Ferocactus glaucescens 25 Seeds - Blue Barrel Cactus

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Ferocactus glaucescens, commonly called the blue barrel cactus, is a globus plant in the cactus family, Cactaceae. F. glaucescens is native to eastern central Mexico and can be found growing in limestone rich soils. The round stems reach up to 2 feet tall and 1.5 feet in diameter at maturity and are covered in bright yellow spines that contrast against the blue gray epidermis. F. glaucescens blooms in late spring and summer with small lemon yellow flowers that are funnel shaped and are one inch in diameter. Ferocactus glaucescens is grown as an ornamental plant for its unique contrasting colors and lack of need for maintenance. F. glaucescens 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 9a to 11b.

F. glaucescens 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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