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Rebutia heliosa is a miniature cactus with a slow growth rate. The stems are spherical that grow anywhere between 2.5 to 3 cm. Belonging to the Cactaceae family, the plant is characterized by heads covered with silvery-white spines. This plant blooms into deep rose to orange-pink flowers during the Spring season. The common name for the cactus species is Aylostera heliosa. This frost-hardy plant has its origin in Bolivia and Argentina. It loves partial shade to full sun and goes dormant during winter.
Rebutia heliosa is a slow-growing cactus.
The cactus blooms during Spring into deep rose to orange-pink funnel-shaped flowers.
Watering and Feeding
This cactus should be watered once a week. The soil should be dry before you water the plant. During winters, watering needs to be minimal. Occasional misting is enough.
Rebutia heliosa cactus needs well-drained soil. Go in for porous cactus soil mix. The potting mix should be 50% potting soil, 25% vermicompost, 15% cocopeat, 5% perlite, and 5% charcoal chips.
Rebutia heliosa is frost-hardy, capable of tolerating lower temperatures up to -10° to 0°F (-23.3 to -17.8°C).
A tip about Rebutia heliosa care is that it needs partial shade to full sun.
The easiest way to propagate Rebutia heliosa is with offsets, even though you need to wait for years for the plant to produce one.
The Aylostera heliosa in its natural habitat grows at an altitude between 2500 meters and 3000 meters. Its unique silverish appearance makes it one of the most-loved species in the family.