Start your collection with the succulent Stenocactus

Echinofossulocactus lloydii

Stenocactus lloydii

Cacti are a real wonder, but those that belong to the genus stenocactus they are precious no, the following. They are one of those plants that are beautiful all year round, and when they bloom they amaze you.

They are not common to see in nurseries, since when you find them it is very difficult to avoid the temptation to buy them. They are so eye-catching! But in addition, its cultivation is very simple, so we recommend you start your collection with them.

What are the Stenocactus like?

Echinofossulocactus zacatecasensis

Stenocactus multicostatus

These plants (formerly called Echinofossulocactus) live in the Chihuahuan desert in Mexico. The genus includes 18 accepted species which are characterized by having a globose shape. The body normally has numerous ribs, which gives it an incredibly decorative look. They grow to a height of approximately 5-6cm, with a diameter of 4-5cm.

The flowers, which measure 1cm in diameter, usually sprout in summer, but can do so in autumn and even in winter if the temperatures are mild. The color of its petals can be white, dark pink or lilac.

How do you take care of yourself?

Echinofossulocactus crispatus

Stenocactus crispatus

These cacti are very easy to care for, so much so that if you dare to have one or more specimens, you just have to follow the advice we offer you 🙂:

  • Location: place it outside, in an area where it is in direct sunlight, ideally throughout the day.
  • Substratum: you can use black peat mixed with perlite in equal parts, or choose to use sandy substrates, such as akadama, pomx or river sand.
  • Irrigation: the substrate must be allowed to dry between waterings. When in doubt, it is always best to check the substrate moisture before watering again. To do this, you can insert a thin wooden stick to the bottom and see how much earth has adhered to it. In the event that it comes out practically clean, you can water.
  • Subscriber: During the first and the summer it must be paid with mineral fertilizers, such as Nitrofoska, pouring a small spoonful on the surface of the substrate once every 15 days.
  • Transplant: every two years, in spring.
  • Multiplication: by seeds in spring or summer, directly in the seedbed with vermiculite.
  • Rusticity: it supports mild frosts down to -2ºC, but it must be protected from hail.

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