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Ancistrocactus Genus

 

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterMoist

Description

Ancistrocactus genus. These are perennial cacti with a spherical to short, globose to columnar stems each with 10-20 tuberculate ribs. The flowers are sometimes prevented from opening by the density of the spines.

Also known as Sclerocactus.

Characteristics

Perennials, Evergreens, Cactus

Origin

U.S.A. and Mexico.

The genus name comes from the Greek words 'ancistron', meaning 'fishhook' and 'kaktos', which means thistle.

Interest and use

Grown for the spherical to short, globose to columnar stems.

Cultivation

When in growth water moderately. They are frost tender, with a minimum of 2C in completely dry conditions. This plant needs sun and very well drained soil. May rot if over-watered.

Propagation

Propagate by seed in spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to mealy bugs

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