I don't currently have any aloe or cactus pads here in Canada or any wheat or pea seeds. But I'm very inclined to know if a seed could germinate if injected (poked) into a thick wet leaf like cactus or Alovera. I should mention that specifically the opuntia cactus is the one that I grow and wish to utilize in the future.
A clay ball coating on the injected seed?. If anyone can try this sooner than me I'd be very interested in the results.
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First you would need to know what chemical compounds make up the cacti interior, it is probable that there are compounds present that could be detrimental to seed sprouting.
The gel type interior of Aloe for instance would form a sticky coating on the seed's coat and that can prevent coat split which is necessary for any seed to germinate and begin growing.
Aloe also has antibiotic properties (which is why we use it for treatment of burns) and those properties will inhibit many seeds ability to sprout.
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posted 4 months ago
I'm thinking a one inch round clay or soil seed ball around each seed. I thought about the suggested wheat test. But it wouldn't be worth seeding wheat that way, too much work. Peas might be worth the extra work. Or broad beans. Maybe corn and beans could be sown this way for an early start on the wet season. I have seen a video of squash planted just above some diced opuntia with about 1 inch of soil between the seed and the pads. I'm not sure if the seed would get enough moisture to sprout if the soil was dry to begin with. Another method could be to rip trenches for a seed/cactus pads slurry then cover with the next pass of the tractor.
posted 4 months ago
Or make fermented Alovera/cactus juice. If rotin pads are laid flat over an area they seal moisture in the soil below . Each one is like a thin rotin bag of wet goo.
I'm confused. Exactly what are you trying to achieve? Interesting germination concept but cactii in Canada???
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posted 3 months ago
In anywhere with cacti and a dry season. On my farm in Mexico i want to try and make use of moisture in cacti. Maybe for germination of seeds to get a Jump on the rain season. This idea is not really economical for wheat but Mabe something else like peas
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