Lobivia pentlandii f. cristata
This small, rather inconspicuous cactus is characterized by elongated tubercles that point upwards and have between 2 and 8 differently-angled central spines, brown in color, surrounded by 9 to 15 shorter, white, radial spines, but the green stems are still clearly visible. closing. Ribs are sarp edged, broken into long acute, hatchet-shaped, tubercles, separated by acute intervals.Stems are small, not exceeding 6 inches in height, are solitary for several years then start to cluster.
Flowers are funnel shaped, variously coloured (Pink to reddish-brown, orange or yellow with a usual clearer centre ), up to 6 cm long, 5 cm diameter. Blooms are produced in spring and remain open for about three days
The grafted Cactus are easy to grow and will form a large brain-like mounds with age. Watering during the active growing season (spring and summer); this will encourage steady growth, and prevent the large tubercles from becoming flabby.
Use very draining soil, water during the growth cycle. Echinopsis prefer a drying period between waterings, even to the point where they slightly wilt. Care should be taken to avoid wetting the bodies of these Cactus while they are in sunlight. A wet cactus in the sun light can cause sun burning which can lead to scars or even fungal infections and death. Need half sun.
This is a beautiful specimen cactus for a large cactus or succulent garden. It can make an interesting plant for a large container and is a nice centerpiece for a warm, sunny courtyard. The plant does have a few spines so care should be taken in its location.
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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