Acanthocalicium – Acanthocalicium – Fatty plants – Acanthocalicium – Succulent

globular cacti, columnar with age, native to the Argentine side of the Andes. The stem is grey-green, sometimes tending to yellowish, with 15-20 ribs; the areoles are glabrous at the base, woolly at the apex, and carry 10-12 yellow or brown thorns. From the end of spring to the beginning of autumn, specimens at least three years old produce numerous flowers on the areoles around the apex of the stem, yellow or red; the species A. violaceum produces white or dark pink flowers.



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grow the acanthocalycium in full sun, or at least in a very bright position, absolutely do not like the shade. In winter, place in a protected place, because they fear the cold and can bear temperatures as high as possible around 3-4°C.

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During the cold period, water rarely, with small amounts of water; from spring to autumn, water abundantly, however, waiting for the soil to dry completely between one watering and the other. Every 15-20 days provide fertilizer for succulent plants mixed with the water of the watering.


needs loose soil, very well drained, consisting of balanced soil mixed with sand and pumice stone. This cactacea does not need much soil, it can be grown in containers of modest size, as the maximum size reached are around 15-20 cm high by 10-15 cm in diameter.


is done by seed, to be used fresh, in seedbed filled with peat and sand in equal parts; keep the soil moist to ensure germination of the seeds, and in a temperate place.

Acanthocalicium: Pests and diseases

Like many other cacti, the acanthocalycium is also easily affected by cochineal.


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