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Ariocarpus kotschoubeyanus FR15 SEEDS

Ariocarpus kotschoubeyanus FR15 SEEDS

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Product Description

Ariocarpus kotschoubeyanus, also known as the Living Rock Cactus, is a fascinating and highly distinctive plant native to the desert regions of Mexico. It's known for its unique appearance, which closely resembles the rocky landscape in which it grows. Here's a detailed description and some cultivation tips:


  • Appearance: This cactus is characterized by its small, dome-shaped, fleshy body, which is often flush with the soil surface. The body is divided into triangular tubercles that give it a rocky appearance.
  • Size: It's a relatively small plant, typically growing only a few centimeters above the ground. The diameter of the plant can range from 5 to 12 centimeters.
  • Color: The color of Ariocarpus kotschoubeyanus varies from green to gray or brown, which helps it blend in with its natural rocky environment.
  • Flowers: It blooms in late fall, producing small, funnel-shaped flowers that are usually pink or purple, adding a stark contrast to its otherwise subdued appearance.
  • Growth Rate: This cactus grows extremely slowly, which is typical for the genus Ariocarpus.

Cultivation Tips

  1. Lighting: Prefers bright, indirect light. Too much direct sunlight can scorch the plant, while too little will hinder its growth.
  2. Soil: Requires well-draining soil. A cactus mix or a blend of sand, gravel, and loam is suitable.
  3. Watering: Water sparingly, as it is prone to root rot. Allow the soil to completely dry out between waterings. Reduce watering in the winter to mimic its natural habitat.
  4. Temperature: Thrives in warm temperatures but needs protection from frost. It's not cold-hardy, so it should be kept in a controlled environment if you live in a cold climate.
  5. Fertilization: Fertilize minimally, if at all. Over-fertilization can harm the plant.
  6. Propagation: Propagation is typically done through seeds, as it rarely produces offsets.
  7. Potting and Repotting: Repot infrequently due to its slow growth. Use a pot with good drainage.

Unique Characteristics

  • Camouflage: Its ability to mimic the rocks among which it grows is a unique survival adaptation.
  • Conservation Status: It's considered a rare species and is sought after by cactus enthusiasts. Wild harvesting has led to its endangered status, so cultivation is encouraged among collectors.

Ariocarpus kotschoubeyanus is valued among cactus collectors for its distinctive appearance and rarity. Its slow growth and specific care requirements make it a more challenging plant to cultivate, but its unique beauty and the satisfaction of nurturing such a rare species make it a rewarding endeavor for dedicated cactus enthusiasts.

Botanical family: Cactaceae

Botanical genus: Ariocarpus

Botanical species: Ariocarpus kotschoubeyanus

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