Coryphantha grow and care – cactus of the genus Coryphantha also known as Beehive cactus, Coryphantha perennial evergreen used as ornamental plant and it’s drought tolerant, can grow in desert, subtropics, mediterranean or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 9b-11 and with the right overwinter care in hardiness zone 9a.
Stem color is green the spine white, the stems in round shape and hive structure.
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Seed / Vegetative reproduction
How to propagate: Daughter plants mostly need to take care when pull it from the ground you take all the roots, take a plastic spatula or something harder depend the soil and uncover the roots, dig around the plant and better to use air blower machine or wash it with stream (but let it dry after)
Cutting – better to take all the cactus and cut it for pieces or else it’s just looks cut in the middle, cut with sterile knife after this let the cut part to stay on the shade to heal it’s might take few weeks and even months, put it on the soil with support (stick or something that won’t fall) cover lightly and lightly from the side and water it small amount of water.
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction? No
Difficulties or problems when growing: Spiny plant
Recommended planting season? Spring / Summer
How to plant: Main problem it’s the spines get into the skin and it’s hard to get next to cactus, need to relocate the cactus with papers cover enough that the spines won’t get to your hands, to put the soil need to use spoon or small shovel to push and tighten the soil, also possible to do it by hand but don’t squeeze.
Pests and diseases: Snails, root rot
Pruning season: All year
How to prune: Dead stem part and flowers
Size of the plant: 5-20 cm, 2-8 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition: Slow growing
Water requirement: Small amount of water, let it dry before watering again
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full Sun
Is it possible to grow as houseplant? No
Growing is also possible in a pot, planter, flowerpot, containers: Yes, container or clay pot that will be 20-50% bigger (not need deep because the root shallow) for good drainage that important use in the bottom of the container with little rocks like: gravel, lava rocks or pebbles, soil should be cactus potting mix, make holes in the container for good drainage, need to switch the soil after few years, removing the cacti from their pots, take paper and put slowly the plant on the paper, possible to “help” the cactus with the hands better to cover with papers or plastic wrap, after that prepare again the “little rocks” in the bottom, put part of the cactus potting mix, take the plant with and locate it in the new place, if it’s small take the soil mix with spoon and organize it (not to get the spines in hands) if it’s bigger use small garden shovel and squeeze the soil that the cactus will be stable and won’t fall, sometimes when it’s not stable better to add some stick that will hold the cactus.
Bloom season: Summer
General information about the flower Trumpet shape flower, the flowers grow in crown shape in color that can be: white, cream, purple, pink, yellow or more than one color,
How to grow Coryphantha from seeds
Sowing requirement: Sow in in half sun or full shade, better sandy soil or well ventilated soil like cactus potting mix and good drainage is important
Saving seeds and care until sowing: Dry and dark place in room temperature
Sowing season: Spring but possible in autumn and winter in hot climate, in summer put it in half shade, in hardiness zone 10 spring to summer, hardiness zone 11 spring to autumn, hardiness zone 12 all year
How to plant: Well drained soil and potting mix or sandy soil
Planting spacing: 10*20cm, (4-8 inches) or for transplanting 2*2cm (1*1 inch)
Depth of Sowing: 0.5cm, (0.25inches)
Conditions for seeds germinate: Moist soil but do not over water and don’t let it dry
Watering requires for Seeds: Small amount of water, lightly moist soil and don’t let it dry
Germination time: 2-6 weeks
Condition of seedling: Half sun or full shade and don’t overwater