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Stenocereus thurberi - Organ Pipe Cactus - Fresh Seeds

Stenocereus thurberi - Organ Pipe Cactus - Fresh Seeds

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Stenocereus thurberi - Organ Pipe Cactus - Fresh Seeds

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Stenocereus thurberi - Organ Pipe Cactus

This listing is for a pack of 25 seeds.

This cactus comes mainly from the Sonora and Baja California areas of Mexico, but there is a large population in the South Western US centred on Organ Pipe National Monument.  It is a species of the rocky desert found at heights up to 900 metres.

This cactus species has several narrow stems that rise vertically, growing from a single short trunk just above the ground level. These stems are about 15 cm thick and grow to a height of around 5 metres, perhaps a bit taller. These stems rarely branch but rather grow annually from the tip of the last growth. A mature stand can be over 3 metres across, but the plant will likely be over 100 years old at this point.

Each stem has 12 to 19 ribs that bear dark brown to black spines that turn gray as it matures.The older plants produce 8 cm funnel-shaped white flowers annually which are open at night and close by the morning and have a purple or pink tint to them. These usually grow during April, May, and June. The organ pipe cactus is usually pollinated by bats. These are followed by fruit about the size of a tennis ball. Beneath the fruit's spiny exterior is red flesh containing the seeds, the flesh is edible and quite refreshing.  It is possible to get this cactus to flower in cultivation if it is well grown.

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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