Thelocactus conothelos grow and care – cactus of the genus Thelocactus also known as Miniature barrel cactus, Thelocactus conothelos perennial evergreen used as ornamental drought tolerant plant, can grow in desert, subtropics, mediterranean or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 9-11.
Stem color is green the spine white, the stems in round shape and hive structure.
How to grow Thelocactus conothelos growing and care:
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, 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: Spines
How to plant: Main problem it’s the spines get into the skin and it’s hard to get next to cactus, it’s prevent to plant it properly and also it might fall, need to locate the cactus possible 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, when the plant not stable put few sticks from the place that the plant tend to fall in order to support it.
Recommended planting season? Spring to summer in hardiness zone 9-10, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 10b, possible all the year in hardiness zone 11
Pests and diseases: Just for design and dead part
Pruning season: All year
How to prune: Just for design and dead part
Size of the plant: 5-15 cm, 2-6 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition: Slow growing
Water requirement: Small amount of water, let it dry before watering again, the cactus it’s drought tolerant
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full Sun
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? No
Growing is also possible in a 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 orange,