Opuntia aciculata 12cm
Opuntia aciculata Griffiths - Οπούντια
Διάμετρος γλάστρας:12εκ., Ύψος:30εκ.
The name ‘aciculata’ derives from the Latin word "acicula", meaning "small head-covering pin", and, in fact, its epidermis is covered with small spines.
Its green-colored shovel-shaped stem is entirely covered with downy orange areoles, spaced apart, from which small agglomerated gold-colored spines grow.
In early summer, it blooms with golden-yellow or red-orange flowers, sometimes greenish in the center. It produces purple pear-shaped fruits.
- It likes an exposure to full sun in rather airy locations.
- It is preferable to keep it at mild temperatures and never below 3 °C, for this reason it is recommended to shelter it during the winter period.
- Water moderately and only when the soil is completely dry. It is enough to water it once a week in spring and summer, reduce it to once every two months in autumn and to suspend it completely in winter.
- The best soil is a well-draining one, even better if further enriched with inert materials such as pumice, sand or lapilli.
- They do not need frequent fertilization, it is sufficient to dilute the fertilizer with watering once a year.