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Cactus seed

Cactus seed

Cactus seed

The amount of time it takes for cactus seeds to germinate depends on the species and climate. If cactus seeds are started indoors or in a covered area like a balcony, they will germinate faster than seeds planted outdoors. The controlled environment inside your home will prompt the seeds to germinate in a few weeks.

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The amount of time it takes for cactus seeds to germinate depends on the species and climate. If cactus seeds are started indoors or in a covered area like a balcony, they will germinate faster than seeds planted outdoors. The controlled environment inside your home will prompt the seeds to germinate in a few weeks.Most species must be grown in as light a position as possible. A greenhouse/conservatory is the best place, but a sunny south or west facing windowsill will be quite adequate. Some cacti, such as Cereus peruvianus and succulents such as Aloe and Haworthia species can grow happily at lower light levels. Cereus peruvianus plants should be placed within 1m of TV/computer screens.

: - Growing in greenhouse/conservatory conditions, the plants are often subject to very high temperatures during sunny weather. Adequate ventilation must be provided otherwise the plants may become scorched. During the winter a minimum of 6-10 C (42-50 F) frost free conditions should be maintained. Cool, dry conditions in winter are necessary for flowering - if your house is centrally heated, give your cacti a winter break in an unheated spare bedroom, and they will reward you by flowering next spring.6. PESTS AND DISEASES : The main pests are Mealy Bugs - these are small insects looking like miniature white woodlice which suck the sap and weaken and disfigure the plants. The first signs of attack are usually bits of "cotton wool" which cover the eggs. They will attack cacti and succulents and also other plants such as Saintpaulias which are nearby. They can be treated either by spraying with an insecticide which kills aphids, or with a biological control predator. (Source: www.abbeybrookcacti.com)

 

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