Our favorite Cactus Seeds from around the world

I know of no other plant that can take as much abuse and neglect as the cacti and still provide us with profuse blooms and its unique appearance. They are hardy, resilient and take up very little space. Often they will grow where no other plant will. They are truly the perfect windowsill plant. I hope my low prices will make it possible for you to enjoy these magnificent plants. I have listed a few of my favorites below.


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1A001 EASY GROW CACTI BULK MIXTURE ( Over 1,000 Seeds }
We have packaged together a wonderful selection of easy to germinate, easy to grow cacti seeds in a bulk package for cacti lovers everywhere. This package has over a thousand seeds and includes: Lemaireocereus thurberi, Lemaireocereus prunosis, Echinocactus ingens, Ferrocactus stainsii, Pilocereus palmeri, Saguaro, Pachycereus pringlei and engelmaniana. ( Seeds are mixed, not separated by species )
  Package of over 1,000 seeds $9.95
TRN333 Compact Forms Mix
A mix of many types of small, ornamental compact cactus, for use as pot plants. This mix changes often, so we do not list species, we are constantly trying to provide the most ornamental, compact varieties.
 90mg pack ( about 100 seeds ) $2.95
3340 Elephant Cactus: World's Largest Cactus ( Pachycereus pringlei )
Also know as Giant Mexican Cactus, Pachycereus pringlei is a species of cactus that is native to northwestern Mexico in the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, and Sonora.
It is the tallest cactus species in the world, with a maximum recorded height of 63 feet with a stout trunk up to 3.3 feet in diameter bearing several erect branches. In overall appearance, it resembles the related Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea), but differs in the fewer ribs on the stems, in being more heavily branched from near to the base of the stem, and in the location of the blossoms.
Large stands of these magnificent cactus still exist, but many have been destroyed as fields have been cleared for cultivation in Sonora.
The fruit of this cactus was an important food for the Seri people in Sonora, who call the cactus xaasj
The flesh of this cactus contains alkaloids, and may have been used as a psychoactive plant in Mexico.
A symbiotic relationship with bacterial and fungal colonies on its roots allows P. pringlei to grow on bare rock even where there is no soil available at all, as the bacteria can fix nitrogen from the air and break down the rock to produce nutrients. The cactus even packages symbiotic bacteria in with its seeds.
This giant cactus can be grown in tubs when young and makes quite the conversation piece. Very slow growing, hardy for zones 9 and above outside.
 10 seeds $2.95
3436 Sweet Prickly Pear ( Opuntia dulcis )
A shrubby cactus, closely related to Opuntia phaeacantha but larger and more upright overall, that can reach to about 3 feet tall with much branched, flat, grayish or pale green shoots and yellow flowers, followed by red, sweet, edible fruits that are popular for making jelly and jam. It is native to the southwestern USA and northern Mexico at higher elevations. It can take severe drought and hard freezes and is suitable to USDA Zones 6 and above.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
TRN275 Polaskia Chichipe
A columnar cactus with much branched, deeply ribbed, succulent, grayish green shoots that form a candelabra-like crown to 5 m tall, native to Oaxaca and Puebla, Mexico. In cultivation it is best suited to dry, largely frost free climates in USDA Zones 10 and above. Polaskia chichipe is cultivated for its edible fruits in Mexico.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
TRN512 Foxtail Cacti ( Cleistocactus brookeae subsp. vulpis-cauda )
A shrubby, columnar cactus with slender, arching stems that are branching from the base to 2 m long, armed with flexible, whitish to brownish spines. The spectacular, large flowers are pinkish red. Cleistocactus brookeae subsp. vulpis-cauda is native to dry, interandean valleys in southern Bolivia between 1200 and 1600 m. It is easy to grow in most warm temperate climates.
