Turk s Cap Cactus
Melocactus curvispinus is characterized by areoles 2-2,5 cm apart, rradial spines that curve backwards strongly, about 28 mm in length, seeds spherical-ovoidal and smaller than in the other subspecies.
Melocactus waits until the body finishes growing before it forms a woolly top, or cephalium. Bristles and small red flowers appear from this cephalium, and the cephalium can keep growing for years. Sometimes it will grow taller than the body of the cactus. The average body can grow to about eight inches tall, but can grow larger also. Once it forms a cephalium, it should not be repotted
These tropical cacti are not the easiest things to grow and aren t plants for beginners.
Unlike most cacti, Melocactus needs regular water, even in winter, and should never be allowed to completely dry out. It needs good drainage.
They prefers very bright light, not as much as the most arid growing cacti, but plenty nonetheless. Tends to bronze in strong light, which encourages flowering and heavy spine production
Feed every 4 weeks with a Nitrogen-poor and Potassium & Phosphorus-rich fertilizer during summer
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.