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Strawflower Cactus

Straw flower cactus plants make a beautiful addition to any house. Upon first glance, they appear to be normal cacti with bright, vibrant flowers growing out of the top. However, the flowers are glued to the cacti and not an actual natural part of them. While the flowers are technically dead, they are still capable of opening and closing with moisture and temperature changes, which gives them the appearance of being alive. When properly cared for, a straw flower cactus can last several years.

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plant Features
  • Strawflower Cactus likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Strawflower Cactus likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Strawflower Cactus is a little frost hardy: 32f (0°c)

    A little frost hardy: 32F (0°C)

  • Strawflower Cactus likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
Available to buy from 3 store(s) in the UK
 
plant information

Common name

Strawflower Cactus

Latin name

Cactus

type

Succulent

family

Cactaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Strawflower Cactus likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Strawflower Cactus is a little frost hardy: 32f (0°c)

    A little frost hardy: 32F (0°C)

  • Soil

    Strawflower Cactus likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Strawflower Cactus likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Strawflower Cactus is 0.20meters x 0.20meters 0.20 M 0.20 M

Cactus

Straw flower cactus plants make a beautiful addition to any house. Upon first glance, they appear to be normal cacti with bright, vibrant flowers growing out of the top. However, the flowers are glued to the cacti and not an actual natural part of them. While the flowers are technically dead, they are still capable of opening and closing with moisture and temperature changes, which gives them the appearance of being alive. When properly cared for, a straw flower cactus can last several years.


Planting outdoors

From Early Spring TO Late Spring

Only a select few cactus will survive outside in temperate climates, because of winter rains and low temperatures. In selecting plants for use outside, one must look at the habitat from which the plant originates. It must have sun most of the day. Morning and afternoon sun is better than two o clock sun. The area should have very good drainage, this is more important in the winter than the summer. Most cactus are not killed by the cold, but when the water inside the plant freezes it expands and splits the outer layer of skin, this allows bacteria to enter the plant and kill it.

 

Propagation

From Early Spring TO Late Summer

The habit of the cacti and succulents will give you an indication as to which method of propagation will suit it; Branching habits can have their side shoots and stem removed to produce stem cuttings. Columnar types are propagated by stem cutting. Clump-forming species readily produce offsets which can be lifted and divided. Some fleshy leaves make great leaf cuttings, which are so simple and great fun.

 

Planting in pots

From Early Spring TO Late Winter

Potting mixes can be made by mixing one part potting mix, one part washed sand & one part course fill (rocks, pumas, broken pots, etc.) Don`t worry too much drainage is better than not enough. When planting the cactus never dig a deep hole down in the potting mix. You want the plant to set on top of the potting mix, this allows the roots to go down to get moisture with out the plant setting in wet soil. A potted cactus will live and flower in the house if given enough light, place the plant near a bright lighted window, where it will receive light most of the day. On the patio is different place the cactus in a partly shaded area until it become accustom to the sun.

 

Propogation by cuttings and offsets

From Early Spring TO Late Winter

Most cuttings require time to dry and produce a callus on the wound, this can take from a week to a day depending on size and type. Use John Innes No 1 with up to 30 percent by volume of added grit and keep the compost on the dry side to prevent the cutting rotting off. Always check what your individual specimen will require.

 

Propagation by seed

From Early Spring TO Late Spring

Many species can also be grown from seed; Use John Innes No 1 with added grit or sand for added drainage. Sow the seed in spring. Large seed will need a covering of one to two times the depth of the size of the seed. Small fine seed should not be covered, but mix the seed with a little sand to help with an even distribution. Water with a misting bottle or a watering can with a fine rose and cover the pot with a sheet of glass or plastic bag. Keeping them at 21°C in partial shade. Allow air into the pot daily by removing glass or plastic bag and wiping off condensation. Keep moist but not overly wet. Pot on seedlings when they are big enough to handle. It can take up to 12 months for them to reach this stage.

 
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