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Mammillaria candida

Pincushion cactus

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Features

  • Blooms & FruitsMarch & June
  • Height0.1m to 0.15m
  • Spread0.12m to 0.2m
  • Growth HabitCactus-like
  • Flower ColourPink
  • Leaf ColourBlue-green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Mammillaria candida (Pincushion cactus). This is a pale, bluish-green spherical cactus from Mexico, It will grow about 15cm tall and 20cm wide it is covered with short spines. The flowers are pink and disc-shaped they bloom in the spring and are followed by red berries in the summer.

Characteristics

Perennial, Cactus

Origin

Mexico, Indies, C S America

Interest and use

Grown for their funnel-shaped flowers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilLight, Sandy
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

They are frost-tender cacti's they require full sun for maximum flowering. They are easy to grow, and prefer light, sandy soil. You can propagate from seeds in the spring and summer, or from offsets in summer.

Propagation

You can propagate by seed in the spring and summer, or from offsets in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Mealy bugs and foot rot.

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