Browningia – Browningia – Fatty Plants – Browningia – Succulent

are part of this genus some columnar cacti, originating in South America, also present in areas of high altitude. They have erect stems, tall in nature even 6-7 m, dark green or bluish in colour, with numerous little pronounced ribs; they tend to branch in the upper part of the stem, sometimes producing a thick foliage of intertwined branches. The young stems have areoles equipped with numerous thorns, which the plant tends to lose with the passing of the years.

In summer, it produces large tubular flowers, white or pink in colour, which bloom at night; the calyx and the ovary are covered with leathery scales. In late summer, the flowers are followed by large oval, pulpy fruits containing many small seeds.



browningiathese plants need to be placed in very sunny positions, which are exposed to at least 5-6 hours of direct sunlight per day; browningias can’t stand temperatures below 0°C needles, to avoid damages caused by the cold temperatures they are grown in winter temperatures not below 8-10°C.

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From March to October, water regularly, without exceeding in quantity, and waiting for the soil to be completely dry between one watering and the other; in the cold months is good to thin watering, until almost suspend them in the middle of winter, especially if the plant is hospitalized in places with temperatures below 15 ° C.

During the vegetative period, provide some fertilizer for succulent plants, poor in nitrogen and rich in potassium, every 10-12 days, mixed with the water of the watering.


these cacti prefer sandy, loose and very well drained soils; use a mixture consisting of one third of garden soil, one third of balanced soil and one third of sand, adding also a small quantity of medium-fine grain pumice; they particularly like soils rich in limestone. In order to allow a harmonious development of the plant, which in container can reach the 90-100 cm of height, it is good to repot every 2-3 years.


in spring, it is possible to remove the branches of the previous year, which are to be buried in a mixture of peat and sand in equal parts, after having left the wound to dry up for at least 14-16 hours; the small seeds may be sown by the end of winter, in a seedbed, keeping the soil constantly humid till when the germination has taken place.

Browningia: Pests and diseases

Pay attention to the cochineal and to the rottenness of the root and the stem; if cultivated in places with little light, these plants tend to take sinuous conformations and to lengthen excessively.


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