group of cactaceae from the deserts of South America, in particular from Chile. Usually rounded in shape, with age tend to become columnars, although the very slow growth causes this change after 10-15 years of life of the plant, which in adulthood can reach one meter in height. The young specimens are single, after 5-10 years they tend to form groups. The colour varies, depending on the variety, from brown-greyish to green-blue. Some species are covered with a pruinose patina.
They produce very large and showy flowers, usually in yellow tones.
these plants love very sunny locations, throughout the year. In winter they fear the cold, so it is advisable to place them on the windowsill of a window.
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in the place of origin these plants very rarely receive rainwater, they quench their thirst thanks to the condensation of the nocturnal mists; for this reason, during the vegetative period, it is good to water them sporadically, leaving the soil to dry up a lot between one watering and the other. In winter, if they are not in a too heated place, it is better to suspend completely the watering.
Use a very well-drained cacti soil, consisting of peat and sand, with the addition of coarse material, such as pumice stone.
if the copycat bloom produce numerous fertile seeds, which can be used for propagation. Another method consists in cutting the suckers, which are to be buried in a mixture of peat and sand in equal parts, after having left the cut to dry for at least two days.
Copiapoa: Parasites and diseases
If the water supplied during watering is too much we can induce the rooting rot. Sometimes the copycat are attacked by cochineals and aphids.