Australian Desert Blooms Nursery has been growing Cacti and succulents for over 40 years now. We here would like our customers to enjoy their plants for a long time, so I am writing blogs on Growing tips on individual plants. On what they need to thrive in our environment.
The Mammillaria is a clustering variety that grows slowly. The plant has hook spines over the body that attach itself to anything that gets close. The offsets become separate easily making it a challenge for anyone to pot up.
The plant will bloom when it has been given the right condition. Need lots of filtered sunlight, use a pot with good drainage and a very porous mineral-based potting mix. The more drainage the better to reduce the chance of root rot. Water sparingly during the growing season letting the soil dry out completely. Reduce the watering in winter as they go dormant. The plant has quite resistant to frost if kept dry. A resting period in winter and strong light are necessary so that it can flower properly. Plants will offset readily, and dense clumps can be produced in a very few years.
Propagation can be done by offsets or seeds.
The best position for this little plant is in a greenhouse, veranda, or windowsill. As long it has lots of filtered sunlight for best results.
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