Tephrocactus neuquensis 10.5cm
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Tephrocactus neuquensis (Borg) Backeb.
The name of the Tephrocactus genus derives from the Greek word 'tephra' - 'ash', which refers to the greyish shades of the epidermis. It is a cactus with an elongated dark green or greyish-green stem, which branches off easily. From the areoles with glochids, sparse and short white spines are born, which are curved in different directions, more commonly downwards.
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.