Echinopsis Chamaecereus f. Cristata is a beautiful cacti that is known to be hard to find. As this rare cactus continues to mature you can expect it to grow in its unique looking shape with red looking stem and white short spines. When the plant flowers you can expect red flowers.
Care and Propagation Information
Echinopsis Chamaecereus f. Cristata can be quite beautiful when it is well-taken care of. This succulent type needs typical watering as the other succulents. The watering method is very important to keep your F. Cristata healthy. It should not sit on the water, and an excess amount of water should be avoided. The best way of watering is soak and dry method this succulent. Yet, the succulent should be controlled to avoid overwatering.
General Care for Echinopsis Chamaecereus f. Cristata
This succulent type is a unique one that blooms in the spring. When it blooms, you will enjoy reddish flowers. It is a nice addition to your collection of plants especially if you have it displayed in a beautiful pot.
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Where to Plant
Echinopsis Chamaecereus f. Cristata succulents need strong light. When planting this succulent type in a garden, make sure it gets sunlight. Full to partial sun is the best for its growth. It is better to grow outdoor rather than indoor.
This type of succulent prefers a warm climate. It can survive at zone 10a-11b which is around -1.1°C (30°F). If you live in a cold area, it is better to plant f. Cristata in an indoor environment. As long as it gets enough sunlight, the plant will grow happily.
When selecting what pot to use be sure that you understand the difference between the material used (See our guide on how to pick the best plant pot).
How to Propagate Echinopsis Chamaecereus f. Cristata
F. Cristata can be propagated by grafting or seeds. This succulent type does not require repotting often. Of course, the first-time repotting is essential when it is bought from the store. You can learn all about How To Repot Succulents in our guide.
Like all the other succulent types, a well-drained soil mixture is essential. If you want to know about well-drained soil mixtures, check How to Prepare Well-drained Soil for Succulent Plants.
How to Propagate Echinopsis Chamaecereus f. Cristata By Beheadings
You can cut off the head of the succulent using clean scissors. Leave a few inches to the base to stay on the safe side. There should be enough stem on the cutting. Before replanting, wait for a few days so cutting and the base can dry. When the cutting is calloused, replant it. Don’t forget to water when the soil dries out.
How to Propagate Echinopsis Chamaecereus f. Cristata Using Seeds
This succulent type is a slow grower so even if it can be propagated by its seeds, this method is not recommended. To propagate from the seeds, plant the seeds in a well-draining soil mixture. This method can be used outdoors. In cooler areas, indoor propagating is recommended.