Monstrose Apple Cactus
Ortegocactus macdougallii is a clumping, slow-growing, cactus that form tiny bushes only few centimeters in size.
This species has a strange and unmistakable lime-green-grey colored epidermis, each stem extends with the years, reaching a diameter of 3 to 4 cm
Tubercles are low, often squashed, rhomboid and arranged in spiral, of 8 to 10 mm of diameter. Central spine is turgid black, or whitish with a black tip 4 to 5 mm in length. And 7 to 8 radial spines of the same colour of 5-10mm of length
Flowers are yellow, funnel-shaped, up to 3 cm long and in diameter. Fruit is reddish, globular, slightly extended and up to 0.5 cm in diameter.
This plant best grows in porous soil, and required good drainage. A sunlight friendly plant, this requires ample of bright light and airflow. Watering is required when the soil becomes dry to touch.
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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