Tephrocactus molinensis 6.5cm
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.