Pereskiopsis diguetii (F. A. C. Weber) Britton & Rose
Alfilerillo, Cola De Diablo, Nopaleta, Patilon, Tasajillo
Opuntia diguetii, Pereskiopsis spathulata, Pereskia spathulata, Opuntia spathulata, Pereskiopsis velutina, Grusonia diguetii
Pereskiopsis diguetii, also known as Pereskiopsis spathulata, is a unique, densely shrubby cactus commonly used for grafting the seedlings of other slow-growing genera such as Lophophora, Astrophytum, and Ariocarpus. It is up to 6.5 feet (2 m) tall, branched from base, with woolly areoles that bear 1 or 2 whitish, up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long spines. Leaves are elliptic-ovate, long-pointed, wedge-shaped at the base, and up to 2 inches (5 cm) long. Flowers are yellow and up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) across. Fruits are orange to yellow, sometimes red, up to 2.8 inches (7 cm) long, and up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) in diameter.
USDA hardiness zones 10b to 11b: from 35 °F (+1.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
As with every cactus, a lack of light will harm them if you expect growth and continue to water them. You will wait a long time if you do not have an artificial light source and humidity. Pereskiopsis live in very tropical, wet, and humid regions of Central and South America. This is easy to recreate with your grow light and indoor greenhouse setup. But you must be careful to allow air circulation. This is one of the number one killers of Pereskiopsis in general behind overwatering. If you have an indoor greenhouse, you can easily do this by opening the tent several hours a day and choosing one day a week in which it is open all day. You should have two angles for air circulation to navigate. No artificial fans need it, but they can be helpful.
These cacti have the unique property of wanting more water. Don't make the common mistake, though; most cacti would prefer if you watered them more. However, the soil, heat, and light you have are probably not enough to accommodate them. Even in their natural habitat, cacti prefer more water than they receive.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Pereskiopsis.
This species is native to Mexico.
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