They particularly like very bright positions, even if they develop without problems even in the middle of the shade. I turbinicarpus should be placed outside in the spring and summer, while in the cold months should be housed in a protected place, indoors or in a temperate greenhouse, although they can bear without problems even light and short frosts, especially if the soil is dry.
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They need frequent, but moderate, watering in the spring and summer, checking however that the soil dries between one watering and the other; during the cold months we suggest to thin the watering, especially if the plant is grown in a place with temperatures below 10 ° C; if you decide to shelter them in cold greenhouse we recommend to suspend watering completely throughout the winter, to allow the plant to go to rest.
During the vegetative period, from March to September, provide the plant with a fertilizer for succulent plants dissolved in the water of the watering every 15-20 days.
Turbinicarpus: The type of soil
Like many other cacti, also the turbinicarpus do not need particularly fertile soil, the important thing is that the substrate is very well drained, to avoid water stagnation very harmful to the succulent plants in general, usually used in deserts, to obtain an ideal compound we can mix peat, sand and universal soil in equal parts, with additions of coarse material, both on the bottom of the pot, both in the soil itself, we can use expanded clay, perlite or pumice stone for this purpose.Multiplication: some species produce numerous basal suckers, which can be detached from the mother stone in order to form new seedlings in themselves; otherwise, the multiplication can happen by seed, in spring; parasites and diseases: if the watering is excessive, the appearance of radical rottenness may be favoured; at times, the turbinicarpus are attacked by aphids or by cochineals.