Zones 10 and above outside, but does very well in containers.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
TRN514 Giant Barrel Cacti ( Echinocactus platyacanthus )
The largest of all barrel cacti is native to the deserts of northeastern and central Mexico and can reach a height of up to 15 feet, with a diameter of 4 feet or more. It grows relatively slowly and forms a deeply ribbed, dark green stem armed with short brown spines. It does best in dry, warm temperate climates in USDA Zones 10 to 11 and should be kept as dry as possible during winter.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
TRN515 Clustering Barrel Cactus ( Ferocactus robustus )
This cushion-forming cactus is native to the Mexican States of Puebla and Veracruz and forms a large mound that can reach a diameter of as much as 5 m, with sometimes hundreds of thick, ribbed shoots to 1 m tall, densely armed with reddish spines. A magnificent, very drought tolerant and fairly cold hardy cactus, suitable for dry temperate areas in USDA Zones 9 and above.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
TRN276 Star of Tacubaya ( Mammillaria stella-de-tacubaya )
A solitary dwarf cactus that forms a small, rounded, well armed stem and reddish to greenish white flowers. It is native to northern central Mexico and makes a wonderful cacti for small pots. Be careful not to over water or over seed, other than that it is a very carefree plant to grow.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
TRN277 Bird's Nest Pincushion ( Mammillaria decipiens )
A clustering dwarf cactus that forms small, rounded, well armed stems and pinkish white flowers. It is native to central Mexico and cold hardy to about 28 degrees. Makes a very nice container cacti.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
SF147 Cinnamon Cactus ( Opuntia microdasys var. rufidia )
Also known as Blind Cactus and Orange Bunny Ears. A shrubby cactus that can reach to about 5 feet tall with much branched, flat, rounded, grayish or bluish green shoots that are spineless but armed with glochidia, and large, yellow flowers, followed by red fruits.
It grows very well in containers. It is native to Texas and northeastern Mexico. It can take severe drought and freezes and is suitable to USDA Zones 8 and above.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
SF148 Texas Prickly Pear ( Opuntia engelmanni )
A shrubby cactus that can reach to about 3 feet tall with much branched, flat, grayish or pale green shoots and yellow flowers, native to the southwestern USA and northern Mexico at higher elevations.
It can take severe drought and hard freezes and is suitable to USDA Zones 6 and above. The fruits are edible and popular for making jelly and jam.
Good container cacti.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
RLP176 Indian Fig Cactus ( Opuntia ficus-indica )
A shrubby cactus, closely related to Opuntia phaeacantha but larger and more upright overall, that can reach to about 3 feet tall with much branched, flat, grayish or pale green shoots and yellow flowers, followed by red, sweet, edible fruits that are popular for making jelly and jam.
It is native to the southwestern USA and northern Mexico at higher elevations. It can take severe drought and hard freezes and is suitable to USDA Zones 6 and above.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
RLP177 Tree Cholla ( Cylindropuntia imbricata )
This is a tree-like cactus with a short, woody trunk and a number of upright candalabra-like branches. A mature trunk will have a 4 inch or larger diameter and the plant can reach 8-10 feet tall, in some cases taller.
The spiny stems are jointed and cylindrical. Large, showy flowers open out wide and are reddish-purple in color. Fruits ripen from green to rose to yellow.
Considered invasive in places in the SouthWest as the joints that fall to the ground regenerate new plants quickly. It can take severe drought and hard freezes and is suitable to USDA Zones 6 and above.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
RLP152 Giant Prickly Pear ( Opuntia streptacantha )
A large cactus, native to eastern and central Mexico between 1900 and 2800 m. It forms a shrub or small tree to 4 m tall with a robust trunk and a much branched crown of large, flattened, spiny shoots. Flowers are yellow to orange. Like other Opuntia it is easily grown and hardy to severe drought and moderate freezes.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
D8422 Giant Suhaurao ( carnegeia )
Also known as Saguaro. If you want a cacti that will outlive you and may reach a height of 30 ft. or more, then this one is for you. Its the familiar cacti shown in western film. Has a solitary trunk and outstretched limbs that resembles arms. Makes a nice container plant when young.
  Package of 15 seeds $1.95
D8418 Golden Barrel ( echinocactus )
A striking plant from Mexico Spherical when young becoming elongegated with age. The green body is covered with heavy gold-yellow spines. The flowers are a striking color of deep gold.
  Package of 15 seeds $1.95
TRN452 Green Hedgehog ( Echinocereus chloranthus )
A solitary or sometimes clustering cactus that forms a small, rounded, heavily armed stem and greenish flowers. It is native to western Texas. It is hardy to zone 9 outside, but is most often grown as a container plant as it is very well suited for this.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.75
TRN467 Black Lace Cactus ( Echinocereus reichenbachii var. fitchii )
A solitary cactus that forms elongated, well armed stems and large, pinkish purple flowers. It is native to western Texas at low elevations.
It is hardy to zone 9 outside, but is most often grown as a container plant as it is very well suited for this.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.75
TRN453 Mexican Lime Barrel ( Ferocactus pilosus )
A stunning barrel cactus, up to 8 feet tall, endemic to the northern and central desert regions of Mexico, with dense reddish spines and beautiful yellow to red flowers.
