Refers to the family of cactus. Homeland - South America.
General description : Parodies - cacti with a globular knobby stalk with a tip tapering to the sun. Bloom from the first years of life, the flowers are not arranged singly, but by a group. Parodies usually do not form children on the stem.
Usually in the indoor setting the following species are bred:
Parodia aureispina (Parody of the golden-caled). This is a small cactus with hook-shaped golden thorns. The tubercles are spirally arranged and pubescent. Blossoms with large yellow flowers, located on top.
Parodia chrysacanthion. This cactus is larger than the previous cactus (up to 10 cm in diameter). Its spines are large, bristly, golden-white in color. The flowers are yellow.
Parodia sanguiniflora (Parody of the blood-flowering) owns red hook-shaped spines and red flowers.
Recommendations for caring for the plant Parody:
Illumination : Photophilous, preferring southern windows.
Irrigation regime : Abundant during the growth period, in winter unusual. To water with warm soft water.
Humidity of air : Periodic spraying is desirable, but the Parody does not require any humidity of the atmosphere. In winter, the dry essence.
For the summer it is better to place on a fresh atmosphere (in the park or on the balcony).
Temperature mode : Moderate, optimal 22-23 ° C, cool in winter 10-12 ° C, not lower than 7 ° C.
Soil : Proper benign drainage is required. You can add small gravel or expanded clay.
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, but in half.
Breeding : Children and seeds.
Transplantation : Transplanted in the spring, at what time the pot is made tight (the roots begin to germinate through the drainage holes).
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.
a parody of the golden-headed - parodia aureispina
parody of the snow - parodia nivosa
golden parody - parodia chrysacanthion