Echinocereus engelmannii 25 Seeds - Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus

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Echinocereus engelmannii is commonly known as strawberry hedgehog cactus or Engelmann's hedgehog cactus. It is a medium sized clustering plant in the cactus family, Cactaceae. E. engelmannii is native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico and can be found growing in dry arid environments. The stems of the plant measure between 2 to 3 feet at maturity and 2 to 4 inches in diameter and are heavily covered in dense spines. The spines of E. engelmannii are variable in color from gray to white, yellow, brown, and dark red. E. engelmannii blooms in late spring to early summer with large bright magenta flowers. This cactus is grown as an ornamental plant for its attractive appearance and drought tolerance. E. engelmannii 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. Allow the soil to completely dry out in between waterings. USDA plant hardiness zones 7a to 10b.

E. engelmannii seeds require consistent moisture and humidity to germinate, but the soil should not be 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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