Aporokaktus — care at home
A plant of the family Cactaceae. This genus includes 5 species of epiphytic cacti.
Homeland is Mexico, they grow mainly in rocky and forest areas.
For all kinds of elongated stems with a diameter of 2.5 cm Flowers are irregular in shape.
In the home growing the most frequent «Aporokaktus whip-like».
This indoor plant has long bright green stems are rounded (in nature, up to 2 m) up to 12 pieces with slim, reddish-brown, setiform spines up to 20 pieces in the halo.
The flowers are large, up to 8 cm bright purple or bright pink color. In growing aporokaktus not demanding, the main difficulty is to achieve flowering.
When choosing the location of the content, it is desirable to give preference to the Windows facing South, but at the same time, but in winter the room must be well heated.
Ideal heated glazed loggia. Summer exhibit at fresh air pre-providing protection from rain. Some take out cactus plots.
Aporokaktus special requirements for light does not show, on the contrary in summer, needs some shading from direct sunlight.
The temperature in winter, unlike many flowers, just below the optimum in the range of +14° — 16S.
The composition of the soil also differs from other succulents. For aporokaktusa whip-like ideal zemlesmes of humus soil and coarse river sand at a ratio of 4:1. It is also recommended to add a little bone meal.
Water the plant regularly up to 2 times a week. During the rest period, reduce watering to once, or reduce the amount of water depending on the humidity in the room. Spraying the cactus do not need only in extreme cases, in summer during prolonged heat.
To feed the plant need fertilizer, mostly superphosphate. Novice growers with little experience, it is better to apply fertilizer for cacti and succulents or.
As required aporokaktus requires wet cleaning dust. Allow this procedure you need a special brush or a soft toothbrush.
The plant is propagated by cuttings taken from the upper part of the shoots.
Avoid waterlogged soil as this will lead to rotting of the root system and death of the cactus, especially in combination with low temperature.