Mammillaria plumosis: how flowers grow from feathers
Mammillaria globose stems with a diameter of 5 to 7 cm are covered with dense growth of delicate spines. If you look at them through a magnifying glass, you can see that in their structure they resemble the feathers of birds. Growing up, the plume is covered with “daughters”, forming snow-white pads with a diameter of up to 20 cm. The flowers of the plant are small, with a diameter and 1.5 cm in length. Their color is white or pale pink.
For the first time he saw a plume the question arises: how can the buds manage to break through the dense shroud of “feathers”? The fact is that when the plant blooms, the cones of the buds gently push apart the individual “feathers”, emerging from the thick of the thorn. A few days the flowers rise above the dense cover. Then it seems that they are simply glued to the plant on top. After flowering, the petals are folded inside the flowers and slide back under the feather cover, without twisting and disturbing a single plate of the most delicate spines.
At home, the plumosa must be carefully looked after. It is best to keep it in a sunny place, if possible - on the southern windowsill. The soil for the plant should not contain organic components and be quite loose. The best option - the land of a mole of sand with sand, taken in equal quantities. Loosening ingredients such as charcoal can be added to the soil. The earth mixture before planting must be steamed for 30 minutes in a water bath. Tableware for planting should be shallow and appropriate to the size of the root system. Immediately after transplanting or planting, the plumeose must be kept dry for at least a week, i.e. Do not water during this period, like other cacti.
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