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Mammillaria bombycina Live Cactus In 4 Inch

Mammillaria bombycina Live Cactus In 4 Inch

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Mammillaria bombycina, commonly known as the Silken Pincushion or Silk Button Cactus, is a species of small, globular cactus native to Mexico. It is a popular ornamental plant among cactus enthusiasts due to its unique appearance and relatively easy care requirements.

Mammillaria bombycina typically forms small, solitary or clustering globular stems that reach a diameter of about 3 to 4 inches (7 to 10 centimeters). The stems are covered in dense white or yellowish spines, which give the plant a woolly or silky appearance, hence the common name "Silken Pincushion." The spines help protect the cactus from excessive sunlight and also provide insulation, reducing water loss.

In addition to the spines, Mammillaria bombycina produces small, usually pink or white flowers that emerge from the apex of the plant. These flowers are tubular in shape and can add a splash of color to the cactus when in bloom. The flowering period typically occurs in spring or early summer, but it can vary depending on the growing conditions.

Like many cacti, Mammillaria bombycina is adapted to arid conditions and requires well-draining soil to prevent root rot. It prefers bright, indirect light and can tolerate partial shade. It is important to protect the cactus from intense sunlight, as prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can cause sunburn.

When it comes to watering, Mammillaria bombycina is drought-tolerant and should be watered sparingly. It is important to allow the soil to dry out between waterings to prevent overwatering, which can lead to root rot. During the winter months, the plant goes through a period of dormancy and requires even less water.

Overall, Mammillaria bombycina is a charming and relatively low-maintenance cactus species that can be grown both indoors and outdoors in suitable climates. It is often displayed in cactus collections, rock gardens, or as a potted plant, adding a touch of beauty with its silky spines and delicate flowers.
This is for one plant growing in a 4" inch container shipped bare root. All of our plants are grown in the beautiful Temecula Valley in sunny Southern California, and we ship within the United States. Shipping is done Monday thru Friday. Heat packs are available at $3 each and they add a half pound to shipping weight.
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