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Trichocereus pachanoi - San Pedro Cactus

$5.29

San Pedro Cactus is a fast-growing columnar cactus native to the Peruvian Andes. It's easy to grow and the cluster of tall, slender branches is especially handsome. When conditions are right (usually just after a rainfall), it produces huge fragrant white blossoms at night worth staying awake for.

Native to the Andes, San Pedro tolerates lower temperatures and more rainfall than most cacti. It needs free-draining soil, an occasional deep watering, and some protection from scorching sun in mid-summer. It grows fastest in sunny climates with long summers, is hardy anywhere in zones 8-10.

This is not a very prickly cactus. It has short spines and is safe to plant near a walkway (but maybe not a swimming pool.) Slender and very erect, it makes a handsome statement in most gardens and grows just fine in a pot.

10 seeds

 

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I start these seeds in a 6 inch pot, with a mix of perlite, sand, and vermiculite.  I suggest mixing a little bleach with water and water your soil mix, allow to drain.  Tamp the soil, surface sow seeds and cover with a light layer of starting mix.  

Cover pot with plastic wrap and a rubber band to keep in heat and moisture.  Place in a warm area, but not in direct sunlight.  Use a spray bottle to keep soil moist but not soaking wet.  (Spray bottle keeps the seeds from being dislodged and being buried too deeply to germinate.)   

Remove plastic wrap when you have seedlings.

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