Traditionally, the flower buds of Ferocactus pilosus are harvested and eaten by the indigenous population. Will thrive in hot, dry climates and will tolerate mild frost once established.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.75
TRN458 Climbing Cactus ( Epiphyllum phyllanthus )
An epiphytic cactus, widely distributed in rain and gallery forests across South America with long, broad, flat shoots and large, showy white flowers followed by bright pink, edible fruits.
This adaptable cactus can be grown in most warm temperate and tropical climates and must have an open, airy potting mix or can be established directly on larger trees.
Zone 10 or higher.
  Package of 10 seeds $3.95
SF146 Thelocactus Lausseri
A wonderful cacti for pots and windowsills. Hardy to 20°F. Light shade (hot gardens), full sun elsewhere. Heat resistant. Keep dry during winter dormancy. Globular, usually clumping cactus each stem up to 4" tall and wide. White/pink flowers. Origin: Mexico, zones 9-11 or grow in a pot.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.75
3307 Old Man of the Andes ( Oreocereus )
This is a large cacti that can be used as a centerpiece or as a patio plant. It is a stout, upright cactus that covers itself with attractive, long, white woolly hairs. This also makes a great rock garden plant. Will normally stay small in containers, they can reach up to 10 feet tall outside after many years.
Jim's Note: Oreocereus need a minimum temperature of 45° F. Grow them in rich, porous, sandy soil and let their soil dry out between waterings. Repot in the spring, when their roots become cramped. Generally, they should be repotted every other year in order to provide fresh soil. However, this doesn't necessarily mean they'll need larger pots. Fill about a quarter of the pot with broken crocks, gravel, etc. to promote good drainage. Firm the potting soil. After repotting, do not water for a week or more.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
RLP087 Purple Prickly Pear ( Opuntia santa rita )
Native to the Sonoran desert, the purple prickly pear grows in clumps, usually to about 4 feet tall by 5 feet wide. This cactus appears much like a shrub. The large leaf pads develop a purple tinge in the cool, dry winter months. The pads are covered with large, tan spines. Flowers appear in late spring, and are yellow with red centers. The rich purple pads provide plenty of interest. During the summer, the pads are a softer blue-grey color. Bright yellow flowers, to 3 inches in diameter, produce red to purple fruit. Plant is hardy down to 10 degrees.
 5 seeds $2.95
SF144 Andrean Prickly Pear ( Opuntia cylindrica )
Native to high altitude, dry interandean valleys between 2000 and 3400 m, this cactus sports greyish green, cylindrical shoots that form a compact shrub to about 3 feet tall in a candelabra-like fashion.
This does very well as a container plant. The attractive flowers are bright red. In cultivation it is best suited to warm temperate and cool tropical regions.
Hardy to 8b outside, best grown in containers and brought inside in colder zones.
 10 seeds $2.95
SF145 Coastal Prickly Pear ( Opuntia littoralis )
This is a spreading, shrubby cactus that can reach to about 2 feet tall with much branched, flat, rounded, spiny, bluish green shoots that will make a mound over many years.
It is native to California and the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico.
It can take severe drought and moderate freezes and is suitable to USDA Zones 9 and above.
 10 seeds $2.95
RLP106 Beavertail Prickly Pear ( Opuntia basilaris )
Widespread in deserts throughout the southwestern USA, this attractive cactus forms dense clusters of large, bluish pads that rarely have spines. The flowers are brilliant purple-pink. It is hardy to USDA Zone 8 and need excellent drainage in more humid regions.
Makes a nice container plant and will live many years in a pot provided it is not overwatered. The Beavertail Cactus is a medium-sized to small prickly pear cactus, depending on variety, growing to about 24 inches tall. A single plant may consist of hundreds of fleshy, flattened pads. These are more or less blue-gray, depending on variety, growing to a length of 6 inches and are maximum 4 inches wide and about 1/2 inch thick. They are typically spineless, but have instead many small barbed bristles, called glochids, that easily penetrate the skin.
 5 seeds $2.95
RLP172 Queen of the Night ( Selenicereus Grandiflorus )
A gorgeous night blooming cactus with large white flowers that grow to several inches. The flowers are also fragrant, with a mild vanilla-like scent. Bears spiny, 2-4" long red ripening fruits that are edible and fairly tasty, with much similarity to the dragon fruit. There are numerous subspecies and crosses of this species.
An easy care, fast growing cactus, with a clambering habit, also excellent if used in a hanging basket.
Primarily grown as a container cacti indoors, it is hardy to zone 10a (30 - 35F) outside.
