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Melocactus matanzanus CL986 SEEDS

Melocactus matanzanus CL986 SEEDS

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Melocactus matanzanus CL986, a specific cultivar within the Melocactus genus, is a unique and attractive cactus variety. This cultivar is distinguished by its notable characteristics and is a part of the Melocactus matanzanus species, commonly known as the Dwarf Turk's Cap Cactus, native to Cuba.

Like other members of its species, Melocactus matanzanus CL986 is admired for its compact, globular shape, which makes it a favorite among cactus enthusiasts, especially those with limited space. The body of the cactus is characterized by a deep green color, segmented into several vertical ribs. These ribs are adorned with areoles, from which emerge small but firm spines, typically in shades of yellow or brown.

The most striking feature of this cultivar is its cephalium—a woolly and bristle-covered structure that forms at the top of the plant upon reaching maturity. This cephalium is typically red or pink, offering a striking contrast against the green body of the cactus. It is from this cephalium that the cactus produces its flowers and fruits. The flowers are usually small and may vary in color, often blooming in tones that complement the cephalium.

In terms of care, Melocactus matanzanus CL986 requires conditions similar to other cacti. It thrives best in well-draining soil, prefers a good amount of sunlight, and needs minimal watering, making it well-suited for container gardening. This particular cultivar's unique appearance, especially its colorful cephalium, makes it a desirable and visually appealing addition to any cactus collection or as a standalone decorative plant.

Here are some steps to cultivate Melocactus matanzanus from seeds:

  1. Seed Collection: Collect seeds from ripe fruits when they are ready to be dispersed. Extract the seeds by cutting open the fruits and removing them gently.

  2. Soil Preparation: Prepare well-draining soil by mixing cactus potting mix with sand to improve drainage. Fill small pots or seed trays with this soil mixture.

  3. Sowing: Sow the seeds evenly on the soil surface and press them lightly into the soil with your fingers. Do not cover the seeds with soil, as they require light to germinate.

  4. Watering: Water the soil gently until it is evenly moist, but not overly wet. Avoid waterlogging, as this can cause rotting of the seeds. Keep the soil consistently moist until germination.

  5. Light: Place the pots or trays in a bright location with indirect sunlight. Avoid placing them in direct sunlight, especially during the hottest part of the day, as this can cause the soil to dry out too quickly.

  6. Germination: Seeds of Melocactus matanzanus may take several weeks or even months to germinate. Keep the soil consistently moist and maintain a warm temperature around 25-30°C (77-86°F) to encourage germination.

  7. Transplanting: Once the seedlings have developed several sets of true leaves and are large enough to handle, they can be transplanted into individual pots filled with well-draining soil.

  8. Care: Continue to provide adequate sunlight, water, and warmth as the seedlings grow. Monitor for pests and diseases, and address any issues promptly. You can start fertilizing the seedlings with a diluted cactus fertilizer once they are established.

Botanical family: Cactaceae

Botanical genus: Melocactus

Botanical species: Melocactus matanzanus

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