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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. Finally, in the 1990's a science journal carried an article that "Science" had realized that root fuzz was not a harmful mold, but rather a symbiotic relationship feeding nutrients to plant roots. Uh, huh...

Soil is a living part of the ecosystem. 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 so learn from her. The scientific method begins with observation. So watch what nature does...

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

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