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Care of the plant Echinocereus cinerascens or Cereus cinerascens.

Care of the plant Echinocereus cinerascens or Cereus cinerascens

The genus Echinocereus, family Cactaceae, is made up of some 50 species of cacti native to Mexico and the USA. Some species are: Echinocereus cinerascens, Echinocereus pentalophusEchinocereus sciurus, Echinocereus pectinatus, Echinocereus blanckii, Echinocereus rigidissimus, Echinocereus baileyi.

Scientific synonym: Cereus cinerascens. This species is native to central Mexico.

They are highly branched tussock cacti with cylindrical grayish-green stems that reach 30 cm in height but extend up to 1.2 meters in diameter. They have 7-10 whitish radial spines and 1-4 longer central spines (up to 2.5 cm) yellowish. The showy lilac, pink or purple flowers are up to 8 cm in diameter. They produce prickly fruits 3 cm long.

They are used in light undergrowth, in semi-shaded rockeries, to form borders and in pots (they flower less).

The Echinocereus cinerascens needs semi-shade exposure and a dry climate. They resist temperatures up to 4 ºC. In winter you have to cover them with transparent plastic to protect them from rain.

The soil can be a mixture, in the same proportions, of normal garden soil, coarse sand and heather soil or leaf mulch.

Always water moderately, waiting for the substrate to dry completely; They are very sensitive to moisture. Do not water from mid-autumn to early spring. In winter you have to cover them with transparent plastic to protect them from the rain.

They do not need fertilizer or pruning.

They are quite resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases but very sensitive to excess moisture, especially in winter.

They are easily propagated from spring sown seeds and by stem cuttings.

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Echinocereus cinerascens