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Care of the plant Maihueniopsis glomerata or Copana cactus.

Care of the cactus Maihueniopsis glomerata or Copana cactus

The genus Maihueniopsis, family Cactaceae, comprises 13 species of small cactus native to Argentina, Chile and Bolivia. Some species are: Maihueniopsis glomerata, Maihueniopsis subterranea, Maihueniopsis nigrispina, Maihueniopsis ovata.

Common name: Copana cactus.

They are branched cacti with a creeping bearing with 3 cm (1.18") long ovoid segments. In the round areolas they have yellowish glochids and 1-2 main spines long (up to 5 cm/1.96") and erect; they have 2 short white secondary spines. The flowers are light yellow. They produce globose reddish or greenish fruits.

They are used in pots for balconies and terraces or as an indoor plant; in this case they should be located next to a window with good ventilation.

Maihueniopsis glomerata requires full sun exposure and a winter temperature above 3 ºC (37.4 ºF).

The soil can be a commercial substrate for cacti or a mixture, in the same proportions, of heather soil, blond peat, black peat and siliceous sand.

Always water moderately, waiting until the soil has dried completely. In winter do not water.

They do not need pruning or fertilizers.

They can be attacked by fungi if there is excess moisture.

They propagate easily by division of segments or from seeds sown in spring in a sandy seedbed.

Images of the cactus Maihueniopsis glomerata or Copana cactus

Maihueniopsis glomerata
Maihueniopsis glomerata
Maihueniopsis glomerata