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Powder Puff Cactus in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Mammillaria bocasana

 

Powder Puff Cactus

Mammillaria is one of the largest genus of Cacti in the Cactaceae family. Its native range is Mexico, but also some species are found in parts of Central & SW. U.S.A. and also parts of Colombia, Caribbean and in Venezuela. Depending on the species, they can grow either solitary or in clumps, and form a small globular or elongated shape. Flowers are funnel-shaped and vary in size and colours can vary from white to yellow, pink and red in colour. They often appear to have a darker mid-stripe on the flowers and form a ring around the stem. Fruits can follow which are generally red and elongated. Mammillaria have nipple-like tubercles. They are fairly easy to grow and may produce large quantities of seeds that germinate freely around the parent plant. They are extremely well adapted to drought and able to store water within their structure to ensure survival through dry periods. They are often grown in greenhouses, particularly in regions unsuited to their cultivation outdoors. They can be grown in the ground or in suitable containers which means that they are suitable as houseplants, being tolerant of the often dry atmosphere. Mammillaria bocasana has white, hair-like spines that cover the central spines. It bears several cream-coloured or pinkish flowers. It is quite variable, with many cultivated varieties & forms available.

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plant Features
  • Powder Puff Cactus likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Powder Puff Cactus likes very little water

    Very little water

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

    A little frost hardy: 32F (0°C)

  • Powder Puff Cactus likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

 
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plant information

Common name

Powder Puff Cactus

Latin name

Mammillaria bocasana

type

Cactus

family

Cactaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Powder Puff Cactus likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

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

    A little frost hardy: 32F (0°C)

  • Soil

    Powder Puff Cactus likes light and free draining

    Light and free draining

  • Water

    Powder Puff Cactus likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Powder Puff Cactus is 0.05meters x 0.10meters 0.05 M 0.10 M

Mammillaria bocasana

Mammillaria is one of the largest genus of Cacti in the Cactaceae family. Its native range is Mexico, but also some species are found in parts of Central & SW. U.S.A. and also parts of Colombia, Caribbean and in Venezuela. Depending on the species, they can grow either solitary or in clumps, and form a small globular or elongated shape. Flowers are funnel-shaped and vary in size and colours can vary from white to yellow, pink and red in colour. They often appear to have a darker mid-stripe on the flowers and form a ring around the stem. Fruits can follow which are generally red and elongated. Mammillaria have nipple-like tubercles. They are fairly easy to grow and may produce large quantities of seeds that germinate freely around the parent plant. They are extremely well adapted to drought and able to store water within their structure to ensure survival through dry periods. They are often grown in greenhouses, particularly in regions unsuited to their cultivation outdoors. They can be grown in the ground or in suitable containers which means that they are suitable as houseplants, being tolerant of the often dry atmosphere. Mammillaria bocasana has white, hair-like spines that cover the central spines. It bears several cream-coloured or pinkish flowers. It is quite variable, with many cultivated varieties & forms available.


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.

 

Propagate by Offsets

From Early Spring TO Late Summer

Some Mammillaria cacti can be propagated easily from offsets, which readily form in clusters around the base of the mother plant. These clump-forming species readily produce offsets which can be lifted and divided. Once your plant has gained a decent size and has sent out several offsets, carefully remove the offset and allow the cut to dry on a paper towel for a few days. Depending on the size of the cut area, a callous will form over the cut surface. Once the callous has formed, place the new plant in a pot with a potting soil mixture and keep in a warm place until new roots emerge. Not all Mammillaria produce offsets so this technique is only suitable for those that do. Alternative methods of propagation, such is seed, is better for solitary growing species.

 

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.

 

Propagate 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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