The Q&A Archives: Easter Cactus Seeds

Question: Last year my Easter Cactus (Rhipsalidopsis gaertneri) produced a seed pod containing 10 seeds. The pod seemed ready for harvest in October which I did. I am wondering if these seeds will be viable. If so, what planting media, temperature and light condtions do they require for optimal germination? Do the seeds need any pretreatment such as soaking, cold or scratching of the seed coat?

Answer: The seeds need no pre-treatment, just sprinkle them on some moistened seed starting mix and barely cover with fine sand. Place the tray inside a plastic bag and put it in a warm place (65F - 75F degrees). The seeds can take one week to several months to germinate. When they sprout remove the plastic bag and put the tray in a brightly lit place. As soon as the seedlings develop two sets of true leaves they'll be ready to transplant into their own little pots.

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