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Oct 13, 2014 7:49 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity

A couple of swaps ago I received cactus fruits. What a mess they turned into during the journey! I planted them as soon as they arrived. They didn't germinate the first year. But this fall when I was giving the cactus bed it's fall cleaning I noticed that about 5 plants have germinated. Woo Hoo! Thanks to the senders. I guess they get a winter hardiness test for the next few months.

My current method of collecting cactus seeds is to put 1 cup of fruits and six cups of water into the blender and run on high for 30 seconds. Upon sitting, the pulp floats and the seeds sink, so I can dump off the water, rinse a couple of times, and have clean seeds.

Author of Mother Earth News Blog about Landrace Gardening: http://www.motherearthnews.com/search.aspx?tags= Lofthouse

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