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Turbinicarpus lophophoroides (seed)

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Turbinicarpus lophophoroides is a slow-growing dwarf cacti species from Mexico. Named for its resemblance to the Lophophora genus.

Care and Cultivation of Turbinicarpus lophophoroides

We now use the Takeaway Tek for germinating most cacti seeds. Click here to view the Takeaway Tek. Otherwise, follow the directions below.

Seed should be sown in sterile cacti mix, either in terracotta pots or plastic, people either prefer one or the other and I prefer the terracotta as they regulate the moisture better. Cover the seeds very lightly with mix and mist the surface to settle the soil and seeds. Cover with a humidity dome or plastic wrap and leave in a warm spot in 50-25% shade. Fluctuating temperatures are best (ie. high day temperature and low night temperature) as they simulate the desert environment. Seedlings will emerge in 7-21 days and can be grown in the same environment for a number of months. Mist when almost dry. Decrease the humidity as they get older or they will succumb to rot.

As they get older the watering can become deeper and more frequent. Potting up can be done when 5-10mm in diameter. Keep in part-shade. Like other arid zone cacti, they require a dry over-wintering otherwise they may succumb to rot. It also promotes flowering.

20 seeds per packet


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