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Mammillaria prolifera

Silver cluster cactus

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to August
  • Height0.2m
  • Growth HabitCactus-like
  • Flower ColourCreamy
  • Leaf ColourGreen

Description

Mammillaria prolifera (Silver cluster cactus). This is a spherical, self-fertilizing cactus. The flowers are creamy white disc-like flowers, they appear in the spring with small red berries that stay on the plant all year round.

Characteristics

Perennial, Cactus

Other common names

Little candles

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 that require full sun for maximum flowering. They are easy to grow, and prefer light, sandy soil.

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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