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Care of the cacti Austrocylindropuntia shaferi or Opuntia shaferi.

Care of the cacti Austrocylindropuntia shaferi or Opuntia shaferi

The genus Austrocylindropuntia, family Cactaceae, includes 11 species of cacti native to South America. Some species are: Austrocylindropuntia shaferi, Austrocylindropuntia vestita, Austrocylindropuntia cylindrica, Austrocylindropuntia subulata, Austrocylindropuntia salmiana.

Scientific synonyms: Opuntia shaferi, Cylindropuntia shaferi. This species is native to Argentina and Bolivia.

They are small cylindrical cacti of dark green color branched from the base that reach 30 cm (11.8") in height. They have small rudimentary leaves on the stems. The stems have irregular tubercles with areoles with glochids and 6-15 flexible spines and whitish hairs. The red flowers measure 3 cm (1.18"). They bloom in late spring.

They are used in pots for patios and terraces, in rockeries and in cactus and succulent gardens.

Austrocylindropuntia shaferi grows in full sun and semi-shade exposures. They resist light and occasional frosts.

The soil can be a commercial substrate for cacti with 15% coarse sand; drainage must be excellent.

Water moderately, waiting for the substrate to be completely dry; They resist drought well. Do not water in winter.

Fertilize in early spring with mineral fertilizer for cacti low in Nitrogen.

They do not need pruning.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests and diseases but sensitive to excess watering.

They propagate fairly easily from suckers in summer or spring.

Images of the cacti Austrocylindropuntia shaferi or Opuntia shaferi

Austrocylindropuntia shaferi
Austrocylindropuntia shaferi