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Aug 1, 2014 7:47 PM CST
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Name: Keith
Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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My purple moon cacti is growing flowers since going outside. Will insects need to pollinate flowers so seed develops? Once I get seed how do I go about goring it? I live in zone 7a so once fall comes its too cold outside everything has to be inside until May.
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Aug 2, 2014 5:32 AM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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Keith, are you talking about Gymnocalycium mihanovichii? I assume you don't mean a columnar cactus with a round purple top that has been grafted onto it.

Put your cactus soil in a container about 4 inches deep. Make sure there is excellent drainage. Water the soil. Shake the seeds onto the top of the soil and cover with no more than about 1/8" of soil. Put into a clear plastic bag to keep soil moist and so that you can see the growth. Keep warm (at least 70°). It takes about 1 to 4 weeks for germination depending on conditions. Don't put the container in direct sunlight but do place where there is bright light. Repot after several months.
I garden for the pollinators.
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Aug 2, 2014 9:12 AM CST
Name: 'CareBear'

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You do know that the 'Moon Cactus' that are grafted must be grafted to a green growing cactus. These plants produce no food for themselves due to no green. So they must get it from the plant grafted to. If they produce seed, I hope it is reverted to the past all green types otherwise as soon as the seed germinates, it will die. I had some all yellow plants germinate and as soon as they used up what was in the seed pod, they died. They propagate this cactus by the little off shoots they produce. And graft onto another stock.
Rare that some bloom. Great for you.
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Aug 2, 2014 12:10 PM CST
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Name: Keith
Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Zinnias Plays in the sandbox Roses Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Organic Gardener
Region: New York Native Plants and Wildflowers Lilies Seed Starter Spiders! Enjoys or suffers hot summers
SongofJoy said:Keith, are you talking about Gymnocalycium mihanovichii? I assume you don't mean a columnar cactus with a round purple top that has been grafted onto it.

Put your cactus soil in a container about 4 inches deep. Make sure there is excellent drainage. Water the soil. Shake the seeds onto the top of the soil and cover with no more than about 1/8" of soil. Put into a clear plastic bag to keep soil moist and so that you can see the growth. Keep warm (at least 70°). It takes about 1 to 4 weeks for germination depending on conditions. Don't put the container in direct sunlight but do place where there is bright light. Repot after several months.



Yes I'm talking about grafted cactus, I heard the purple color produces babies that grow on their own roots.
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Aug 2, 2014 12:21 PM CST
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Avid Green Pages Reviewer
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Garden Ideas: Master Level Cat Lover Birds Region: Tennessee Echinacea
I see. Looks like Stush gave the answer.
I garden for the pollinators.
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Aug 2, 2014 4:29 PM CST
Name: 'CareBear'

Amaryllis Cactus and Succulents Dog Lover Hostas Irises Region: Pennsylvania
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So sorry to forgot to welcome a new member. Let me be the first to give an acorn.
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