I have purchased thousands of seeds from cactusstore over the years and have germinated them in separate batches with different teks. I am not new to growing seeds and have been doing it for over 10 years with much success.
The germinating rates from Richard at the cactustore are extremely poor on almost all varieties of seeds.
The Trichocereis species on average have a germination of 0-25% at best. They also happen to be making the more expensive seeds.
Other varieties of mixed or generic cacti have been better but these cost a fraction of the price of the more expensive seeds with the terrible germination rates.
The seeds are questionably sourced and I suspect are probably very old.
I have now confirmed my findings with others on the web - Facebook, Dave’s garden etc and it seems I am not the only one having this terrible experience.
I would also like to add that though most times I ordered the counts were correct, there were many instances when a seed pack was short by a few hundred seeds.
Ontop of all of this they have increased their prices on most seeds, some over 50%!
I would never buy from them again, be careful with what you buy.
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