Mammillaria bocasana 'Roseiflora'
Fishhooks, Powder Puff Cactus, Powder Puff Pincushion, Powderpuff Pincushion Cactus, Snowball Cactus,
Mammillaria bocasana f. roseiflora, Mammillaria bocasana var. roseiflora
Mammillaria bocasana 'Roseiflora' is a clump-forming cactus with globular to cylindrical stems covered with clusters of numerous white hair-like radial spies and 1 to 7 (one hooked) reddish-brown central spines. The stems can grow up to 4.8 inches (12 cm) tall and 3.2 inches (8 cm) in diameter.
Flowers are pink or rich rose-colored and appear in spring and summer. They are funnel-shaped, up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long, and up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) in diameter. Fruits are rosy-pink to red, cylindrical, and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long.
Mammillaria bocasana 'Roseiflora' is a form of Mammillaria bocasana selected for its pink or rich rose-colored flowers.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
This cactus is only suitable for outdoor life in USDA plant hardiness zones 9b to 11b. For gardeners in most zones, only indoor potted Powder Puff Cactus is an option.
Powder Puff Cactus needs plenty of sunlight and warm temperatures. It is happy if temperatures are between 70 and 80 °F (21 to 27 °C) and at least 8 hours of sunlight. During the winter, it becomes dormant and can be held in a dry, cool house room. Exposure to temperatures between 60 and 65 °F (16 and 18 °C) helps encourage flowering in spring. Move Powder Puff Cactus outside in summer.
The potting soil needs to be porous so it can drain well. Allow the soil to become nearly dry between waterings, but then water thoroughly. Never let the pots sit in the water. Suspend watering in the winter, but mist occasionally.
Fertilize Powder Puff Cactus in spring with a 5-10-5 liquid fertilizer. Continue to feed the potted plant in summer every month. Suspend fertilizer in fall and winter when the plant is dormant.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for a Powder Puff Cactus (Mammillaria bocasana).
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