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Copiapoa cinerea X griseoviolacea LL7

Copiapoa cinerea X griseoviolacea LL7

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Copiapoa is a genus of flowering plants in the cactus family Cactaceae, from the dry coastal deserts particularly the Atacama desert of northern Chile.

It comprises 32 morphologically defined species and 5 heterotypic subspecies. The species in the genus Copiapoa forms dense cushions of hundreds of large individual plants or produce only solitary plants. The shoots are spherical or elongated-cylindrical. The spines, which are usually present, are variably shaped. On the apex, the species are usually densely woolly-haired. The ribs are clearly developed. These species vary in form from spherical to slightly columnar and in colour from a brownish to blue-green body. They have warty ribs and spiny areolas, and they usually produce tubular yellow flowers which grow from woolly crowns on the apex in summer. They are bell- to funnel-shaped and open during the day. The short, circular pericarp is glabrous. The flower tube is short and broad. The small, smooth fruits contain large, shiny black seeds.

Description: Copiapoa cinerea X griseoviolacea typically exhibits characteristics of both parent species. It features spherical to slightly elongated stems covered in distinctive tubercles (bumps) and woolly areoles from which spines emerge. The spines are usually short and stout, varying in color from light brown to grayish. This hybrid cactus may produce bright yellow flowers in the spring or summer, emerging from the crown of the plant.

Cultivation Tips:

  1. Light: Provide ample sunlight for Copiapoa cinerea X griseoviolacea. Place it in a location where it can receive full sun for a significant part of the day. However, be cautious of intense midday sun, especially in hot climates, as it may scorch the plant.
  2. Temperature: This hybrid cactus thrives in warm to hot temperatures during the growing season. It can tolerate high temperatures but prefers cooler conditions in winter. Protect it from frost, as it is not cold hardy.
  3. Soil: Use a well-draining cactus or succulent mix for planting Copiapoa cinerea X griseoviolacea. Ensure the pot has adequate drainage holes to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot.
  4. Watering: Allow the soil to dry out between waterings, especially during the winter months when the plant is dormant. Water sparingly but thoroughly, ensuring excess water drains away completely.
  5. Fertilization: Fertilize sparingly during the growing season with a diluted, balanced cactus fertilizer. Avoid fertilizing during the winter months when the plant is not actively growing.
  6. Potting: Repot the cactus every few years to refresh the soil and provide more space for growth. Use a slightly larger pot when repotting, but avoid excessive pot size, as Copiapoa species prefer snug conditions.
  7. Pest and Disease Control: Monitor for common cactus pests such as mealybugs and spider mites. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Ensure good air circulation around the plant to prevent fungal diseases.
  8. Propagation: Copiapoa cinerea X griseoviolacea can be propagated from offsets (pups) produced at the base of the plant or by seeds. Allow offsets to dry for a few days before planting them in well-draining soil. For seed propagation, sow seeds in a well-draining mix and keep them warm and slightly moist until germination occurs.


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