Pediocactus simpsonii var. minor
Five-Spine Rating -
Yes - small container size plant. This variety will occupy a small flower pot comfortably and remain a manageable sized house plant.
This variety will do their best as houseplants with lots of sun and they become stressed with inadequate light which could result in poor health or even death.
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.
This variety is unlikely to flower as a house plant and they should be chosen with flowering as a low priority.
Potential living space locations include; East, West windows, but a South window or a three to four seasons room will work better where the plants get more sun. This species will tolerate very cool days and cold nights, and if in winter rest conditions they can survive temperatures below -20 °F. This species is best kept outdoors is all seasons, where it can spend the winter covered in snow.
As seedlings these plants grow in a columnar shape and need to be kept in filtered light as direct sun can easily sun burn them to death. When they become juvenile plants they are more globular and have a light covering of short white spines, but can still easily die from direct sun and DO need to be grown in filtered light. Growing into their adult form these plants become more even more globular and they start to grow longer deep red orange tipped spines.
These plants require an alpine method to grow from seeds, and keep them out of direct sun until they begin to grow their darker longer adult spines. Another way to anticipate when to start giving them direct sun is to wait until the plants are at least 5 years old before removing them from filtered light. It is common for alpine plants to seem very tough as adults plants, but as seedlings and juveniles they are fragile.
Pediocactus simpsonii var. minor grows as a globular cactus for many years, and as it becomes older plant it begins to take on a columnar form. The size of these plants is variable and most individuals will be smaller, but might be as large as 3 inches wide by a foot high. When the snow melts in the spring they quickly begin to form flower buds and will bloom earlier than other cacti. These seeds will produce plants with flower colors in the pink through white range, and possibly a few plants with a greenish yellow influence on white.
This species grows mostly in the mountain regions of Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming.
seed propagation origin
Plants and seeds are grown and propagated by windowsillcactus.com.
items included in purchase
Purchase price includes 21 Pediocactus simpsonii var. minor seeds.
Plants are available at Pediocactus simpsonii var. minor plant page
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