Lophophora Williamsii Seeds | Peyote Cactus Seeds | Peyote seeds
Peyote seeds or fresh Lophophora williamsii cactus seeds will grow into a blueish plant with a globular shape. The Lophophora williamsii cactus, also known as peyote, is a rare spineless cactus native to Mexico and South Texas. Lophophora williamsii produces white wool and grows ribs in well-defined lines as it ages, these ribs can be used as an indicator of the plants approximate age. Most plants young plants have 5 ribs, while older specimens can reach up to 13 ribs. It usually grows solitary, but can also grow caespitose. It maintains a large subterranean taproot which acts as a water reservoir during the dry season. It is a very rewarding cactus to grow because of its lack of spines, and once mature it regularly displays beautiful pink flowers throughout the summer months. Another bonus is that with most williamsii plants, only a single specimen is required to produce seed. However, Lophophora is a lethargic grower and can easily take a decade to reach flowering age under ideal conditions. They can be finicky to grow but need not be discouraged, as dedication and persistence will lead to healthy plants. This small cactus is very slow growing, but with fresh seed and the correct supplies anyone can grow Lophophora williamsii cactus seeds at home and help preserve it for future generations. It requires a well draining soil, dry conditions and infrequent watering. Lophophora enjoys the company of other plants and does well in potted in large groups. It should also be grown in partial shade to avoid damaging the cactus from intense sunlight.
The peyote cactus grows very slowly. It takes about a year for the seeds to produce roots and start growing.
Peyote seeds are for germination and cultivation only, not for consumption.
Lophophora Williamsii Seed Growing Instructions
1 ê Fill seed trays or small pots with compost mix and flatten mix down gently. (Any seedling mix purchased at your home and garden centre will do. Premier” Pro Mix found at Rona is one of the best.)
2 ê Soak the compost using boiling water to kill parasites. Once soaked, allow to drain and cool for about an hour.
3 ê Sprinkle seeds evenly over the compost mix, and then gently press seeds down and level with top of mix using a spoon.
4 ê Cover with seed tray cover, or enclose pots in zip lock plastic bags.
5 ê Place under grow lights or in a well lit window but not in direct sunlight as this could scorch your seedlings. Temperature should be between 60 to 100 degrees F (15 degrees C to 37.5 degrees C).
6 ê If pots are placed in zip lock bags water might not be needed for months. If seed trays begin to dry out, spray to moisten the surface.
7 ê Seeds should germinate within 2 to 14 days.
8 ê When seedlings are about six weeks old begin sliding tops of trays a little each day to acclimatize seedlings to surrounding environment. If using pots in zip lock bags, begin poking small holes each day for a couple of weeks to acclimatize seedlings.
9 – Keep seedlings in indirect sunlight for about six months, and then slowly let them have more light. Seedlings should have a lush green color if the light levels are right. If the epidermis turns red it means they are getting too much light. If so raise lights or shade window with appropriate material possibly cheese cloth.
10 ê Be in no hurry to repot your seedlings. Lophophora enjoys the company of others, so wait until they are really fighting for room.
Seedlings will germinate in three to ten days, but can and have germinated in as little as twenty four hours. Initially they’ll appear as little green balls, but a trained eye will soon notice the cotyledons and first set of areoles.