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Cacto mouse tail - Flagelliform Aporocactus

Cacto mouse tail - Flagelliform Aporocactus



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Generalitа


cactacea of ​​Central American origin; produces large clumps, consisting of thin elongated stems, light green in color, covered with thin yellowish thorns, hanging or briefly erected. In late spring on the lower part of the stems showy flowers of pink or reddish color, followed by small roundish fruits, containing numerous dark seeds. In nature they are epiphytic or lithophytic cacti, in the apartment they are cultivated mainly in hanging baskets, in order to better appreciate the plant habit.


Exposure


they are grown in a very bright position, possibly sunny; during the hot season it is good to lightly shade the cacti, to prevent them from coming into contact too much with sunlight. For an abundant flowering it is good to make sure that the plants have a winter rest period, placing the plants, from October until March, in an unheated place, with temperatures below 10 ° C; they can bear even brief periods of frost, but in general they are grown in places with a minimum temperature close to 5-8 ° C.

Watering


from March to September water regularly, when the soil is well dry; during the cold months we avoid watering, especially if the plants are placed in a cold place; if grown in the apartment we water only sporadically.

Ground


they prefer loose and very well drained soils; a compound consisting of a part of peat, a part of pozzolana and one of sand is used.

Multiplication


it occurs by dividing the tufts in the autumn, or by seed in the spring; in order to germinate the soil with the seeds it must be kept in place with a temperature above 18 ° C.

Cacto mouse tail - Flagelliform Aporocactus: Pests and diseases


like many other cactacee also Aporocactus they are easily hit by the cochineal.