The cactus blooms - what kind is it?
The breeding of prickly pets is often perceivedas a simple game that does not require regularity or increased attention. However, when people understand how reluctant and rare the cactus blossoms, they urgently need professional advice and clear instructions. Virtually all species of this plant do not have leaves and can be of various shapes. Healthy stems are usually fleshy, with a unique pattern for each species on the stems.
Flowering cacti. Types and features
Appearance can vary significantly for differentvarieties: the surface can be smooth, with tiny bumps covered with holes or ribs. Habitual needles can also look different, spines can be thick (up to 1-2 mm) or similar to soft curly hair. If the cactus blooms, its buds can have absolutely any color - from white to crimson and dark purple. The shape of the flowers can be tubular or funnel-shaped. The plant belongs to self-pollinated species, capable of giving a good seed planting material. Some representatives of the prickly family bloom only at night, others only in the morning. A well-chosen collection can always present a colorful corner in an apartment or a mini-greenhouse. Growing blossoming cacti, names have to be memorized in Latin, so as not to accidentally spend a lot of time on an uninteresting variety. It is necessary to try to select such varieties of pets so that they can be kept in the same conditions. It will be difficult enough to equip a personal greenhouse for each tiny pot.
Such different spines
There are two large groups of cacti: Desert and descendants of the rainforest. Accordingly, the conditions for their maintenance will be different. For home cultivation any dwarf species that does not have to be attached to a polyclinic or to the post office in a few years will do. If the florist has a desert cactus, it blossoms well and long, but in the second or third year. Forest representatives require more moisture and shade, but also please their buds much more often.
Popular desert varieties of prickly pets: family of Cereus, echinocactus, prickly pear, rebuzia and aporakactus, whitish. Forest variants of greenhouse inhabitants suggest to grow a zigokaktus or ripsalidopsis. A unique representative of the desert group - pereskiya, it has glossy leaves and, of course, this cactus blooms with delicate, pleasantly smelling pale yellow inflorescences.
Kinds, suitable for beginners
Epiphyllum - the easiest in care and abundantflowering cactus. Coloring buds may be from purplish red to purple-violet, white or pale blue. In summer the plant is placed in a light, but not hot place. Once every few days, spraying with not very cold water should be done, otherwise the cactus will discard the entire color. When the last petals fall off, watering is reduced. If a transplant is required, it is best to conduct it in April, when the natural growth of the cactus begins. Plant can be propagated by cuttings in a light soil from the ground sheet, turf and clean sand. Almost any kind of cactus can be made to blossom, it is only worth a little effort and have patience.