 7mg pack ( about 10 seeds ) $2.95
RLP168 Maihueniopsis glomerata
A very small, cushion-forming cactus native to high elevation deserts to over 4000 m (13000 ft.) in northern Chile. The pale green, branching shoots are armed with sparse, dark brown spines. Suitable for dry temperate areas in USDA zones 8 and 9.
 85mg Package ( usually 10 or more seeds ) $2.50
TRM069 Orange Apple Pear ( Cereus validus )
A columnar cactus growing to 10-15 feet. Has 4-5" stems that show occasional branching. Flowers are white, up to 10" long, and bloom during the night.
Grows well in full sun. Need minimal water once established and is not too picky about soil requirements.
Similar to the common apple cactus but with an orange colored fruit. The baseball sized fruits have white, edible flesh with a mildly sweet flavor. The plants themselves also make attractive landscape specimens.
Hardy to light frosts, probably to 28-32F.
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TRM273 Barbed Wire Cactus ( Acanthocereus tetragonus )
Also known as Triangle Cactus or Night Blooming Cactus. This is a wide-ranging tropical American species which grows from southern Texas to South America. It is a terrestrial or epiphylic cactus with fleshy stems that grows by clinging, by means of aerial roots, to a support structure. They are night-blooming with big white flowers and the fruits are shiny, red and edible (very sweet-tasting). Commonly cultivated in dry tropical or subtropical regions for it's delicious and attractive fruit. A robust and hardy plant that will need plenty of space. It is easy to grow from seeds.
 5 seeds $2.95
TRM974 Echinopsis tapecuna
A very nice container cactus that sports white fragrant flowers. Has a flat round dark stem and short spines. Easy to grow and care for.
 5 seeds $2.95
RHM147 Pineapple Cactus ( Coryphantha sulacat )
Very hard seeds to come by, but much requested. A clustering type cacti with unusual appearance and large yellow flowers with red throats. Good container, rockgarden and windowsill plant.
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TRM103 Eulychnia acida
A large tree-like cactus growing as tall as 10-12 feet, makes a wonderful xeriscape plant, but requires warm climates, it will not tolerated temperatures much below 50 degrees. It is native to the coastal deserts of Chile and Peru. Its long central spines can grow to 7-8 inches long. Flowers are borne near the stem tips in summer, they remain open day and night. The edible fruit is very juicy and acidic in taste. A souvenir item found in tourist shops around the world is often made from Eulychnia acida. Rainsticks are traditionally made in Chile from the dried skeletons of the stems of the cactus.
A length of stem is cut and cleaned. Spines from the cactus are then pushed through the wall of the hollow stem. Course sand is added and the stem is sealed. When turned from end to end, a sound reminiscent of rain is produced as the sand falls over the spines inside the hollow stem.
 3mg Package ( about 10 seeds ) $2.95
FB147 Senita ( Lophocereus schotti )
Columnar, basal branching, slow growing cacti. The growing tips on mature plants include long, hair like spines. Night bloomer, small light pink flowers on the hairy part of the branch.
Bears edible red fruits when mature. The Seri Indians and others ate the tasty Senita fruits fresh. The Seri used the spiny cactus wood to build shelters.
Full sun. Heat tolerant. Little water. Hardy to 18°F. Branching cactus, each stem can grow to 28' tall, 10" diameter. Small white flowers. Origin: AZ, northwest Mexico
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
FB176 Acanthocalycium peitscherianum
Fairly slow growing cacti, they are easy to cultivate and their pink or white flowers make them a welcome addition to any collection. The plant pictured was seed raised from BCSS seed. Acanthocalyciums are found in Northern Argentina.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
FB177 Arequipa erectocylindrica
Hardy to 10° F for short periods. Full sun to light shade, needs protection in hottest desert gardens. Columnar cactus usually clustering, up to 18" tall. Moderate water spring and summer, no water in winter. Tubular red flowers. Attracts hummingbirds. Origin: Peru and Chile, Andes mountains above 5000 ft.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
FB178 Living Rock ( Ariocarpus fissuratus )
A species of extremely slow growing cacti found in rare numbers in Mexico and the southern United States. Commonly called "living rocks," these cacti usually blend in well with the terrain around them. They are greyish-green in color, sometimes taking on a yellowish tint with age.
These cacti consist of many small tubercles growing from a large tap root. They are usually solitary, rarely giving rise to side shoots from old areoles. These cacti are difficult to spot in their natural habitat. When they are found, it is usually due to their pinkish flowers.
