Lobivia Cactus

Lobivia Cactus

The name is an anagram of Bolivia, where the plants are found (Cactaceae). A genus of greenhouse succulents, mostly dwarf and cylindrical with large and colourful flowers of the size of the plant.

Species cultivated

L. aurea. globular to columnar ridged stems, yellow flowers. L. backebergii, a handsome plant with carmine flowers. L. famatimensis, yellow to red; vars. albiflora, white or pale yellow; aurantiaca. golden-orange; haematantha, blood-red; rosiflora, pink. L. hertrichiana, small globular bodies, few spines, bright red flowers, produces offsets very freely. L. jajoiana, very handsome, dark red flowers with black centre.

Cultivation

Lobivia Cactus Use an average potting compost with 1/6 part extra of sand, grit and broken brick. Plants should be re-potted every two years and given a very sunny-position. Water between March and September, but keep very dry in winter.

The summer temperature can be between 65°F (18°C) and 85°F (30°C); winter temperature should not drop below 40°F (4°C). Propagate by seed sown in a good seed compost, just covered, and kept close in a temperature of 70°F (25 °C). Plants may also be propagated from offsets rooted in coarse sand.

12. July 2017 by Dave Pinkney
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