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Astrophytum senile - Goats Horn Cactus - 25 Fresh Seeds

Astrophytum senile - Goats Horn Cactus - 25 Fresh Seeds


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Astrophytum senile - Goats Horn Cactus - 25 Fresh Seeds

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Astrophytum senile - Goats Horn Cactus

This listing is for a pack of 25 seeds.

More properly this should be known as Astrophytum capricorne var senile - as there are only 6 species of Astrophytum recognised now.  Even so, with its long curling spines, this variety is sufficiently different to the type species as to warrant a place in a collection.  The flowers are yellow with a reddish centre and on warm evenings a spicy lemon scent is produced by the flowers.  They are followed by seed pods containing numerous black seeds.  The spines and bloom on the epidermis make this an attractive species all year round. It will also flower when still quite small, often the flower is bigger than the cactus when this happens.

Astrophytum seeds have an interesting germination protection mechanism.  Seeds sown in March - May will have around 98 - 100% germination, those sown earlier will come up in fits and starts, eventually getting around 70%, those sown later may only give 25% germination.  This happens regardless of the year in which they are sown (so seeds left till Mar - May will always show a higher rate of germination - even in older seeds - they have a shelf life of a few years)

Young plants require a degree of shade and protection from the sun as they normally develop in the shade of another plant until they push through the cover or the shade plant dies (as in the case of a mature cactus).  This need should be observed even in the higher latitudes to protect seedlings from becoming scorched and stunted.

Easy to germinate and grow on, full instructions can be found by going to my 'ME' page and following the links there.
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