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Globose to cylindrical plant, solitary or caespitose, with stems with dark green epidermis which usually, when cultivated, is not taller than 10cm and has a diameter of 6cm, even if old specimens in the wild can reach a height of 40cm and a diameter of 10cm. It has 10-20 thin ribs, slightly spiralled, and hinted tubercles with, elliptic areolas spaced about 0.5cm. The areolas are provided with 12-30 radial white thorns with dark apex, 3-10mm long, and 1-7 central thorns, thin, white and variously coloured from the yellow to the bright red, 2-10 mm long.
The flowers, slightly perfumed, originate from the areolas of the apical zone, are funnel-shaped, 5-12 cm long and with a diameter of 12 cm, of magenta colour with darker centre; have a 25 mm long ovary on which are distributed areolas provided with thorns and white down and obovate petals with sharp apex and serrated margins. Much appreciated plant by the collectors thanks to its reduced dimensions, the velocity and facility of growth and the huge and showy flowers. It is to be cultivated in full sun, or, however, at the maximum possible luminosity, on particularly draining moulds which can be formed by about the 50% of common manure garden earth and for the rest, in equal quantity, by sand (agri-perlite) and crushed stones without dust.
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Cultivation; Exposure in full sun, rather high temperatures, poor irrigation (once every 10-15 days): the growing needs of the Echinocereus are similar to the ones of other cacti, this is a family of very undemanding plants.
With little attention, your Echinocactus will give you great satisfaction.
The best exposure is usually in full sun, in the open air. Few species prefer places partially sunny.
Resistance to cold changes a lot depending on the species: those originating in the higher altitudes in fact, have a good resistance to cold (though perfectly dried, they hold temperatures just above 0 ° C), while those from lower altitudes have to remain above 7-8 ° C.
The watering must be scarce. It has to be done from March, after the plant buds are already developed, until October. It’s necessary a little wetting every 10-15 days.
It is recommended to use soil for cacti and the fertilizing has to be more or less scarce according to the species.
The speed of growth depends greatly on the species and as a consequence the need to repot. You should therefore check the specific needs of your plant and its size.
Reproduction occurs by seed mainly; in some cases, however, the plant produces pollen that can be used as cuttings easily , with the only care to let the wound dry well (it can be necessary 2-3 days) before planting them in a sandy and moist soil.
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