Ariocarpus Kotschoubeyanus

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This cactus is a native of Mexico, appearing in small clusters over large areas in the north and southern regions of the country. It is a short plant that doesn’t rise beyond a few centimeters above the ground. Also, the plant has a large taproot under the ground for water and food storage.

Scientific Name:Ariocarpus Kotschoubeyanus
Other Names:Anhalonium Fissipedum Hort.Monv. ex Lem, Anhalonium kotschoubeyanum Lem. ex K.Schum, Ariocarpus Rotchubeyanus Cobbold, Anhalonium kotchubeyi Lem., Cactus Kotschubeyi Kuntze, Roseocactus kotschoubeyanus (Lem. ex K.Schum.) A.Berger. Star Rock, Living Rock.
Growth Season:Spring to summer
Preferred Temperature:The ideal temperature is 80 – 90oF (27 – 32oC)
Hardiness Zone:USDA Zone 10 – 12
Average Mature Height & Width:It rises to an average height of between 5 and 9 centimeters.
Dormancy:It is dormant in winter.
Toxicity:It is a toxic plant since it contains hordenine, which causes high blood pressure and an increased heart rate when ingested.
Ariocarpus Kotschoubeyanus Summary

Ariocarpus Kotschoubeyanus Physical Characteristics

This cactus is a geophyte, meaning a considerably larger part is underground than above ground. The shoot comprises tubercle rosettes, and the stem is short and solitary but with a flat top. Its tubercles are usually dark green and lie flat on the ground.

Its taproot looks like a turnip in which it stores water. This cactus develops a wooly top from which flowers emerge which are pink-violet flowers, but some of them are white. The flowers mature into which usually contain a lot of viable seeds. Fruits are usually white or green. 

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Ariocarpus Kotschoubeyanus Plant Care

Due to its adapted morphology, this hardy plant can survive long periods without water. Nevertheless, watering it regularly ensures that it is healthy and improves its appeal.

You should know that too much water exposes the plant to root rot, which is naturally susceptible. The best compost to grow this cactus is well-draining, containing at least 70% gravel or pumice. Organic matter should be less than 10% of the entire substrate. The well-draining substrate is critical in ensuring the plant has the right water.

This plant requires bright light to keep it healthy. The light can be direct sunlight or under shade. If you keep it dry, it can withstand subzero temperatures for a short while. Fertilizer isn’t essential to the plant’s survival, but a little extra feeding helps keep it well-formed and attractive. Please give it some potassium-rich fertilizer. 

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Ariocarpus Kotschoubeyanus Growth

You can grow this plant in a pot as an ornamental plant. Seeds are the best way to propagate the succulent since they rarely crump. It produces many viable seeds, so finding those shouldn’t be a problem. Follow the normal process of succulent propagation by seeds.

Repotting is necessary because the taproot grows quite large. You may need to repot it at least every other year. Conversely, pruning isn’t necessary because it isn’t too vegetative. Both toot and stem mealybugs may attack the succulent, although they aren’t too susceptible.

You can protect them by giving them adequate feeding and isolating the infected ones. Also, you can cure an infestation using systemic and contact organic pesticides.

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