Fat plants

Epithelanta


GeneralitŠ°


slow-growing dwarf cactacea native to the southern United States and Mexico. It has a roundish shape, briefly columnar, with a particular narrowing at about half of its height. The stem is light green, completely covered with small white spines, in spring and summer it produces small white-pink flowers along the crown, which last a few days. They are followed by small dark pink fruits, containing numerous seeds, which are difficult to fertilize. Sometimes it constitutes large groups made up of numerous specimens, more often it grows single. E. m .unguispina has characteristic central spines with a black-tipped tip and larger and darker flowers.

Exposure




loves sunny positions, even if on the hottest days of July and August it is good to shade it for a few hours, in the hottest moments of the day. Fears the cold, in winter it should be stored in a tempered greenhouse or at home, maintaining a minimum temperature above 10-15 degrees.

Watering


for the whole vegetative period, from March to October, it is good to supply water every 7-10 days, leaving the soil to dry well between one watering and another. In autumn and winter reduce watering, to avoid rotting. In spring and summer, add fertilizer for succulent plants to the water every 15-20 days.

Ground


likes very well drained calcareous soils; choose a vase that is large and deep enough to guarantee sufficient space for the root system of this plant, which is often very vigorous. Add coarse material to the soil, such as expanded clay, pozzolana or pumice stone, to ensure excellent drainage.

Multiplication


in spring and summer sow the small black seeds in a compound consisting of sand and peat in equal parts, keeping the substratum moist, in a place sheltered from the air and excessive sun.

Epithelanta: Pests and diseases


if irrigation is excessive it can be affected by root rot. It is often attacked by aphids and cochineal.