An epiphytic plant such as aporocactus (Aporocactus) is directly related to the cactus family (Cactaceae). In nature, you can meet in Mexico. It prefers to grow on rocky slopes, while with its shoots it clings to tree branches and shrubs, and to stony ledges. Often, you can meet hanging overhanging thickets.
This plant has a long stem that grows up to 100 centimeters in length, and its diameter is 1.5–3 centimeters and it is highly branched. On its surface, one can make out thin thinly visible ribs on which short spines similar to bristles are located. Young cacti are distinguished by the fact that their stem grows up, after which it goes down in a loop. Brilliant lashes of saturated green color, change their color to green-gray with time.
Tubular flowers are painted in raspberry or pink color and reach a length of 10 centimeters. The fruit is presented in the form of a round shape and red berries. On its surface is a layer of bristles.
Home Care Apocactus
Needs bright lighting, but reacts negatively to direct sunlight. It is recommended to place near windows of western or eastern orientation. If you put it on the south window, then at noon it will be necessary to shade the plant from the scorching rays of the sun. In winter, aporocactus should also receive a lot of light, since this is what directly affects the formation of buds, as well as the abundance of flowering.
In spring and summer, the cactus feels good in the warmth (from 20 to 25 degrees). At this time, it can be moved to the street, but at the same time, for its placement, you should choose a place shaded from direct sunlight. In winter, it is rearranged in a cool (from 7 to 10 degrees) and bright room.
He does not need high humidity, but in the summer, it is recommended to spray the cactus with lukewarm water. In winter, especially during cold wintering, spraying should not be carried out.
How to water
In the spring-summer period, watering should be plentiful, but categorically it is impossible to allow stagnation of water in the soil. The soil should be slightly moist at all times. Some time after watering, it is imperative that the liquid be removed from the pan. In winter, watering should be reduced (especially with a cold wintering). Watering is necessary only when the soil is completely dry.
Plants are fed from March to the middle of the summer period once every 4 weeks. To do this, use special fertilizers for cacti. When flowering ends, the plant is no longer fed.
Young plants are transplanted once a year, and adults - once every 2 or 3 years. Pots should be low and fairly wide, as the roots are located close to the surface of the soil. Do not forget about a good drainage layer.
Suitable land should be permeable and loose. To prepare the land, it is necessary to combine the sheet, turf and peat land, as well as sand, taken in equal proportions. You can use purchased earth mix intended for cacti.
Can be propagated by seeds and cuttings
A sufficiently long whip is cut into cuttings, with each of the pieces should have a length of 7 or 8 centimeters. Cuttings should be left to dry for 7 days. After they must be planted in moist sand mixed with peat, buried only 2 centimeters. Then they are tightly covered with glass and cleaned in heat (from 20 to 22 degrees). Rooted cuttings are planted in pots with a diameter of 7 centimeters.
Pests and diseases
Most often, nematodes, scutes, and spider mites settle on this cactus. With overflow, fungal diseases may appear.
Aporocactus Conzatti (Aporocactus conzattii)
In this plant, the lash-like creeping stems are painted in a saturated green color. In diameter, they can reach from 2 to 2.5 centimeters. There are pronounced ribs (from 6 to 10 pieces) and they have tubercles. Yellowish spines in the form of needles reach 1 centimeter in length. The flowers are painted in dark red.
Thoroid aporocactus (Aporocactus flagelliformis)
This plant has many thin drooping stems that can reach 100 centimeters in length, and their diameter is 1.5 centimeters. On small ribs there are small areoles, as well as bristle spines of brownish-yellow color. Zygomorphic flowers have a saturated pink color and a beveled corolla, while the petals are bent to the shoot. The fruit is presented in the form of a red round berry. On its surface is a layer of bristles.
Aporocactus martius (Aporocactus martianus)
It has thin and very long shoots with eight low ribs, on the surface of which there are short grayish spines. Dark pink flowers are quite large (diameter up to 10 centimeters).