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Tephrocactus geometricus

Tephrocactus geometricus

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Product Description

Tephrocactus geometricus is a small, branched cactus that forms attractive clumps of segmented, usually spineless stems. It grows up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall, and the stem segments are spherical, up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter. These segments are gray-green to blue-green and can take on a red to purple hue when exposed to full sun. While spines are sporadically present in the upper areoles, this species is noted for its white to light pink flowers that appear in summer, albeit lasting only one day. Originating from western Argentina, particularly in Catamarca province and areas close to the Bolivian border, Tephrocactus geometricus has adapted to thrive in a specific set of environmental conditions​.

Cultivation Tips:

Light Requirements: Tephrocactus geometricus thrives in full sun, needing five to eight hours of sunlight each day. It's essential to find a balance in sun exposure, especially in climates with intense sunlight, to avoid sunburn​.

Watering: This cactus prefers the soil to dry out completely between watering sessions, a common trait among succulents. Overwatering can cause root and stem rot, so be vigilant about the soil's moisture level. Ensuring the potting mix is well-drained and the pot has adequate drainage holes is crucial​.

Temperature and Hardiness: Suitable for USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b, Tephrocactus geometricus is not cold-hardy. It needs protection from freezing temperatures, which can be achieved by growing it in pots that can be moved indoors during colder months​.

Soil: A well-draining soil mix is ideal, as stagnant water can be detrimental. Pots with drainage holes help prevent water retention, ensuring the health of the plant​.

Fertilization: Fertilize sparingly during the growing season with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer diluted to half-strength, once a month. During winter, when the plant is dormant, fertilization should be halted.

Propagation: Propagation can be done through cuttings or seeds. Cuttings should be allowed to callous before planting in dry soil, avoiding water until growth is observed to prevent rot. Seed propagation is a more lengthy process, with germination potentially taking up to four years. The seeds need a warm environment and should not be buried deep in the soil​.

General Care: Regular monitoring of sunlight exposure and soil moisture is key. Adjustments may be needed depending on the plant's growth and the local climate. In some cases, repotting into a larger or more suitable pot with fresh soil mix and some fertilizer can rejuvenate a stagnant plant​.

For enthusiasts or anyone looking to add Tephrocactus geometricus to their collection, understanding and mimicking its natural habitat as closely as possible is key to successful cultivation. Its unique appearance and flowering behavior make it a fascinating plant to grow. 


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