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Mammillaria vetula subsp. gracilis

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Scientific Name

Mammillaria vetula subsp. gracilis (Pfeiff.) D. R. Hunt

Synonyms

Mammillaria gracilis

Scientific Classification

Family: Cactaceae
Subfamily: Cactoideae
Tribe: Cacteae
Subtribe: Cactinae
Genus: Mammillaria

Description

Mammillaria vetula subsp. gracilis is a small cactus, up to 5.2 inches (13 cm) tall, with slender, cylindrical stems. They are bright-green, up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) in diameter, with up to 2, white to dark-brown central spines and 11 to 16, white radial spines. The flowers are small, creamy to pale yellow with pinkish or brownish mid-stripe and up to 0.5 inch (1.3 cm) long.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

To encourage better flowering, allow the plants to enjoy a cooling period in the winter and suspend watering. Unlike many other cacti, which use their ribs as storage devices, Mammillaria feature raised tubercles, from which spines emerge. When you water, the tubercles will expand to allow for increased water storage. The flowers emerge from the axils of these tubercles on the previous year's growth, which accounts for their interesting halo effect. It's imperative that the cactus is not exposed to prolonged dampness and sitting water. Never let your cactus sit in a dish of water. Lastly, make sure to fertilize during the growing season for the best results.

Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To repot Mammillaria, make sure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, making sure to remove any rotted or dead roots in the process. Treat any cuts with a fungicide. Place the plant in its new pot and backfill with potting soil, spreading the roots out as you repot. Leave the plant dry for a week or so, then begin to water lightly to reduce the risk of root rot… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Mammillaria

Origin

Mammillaria vetula subsp. gracilis is native to Mexico (Hidalgo, Queretaro).

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