Blossfeldia liliputana is established over a wide geographical area ranging from Southern Bolivia (Potosí Department) to north-western Argentina (Jujuy, Salta, la Rioja, Mendoza, San Juan and Catamarca Provinces). Blossfeldia liliputana, is a solitary or clumping miniature cactus, with no rib and no spines. The smallest of all cacti and one of the most priced by impassioned, but rarely seen on its own roots in cultivation for any length of time.
Stem: Flattened disc-shaped, gray-green, usually up to 1.2 cm in diameter (rarely exceed the 2, but in cultivation grafted plants may attain a bigger size.
Ribs: Bodies have no ribs or tubercles.
Areoles: Spiralling bearing tufts of wool and no spines.
Flower: Diurnal, white or pinkish (yellow) diurnal, 6-15 mm long and 5-7 mm diameter and self fertile.
Flowering season: The main flowering season is from late spring to early summer.
Watering: Water during the festival growth cycle from March till October, the thin, fibrous roots suffer if there is humidity, therefore the plant should be watered only when the surrounding terrain is dry.
Hardiness: They need to be kept in a cool place during winter rest and can tolerate sporadic frost if kept on the dry side prior to, and during, cold weather with little danger of being killed (Frost Tolerance: At least -10°C). However in cultivation it is better not to expose it to temperatures lower than 5° C, even if in an aerated and protected location. It tends to rot in winter during the resting phase, if kept wet. In the rest period no high atmospheric humidity!!
Sun Exposure: Some shade with ample airflow is preferred for best appearance.
Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz
|Growth Rate||Fast growth|
|Sun Exposure||Full sun to partial shade|