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Ariocarpus retusus AL43 SEEDS

Ariocarpus retusus AL43 SEEDS

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Ariocarpus retusus 'AL43' is a selected variant of the Ariocarpus retusus species, known for its distinctive features which may include unique tubercle shapes, growth patterns, or colorations. This particular cultivar is sought after by cactus enthusiasts and collectors for its unusual aesthetic appeal and its adaptability to challenging growing conditions, similar to those of its natural habitat in Mexico. The designation 'AL43' typically refers to a specific clone or a collection of plants sharing unique characteristics, chosen for their beauty or rarity.

Cultivating Ariocarpus retusus 'AL43' from seeds is a long and meticulous process, but it offers immense satisfaction for those who value the gradual development of these plants. Here's a brief guide on how to grow them from seeds:

  1. Seed Preparation: Starting with fresh seeds is crucial for maximizing germination rates. Soaking the seeds in lukewarm water for a few hours before planting can enhance hydration.

  2. Soil Mix: Use a well-draining soil mix designed for cacti, which might include coarse sand, perlite, and a small amount of compost. The pH should be slightly acidic to neutral.

  3. Sowing Seeds: Spread the seeds over the surface of moist soil in a shallow container, lightly covering them with a thin layer of fine sand or vermiculite. Seeds need light to germinate, so they should not be buried too deeply.

  4. Environmental Conditions: Keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy, using a sprayer for gentle watering. The ideal temperature for germination ranges between 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F). Covering the container with clear plastic can help maintain consistent humidity.

  5. Lighting: Seedlings require indirect sunlight or artificial light to grow, avoiding direct sunlight that could harm them or dry out the soil too quickly.

  6. Germination: Ariocarpus seeds may take from a few weeks to several months to germinate. Maintaining patience and optimal conditions is key.

  7. Post-Germination Care: After germination, gradually remove the cover to acclimate the young plants to their surroundings. Continue to keep the soil slightly moist and provide more light as they grow.

  8. Transplanting: Once the seedlings are large enough to handle, they can be carefully transplanted into individual pots.

  9. Long-term Care: Over time, the plants will require less water and can tolerate more direct light. During the winter period, reduce watering to allow for a rest period.

Cultivating Ariocarpus retusus 'AL43' from seeds requires dedication and careful attention, but watching these fascinating plants grow from seed to maturity is a unique and rewarding experience.


Botanical family: Cactaceae

Botanical genus: Ariocarpus

Botanical species: Ariocarpus retusus AL43

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