How to Raise Trichocereus Peruvianus Cactus From Seeds
Peruvian torch cactus (Echinopsis peruviana, formerly Trichocereus peruvianus) is native to the Andes Mountains in Peru. This tall, columnar cactus has bluish-green skin and beautiful large white flowers. It can grow outdoors in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 10 through 11. Peruvian torch grows from seed and cuttings. Black, small seeds come from ripe, oval fruit in late summer. Once cleaned and dried, store seeds in glassine or paper envelopes.
Start in the early spring. Mix equal parts of sterile perlite, vermiculite and peat. Use a mixing surface that has been cleaned with 10 percent bleach solution to kill any plant pathogens.
Clean a 4-inch plastic pot with the 10 percent bleach solution. Fill it to within 1/4 inch from the pot rim with the potting mix. Tap the pot gently to settle the mix so there is about 1/2 inch between the top of the soil and the rim of the pot; the soil should be level.
Put the filled pot in a clean 6-inch shallow tray of water. Wait until the water is soaked up and the top of the soil is wet. Remove the pot from the water and let it drain.
Scatter seeds as evenly as possible over the surface of the soil in the pot. Cover the soil with a single layer, loosely spread, of fine chicken grit to give support to seedlings as they grow. Mist the grit lightly using the spray bottle of water. Cover the pot with clear plastic wrap or a 5-inch square sheet of acrylic plastic.
Check every few days to see if seed is germinating. Lift the plastic wrap to mist the top of the potting mix occasionally. Do not let the soil dry out. When most of the seed germinates, fold the plastic wrap back to reveal one-quarter of the pot opening. Mist the seedlings daily.
Water the pot every week or two from the bottom as you did before planting the seeds. Fold back more of the plastic gradually as the seedlings grow. Continue to mist from the top.
Remove the plastic entirely when the seedlings have a few spines showing at the top. Water with a one-quarter strength all-purpose balanced fertilizer once a week, watering from the bottom. Keep misting so that the potting mix remains moist but not soggy.
Continue this regime until the seedlings reach about 1/2 inch tall or when they begin to press against the sides of the pot, when they can be transplanted.
Put masking tape around your fingers so your skin isn’t pricked by spines. Turn the seedling pot over and tap out the plants. Gently work extra soil away from the roots by softly thumping the seedling root ball against a clean work surface. Use your fingers to gently tap the roots to shake off more potting mix.
Grasp three to four of the seedlings at one side of the massed seedlings. Hold the remainder with your other hand and gently tug the small group of seedlings free from their siblings, trying not to break any roots. Lay them with their roots spread out on a clean piece of newspaper on your work surface. Continue to separate clumps of three to four seedlings at a time until you separate the entire pot of seedlings.
Mix up more of the potting mix and moisten it so it is just damp. Fill clean 2-inch pots with the mix. Make a hole in the center of the mix with the blunt end of a pencil big enough so the seedling roots will fit into the hole.
Take a clump of three to four seedlings from the newspaper and fit the roots into the hole. Hold them in place with one hand. Use the pencil in the other hand to gently firm the potting mix around the seedlings. Don’t pack the soil tightly and don’t hurt the roots. Put the pot into a clean nursery flat.
Repeat until all seedling clumps are in pots in the flat. Put the flat in a spot that has light and temperature conditions similar to those the seedlings had while in their germination pot.
Wait a day to water the plants to allow any broken roots to heal. Water the plants thoroughly. After a few weeks, give the growing seedlings slightly brighter light. Keep the seedlings moist. Watch the seedling growth and prepare to separate them when the seedlings are about 2 inches tall or getting near the edges of the pot.
Potting Each Seedling
Tape your fingers with several layers of masking tape. Take a pot with its 2-inch-tall clump of seedlings and turn it upside down over a clean work surface. Gently tap the pot rim on a larger pot or the edge of a table while supporting the seedlings in your hand; they should slide out easily.
Hold the seedlings in one hand and gently tap their roots against the work surface, using your other hand to shake off extra soil. Grasp one seedling and firmly but slowly pull it away from the others. Lay it on a piece of clean newspaper.
Repeat to separate out all the seedlings. Take one seedling and hold it over the center of a clean 2-inch pot with one hand and fill around and under its roots with potting mix. Shake the pot to settle the mix and add more if needed. Put the potted cactus in a clean nursery flat.
Repeat until you pot all the seedlings. Don’t water the plants for a day or two, then water thoroughly. Keep the seedlings moist during the first year of growth. After that, allow the top 1/2 inch of the potting mix to dry before watering thoroughly.
Work the growing seedlings gradually into stronger light, so that by the time they fill out the 2-inch pot they are in partial sunlight. Fertilize the cacti monthly with half-strength fertilizer while they are growing, withholding fertilizer if they slow down growth during winter.
Continue repotting the cacti as they grow, giving them more sunlight until by the time they are in 6-inch pots they are in full sunlight. Plant them outside in USDA zones 10 or higher. Keep them as container plants zones 9 or below.
How to Raise Trichocereus Peruvianus Cactus From Seeds. Peruvian torch cactus (Echinopsis peruviana, formerly Trichocereus peruvianus) is native to the Andes Mountains in Peru. This tall, columnar cactus has bluish-green skin and beautiful large white flowers. It can grow outdoors in U.S. Department of Agriculture …
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Peruvian Torch (Echinopsis peruviana) 20 Seeds
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