Eriosyce Crispa

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Eriosyce Crispa is a native of Chile, occurring in the east of the Huasco Region in the Atacama Region. It is a cylindrical cactus that grows slowly, spreading to a diameter of 10 cm. There are considerable variations in the species, especially regarding the colors of its flowers. These flowers manifest in their various colors in cultivation.


This cactus is slightly cylindrical but also somewhat flattened. It has stiff, needle-like spines. Its radial spines are 6-14. Its central spines number between 1-5, and they are relatively thick.

Their length ranges between 15 and 80 mm, while the length of the central spines is 10 to 50 mm. The spines are needle-like and often curved. Also, it has 10 to 12 ribs.

Its stem is blackish but can also be brown or dark olive green. It has a waxy white coating on the stem, which prevents it from desiccation in the habitat. It grows under arid conditions, thus the need to keep desiccation at bay.

Its flowers are showy and somewhat daisy-like in their various colors. Some are pink, others yellow, cream white, etc. They are diurnal and 3.5-5 cm long. They are broad and closely packed.

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Eriosyce Crispa is relatively easy to care for owing to its constitution, adapted to harsh desert conditions. It can stay without water for long, but proper watering allows it to thrive. Your watering regime should bear in mind the fact that the cactus is root-rot sensitive. Thus you should be very careful to avoid waterlogging. Use the soak-and-dry method, allowing water from the previous drink to dry before watering again. You should avoid watering entirely in winter, the plant’s dormancy season.

Planting in the correct substrate is vital for the plant’s nutrition and ensuring water is retained at appropriate levels. The soil should be draining well, with at least 70% pumice and some organic matter alongside loamy soil. This substrate ensures water flows through, leaving enough moisture without waterlogging. If potted, the pot should have suitable drainage holes; being breathable is an advantage, which is why unglazed terracotta pots are preferred.

Eriosyce Crispa is adapted for intense direct sunlight, and they perform best when exposed to the same while under cultivation. The cactus is supposed to get at least six hours of sunlight daily to ensure it is in good general health and maintains the correct hue on its stem.

It is noteworthy that Eriosyce Crispa is not frost-hardy. Take it indoors when temperatures hit sub-zero temperatures, especially in wet conditions. You can give the plant some fertilizer at the beginning of spring. The additional feeding should be rich in potassium or phosphorus but with little or no nitrogen. Feed it only once a year.

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Propagation, Repotting & Common Problem Control 

Seeds are its most common propagation method because it only sometimes produces offsets. You can buy seeds from nurseries and plant shops. Also, you must repot when Eriosyce Crispa outgrows the pot, which is likely to happen every other year. Root rot is the most common disease affecting this cactus, but it is easy to manage through proper watering. Mealybugs and red spiders are the most common pests, but you can cure those using organic pesticides.

Final Thought

The cactus is small enough to use as a table plant, provided you are careful enough to avoid its spines. Furthermore, it is easy to parent, which makes it ideal for new or busy parents.

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