Stenocereus alamosensis 25 Seeds - Octopus Cactus

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Stenocereus alamosensis, commonly called octopus cactus, is a creeping or running plant in the cactus family, Cactaceae. Stenocereus alamosensis is native to northwestern Mexico growing in chaparral regions. A single plant can spread 8 to 12 feet wide with thin stems that are densely covered in sharp gray spines. Stenocereus alamosensis blooms in mid spring to early summer with long pink to red funnel shaped flowers. Stenocereus alamosensis is grown as a barrier for its impenetrability and an ornamental plant. S. alamosensis 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. 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.

Stenocereus alamosensis 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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