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Care of the plant Ferocactus flavovirens or Echinocactus flavovirens.

Care of the plant Ferocactus flavovirens or Echinocactus flavovirens

The genus Ferocactus, family Cactaceae, comprises 30 species of large cacti native to Mexico and the southwestern United States. Some species are: Ferocactus flavovirens, Ferocactus cylindraceus, Ferocactus alamosanus, Ferocactus histrix, Ferocactus latispinus, Ferocactus schwarzii, Ferocactus hamatacanthus, Ferocactus emoryi, Ferocactus gracilis, Ferocactus glaucescens, Ferocactus stainesii, Ferocactus peninsulae, Ferocactus robustus, Ferocactus wislizenii.

Scientific synonyms: Echinocactus flavovirens, Parrycactus flavovirens, Bisnaga flavovirens. This species is native to Mexico.

They are cacti with a slightly elongated spherical bearing and flattened at the apex that branch out from the base, forming colonies; they reach 40 cm in height and 20 cm in diameter. They have 13 sharp ribs with oval areoles with 14 thin radial spines and 4 central spines. The flowers are yellow and orange and are funnel-shaped. They bloom in summer.

They are used in rockeries, on dry slopes, in cactus and succulent gardens, and in pots for patios, terraces, and greenhouses.

The Ferocactus flavovirens needs direct sun exposure and high temperatures. It's better that the winter temperature is not lower than 5 ºC.

The soil can be a mixture, in the same proportions, of coarse siliceous sand and leaf mulch.

It's important not to water in winter; the rest of the year water very moderately, always waiting for the substrate to dry.

They are easy to grow plants that do not need pruning or fertilizers.

They are very sensitive plants to excess humidity.

They propagate easily by stem cuttings or by seeds sown in spring.

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Ferocactus flavovirens
Ferocactus flavovirens
 

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