notocactus / notocactus
Refers to the family of cactus. Fatherland is South America.
General description : Notocactus is also called "cactus-ball" due to the fact that most species have a globose stem. Another feature is abundant and early flowering.
Usually in the indoor setting the following species are bred:
Notocactus ottonis (Notocactus Otto) . This is a typical notoktus. He has a spherical stem with sparse, stiff, curved spines. Flowers up to 8 cm in diameter, yellow.
Notocactus leninghausii (Notocactus Lenhinghouse) has a columnar stem with long yellow thorns, can reach 1 m in height. The flattened apex of the stem tilts toward the sun. Spring flowers yellow flowers. A fairly unpretentious plant.
Notocactus apricus (Notocactus aphyllous) . Stem is spherical, compact, ribbed. Impressive curled spines. The flowers are yellow 8 cm in diameter.
Recommendations for plant care Notocactus:
Illumination : Photophilous, preferring southern windows, but in the spring should be carefully accustomed to direct sunlight, in order to avoid burns. In the summer noon, you need a shade.
Irrigation regime : Abundant during the growth period, in the winter unusual.
Humidity : Does not need to be sprayed.
For the summer it is better to place on a fresh atmosphere (in the park or on the balcony). In winter, a dry essence is necessary.
Temperature regime : In summer, the temperature should be 22-23 ° C, in winter 10-12 ° C, at least 10 ° C.
Soil : Drainage is mandatory. You can add charcoal and brick chips.
Recommended soil mix: 1 share of turf, 1 share of leaf, 1 share of peat land and 1 share of sand.
During the growth period, it needs fertilizing once every two weeks with fertilizers for cacti and succulents.
Breeding : Children and seeds.
Transplantation : In the spring, young plants annually, mature once a couple of years.
Pests : It is affected by scarlet spider mites (in a dry atmosphere, leaves and stems are braided with cobwebs).
For prevention, the plant is recommended to be wiped with medical alcohol.
With a small infection, the plant is allowed to help finish with a soap solution and a warm wash.
In case of severe damage, spraying with an insecticide solution (acticle, decis, phytoverm etc.) is recommended.
noctactus sun-loving - notocactus apricus
norocactus otto - notocactus ottonis
Notoktus leninghausi - notocactus leninghausii
sunburn on the stem of the notocctus