Collectors Cacti: Borzicactus

Borzicactus

Named in honour of Professor Antonio Borzi, an Italian botanist (Cactaceae). Cacti with stems often erect, but a few spreading, many ribs which are closely covered with areoles and spines, flowers round and small.

Species cultivated

B. faustianus, pale green stem about 2 inches thick, many long spines, some yellow, flowers red, Andes of Peru. B. ficldianus, stems long, erect or semi-prostrate, many whitish spines, flowers red, Peru. B. morley-anus, long stems branching from base, slender, brownish spines, flowers carmine-violet, Ecuador.

Cultivation

A compost with few additions is suitable, with added coarse matter to increase porosity; a sixth part will do. Repot in March, not more often than every two years. Water when the soil dries out in summer, but give none at all in winter. Temperature, 65-75°F (18-24°C) in summer, 40°F (4°C) in winter, when plants must be kept dry. These cacti like plenty of sun in the growing period.

Propagation is by seed sown in a good seed compost in a temperature of 70°F (21°C). Shade the seedlings for the first year. Some species may be increased by cuttings. These should be dried and placed on sharp sand to root.

10. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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