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Armatocereus mataranus SEEDS

Armatocereus mataranus SEEDS

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Armatocereus mataranus is a rare and impressive columnar cactus native to the arid regions of Peru. This species is characterized by its tall, upright growth habit, often reaching heights of several meters. Its thick, green stems are ribbed and adorned with formidable spines that provide protection from herbivores. Notably, Armatocereus mataranus blooms at night, producing large, white, fragrant flowers that attract nocturnal pollinators. The flowers are followed by edible fruits, adding to the plant's appeal. Due to its striking appearance and adaptability, it's a valued species among cactus enthusiasts.

Cultivation from Seeds:

  1. Seed Preparation: Armatocereus mataranus seeds benefit from a pre-sowing treatment of soaking in lukewarm water for 24 hours to soften the hard seed coat and encourage germination.

  2. Sowing: Sow the seeds in a well-draining cactus mix. Sprinkle the seeds on the soil surface and lightly cover them with a thin layer of soil or sand. Light is crucial for germination, so ensure they are not buried too deeply.

  3. Germination Environment: Place the seed tray in a warm (20-25°C or 68-77°F), well-lit area, avoiding direct sunlight. Covering the tray with clear plastic or a glass pane can help maintain humidity.

  4. Watering: Mist the soil lightly to keep it moist but not waterlogged. Proper drainage is essential to prevent the seeds from rotting.

  5. Germination Time: Seeds typically begin to germinate within 2-4 weeks, although some may take longer. Patience is required during this period.

  6. Seedling Care: Once seedlings emerge, gradually reduce humidity by removing the cover for short periods, gradually increasing the time they are exposed to air.

  7. Transplanting: When the seedlings are large enough to handle and have developed a few true spines, transplant them into individual pots with suitable well-draining soil.

  8. Ongoing Care: Water sparingly, allowing the soil to dry completely between waterings. Provide bright, indirect light and protect from extreme cold.

Cultivating Armatocereus mataranus from seeds is an engaging process that rewards patience and care with the growth of a unique and striking cactus, perfect for adding an exotic touch to gardens and collections.


Botanical family: Cactaceae

Botanical genus: Armatocereus

Botanical species: Armatocereus mataranus

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