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Mammillaria compressa cristata CACTUS ART
NURSERY

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Mammillaria compressa cristata type B (Stout bluish form)
 

Description: The standard Mammillaria compressa is a heavily clustering plant that form up to 1 m large cushion. It is among the most famous cacti for its easily clustering and easily flowering habit.
The beautiful crested form develops huge brain-shaped hemispherical cushion.
However there are several different crested clones, some of them very
distinctive. (cf. Mammillaria compressa cv. YOKAN) Older crested plant are very priced.
Stem:  Green to bluish grey-green, With latex.
Tubercle: Prominent, close set, firm, bluntly angled, keeled.
Axil: With white wool and bristles.
Central spine: Absent.
Radial spine: 4 - 6, unequal, chalky white with brownish tips, 20 - 70 mm long, some very short
Flowers: Bell shaped, purplish pink to deep red, 1-1,5 cm in diameter.
Blooming season (Europe): Winter, early spring.
Fruit: Club shaped, red.

 

Cultivation: It is a  rapid growing  species .  Water regularly in summer, but do not overwater (Rot prone) Use pot with good drainage and a very porous potting media,  keep dry in winter. Feed with a high potassium fertilizer  in summer. It is quite frost resistant if kept dry, hardy as low as -5 C (some reports give it hardy to -12C) Outside full sun or afternoon shade, inside needs bright light, and some direct sun.

Propagation: By  stem cuttings  from adult plants in spring or summer or by  grafting. Pieces of crest must be dried out for at least 3 weeks before planting in coarse river sand. This is quite an easy alternative and success is almost always guaranteed.
 

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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)
 
Scientific Name: Mammillaria compressa f. cristata

Origin Garden origin (Nursery produced cultivar)

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.


Mammillaria compressa cristata type A ( Thin green form)
Forms large tangled crests. Easily to grow on its own roots.
 

 


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