Frailea alacriportana 5.5cm
Frailea alacriportana Backeb. & Voll
Συνώνυμα: Frailea gracillima
The plants of the genus Frailea are small round cactus, which usually have a diameter of 2-4 cm.
In nature they often live next to rocks or disguise themselves among other herbaceous plants.
The thorns are small, proportionate to the plant, and vary in color from yellow to brown according to the variety and age of the plant.
They grow along the ribs of the stem, which are vertical and not very pronounced. The stem is dark green; often the plants grow next to each other, forming small clumps.
The flowers are yellow, rather large compared to the rest of the plant, and they have the characteristic of self-pollinate even if the flower remains closed: in fact we are talking about a cleistogama plant.
From a single specimen, therefore, it is always possible to obtain fertile seeds for the reproduction of the plant.
- It requires an exposure to full sun. However, it can be placed in a partially shaded area only if it still receives a lot of light throughout the year.
- It is preferable to keep it at mild temperatures and never below 8 °C, for this reason it is recommended to shelter it during the winter period.
- Water moderately but only when the soil is completely dry. It is enough to water it once a week in spring and summer, reduce watering to once every two months in autumn, and to suspend it completely in winter.
- A well draining soil is an optimal solution, to avoid rotting, for example formed by a mixture of peat and pumice so that the water does not stagnate.
- They do not need frequent fertilization, it is sufficient to dilute the fertilizer with watering once a year.