Tephrocactus alexanderi - 5 seeds

Tephrocactus alexanderi - 5 seeds

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Tephrocactus alexanderi is a small low depressed or erect succulent plant with some spherical branches forming spiny cushions. Tephrocactus alexanderi var. bruchii is generally included within (as a synonym of) Tephrocactus alexanderi, suggesting that there is not really a fundamental difference between the two, and hard to name accurately without knowing where they come from, and there remains a considerable confusion surrounding the true identity of this this plant. Tephrocactus alexanderi var. bruchii has roundish joints the size of a tennis ball, dark spreading-spines and beautiful white flowers, sometimes a well-defined pink-blue tint. The seeds are quite characteristic about 5,9-8.5 x 5.6 to 7.1 mm yellowish-white, sponge-like, highly irregular in shape and gnarled. Seeds vary considerably in size.

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It is easy to grow. The main growing period is spring. It might produce some new segments in the autumn too. Hardiness: It is fairly cold resistant and hardy to -9°C depending on the clone. Exposure: Need full sun, (with insufficient illumination stems and spines get thinner as a result of the lack of sun) Soil requirements: It needs a very draining mineral substrate. Water needs: Watering during the active growing season (spring and summer); this will encourage steady growth. But be careful with watering (rot sensitive). Keep dry during the winter rest. Fertilization: Fertilize moderately during the growing season with diluted high potassium fertilizer.