Cacto peloso – Espostoa lanata – Espostoa lanata – Piante Grasse – Cacto peloso – Espostoa lanata – Succulente

a genus that brings together about twenty colonnary shits from South America. In the antura they reach dimensions over the 2-3 m of height, whilst in pot they keep below the metre. They are rather slow growing plants, the stem is green, with numerous ribs, usually erect, solitary, sometimes produces some branches that tend to grow parallel to the main stem; the areoles are very thorny, with a particularly developed central spine, and are covered by a thick whitish down.

The plants of several years of age in spring produce a pseudocephalium in the apical zone, from which bloom numerous flowers, of medium size, almost hidden by the hair, which bloom by night. In summer, the flowers are followed by small roundish, fleshy, edible fruits, which contain several dark seeds.

Cacto peloso

Exposure and Watering

Cacto pelosoExposure: the exposures need very sunny positions; in winter the minimum temperature must be kept around 10-12° C, therefore the plants must be brought indoors or in a temperate greenhouse.

Watering: during the winter these plants shouldn’t be watered, especially if they are in a place not too much to water. With the arrival of heat, watering should be regular, letting the soil dry very well between one watering and the other. From March to October provide specific fertilizer for succulent plants dissolved in the water of the watering every 15-20 days.

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They prefer very well drained soils, consisting of balanced soil mixed with sand and lapillus. These plants tend to produce a fairly large root system, so it is advisable to repot them every spring, placing them in fairly large pots.

Hairy Cacto – Espostoa Lanata: Multiplication and Pests and Diseases

Multiplication: by seed, in February in a seedbed in a protected place, or in spring-summer. It is also possible to make cuttings, utilizing the lateral branches, which are to be rooted in a mixture of peat and sand in equal parts.

Parasites and diseases: pay close attention to the cochineal, which nests in the hair, becoming very difficult to detect.

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