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  • What kind of fertilizer should I use? how often and at what strengths do you recommend?
    COCAC uses "master blend" brand tomato fertilizer in combination with Epson salt and calcium nitrate. The ratios are as follows. Master Blend - 3.96 grams per gallon of water Epson salt -2.09 gramps per gallon of water after those two parts are completely dissolved in the water add, Calcium Nitrate - 4.4 grams per gallon of water Your nutrient solution in the spring and summer should be within a range of 5.8 to 6.2 ph and within a ppm range of 1300-1600 ppm at a frequency of at least once a week depending on uv exposure and temperature shifts. (i feed daily in drip irrigation) In the fall and winter we reduce the frequency of the feed to at most, twice a month going down to only once a month for the coldest parts of winter and we increase the strength of the feed, these ranges are from 1700ppm to 2200ppm depending on UV exposure and temperature swings. PH range stays the same year round. To increase bloom production you can add a bloom booster of your choosing starting in the fall alongside with the regular feeding schedule, or just drop the N from your feed solution. All three parts can be ordered online through You can also brew compost teas with microbial/fungal inoculants and raw organic amendments to address stress issues and aid in plant disease and pest control. Nutrient lockout, toxicity or deficiency is the root cause of all stress responses and disease and/or fungal outbreaks, while genetics do play a roll, stressed out nutrient deficient plants will suffer harder and faster than well feed "healthy" plants will in the long run of any sort of viral/fungal/ dramatic environmental pressure changes happen to occur. Whether you grow with synthetic nutrients in a soilless media or you are growing organically these same principals apply. If the raw amendments in an organic system are not actively being broken down by a thriving fungal/microbial community within the soil the plants are unable to take up a large majority of those nutrients and will suffer nutrient deficiency/lockout and or toxicity. FEED YOUR PLANTS. All plants require N-P-K (not to mention trace minerals.) at some specific strength and at a certain frequency based on environmental pressures.
  • Whats the best type of soil to use?
    Any fully amended soil for organic gardening should work fine. these cacti love lots of Nitrogen and calcium, beneficial microbes/ bacteria and fugus are helpful in the breakdown of organic materials to be converted into a bioavailable form for the cacti to consume over 6/8 weeks from planting. If you live in an extremely humid climate it would be good to add extra pumice or perlite (whatever is cheaper or locally available is fine)
  • Can I grow my cactus Soil-less?
    We suggest using 70% perlite 30% coco coir or cocoa husk. (Use smallest size perlite and shredded cocoa coir). Fertilize with nutrients once a week. Its best to use a pot that is ceramic or fabric. Transplant annually or as needed. See outdoor feeding schedule for our suggested regimen.
  • Where's the best place in my house to keep my cactus?
    South, East or southeast or west facing windows would be best. southeast being the best of the 3, north is not an option unless you are using lights.
  • When is the best/appropriate time to feed my cactus?
    Indoors (House Plant): The best time to feed an indoor cactus would be roughly once a month, maybe 2/3 times depending on UV exposure and temperatures. pick a date (the 1st of the month) and stick to that. Outdoors (Green House): About once a week (Depending on UV exposure and temperature shifts) and around 6pm
  • Whats the ideal temp for my green house?
    Do not allow the temperatures to drop lower than 35 degrees Fahrenheit or above 120 degrees Fahrenheit, for more than 5 to 7 hours.
  • It is winter and currently very cold outside, is it safe to ship my plant?
    A majority of the time temperatures outside will not bother the package unless it is left outside for extended periods of time. so long as you are aware of your ship day and are closely following tracking this should not be an issue unless temps are below 0f for more than 8 hrs. heat packs can be added per customer request at no extra cost.
  • I just purchased 3 cuttings, and it is currently January in Kansas, What is your preferred method for rooting these ? Should I keep them dormant until spring ?
    yes, dormant till spring, I would keep them in a space with neutral temperatures as well as light neutral conditions, until the temperatures outside are consistently above 50 at night. Then you can get them outside and begin foliar feeding to stimulate root growth if they have not already set roots while they remained in storage over the fall and winter months. I would advise you to store them indoors east facing window at most, upright in a dry media, 70%perlite or pumice 30%coco coir.
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