Propagation: Austrocylindropuntia seed germination

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  1. Jerryin LB

    Jerryin LB New Member

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    Does anyone know how to germinate seeds from this family? I have a few seeds of A. floccosa and have tried soaking them in water and scratching the outer surface until I saw a slight color change so I knew I had gone through he seed coat. I have also put them in the freezer part of the frig overnight a couple of times, all to now avail. I only have a few unadulterated seeds left. Any suggestions?
     
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    mandarin Active Member 10 Years

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    How long have you waited? That species is known for being very slow and difficult to germinate, among the worst in the cactus family.
     
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    Michael F Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    The seeds will likely benefit from passing through a bird's digestive system to mimic the natural seed dispersal process. Know anyone with a pet fruit-eating bird (e.g. myna)? Feed ripe fruit to it, collect and sow the droppings.
     
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    I have some austrocylindropuntia seeds too,should a scarify them or just leave them unadulterated?
     

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