|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
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.