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Gymnocalycium piltziorum (Gymnocalycium riojense subs. piltziorum)


Gymnocalycium piltziorum. (Cactaceae) Native to Argentina. It is a low-growing, flattish cactus species characterized by brownish-green stems and white flowers often pink flushed. It is commonly known as “Chin-cactus” because of its characteristic tubercles featuring a chin below the areoles. Sowing: Fill a pot with a moist, gritty, loam-based compost, or cacti compost. Gently firm down and level the surface. Scatter your mixed cactus seeds over the surface, taking care not to sow them too thickly. Gently sprinkle a thin layer of vermiculite or fine grit over the seeds, covering the whole surface of the compost. Leave the pot in a greenhouse or on a warm windowsill, covered with a clear plastic bag to preserve soil moisture. Seedlings will develop within a few weeks. Remove the plastic bag and water when the compost becomes dry, but spray the surface with water regularly, to keep it moist. Locality: Ex Hort. Harvest: January 2024


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