Gymnocalycium saglionis

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gymnocalycium_saglionis

Gymnocalycium saglionis 32 Seeds & Kit

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Cactus Seed Growing System Kit Instructions

Step One: Remove plastic wrap from seed starting supplies; 10oz cup, peat pot, seed package and plastic baggie containing growing medium.

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Step Two: Pour growing medium into peat pot at bottom of 10oz cup, and set plastic baggie aside.

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Step Three: Pour 1/8 cup of distilled or filtered water into 10oz cup, soaking the growing medium and peat pot. Water may take several minutes to soak in.

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Step Four: Open seed package and sprinkle seeds on top of wet growing medium.

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Step Five: Keep seeds wet inside of plastic baggie, and then remove baggie after seeds begin to germinate.

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Ambient daytime temperature for seeds to germinate will need to be over 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Germination times will vary between 1 to 4 weeks, and some cactus seeds may germinate as late as 2 years after having been planted.

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After seeds begin to germinate remove plastic baggie keeping seedlings uncovered. Water seedlings alternating between wet and dry growing medium until seedlings are large enough to transplant into their own small flower pots.

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Gymnocalycium saglionis

Adult Plant Growing Information

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Yes - small container size plant. This variety will occupy a small flower pot comfortably and remain a manageable sized house plant.

Yes - tolerates low light levels. This variety will do well as a houseplant in locations with short periods of direct sun and some indirect or filtered light.

Yes - does well with cool winter time temperatures. This variety will tolerate temperatures down below 50 °F. if the roots are kept dry, and will do very well in a home with energy saving thermostat setting.

Yes - easy care root system. This variety stores water in the parts of the plant which are above the soil leaving the root system small enough to fit into a proportionally sized flower pot.

Yes - flowers easily as a house plant. This variety is likely to flower as a house plant, but results will depend on a variety of growing conditions.

good locations,

These seeds need very wet conditions with day time temperatures to be in the 80s and night time temperatures to fall into the 60s. The seedlings are very small and remain small for a few years, but they begin to grow faster after the first few years. The seedlings are small and fragile enough to need water frequently, and they thrive in wet warm conditions. The seedlings will have less risk of fungal infections if they are allowed to dry out between being in fully wet soil.

Gymnocalycium saglionis is sometime called, "Giant Chin Cactus" which is its common name.

These plants grow well under artificial plant lighting, and long exposures to the full force of sunlight should be avoided. If the seedlings are kept in sunlight they will do well on plenty of filtered light, because too much intense sun can damage the skin. This species will survive brief exposures to freezing conditions, but will need the temperatures to remain above 25 °F. If this variety is to be set outdoors during the growing season it needs to be in a location with filtered sun with only a few hours of direct sun, and will tolerate lots of rain. Keeping saglionis outdoors as seedling may require at least 30% shade cloth for protection from rain and sun.

size,

Gymnocalycium saglionis remains a single stem plant and is perhaps the largest growing cactus in the generic. Very old plants can grow about a foot across and a few feet tall.

ancestry,

Argentina

seed propagation origin,

Plants and seeds are grown and propagated by windowsillcactus.com.

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