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Care of the plant Matucana haynei or Borzicactus haynei.

Care of the cactus Matucana haynei or Borzicactus haynei

The genus Matucana, family Cactaceae, comprises 20 species of cactus native to Peru. Some species are: Matucana haynei, Matucana intertexta, Matucana weberbaueri, Matucana madisoniorum, Matucana polzii, Matucana krahnii, Matucana auriantica.

Scientific synonyms: Borzicactus haynei, Cereus haynii, Echinocactus haynii, Arequipa haynii. This species is native to northern Peru.

They are medium-sized cacti with a globose or cylindrical body that reach 40 cm (15.74") in height. They have 14-30 tuberculate ribs. The radial spines (up to 40) are 2 cm (0.78") long and white; the central spines (2 to 4) are longer and stiffer. The red flowers are funnel-shaped and appear at the apex of the plant.

They are used in pots when they are young; adult plants are used in rockeries and in cactus and succulent gardens.

The Matucana haynei needs full sun exposure and a winter temperature above 5 ºC (41 ºF).

The soil can be a mixture of clay garden substrate, siliceous coarse sand and volcanic picon or a commercial cactus substrate with 20% coarse sand.

Water moderately at the rate of once every 15-20 days in spring, every 8-10 days in summer and every 30 days in fall. In winter do not water.

They do not need pruning or fertilizers.

They are sensitive plants to excess humidity.

They propagate from seeds; it's a simple but slow process.

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Matucana haynei
Matucana haynei