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Copiapoa columna-alba X Copiapoa cinerea QX3

Copiapoa columna-alba X Copiapoa cinerea QX3

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Product Description

Copiapoa columna-alba X Copiapoa cinerea is a hybrid cactus resulting from the cross between Copiapoa columna-alba and Copiapoa cinerea. Here's a description of the plant along with cultivation tips:

Description:

  1. Appearance: This hybrid typically displays characteristics from both parent species. It may have spherical or cylindrical stems with ribs and areoles. The stems can vary in size and shape, ranging from small to medium-sized. The coloration may vary, often with shades of green, gray, or bluish-gray.

  2. Spines: Like its parent species, Copiapoa columna-alba X Copiapoa cinerea features spines of varying lengths and colors. The spines typically grow in clusters around the areoles along the ribs of the stems. The density and arrangement of the spines may differ between individual specimens.

  3. Flowers: During the flowering season, which usually occurs in spring or early summer, this hybrid produces small, colorful flowers at the apex of the stems. The flowers can be yellow, orange, or reddish-orange, adding ornamental value to the plant.

Cultivation Tips:

  1. Light: Provide ample sunlight for Copiapoa columna-alba X Copiapoa cinerea. Place the plant in a location where it receives at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day. A south-facing exposure is often ideal for optimal growth.

  2. Temperature: This hybrid prefers warm to moderate temperatures. During the growing season, maintain temperatures between 20°C to 30°C. Protect the plant from frost during the winter months, as it is sensitive to freezing temperatures.

  3. Soil: Plant Copiapoa columna-alba X Copiapoa cinerea in well-draining soil to prevent waterlogging, which can lead to root rot. A cactus or succulent potting mix amended with perlite or sand works well. Ensure the soil provides adequate aeration and drainage.

  4. Watering: Water the plant sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out partially between waterings. During the growing season, water more frequently, but still ensure that the soil dries out completely between each watering session. Reduce watering during the winter dormancy period.

  5. Fertilization: Apply a diluted, balanced fertilizer formulated for cacti and succulents during the growing season. Fertilize sparingly to avoid overfeeding, which can lead to weak growth or root damage.

  6. Propagation: Propagate Copiapoa columna-alba X Copiapoa cinerea through offsets or seeds. Allow offsets to dry and callous before planting them in well-draining soil. Sow seeds in a suitable growing medium and keep them warm and moist until germination occurs.

  7. Pests and Diseases: Monitor the plant regularly for signs of pests such as mealybugs or scale insects. Treat infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Ensure good air circulation around the plant and avoid overwatering to prevent fungal diseases.

Cultivation

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