Tephrocactus molinensis 6.5cm
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Tephrocactus molinensis (Speg.) Backeb.
In nature it grows close to Molinos in the Calchaquí valley in Mexico, so its name derives from the place of its origin.
It is a cactus with a globular or ovoid stem in color that varies from green to green-brown, and which branches off easily.
At the extremity of the tubercles there are large downy areoles and tufts of glochids of different colors: yellow, gray, reddish or brown; the spines are absent. It blooms with beautiful large white or light pink flowers.
It is a plant that is easy to grow, but you have to be very careful when moving or transferring it, because its branches (segments) come off easily.
- It likes an exposure to full sun in rather airy locations.
- It is preferable to keep it at mild temperatures and never below 5 °C, for this reason it is recommended to shelter it during the winter period.
- Water moderately, only when the soil is completely dry. It is enough to water the plant once a week in spring and summer, once a month in autumn and to suspend watering completely in winter.
- The best option is a well-draining and porous soil, even better if further enriched with 50% of inert materials such as pumice or lapilli.
- They do not need frequent fertilization, it is sufficient to dilute the fertilizer with watering once a year.