Mammillaria nunezii ssp. bella
Mammillaria Bella is a clustery cactus with variable habit and heavy supination that has showy carmine flowers. 'Bella' stays usually solitary and has 4-6 white central spines with red tips.
A non-demanding species, M.Bella is a slow growing cactus. It requires moderate watering in summers and no water in the winter season. High level of sunlight is required for good flowering and spine maturation. It is susceptible to sunburn if moved quickly from shade to complete sunlight and hence needs time for adapting.
It is an excellent plant for garden rockery settings, desert type landscapes, patios and botanical gardens
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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