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Escobaria abdita

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Scientific Name

Escobaria abdita Řepka & Vaško

Scientific Classification

Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Cacteae
Genus: Escobaria

Description

Escobaria abdita is an attractive small geophytic cactus with a swollen root and stems with short, ivory to chalk-white spines. The stems are up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) in diameter. Flowers are small, white with light pink stripes on the tepals and yellow anthers. They are up to 1.8 inches (4.5 cm) long and up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) in diameter. Fruits are up to 0.3 inches (0.8 cm) long and about the same in diameter.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

Escobaria abdita

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How to Grow and Care

Escobarias are very susceptible to rot and require well-drained soil, without any water excess or stagnation. It has been observed that the plants also suffer the environmental humidity, which should preferably remain very low (30 to 50 %). Avoid watering during the winter, when the plant is dormant. Watering Escobaria in cold environmental conditions will almost certainly lead to the death of the plant. In the growing season, the plants, whose growth is typically quite slow, perceive a significant temperature difference between night and day.

The experienced grower knows well the difficulties of survival of this genus, certainly not one of the easiest to grow. The seed germination rate is lower than other genera, and in fact, other propagation methods are preferable, as offsets or cuttings.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Escobaria.

Origin

Escobaria abdita is native to Mexico (Coahuila).

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