Fat plants

Frailea pulcherrima


genus that includes about twenty species of small globose cacti, originating in south-central America, in particular Brazil. They have a spherical shape and generally the diameter remains below 6-7 cm, often producing numerous basal suckers. The stem is usually dark green in color and has numerous ribs and small or large areolas depending on the species; they have many light colored spines, often as thin as hair; in summer they produce some flowers at the apex of the plant, of an intense yellow color, being the plant able to self-pollinate often the flowers do not bloom, producing however numerous fertile seeds. These cacti are not widespread in cultivation, especially due to their small size and slow growth.


the frailee, unlike most cacti, do not like direct sun, so they should be kept in a partially shady place; they can tolerate direct sunlight during the flowering period, as sunlight helps open the buds. They fear the cold, so in the winter months they should be kept in places where they can enjoy temperatures above 10 ° C, such as in a tempered greenhouse or at home.


from March to October water sporadically, allowing the soil to dry out perfectly between one watering and another. During the same period, provide fertilizer for succulent plants mixed with the irrigating water, every 15-20 days. In winter water the plant very rarely, especially if it is kept in a poorly heated place.


use compote for cactaceae, consisting of rich soil and sand, possibly adding pumice stone or lapillus to increase drainage. These small plants produce a conspicuous root system, so it is good to repot them every year.


it takes place by seed, preferably using the semi seeds; the seedbeds should be kept constantly humid, in a shaded and warm place.

Frailea pulcherrima: Pests and diseases

pay attention to cochineal and mites.