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Copiapoa cinerea GREEN X cupreata A04

Copiapoa cinerea GREEN X cupreata A04

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Descrizione del prodotto

The genus Copiapoa is a remarkable group of cacti endemic to the arid coastal deserts and inland areas of northern Chile, particularly thriving in the Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on Earth. These plants are exceptionally adapted to survive in harsh desert conditions with minimal water. The genus is named after the town of Copiapó, situated in the heart of their natural habitat, reflecting the deep connection between these cacti and their geographical origins. The discovery and subsequent study of Copiapoa have provided significant insights into survival strategies of flora in extreme environments. These cacti are known for their distinctive globular to columnar shapes, often forming clusters to minimize sun exposure and maximize water retention. The surface of these plants is typically covered in spines of varying lengths and thicknesses, which can range from almost wool-like in appearance to fierce and needle-like, providing defense against herbivores and reducing water loss by shading the plant's body.

Discovery of the Genus

The genus Copiapoa was first described in the early 20th century, with many species being identified and classified over the years by various botanists and cacti enthusiasts. The harsh and remote habitats of these plants meant that early explorations and discoveries were challenging and often led by individuals with a passion for the unique flora of desert environments. The exploration and study of Copiapoa have significantly contributed to our understanding of biodiversity in desert ecosystems and the evolutionary adaptations of plants to extreme drought conditions.

Cultivation Tips

  • Light: These plants thrive in full sun to partial shade. In very hot climates, some afternoon shade may prevent scorching.
  • Temperature: They prefer warm temperatures and need to be protected from frost. During winter, keep them at temperatures above 10°C (50°F).
  • Watering: Water moderately during the growing season (spring to autumn), allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. Reduce watering significantly during the winter months to mimic the dry season in their natural habitat.
  • Soil: A well-draining cactus mix is essential, ideally with added pumice or perlite to enhance drainage. The pH should be slightly acidic to neutral.
  • Fertilizing: During the growing season, use a low-nitrogen cactus fertilizer every 4-6 weeks to support healthy growth and flowering.


Cultivation

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