* These desert species are extremely hardy and can withstand some neglect without harm as they're used to, of course very little moisture.
* This flowering mix provides a collection of unique flowers, growing habits, colors, and textures.
* Some of these cactus species will even produce fruit that is edible!
* This cactus mix would be great to start in a container and maybe eventually move to the landscape where they could serve as great, low water usage bedding plants. These would be excellent in the desert southwest or California because of their water conservation practices.
* These are not really fast growers but are extremely long-lived with many cactus species living for well over a hundred years.
* The people of the Sonoran Desert eat the fruits of the Ferocactus and use it in candies and preserves!
* Cactus are great specimens for houseplants because of their low maintenance growth habits, and the fact they'll also help to purify the air.
* Growing cactus seeds would be a great home biology project to learn about the unique and diverse growth habits of these unusual but spectacular plants.
* Please make sure your cactus species are positively identified before consuming them because there are cactus species that can be harmful if consumed.
Days to Germination-Cacti can be challenging and germination will be variable with this mix. They will take 3 weeks to 3 months so be please be patient! Light, moisture, and depth of sowing will impact the different species so alter growing conditions if their germination isn't strong.
Sowing-Indoors in a well-draining mix. Sow the seeds onto the surface of a mix of half peat moss and perlite that is has been pre-moistened. Lightly press seeds onto the media to ensure the seeds are in contact with moisture.
Make sure the seedling mix is kept consistently moist during the germination process. Do not allow the mix to dry out so providing a plastic cover overseed tray will help. Lower moisture after they germinate. Keep the temperature at about 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
Days to Maturity-Variable
Sowing Depth-Surface but lightly press seeds onto media to ensure seeds are in contact with moisture.