Melocactus azureus Turk's Cap Cactus

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Melocactus azureus 

Common Name(s): Turk's Cap Cactus

THE PLEASANT LIGHT BLUE COLOR GIVES THIS CACTUS IT'S NAME.


 

Melocactus azureus Turk's Cap Cactus 5 cm

$ 7.00 USD


THE PLEASANT LIGHT BLUE COLOR GIVES THIS CACTUS IT'S NAME

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Melocactus azureus Turk's Cap Cactus 6 cm

$ 8.50 USD


THE PLEASANT LIGHT BLUE COLOR GIVES THIS CACTUS IT'S NAME

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Below there is detailed description of the species Melocactus aureus. 

Family: Cactaseae

Scientific Name: Melocactus azureus Buining & Brederoo 1971

Origin: Brazil (Bahia), THIS SLOW-GROWER IS FOUND IN BRAZIL, BAHIA, SERRO DO ESPINHACO ABOVE THE RIO JACARE.

Conservation Status: IUCN Red List vulnerable species, CITES Appendix II Listed Plant

Recommended Temperature Zone: USDA: 10-12

Description: This Melocactus has a very strong blue color, 9 or 10 sharp ribs. The cephalium (woolly top) is mostly white. Solitary, up to 8 inches tall (20 cm), 6 inches in diameter (15 cm). Cephalium diameter 10 centimeters to 3.5 in height. Red flowers

Flowers: Red to pink flowers. Tube-shaped flowers, approx. 15 mm long and 4.5 mm wide

Bloom Time: Mid Summer

Habitat: West Indies, Brazil, Cuba, Peru, Mexico. In their native countries they can be also found growing on the seashore. Northern Rio São Francisco caatinga element: on flat, exposed Bambuí limestone in caatinga at c. 450–750 m. Extent of occurrence is 1,102 km² and area of occupancy is less than 500 km².

Sun Exposure: full sun in the winter, filtered during the hot months.

 Water Needs: Regular water in summer, less in winter. Needs good drainage.

Cultivation: Melocactus waits until the body finishes growing before it forms a woolly top, or cephalium. Bristles and small red flowers appear from this cephalium, and cephalium can keep growing for years.

Unlike most cacti, Melocactus needs regular water, even in winter, and should never be allowed to completely dry out. It needs good drainage. Instead of humus rich potting soil, pure quartz gravel can be used instead of soil, or sand from beach. When cephalium begins to grow, it resembles a cap, so this cactus genus is also called the Turk’s Cap Cactus.

Exposure to the sun. Watering from April to September every 8-10 days. Winter minimum temperature 2 degrees Celsius. Optimum temperature for seed germination: 20-30 degrees centigrade.

Soil requirements: pH: 6 – 7.8. 7 shares of lapilli or pozzolan; 3 parts leaf mold or peat, 2 parts coarse river sand, 0.6 grams of gypsum per liter of compost, 6 grams of fertilizer per liter of base compound

 Min Temperature 60°F (15°C)

Frost Tolerance: Keep above 45°F (8°C) at all times

Propagation Methods: Seeds

Seed Collecting: Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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