Mammillaria zeilmanniana Boed.
Rose Pincushion Cactus
Mammillaria crinita subsp. zeilmanniana, Mammillaria crinita f. zeilmanniana, Chilita zeilmanniana, Ebnerella zeilmanniana, Neomammillaria zeilmanniana
Mammillaria zeilmanniana is a soft-bodied, glossy green, globular cactus up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) tall and up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter. It has 4 (the upper 3 straight, the lowest hooked) reddish central spines and clusters of soft, hair-like, 15 to 18, white radial spines. The flowers are pale pinkish-violet or purple with yellowish stigmas. Rings of flowers are present most of the year.
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
Mammillaria zeilmanniana is native to Mexico.
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