In cultivation, Ariocarpus fissuratus is often grafted to a faster growing columnar cactus to speed growth, as they would generally take at least a decade to reach maturity on their own. They require very little water and fertilizer, a good amount of light, and a loose sandy soil with good drainage. Hardy to 25 degrees.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
FB179 Seven Stars Living Rock ( Ariocarpus retusus )
Seven Stars is a miniature cactus no spines. It has large tubercles that resemble coned shaped leaves. Has huge white flowers that may have a tinge of pink. It forms large tuberous beneath the surface of the soil.
It is one of the largest, and fastest growing, species of the genus[1]. Despite its slow growth, often taking 10 years to reach flowering age, the retusus is a desirable cactus for cultivation, having attractive flowers and an interesting form. It is also one of the easiest cacti to grow from the genus.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
FB180 Browningia candelaris
This is a tall plant, sometimes over 50 feet when mature. They make a good columnar cacti in pots when young The largest specimens are astonishing because they have a single trunk (saguaro-like) that branches multiple times at the top, creating a candelabra-like effect.
This plant is found well over a mile high in the Andeas (7,000 to 9,000 feet).
This may not be for normal cacti lovers, but is a must for the collector.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
TRM792 Browningia viridis
A large, columnar cactus to 25 feet tall with a candelabra-like crown of slender, ribbed, bluish shoots to 3 inches in diameter, formidably armed with long, yellow spines. It is native to southern Peru, where it grows in high elevation desert, various scrub lands or dry forests. In cultivation it is best suited to dry climates in USDA Zones 10 and above. The edible fruits can be eaten raw or used to prepare jams and jellies.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
FB181 Cleistocactus tarijensis
A nice columnar, bunching cacti from Bolivia, this one needs warm temperatures outside, best for zones 9-11. Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
FB182 Copiapoa Bridgesii
A very nice container cacti growing about 16" tall and 3" in diameter. Can be grown outside in zone 10 and above. Has pale to bright yellow flowers and is quite maintaince free, this is a good columnar type for small areas. Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling. Watering Needs: Keep fairly dry in winter, water moderately in summer.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.95
RHM091 Neoporteria Mixture
A good mixture for containers. Some are woolly old man types, globes, and column types with much variety in flowers and intricacy of patterns.
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D8428 Prickly Pear ( Opuntia )
The classic form of cacti with large flat oval pads and showy flowers. Bears beautiful, edible red, yellow or purple pear shaped fruits. This species is cold hardy. Seeds need 2 months cold treatment in the fridge, so order now!
  Package of 10 seeds $2.50
2377 Texas Prickly Pear ( Opuntia chisosenis )
A very well known prickly pear found throughout Texas, easy to grow in rock gardens and containers, huge pads and delightful yellow flowers.
  Package of 15 seeds $2.50
2379 Mojave Prickly Pear ( Opuntia phaeacantha )
For zones 7-10, said to be cold hardy to 0 degrees. An excellent xeriscape cactus, slow growing up to 3 feet tall, 6 to 15 feet in spread.
  Package of 15 seeds $2.50
2376 Bunny Ears Cacti ( Opuntia macrocentra )
An easy to grow prickly pear type opuntia with large "bunny ear" pads covered with usually dark black spines. Flowers are normally yellow with brilliant red centers. Easily grown in containers, hardy for zones 9-10 outside.
  Package of 15 seeds $2.50
D8430 Hedgehog ( echinocereus )
A must for every collection. Small and globular in shape and covered with short curving spines. Flowers profusely. It is a very tolerant plant and is a good selection for beginners.
  Package of 15 seeds $1.95
FB128 Ancistrocactus Scheeri
Globular cactus with green/brown flowers. Grows to 6", hooked spines. Good container cacti for beginners.
 1mg pack ( about 5-8 seeds )$2.45
D8433 Barrel ( ferocactus )
A good selection for inside or outside. The plant assumes a columnar barrel type shape and can grow up to 3' outside. It is a heavy bloomer with large flowers. Very stout spines with a hooded central spine.
  Package of 15 seeds $1.95
D8448 Arizona Organ Pipe ( lemaireocerus )
A heavy, columnar plant that eventually branches from the base. Has a deep red top knob and deep red to jet black spines on the side.
  Package of 15 seeds $1.95
FA120 Rebutia Rubriflora
A small globuse - tubercled cactus from Bolivia flowering from spiniferous areoles - mostly red or bright orange.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
FA121 Rebutia Windowsill Mix
A mix of Rebutia types that we have found to do very well in windowsill plantings. Small, clumping and free flowering globular types mostly from mountainous regions of Peru. Mostly red to orange flowers.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
D8497 Peruvian Torch Cacti ( Trichocereus pervianus )
Stout 6-12 ft. columnar cacti with bluish-green color. An easy to grow, fast growing cacti that features large 10" sweet scented flowers that bloom at night. Cold hardy to 25 degrees when mature.
