Mammillaria prolifera Seeds - Texas Nipple Cactus

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Mammillaria prolifera, commonly known as the texas nipple cactus, is a globus clumping plant in the cactus family, Cactaceae. M. prolifera is native to Mexico, the southern United States, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and throughout the Caribbean. Mammillaria prolifera is a low growing plant not exceeding a couple inches in height but can clump to form colonies up to 2 feet wide. Each stem has a dark green epidermis and is covered in sharp bright yellow spines. The individual stems grow up to 3.5 inches tall and 1 to 2 inches in diameter. In the summer time the species blooms with creamy yellow to pinkish flowers that later produce edible red fruit. Mammillaria prolifera is grown as an ornamental plant for its clumping growth pattern and edible fruit. M. prolifera 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. It is a drought-tolerant species and can tolerate a wide range of temperatures. Allow the soil to completely dry out in between waterings. USDA plant hardiness zones 9b to 11b.

Mammillaria prolifera 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. Germinating pots should be kept indoors, out of extreme light and heat. Ideal germination temperatures range from 70°F to 80°F. Germination typically takes 1 to 3 weeks to occur. Even with optimal conditions, germination may be slow and sporadic.



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