For some years now, the parody genus has also included the notocactus genus and some species of echinocactus; these are cacti native to Central and South America. They usually have a globular or briefly columnar shape; the stem is green or blue-green, with numerous ribs and thorny areoles; most of the species tend to grow, constituting tufts composed by several close specimens.
In late spring and summer they produce numerous flowers in the apical zone, of yellow, pink, red or violet colour, which remain open for some days; in late summer they produce small oval fruits containing several very small seeds, usually fertile. These plants are much cultivated, not only by the collectors, for the abundant flowering and for the fairly simple cultivation.
The parodies prefer very bright positions, even if sunny, even if it is advisable to place them in a partially shaded area in July-August, so that they are sheltered from the sun in the hottest hours of the day. They are not very afraid of the cold weather, and many species can bear temperatures a few degrees below 0°C; during the cold months, however, it is advisable to keep them at temperatures close to 10°C.
- Small columnar cactus native to the Galapagos Islands. The stems reach a height of 50-60 cm, with a diameter of 4-5 cm; they tend to till with great ease, forming wide tufts, with a diameter of 4-5 cm, with a…
From March to September water regularly, at least once a week, waiting for the soil to be completely dry between one watering and the other; with the arrival of cold watering thin out, to suspend them in winter, especially if the piata is kept in the cold, if kept at home should be watered at least once a month even in winter. During the vegetative period, add to the water of the watering of the specific fertilizer for cacti, every 15-20 days.
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Soil: use a very well drained soil, formed by universal mould mixed with river sand and pumice or lapillus, to increase the drainage and allow a balanced development to the fragile roots. These plants grow quite slowly, therefore they can be left in the same container for 2-3 years before repotting them.
Multiplication: by seed, in December in heated seedbeds, in late spring in the open; containers with soil and seeds should be kept in a shady and damp place. Often the parodies have many basal suckers, which can be detached and repotted in a single container for obtaining new specimens with ease.
Parasites and diseases: Mites and cochineal often ruin these plants.