  Package of 15 seeds $2.50
D8496 San Pedro Cacti ( Trichocereus pachanoi )
A dark green columnar cacti that can reach 10-20 ft. tall. Bears showy white fragrant flowers at night that can reach 9" across. Cold hardy outside to 15 degrees when mature. Good cacti for beginners.
  Package of 15 seeds $2.50
3369 White Pitaya Dragonfruit ( Hylocereus )
Large, strangely shaped red fruit with sweet flavored pulp. The fruit has recently become a popular flavoring for beverages and there is much interest in growing the fruit as a commercial crop.
This is the white pulped variety. The plant is a vining cactus growing either out of the soil or as an epiphyte, with aerial roots. Plants are tolerant of short frosts and can be grown in subtropical climates.
They are very tolerant of (and grow better in) dry conditions. Can be grown as a house plant.
This climbing cactus is one of the most beautiful and wide spread members of the Cactaceae family. It is a highly prized, vining, fruit bearing cactus is terrestrial/epiphytic plant which is extremely unusual. It's fleshy stems reach up to 30ft. long, climbing onto walls or over trees using aerial roots. Magnificent flowers, stunningly beautiful fruit with an intense color, curious shape, and a delicious taste.
The night blooming white flowers can be up to 14 inches in length. Flowers are vibrant and beautiful and many related species are propagated as ornamentals. They generally bloom only at night, and usually last just one night where pollination is necessary to set fruit.
The fruit is most often eaten chilled and cut in half so the flesh may be spooned out. The juice is used in frozen drinks and it is in a new Tropicana Twister flavor. It is a must have for any collector or gardener with the flair for the unusual. The plants aren't usually too picky as to soil type, but because of their epiphytic nature, it is recommended to grow them in soil that is supplemented with high amounts of organic material.
It can be grown successfully in sandy soils, providing shade is sometimes recommended in hot climates. In full production, these plants can have up to 4-6 fruiting cycles per year. Season: May-September. The mild and juicy fruit is easily cut in half and eaten with a spoon.
 5 seeds $2.95
RLP052 Yellow Pitaya, Yellow Dragon Fruit ( Hylocereus megalanthus )
An epiphytic cactus native to northern South America with long shoots that produce giant white flowers, perhaps the largest of any cactus, followed by pear-sized, yellow fruits with watery white flesh, commonly known and marketed as Yellow Pitaya or Yellow Dragon Fruit. The fruits are popular mainly because of their strange shape and color. They are pleasant and mildly sweet.
 5 seeds $2.95
RLP155 Pilosocereus chrysacanthus
A robust, tree-like cactus to about 15 feet tall with a much branched, candelabra-like crown of fairly slender, succulent, deeply ribbed, bluish green shoots to about 3 inches in diameter.
The edible fruits have deep purple flesh. Pilosocereus chrysacanthus is native to dry regions in southern Mexico in the states of Guerrero, Puebla and Oaxaca and adapts well to cultivation in warm temperate and dry tropical climates in USDA Zones 10 and above.
 7mg pack ( about 10 seeds ) $2.95
RLP156 Weberbauerocereus longicomus
Native to high elevation deserts in dry valleys of the Andes in northwestern Peru between 2000 and 3000 m, this beautiful cactus grows into a shrub or small tree with a candelabra-like crown to 18 feet tall with stiffly upright and fairly slender shoots to 3 inches in diameter that are densely covered in fine, white spines which become long and hair-like on mature plants.
In cultivation it is uncommon but well suited for warm temperate climates in USDA Zones 10 and above. Makes an impressive tub plant.
 7mg pack ( about 10 seeds ) $2.95
RLP157 Polaskia chichipe
A columnar cactus with much branched, deeply ribbed, succulent, grayish green shoots that form a candelabra-like crown to 15 feet tall, native to Oaxaca and Puebla, Mexico.
In cultivation it is best suited to dry, largely frost free climates in USDA Zones 10 and above. Polaskia chichipe is cultivated for its edible fruits in Mexico.
 5mg pack ( about 10 seeds ) $2.95
RLP158 Miniature Barrel Cactus ( Thelocactus setispinus )
This small cactus forms a spherical or cylindrical, ribbed, sparsely branching shoot, well armed with pale spines and yellow flowers. Native to lowland deserts in western Texas and northern Mexico, it makes a pretty and popular ornamental for warm temperate climates and is widely grown as a potted plant.
