Growing Barrel Cactus - Knowledgebase Question

Deming, NM
Question by nmbound
December 12, 1998
How do you grow Barrel Cactus from seed? I have tried with no results.

Answer from NGA
December 12, 1998


Seeds of cacti need light and warmth to germinate, and will sprout erratically. Here are some tips for starting them: Sow seeds on top of dampened seed starting mix, just barely pressing them into the soil. Place plastic wrap over the pots or trays to help retain moisture. Put them in a warm place, such as on top of the refrigerator, or on propagating mats. Remove sprouts as they appear and pot up individually in sandy potting soil. Seeds will take from 7-180 days to germinate when kept at 75F - 80F degrees.

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