Mammillaria Microhelia

Product Description
$ 8.25
This plant comes in a 2 3/4 inch pot
You will receive a very similar plant to the one on the picture.
It may or may not be blooming at the time of your purchase.
this plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage on the roots

Mammillaria Microhelia

Origin and Habitat: Queretaro, Mexico
Description: Mammillaria microhelia is a particularly attractive small columnar, perennial cactus both solitary or forming clumps and bearing cream or brown spines, discolouring with age. Has creamy-white to purplish flowers in spring. Spines are arranged like the rays of the sun.
Stems: Cylindrical, medium green, to 15(-25) cm or more high, 3-5(-6) cm in diameter.
Tubercles: Blunt conical, rounded apically, keeled, without latex, axils naked or slightly woolly, later naked.
Central spines: 1-4, sometimes absent, occasionally as many as 8(-11), stout, needle-like, straight or curved,up to to about 11 mm long, dart reddish brown to yellowish brown contrasting with the paler radial spines.
Radial spines: Numerous (30 to 50), radiating, straight or often slightly curved backward, white to yellowish, 4-6 mm long.
Flowers: Bell-shaped, to 16 mm long and in diameter. Tepals creamy-white or yellowish-green, with or without a pink-reddish to purple central band, but also pink or purplish. Stigmas green, short. Outer perianth segments lanceolate, to about 9 mm long, 1 mm wide, pointed or rounded at the top. Inner perianth segments about 5 mm long, 2 mm wide, whitish, yellowish, or pink glossy. Stamens numerous, filaments pure white, anthers pale yellow, all curved towards the centre. Style thin, white. Stigma lobes 5, about 1 mm long upright, pale green, protruding slightly over the stamens.
Fruits: Pale green, or pale pink.
Seeds: brown.
Cultivation and Propagation: In good conditions with careful application of water and excellent ventilation Mammillaria microhelia grows without difficulty.
Growing rate: It is a slow growing species that rewards the patient grower with a beautiful displays of flowers since from an early age.
Soil: Requires good drainage provided by a very permeable open cactus soil (With not less than 50% grit content). Reduce the use of peat or other humus sources in the potting mixture.
Repotting: Repot every 2-3 years. Use small sized pots.
Feeding: During the beautiful season enrich the soil using a fertilizer rich in potassium and phosphorous, but poor in nitrogen, because this chemical element doesn’t help the development of succulent plants, making them too soft and full of water.
Watering: Water should be carefully applied and only when the soil is dry to the touch, as this cliff-dwelling species is very prone to root rot. Allow soil to drain thoroughly before watering again. Additionally, water should not be applied from above, as the feathery spines will retain water and add to rotting problems, but in good conditions with excellent ventilation, in bright light, it usually grows without particular difficulty. Do not water in the winter.
Light: Outside full sun or afternoon shade, inside it needs bright light, and some direct sun. Direct sun encourages flowering and heavy spine production.
Hardiness: Protect from frost. But it's hardy to -5°C if kept dry. A winter rest that allows the plant to shrivel (perhaps losing up to 25% of its summer height) will encourage flowering and long time survival.
Propagation: Direct sow after last frost or (rarely) cuttings. Seeds germinate in 7-14 days at 21-27° C in spring, remove gradually the glass cover as soon the plants will be well rooted (ca 1-2 weeks) and keep ventilated, no full sun for young plants!



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