 5mg pack ( about 10 seeds ) $2.95
RLP155 Pilosocereus chrysacanthus
A robust, tree-like cactus to about 15 feet tall with a much branched, candelabra-like crown of fairly slender, succulent, deeply ribbed, bluish green shoots to about 3 inches in diameter.
The edible fruits have deep purple flesh. Pilosocereus chrysacanthus is native to dry regions in southern Mexico in the states of Guerrero, Puebla and Oaxaca and adapts well to cultivation in warm temperate and dry tropical climates in USDA Zones 10 and above.
 7mg pack ( about 10 seeds ) $2.95
RHM137 Christmas Cacti ( Zygocactus truncatus )
The leaves of this popular hanging cactus are flattened joints which eventually grow to 1'. The attractive tubular like flowers are usually bright red. It is a South American plant that is grown in short daylight with warmth and cool nights. It is the cool nights that induce flowering.
  1mg Package ( about 10 seeds ) $3.95
FA123 Parodia Mutabilis
Spherical shaped, 4" height. Sharp thin spines, yellow flowering.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
D8455 Golden Ball ( notocactus )
From Argentina, a globular, clustering cacti with harmless yellow spines and beautiful yellow flowers. Very good for inside pots. Will eventually begin to clump.
  Package of 15 seeds $1.95
D8461 Edible Tree Cacti ( opuntia )
A most unusual cacti. It will grow to tree size with huge flat pads often measuring a square foot or more in size. The pads are very good to eat and the plant bears beautiful red and yellow flowers. Also a good inside plant forlarge containers.
  Package of 10 seeds $1.95
D8468 Cold Hardy Pad Cactus ( opuntia )
A great selection for those in the north who would like to grow cacti outside. A padded variety that if free flowing and free flowering. Does well inside and down South also.
  Package of 6 seeds $1.95
D8475 Goat's Horn Cacti ( Astrophytum capricorne )
So called because of it's wiry, gray to brown spines that twist around this small cacti. A very good pot cacti with a small dark green body, sometimes flecked with white. Flowers often have a wine-red throat. Good container plant for inside, it requires a warm climate if grown outside. Will not tolerate temperatures below 41 degrees F.
  Package of 15 seeds $2.50
D8477 Silver Torch Cacti ( Cleistocactus strausii )
A fast growing branching columnar cacti from South America that is covered with eye-catching silvery spines when older. Starts out solitary when young, but branches out and creates it's own clumps as it matures. Can grow to 6 ft. tall. Good container plant for inside, it requires a warm climate if grown outside. Will not tolerate temperatures below 41 degrees F.
  Package of 15 seeds $2.50
D8479 Claret Cup Hedgehog Cacti ( Echinocereus triglochidiatus )
Has unique corrugated ribs and vividly hued scarlet blooms along with pink berries in summer. When mature will spread out to form a 2 ft. wide clump about 8" tall. Good container plant for inside, it requires a warm climate if grown outside. Will not tolerate temperatures below 36 degrees F.
  Package of 15 seeds $2.50
FB102 Melocactus
Similar to barrel cacti when young but from their crown a large tuft of bristles will emerge. Produces small pink flowers and edible fruits. Excellent inside plant.
  Package of 10 or more seeds, $2.50
D8481 Rainbow Cacti ( Echinocereus rigidissimus v. rubrispinus )
The short spines of this small clumping cacti often occur in red and white bands. Also, a ring of pink to magenta spring flowers with pale throats, followed by green berries, appear on the crown of each stem. Flowers when quite small. When mature, will form a clump about 2 ft. wide by 9" tall. Good container plant for inside, it requires a warm climate if grown outside. Will not tolerate temperatures below 41 degrees F.
  Package of 15 seeds, $2.50
D8485 Crow's Claw Cacti ( Ferocactus latispinus )
With age, the red spines become broad and hooked and lay flat against the ball shaped body, thus the name. A mature plant only reaches about 10" tall by 15" across. Cream to purple flowers appear in Spring and sometimes Autumn. Good container plant for inside, it requires a warm climate if grown outside. Will not tolerate temperatures below 41 degrees F.
  Package of 15 seeds, $2.50
D8487 Candy Barrel Cactus ( Ferocactus wislizeni )
Bears distinctively patterned red and white spines and bears lemon, orange or red blooms when only 12" in diameter. Tolerates abuse and neglect well. Will eventually reach size of 10 ft. tall by 3 ft. across after many years of growth. Good container plant for inside, it requires a warm climate if grown outside. Will not tolerate temperatures below 41 degrees F.
