Growing Pitaya Seedlings | Repotting

Now that you have finished culling the pitaya seedlings and you have only the best in hand, you want to pot the individual pitaya seedlings in their own individual pots. You can use the same soil mixture you used as the base soil mix for sprouting the seedlings.

A 3-5 inch pot should be ample in size for this step. Making sure there is good drainage, fill the pot with the same soil medium you used to sprout the seedlings. Gently transplant into the pot one of the seedlings (keeping the handling of the pitaya seedlings root mass to a minimum).

Note: If you are potting cured pitaya stem cuttings, you will be using a larger pot as your pitaya cutting should be significantly larger than the pitaya seedlings you are transplanting here.

Initially, keep the repotted pitaya seedlings in approximately the same degree of sunlight as when they were in the tray. This will help to reduce the shock to the pitaya seedlings from being repotted. After a few days if not sooner, you can begin to slowly increase the amount of sunlight the repotted pitaya cactus seedlings get each day. Remember, as the pitaya cactus seedlings grow, they are getting more and more roots and will tolerate and want more sunlight and will also be able to better tolerate other stresses (periods of dryness, wind, etc.). Again, err on the side of keeping them a little dry to avoid rot. Do not keep the pots sodden with water! The pitaya cactus itself stores a lot of water, so as the pitaya plants begin to grow, they will have lots of water stored inside to handle any dry conditions - what they can't handle nearly so well is too much water. This holds true of course for all cacti and succulents...

After a few weeks or longer (allow at least several weeks of growing in the pots), you should be able to plant the pitaya cactus in its final location. As long as the repotted pitaya cactus is continuing to grow well and not getting pot-bound, you need not worry too much about planting it right away!

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