Discocactus – Discocactus – Fatty Plants – Discocactus – Succulent

small, flattened, globular cacti originating in South America; this genus has about 10-12 species. The body is rounded, with a diameter close to 10-15 cm in the adult specimens, less than 10 cm high, of dark green colour, crossed by numerous ribs; the small areoles have few grigist thorns, very sharp.

When between the 7 and the 10 years old, the plants develop a small cephalium, formed by pale down, from which will bloom the flowers; the discocactus bloom in summer, producing several white flowers, delicately perfumed, which last few hours, but bloom in succession.

Exposure

place in a bright place, but not exposed to direct sunlight during the hottest hours of the day; they can bear temperatures close to zero, but it is advisable to keep them at about 10-15 °C even in winter, therefore they are to be taken indoors or in a temperate greenhouse.

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Watering

From March to October, water regularly, allowing the soil to dry up very well between one watering and the other; during the cold months, water sporadically, every 40-45 days; plants kept in cold greenhouses should not be watered until the following spring. During the vegetative period, mix the water from the watering with the specific fertilizer for succulent plants, every 15-20 days.

Land

In nature, these cacti grow solitary in areas with siliceous soils; an ideal substratum is formed by sand and peat in equal parts, to which it is advisable to add fine gravel and pumice stone. Seen their small size and slow growth, these plants are to be cultivated in small containers, and rarely repotted.

Discocactus: Multiplication and Pests and Diseases

Multiplication: it happens by seed, in spring; the seedbeds must be kept constantly humid, and in a protected and shaded place.

Parasites and diseases: excessive watering or poorly draining soil can promote the onset of root rot.

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