  Package of 15 seeds $2.50
D8493 Golden Powder Puff ( Parodia chrysacanthion )
A thick mantle of bristlelike golden spines and a dense white wool on new growth of mature plants gives this cactus it's name. Bears small yellow flowers in Spring and Summer. Slow growing ball shaped plant that is about 8" tall when mature. Good container plant for inside, it requires a warm climate if grown outside. Will not tolerate temperatures below 41 degrees F.
  Package of 15 seeds, $2.50
RLP154 Parodia Sanguinea
An excellent cacti for small clay pots. Small growth is cylindrical to 5" tall and about 3" thick. Has dazzling blood red flowers and is very much maintaince free.
Best grown inside in bright light, will not survive freezes outside.
 2mg Package ( usually 10 or more seeds ) $2.50
TRM070 Apple Cactus ( Cereus repandus )
Native to the West Indies through Venezuela. The plants are being cultivated in Israel and some South American countries.
A large plant when grown outside, a nice container plant for patio tubs when young. A columnar cactus growing up to 30ft tall. The stems are segmented and multi-lobed.
Fruits ripen to a soft red color and often split open while still on the plant. Medium sized, dark-red fruit with white flesh. Similar in appearance to the dragon fruit, but without the prominent spines. Flesh has a mild sweet flavor. Fruits can be eaten fresh.
Plants will stand very high temperatures but are not too frost hardy. Should survive to the mid to upper 20's (F). Grow in full sun. Needs little water when established. Do not plant in overly moist/wet soil.
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TRM071 Hoconoiste ( Opuntia )
Orange-red cactus fruit, popular in Latin America. The fruits of this variety are spineless. Hardy to 15F, needs little or no regular watering when established. Fruits have extensive uses, from flavorings for drinks, garnishes, salads, and much more.
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CACTUS CARE TIPS FOR SEEDS/PLANTS

PLANTING YOUR SEEDS

With a little patience and effort, you should have no problem raising beautiful cacti from the seeds you receive from us. Please remember that the seeds will sprout over a period of time, so don't be disappointed when only a few first start to sprout. The others will arrive given time. Usually most of the seeds will sprout between 3-10 weeks.
Bottom heat will give faster results, but is not an absolute necessity. If you can provide bottom heat, then by all means do so. If you cannot, then use shallow containers that can be covered with glass or plastic. The containers should be large enough to allow for 2 inches of crushed gravel or sharp sand (aquarium sand will do fine) to facilitate drainage. On top of the sand or gravel, you will need to place about 2 inches of sterilized soil. I recommend a mixture of 1 part sharp sand and 1 part peat humus. It is very important that the soil is sterilized. Heating soil in an oven at 200 degrees for 15 minutes is a good way to assure it is properly sterlized.
Soak the soil with water mixed with fungicide. This will prevent damping off later on. Allow excess water to drain off. Press seeds lightly into soil and cover with about 1/8 inch of soil. Cover with glass or plastic and place in warm location. Keep soil damp but not wet. I suggest misting the surface regularly.
After the seeds have begun to sprout, leave the glass or plastic in place. Leave on for about two weeks. In the meantime make sure the container does not receive direct sunlight as this may kill the plants. When the cover is removed, make sure that the plants do not receive any strong drafts or sudden temperature changes. It will take a couple of days for the seedlings to become hardy.

CARING FOR YOUR PLANTS.

A few tips on caring for your new plants:
Never use tap water or alkaline water. Rainwater is best but tap water that has set in an open container for 2 days will be fine.
Cacti cannot tolerate high alkaline soil. Check your soil for ph if you have problems with cacti.
Use fungicide mixed in with your water often when watering.
Use very weak solutions of plant food when feeding. Too much fertilize will distort your plants.
Never expose young seedlings to direct sunlight. They need bright, diffused sunlight.
The quickest way to kill a cacti is overwatering it. Let soil dry out before rewatering.
Cacti are succeptable to aphids, mealy bugs, white flies and spider mites. Treat soil with systemic insecticides and add paradichlorobenzene crystals to soil if possible.
If a plant show signs of rot due to overwatering, cut out the affected part immediately. If the top of the plant is cut off, let it air dry for a few days then repot. Often it will reroot itself.
Brown scarring is often a sign of too much sunlight. Move plants to a more protected location.
If possible, let plants spend first winter in original planter the seeds were sowed in. If overcrowding will not allow this, try to disturb the roots as little as possible.
OTHER CACTI AND SUCCULENT RELATED PAGES ON THE NET

The Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum and the
Arid Lands Newsletter, both at the University of Arizona in Tucson.