Mammillaria Bombycina - Silken Pincushion Cactus

MYBG-MABC


Type: Plants

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Mammillaria Bombycina

Origin

Central Maxico

Family

Cactaceae

Description

This adorable little cactus is an excellent houseplant that is sure to liven any shelf. Offshoots of this cactus grow from the base, eventually creating a whole cluster of little cacti. The spines on this cactus form white, fluffy areoles with a long, hooked spine in the center. Getting poked by this cactus is unlikely, but the hooks can catch on loose clothing. Flowers on Mammillaria bombycina are small and brilliant pink, and one stem produces several flowers.

Environment

Mammillaria species like most cacti they're drought tolerant and need very little care and attention to grow well . Plenty of sunshine will keep this cacti more than happy. Provide bright, even light to encourage tight growth and flowering.  Some shade during a hot summers day can be helpful to prevent sunburn.  

Allow the soil mix to become nearly dry between watering, but then water thoroughly. Suspend watering in the winter, but mist occasionally. Not enough sunlight and over-watering are common mistakes.

Use pot with good drainage and a very porous potting media. 

Feed every 4 weeks with a high potassium fertiliser during summer

Landscape Uses

Suited for window sill and dish gardens

 

 


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