Echinocereus stramineus 25 Seeds - Straw Colored Hedgehog Cactus

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Echinocereus stramineus, commonly known as the straw colored hedgehog cactus, is a clustering plant belonging to the cactus family, Cactaceae. E. stramineus is native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico, where it is found in the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Sonora. The stems of this species often clump together by branching at the base. Each stem reaches about 8 inches in height and 3 inches in diameter and can clump together to form large colonies of 10 to over 100 plants. The spines of this species are straw colored giving the cactus its common name. This species blooms during spring to summer with large bright magenta flowers. The flowers are slightly deeper colored on the inner part of the tepals and are brighter on the outer parts with yellow anthers surrounding a green stigma at the center. E. stramineus is grown as an ornamental plant for its large showy flowers and small edible fruit. E. stramineus grows best in full sun to partial shade while sitting in well-draining soils. Water the plant adequately during summer and keep dry during winter as it is prone to rot. Allow the soil to completely dry out in between waterings. USDA plant hardiness zones 10a to 11b.

Echinocereus stramineus seeds require consistent moisture and humidity to germinate, but the soil should not remain soaking wet. Cloning boxes, ziplock bags, and other containers that retain humidity are ideal to store sown pots. Use a well-draining sterilized soil mix. Seeds should be sown directly on top of the potting mixture and lightly covered with a thin layer of sand or potting mix, just enough to cover the seeds. Germinating pots should be kept indoors, out of extreme light and heat. Ideal germination temperatures range from 75°F to 85°F. Germination typically takes 2 to 4 weeks to occur. Even with optimal conditions, germination may be slow and sporadic.

 

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