on the forum, I can just put them as a bunch to a bigger pot (4" or so) or divide group for a few more (or each one in the single pot). Which seem to be better in that case?
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I've known really good growers that do both methods....so, up to you.
Personally, I like to separate out one to a pot, or space them evenly out in a larger pot if they are small enough; just so each seedling has space to grow on all sides.
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Nice job and I agree with the above advice repot 👌 Fitting many plants in a single pot takes more time but saves space.
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Minime8484 wrote: Wed Jun 29, 2022 5:05 pm I've known really good growers that do both methods....so, up to you.
Personally, I like to separate out one to a pot, or space them evenly out in a larger pot if they are small enough; just so each seedling has space to grow on all sides.
Exactly. When I re-pot I usually leave about 2 diameters between closest neighbors so in about a year at optimal conditions these start touching each other again bringing them to next transplant and so on. Seedlings that are up to 4 - 6 in a pot can be left for the "next time" eventually.
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keith wrote: Wed Jun 29, 2022 6:13 pm Nice job and I agree with the above advice repot 👌 Fitting many plants in a single pot takes more time but saves space.
It doesn't have to take that long, you can do the whole pot as a unit -just unpot them an pull them apart without completely separating them, set them in the new pot and add more potting mix in between them. I've done this, it works fine.
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Tomek B. wrote: Tue Jun 28, 2022 5:36 pm Hi,
In October 2020 first time I saw seeds, mainly winterhard Echinocerei and Escobarias, some mammilarias and Lobivia, using baggy method (previous attempt was many, many years ago using standard method, so in fact I am really newbie in this area). The seedlings were placed on the balcony in May 2021 and since then treated as adult cacti. Now I am trying to figure out, whether should I repot some of them, those which looks to me really crowded. Below are photos of my seedlings, in case of doubts I can try to take better ones.
20220628_190333.jpg

20220628_190345.jpg

20220628_190448.jpg

Can I ask for help from experienced forum members?
Excellent patience. Farming cacti not for The impatient one.

You get this far indoors? Outdoors?
My name is Joe I Live in Hickory NC USA four equal perfect seasons.
Tomek B.
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Thanks :-). All Escobarias and Echinocerei after removing from bags in May (ca. 7 months) stay outdoors, also during the winter (temperatures around 5F were OK for them). Of course, they are protected from rain and snow, I quit watering in the end of September. Mammilarias and Lobivias spent the winter indoors (in the fridge :-) )
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