Fat plants

Parody sanguiniflora


for some years the genre parody has also brought together the genus notocactus and some species of echinocactus; these are cacti originating in Central and South America. They generally have a globular or shortly columnar shape; the stem is green or blue-green, with numerous ribs and thorny areolas; most species tend to shrink, forming clumps composed of several nearby specimens. In late spring and summer they produce numerous flowers in the apical area, yellow, pink, red or purple, which remain open for a few days; in late summer they produce small oval fruits that contain numerous very small, generally fertile seeds. These plants are widely cultivated, not only by collectors, due to their abundant flowering and fairly simple cultivation.


the parodies prefer very bright locations, even sunny ones, although it is advisable to place them in a partially shaded area in July-August, so that they are sheltered from the sun during the hottest hours of the day. They do not fear the cold very much, and many species can withstand temperatures of some degrees below 0 ° C; in the cold months it is advisable to keep them at temperatures close to 10 ° C.


from March to September water regularly, at least once a week, waiting for the soil to dry completely between one watering and another; with the arrival of cold, thin out the waterings, until they stop in winter, especially if the piata is stored in the cold; if kept indoors, they should be watered at least once a month, even in winter. In the vegetative period add to the water of the specific watering fertilizer for cactaceae, every 15-20 days.

Parody sanguiniflora: Other tips

Soil: use a very well drained soil, consisting of universal soil mixed with river sand and pumice or lapillus, to increase drainage and allow a balanced development of fragile roots. These plants grow quite slowly, so they can be left in the same container for 2-3 years before repotting them.
Multiplication: takes place by seed, in December in a heated seedbed, in late spring in the open; the containers with the soil and the seeds must be kept in a shady and damp place. Often the parodies have many basal suckers, which can be detached and repotted in a single container to obtain new specimens with ease.
Pests and diseases: mites and cochineal often conspicuously ruin these plants.