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Echinopsis
Echinopsis
Echinopsis
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Echinopsis

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Echinopsis is a genus of cacti native to South America, particularly Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, and Brazil. These cacti are renowned for their striking trumpet-shaped flowers, which often bloom in a wide array of vibrant colours, including white, pink, red, orange, and yellow. Echinopsis plants typically have globular or cylindrical stems with prominent ribs and are covered in clusters of spines.

Light

Echinopsis cacti thrive in bright, indirect sunlight. Place them near a sunny window indoors or in a location with partial shade outdoors, especially during the hottest part of the day.

Soil

Plant Echinopsis in well-draining cactus potting mix. You can also add sand or perlite to regular potting soil to improve drainage.

Watering

Water your Echinopsis sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out completely between waterings. In the growing season (spring and summer), water more frequently, but reduce watering in the dormant season (autumn and winter).

Temperature

These cacti prefer warm temperatures and should be kept above 10°C. Protect them from frost, as exposure to freezing temperatures can damage or kill the plant.

Fertilising

Feed with a diluted cactus fertiliser once a month during the growing season to promote healthy growth and flowering. Avoid fertilising during the dormant period.

Repotting

Repot Echinopsis every 2-3 years or when the plant outgrows its container. Choose a pot slightly larger than the current one, and refresh the soil mix as needed.

Pruning

Pruning is rarely necessary for Echinopsis cacti. However, you can remove any dead or damaged stems or spent flowers with sterilised pruning shears to maintain the plant's appearance.

Pests and Diseases

Keep an eye out for common cactus pests such as scale insects and spider mites. Treat any infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Ensure good air circulation and avoid over-watering to prevent fungal diseases.

Am I Pet Friendly?

Unfortunately I am not pet friendly.

What size am I?

I am in a 8cm pot.