Saturday, November 3, 2007
No flowers this week, but I think the spines on this miniature cactus are as beautiful as a flower. This Mammillaria saboae is in a hallowed out limestone rock, where it has resided for over two years, according to the vendor from whom I purchased it from last week. He says it can probably remain in this rock for up to five more years it is so small.
This tiny Mexico native has downward curved radial spines, so it is touchable. In the spring, it will have large lilac pink flowers that will totally cover the cactus stems. If one didn’t know it was a cactus, it would be easy to assume that is was just a nice miniature flower arrangement. The cactus stems are only ¼ inch in diameter and get about ½ inches high. The funnel shaped flowers are about 1½ inches across.
This little cactus is susceptible to red spider mites. Since it is very sensitive to over watering, I have to be diligent about using a moisture meter to gauge its watering needs until I’ve had it awhile. The shallow hollow and limestone help with fast drainage. It also needs to be kept in light shade.