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From 12" to this big in 3 years
Here is the last photo of this plant before I have to take cuttings. I started this Peruvian Torch (standard Peruvianus) as a cutting about the size of a large cucumber in spring of 2004.

People have actually sent email declaring me a liar; shouting at me that a Peruvian Torch can't grow this fast.

I hope to show you this as proof; large root systems produce large plants. If you want big cactus give them big containers.

Use living soil as described on this site. Roots depend upon a relationship with soil microorganisms to feed them.

Back in the 1920's "Science" determined that the  fuzz found on plant roots was a harmful mold or fungi. "Agricultural colleges" taught farmers that this harmful root mold had to be controlled with chemical fungicides. What idiots! Finally, in the 1990's (I forget the exact year) a science journal carried an article that "Science" had finally figured out that root fuzz was not a harmful mold, but rather a healthy symbiosis feeding nutrients to plant roots. So much for "Science."

Soil is a living part of the life cycle. Compost, worm compost, local silt (dirt or clay), perlite, oyster shell flour, fish emulsion, and all the fertilizers listed on the organic page (scroll to bottom) have a profound effect on the health and vigor of your plants.

Nature is a lot smarter than you may realize! Observe Nature to answer your questions. Real Science begins with observation.

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