PACKAGEOF 50 SEEDS.Ariocarpus is a genus of 8 species of cactus. It comes from limestone hills of Rio Grande in the south of Texas(Ariocarpus fissuratus(typus) and also the north and the center of Mexico (all other species including A.fissuratus forms nown ass A.loydii an A. fiss. v.intermedius) with strong sunshine exposures.Ariocarpus are endangered and quite rare in the wild. The plant is semi buried with a big pivoting root.The aerial part is flattened with a diameter of 6–12 cm, triangular tubercules overlapping with transverse wrinkles. The plant is totally without thorn and of gray color. It is easily hiding in its environment.The plant summit contains a woolly structure from which emerge big pink or yellow flowers, but only after several years.The plant contains bitter and toxic alkaloids such as hordenine. These protect the plant against consumption by herbivores.While very slow growing, a number of species, A. retusus for instance, are not particularly difficult to keep.Ariocarpus species have a tuberous root system and are quite sensitive to soil conditions, preferring sharply draining loam based soils with minimal humus. Care should be taken to avoid overwatering, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Plants require water only during periods of summer growth and should be kept perfectly dry overwinter, with a minimum temperature of 12°C, although certain species can cope with considerably cooler conditions.Propagation is by seed and, although slow, is not necessarily difficult.Ariocarpus seedlings are often grafted on Pereskiopsis in order to considerably increase their growth rate, more mature plants may be regrafted onto Echinopsis, Eriocereus or Opuntia compressa for better hardiness, though such plants often bear little resemblance to ungrafted specimens.The seedswere took this season, The shipping is free, We have a lot of extremely rare cactus if you want something rare let me know and I will listing for you. Questions? feel free to email me.Check out my other items! or visit my eCRATER store EXOTICCACTUSCOLLECTIONfor more rare cactus and seeds.On Sep-19-07 at 10:17:39 PDT, seller added the following information: On Jan-18-08 at 12:59:10 PST, seller added the following information: Add a Map Counter to Your Listings. Fast. Simple. On May-14-09 at 18:02:27 PDT, seller added the following information: Powered by eCRATER . List your items fast and easy and manage your active items.