Echinopsis hammerschmidii

Echinopsis hammerscmidii

Echinopsis hammerschmidii, a native of Bolivia is a small cactus reaching about 8 inches (20 cm) tall by 4 inches (10 cm) thick. It has 12-15 thick ribs with inch (0.5 cm) awl shaped spines. They are of easy culture and make a great cactus for beginners.

Blooming Time: In spring the showy white flowers are 4 inches (10 cm) across to 8 inches (20 cm) long.

Culture: Echinopsis hammerschmidii need full sun to partial shade and a well-drained soil mix. We use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts sand to 1 part peat moss to 1 part loam. To this, mix small pea gravel to ensure good drainage. In the spring, when new growth has begun, the plants are watered on a regular basis, but are allowed to dry in between watering. They are fertilized only once during the growing season. In the fall and winter, they should be watered only enough to keep them from shriveling. Wintertime temperatures should be around 50F (10C).

Propagation: Echinopsis hammerschmidii are propagated in spring by the removal of offsets or by seed. Seed should be sown in a sandy mix and germinate in 14 to 21 days at 68 to 70F (20-21C).

Echinopsis hammerschmidii was featured as Plant of the Week May 9-15, 2003.

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