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Lobivia aculeata "Cornelia" C4 SEEDS

Lobivia aculeata "Cornelia" C4 SEEDS

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obivia aculeata "Cornelia" is a cultivar of the Lobivia genus, which is part of the Cactaceae family. Lobivias are small, globular to short cylindrical cacti native to South America, highly appreciated among cactus enthusiasts for their vibrant and colorful flowers. The "Cornelia" cultivar is particularly noted for its striking blooms and manageable size, making it a popular choice for collectors and gardeners seeking to add a splash of color to their indoor or outdoor cactus collections.

Description

Lobivia aculeata "Cornelia" typically features a compact, spherical to slightly elongated body. The plant can grow up to 5-15 cm in height and diameter, depending on age and growing conditions. Its green, fleshy body is divided into ribs, which are adorned with areoles from which spines emerge. The spines can range in color from white to yellow or even reddish, providing a striking contrast to the green body of the cactus.

The most remarkable feature of "Cornelia" is its flowers. They are large in comparison to the body of the plant, often reaching up to 6-8 cm in diameter. The blooms can vary in color, typically showcasing shades of pink, red, or orange, with a floral tube covered in wool and small bristles. The flowers usually appear in late spring or early summer, opening during the day and lasting for several days.

Cultivation from Seed

Growing Lobivia aculeata "Cornelia" from seed is a rewarding process that requires patience, as cacti generally grow slowly. Here are some steps to cultivate this plant from seed:

  1. Seed Preparation: No special treatment is required for the seeds before sowing. However, using fresh seeds increases the chances of successful germination.

  2. Sowing: Use a well-draining soil mix designed for cacti and succulents. You can make your mix by combining regular potting soil with sand and perlite or pumice to ensure good drainage. Sow the seeds on the surface of the moist soil and lightly cover them with a thin layer of sand or fine grit.

  3. Germination Conditions: Place the container in a warm, bright spot out of direct sunlight. The ideal temperature for germination is between 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F). Covering the container with a clear plastic lid or wrap can help maintain humidity, but ensure to ventilate regularly to prevent mold growth.

  4. Watering: Keep the soil lightly moist but not waterlogged. Using a spray bottle to mist the soil works well, as it prevents disturbing the tiny seeds.

  5. Care After Germination: Once seedlings emerge, gradually expose them to more light. However, protect them from intense midday sun to prevent scorching. Water sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings.

  6. Transplanting: When seedlings are big enough to handle (usually after a year), they can be carefully transplanted into individual pots.

Care Tips

  • Light: Lobivia aculeata "Cornelia" thrives in bright light with some direct sun. However, in very hot climates, partial afternoon shade is beneficial.
  • Water: Water moderately during the growing season (spring to fall) and reduce watering in the winter to a minimum.
  • Feeding: Use a diluted cactus fertilizer during the growing season for added nutrients.
  • Temperature: Protect from frost, as it is not frost-tolerant.

Cultivating Lobivia aculeata "Cornelia" from seed can be a slow but immensely satisfying process, offering the joy of watching these spectacular cacti bloom from tiny seeds.

 

Botanical family: Cactaceae

Botanical genus: Lobivia

Botanical species: Lobivia aculeata

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