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Care of the plant Mammillaria marksiana or Neomammillaria marksiana.

Care of the cactus Mammillaria marksiana or Neomammillaria marksiana

The genus Mammillaria, family Cactaceae, includes more than 350 species of cactus native to Mexico mostly. Some species are: Mammillaria marksiana, Mammillaria longimammaMammillaria magnimamma, Mammillaria lenta, Mammillaria laui, Mammillaria karwinskiana, Mammillaria hahniana, Mammillaria haageana, Mammillaria geminispina, Mammillaria discolor, Mammillaria crinita, Mammillaria compressa, Mammillaria carmenae, Mammillaria candida, Mammillaria bombycina, Mammillaria backebergiana, Mammillaria parkinsonii, Mammillaria pringlei, Mammillaria spinosissima, Mammillaria vetulaMammillaria petterssonii, Mammillaria magnifica.

Scientific synonyms: Neomammillaria magnimamma, Mammillaria macracantha. This species is native to Durango and Sinaloa, Mexico.

They are cacti with a globular body and light green color with a depressed apex that reach 15 cm (5.9") in height. They have pyramidal tubercles, woolly axils, and areoles with few central and radial spines. They produce yellow flowers that form a crown on the plant. They bloom in summer.

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

Mammillaria marksiana prefer full sun exposure but also grow in semi-shade. They resist cold up to 3 ºC (37.4 ºF).

The soil can be a commercial cactus substrate or a mixture of heather soil with equal parts siliceous sand.

In spring and summer water regularly waiting for the soil to be completely dry. In autumn reduce watering; do not water in winter.

Fertilize in early spring with mineral fertilizer for cacti.

They do not need pruning.

If there is not excess humidity, they do not usually present problems of pests and diseases.

They propagate from seeds sown in spring; they rarely produce suckers.

Images of the cactus Mammillaria marksiana or Neomammillaria marksiana

Mammillaria marksiana
Mammillaria marksiana
Mammillaria marksiana
Mammillaria marksiana
Mammillaria marksiana