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Care of the plant Mammillaria haageana or Mexican Pincushion Cactus.

Care of the cacti Mammillaria haageana or Mexican Pincushion Cactus

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

Common name: Mexican Pincushion Cactus. Scientific synonyms: Cactus haageanus, Neomammillaria haageana. This species is native to Central and Southern Mexico.

They are cacti with a solitary globular body that form colonies 25 cm (9.84") high. They have white woolly areoles on the new tubers, numerous short radial spines and 3 longer central spines. The flowers are red in color and appear in a crown at the apex of the plant. The fruits are red.

They are used in rockeries and in pots as a greenhouse, terrace or indoor plant.

Mammillaria haageana needs a light or very bright shade exposure but no direct sun. They do not resist temperatures below 4 ºC (39.2 ºF).

The soil can be a commercial substrate for cacti and succulents. The transplant is done in spring or early summer.

Water moderately, always waiting until the substrate has completely dried.

Fertilize monthly from spring to mid-summer with mineral cactus fertilizer.

They do not require pruning.

The main enemy of these plants is excess humidity.

They propagate from seeds sown in spring in a slightly humid sandy substrate.

Images of the cacti Mammillaria haageana or Mexican Pincushion Cactus

Mammillaria haageana
Mammillaria haageana