Fat plants



columnar cacti originating in Brazil and South America. They have quite thin stems, not very branched, erect, of a bright green color, sometimes bluish, and bear numerous clear spines, very sharp and thin; large parts of the species remain below 50 cm, but some species can even reach one meter. In mature age they produce at the apex of the stems of the flat cephali, constituted by a thick reddish hair, erect and rigid; in summer from the cephalio numerous fleshy and waxy flowers, tubular, of pink, yellow or red color, according to the species, often gathered in small groups; in late summer these plants produce small elongated fruits, of a bright color. In general the plant continues to grow even after producing cephalio, from which flowers will bloom for 2-3 years.


in the warm months it is good to place the arrojadoa in a partially shaded place, avoiding the direct rays of the sun; in winter put in full sun in a sheltered place, with a minimum temperature of not less than 10 ° C.


from March to October water every time the soil is dry, at least once a week; with the arrival of cold, thin out the waterings, until almost suspending them in winter. In the vegetative period, supply the plant with a specific fertilizer for succulent plants, mixed with the water used for watering, every 15-20 days.


prefer very well drained soils, consisting of universal soil mixed with river sand and pumice stone, with a fairly small grain size. Plants grown in very small containers tend to have a lower development than expected in nature.


it happens by seed; in late spring it is possible to practice apical cuttings, which root with great ease if they are buried after having done well to dry the wound.

Arrojadoa: Pests and diseases

pay attention to mites and cochineal.