Melocactus Curvispinus Turk's Cap Cactus
(This plant comes in a 3.5" pot. You will receive a very similar plant to the one in the picture. It may or may not be blooming at the time of your purchase. The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots).
The common name of the Globose-shaped Melocactus curvispinus is "Turk's Cap Cactus." It has its origin in Mexico and is widely known for its reddish cap-like structure. Hence, the winter-dormant cacti get their name as the Turk's Cap. Melocactus curvispinus belongs to the Cactaceae family and usually grows up to a height of 1 foot.
Melocactus curvispinus has a slow growth rate and needs regular care to develop further.
The blooming season begins in spring and lasts till summer. Pale Pink Magenta flowers originate in the cap-like region. The flowers later develop into pepper-shaped pink-colored non-edible fruits.
Watering and Feeding
Turk's cap cactus needs regular watering even during the dormant winter season. It requires feeding once in four weeks, especially with phosphorus and potassium-rich fertilizer during summers.
Melocactus curvispinus needs moist soil with good drainage. The soil should never get completely dry.
This houseplant belongs to the hardiness zone of 11. The plant has a frost tolerance of 8-12° C (46.4-53.6° F).
This interesting plant grows well in full sun exposure and even in partial shade. The plant needs plenty of bright light to flower.
This variety of cacti can be successfully propagated from seeds during the spring season.
Melocactus curvispinus or 'Turk's cap cactus' is excellent for patios and garden rock settings. It makes for a suitable gifting item too.
Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz
|Blooming Season||Spring to summer|
|Common Name||Turk's cap cactus|
|Flower||Pale pink magenta (pink-purple)|
|Scientific Name||Melocactus curvispinus|
|Sun Exposure||Full sun to partial shade|