Argentina (Tucum n).
Echinopsis chamaecereus is a branched cactus, up to 6 inches (10 cm) tall, with many crowded finger-like stems. The pale green stems are up to 6 inches (15 cm) long and up to 0.5 inches (1.2 cm) in diameter. Blooms in late spring and produces several flushes of about 2 inches (5 cm) wide orange-red flowers.
Peanut cactus tolerates extremely bright sun but enjoys filtered sunlight or afternoon shade. The Cactus can be placed outdoors in April, but protected from rain and direct sunlight. The plant tends to bronze in strong light, which encourages flowering and heavy spine production, but is likely to suffer from sun scorch or stunted growth if over exposed to direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day in summer.
They prefer a drying period between watering, even to the point where they slightly wilt. When you water, however, you should water deeply. The plant will noticeably plump up. It s imperative that the cactus is not exposed to prolonged dampness and sitting water. Never let your cactus sit in a dish of water. Lastly, make sure to fertilizer during the growing season for the best results.
Feed with a high potassium fertilizer in summer
It is an excellent plant for container growing. It always looks good and stays small and ideal for rockery
For watering cacti, the golden rule is to make sure the soil is completely dry before watering! This will stop the roots from rotting. It is advised to always use a pot with a drainage hole so that excess water can get drained out. If kept in a sunny area, you will need to water it once every week. If it is in a semi shaded or filtered light area, you might need to water it once in 2 weeks.
Cacti like soil that is well aerated and fast draining. You can fertilise the cactus in the summer months when it is in its growing season. During the winters it is best to cut back on any fertiliser and let the plant rest.
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