Fat plants

Copiapoa


GeneralitŠ°


group of cactaceae coming from the deserts of South America, in particular from Chile. Usually of rounded shape, with age they tend to become columnar, even if the very slow growth causes this change after 10-15 years of life of the plant, which in adulthood it can reach one meter in height. The young specimens are single, after 5-10 years they tend to form groups. The color varies, depending on the variety, from greyish-brown to green-blue. Some species are covered with a pruinose patina. They produce very large and showy flowers, usually in shades of yellow.

Exposure



these plants love very sunny locations all year round. In winter they fear the cold, so it is advisable to place them on a window sill.

Watering


in the place of origin these plants very rarely receive rainwater, thirst quench thirst for the condensation of night mists; for this reason during the vegetative period it is good to water them sporadically, leaving the soil to dry a lot between one watering and another. In winter, if they are not in a place that is too heated, it is a good idea to stop the watering altogether.

Ground


use a very well drained soil for cactaceae, consisting of peat and sand, with the addition of coarse material, such as pumice stone.

Multiplication


if the Copiapoa they produce numerous fertile seeds, which can be used for propagation. Another method is to cut the suckers, which are buried in a mixture of peat and sand in equal parts, after allowing the cut to dry for at least two days.

Copiapoa: Pests and diseases


if the water supplied during the watering is too much we can induce the root rot. Sometimes Copiapoa they are attacked by cochineal and aphids.