Other details: Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping Suitable for growing in containers
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting: Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
I grow this plant in a greenhouse. 20% shade in the winter, 40% shade in the summer months. I have had good luck so far at preventing rot by growing in a 4" clay pot, using a mixture of 20% Miracle Grow potting soil and 80% perlite to ensure excellent drainage. I water it maybe once every 3-4 weeks in hot weather, not at all in the cooler months. This is my second year growing ariocarpus fissuratus. I am going to try a very weak solution of fertilizer this spring and mid-summer. We'll see if I get a flower this year.
On Aug 17, 2004, palmbob from Tarzana, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
Very slowl growing cactus to 8" in diameter, from Texas, New Mexico and Mexico... tends to be over collected (since large specimens worth $$). Non-spiny and fairly hardy, this is a nice specimen for a potted plant- rots easily, though. Has thick layers of white 'fur' on top originating from growth centers.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Grenoble, Phoenix, Arizona Vinton, Louisiana San Leanna, Texas