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Malacocarpus erinacea (Parodia erinacea)


Malacocarpus erinacea (Cactaceae) Originating from Argentina and Uruguay. It is a simple, flattened-globular to short-cylindrical cactus, very woolly at top, the ribs are obtuse, strongly undulate with areoles in the depressions on ribs. The central spine is not much longer than the radials. The flowers are yellow broad when fully open with bright red stigma-lobes. Sowing: Fill a pot with a moist, gritty, loam-based compost, or cacti compost. Gently firm down and level the surface. Scatter your mixed cactus seeds over the surface, taking care not to sow them too thickly. Gently sprinkle a thin layer of vermiculite or fine grit over the seeds, covering the whole surface of the compost. Leave the pot in a greenhouse or on a warm windowsill, covered with a clear plastic bag to preserve soil moisture. Seedlings will develop within a few weeks. Remove the plastic bag and water when the compost becomes dry, but spray the surface with water regularly, to keep it moist. Locality: Ex Hort. Harvest: January 2024


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