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Astrophytum capricorne - The Goats Horn Cactus - Fresh Seeds

Astrophytum capricorne - The Goats Horn Cactus - Fresh Seeds

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Astrophytum capricorne - The Goats Horn Cactus - Fresh Seeds

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Astrophytum capricorne - The Goats Horn Cactus

This listing is for a pack of 25 seeds.

This is the spiniest of the Astrophytum species and has several varieties.  This is the main species and will grow up to 1.2 metres tall as a narrow twisting column.  It has robust, curving spines remeniscent of goat horns, hence the common and Latin names.

It flowers in late spring, early summer with bright yellow flowers with a red centre.  The flowers have a faint citrus smell, best noted on warm humid mornings.  The flowers only last a few days each and are followed by red prickly fruits containing the relatively large black seeds.  It is very easy to germinate, taking as little as 2 days to sprout (in March/May period - sowings at other times can take a little longer). It is slow growing but will flower whilst still quite small, starting around its third year.  It is relatively undemanding apart from needing a well draining planting mixture and a cool - not cold - dry winter rest. 

It is hardy down to 20F (-6 C) for short periods provided it is kept bone dry at the roots.
 
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Item Subtype Astrophytum
Type Seeds
Variety Cactus
Sub-Type Cacti/ Succulents


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