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Mammillaria microhelia

Pincushion cactus

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Features

  • BloomsMay to August
  • Height0.2m
  • Spread0.4m
  • Growth HabitCactus-like
  • Flower ColourPale yellow
  • Leaf ColourGrey green

Description

Mammillaria microhelia (Pincushion cactus). They will produce creamy spines, the flowers are small and pale yellow, The thick stems are cylindrical and greyish green.

Characteristics

Perennial, Cactus

Origin

West Mexico

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 bug and red spider mite can be a problem.

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