Uebelmannia Pectinifera

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Uebelmannia Pectinifera is native to Brazil. It is commonly seen in dry savannas and rocky areas. This cactus was named after Friedrich Uebelmann, a Swiss cactus collector who discovered it in 1955. This is known for its beautiful appearance and solitary growing habit. 

Scientific Name:Uebelmannia Pectinifera.
Growth Season:Spring and Summer Season.
Preferred Temperature:30°F to 50°F.
Hardiness Zone:USDA Hardiness Zones 10a to 11b.
Average Mature Height & Width:16 millimeters tall and 10 millimeters in diameter.
Dormancy:Winter Season.
Toxicity:Non-toxic to both humans and animals.
Uebelmannia Pectinifera Summary

Uebelmannia Pectinifera’s Physical Characteristics

Since this cactus is solitary, Uebelmannia Pectinifera doesn’t grow any leaves. The stem or trunk is green and rounded. It has ribs with triangular bract scales, white hairs, and bristles. Uebelmannia Pectinifera has a purple to reddish waxy coating. The coating and the bristles serve as a protection of the cactus from any predators. The flower is diurnal, funnel-shaped, and greenish-yellow. It also produces fruits that will eventually be the source of seeds. 

Uebelmannia Pectinifera Care

Water once a week during its growing seasons. Make sure to keep the soil moist, as it is known to be moisture-loving. Ideally, you only need to apply water on the root zone, not the entire plant.

It prefers light shade and doesn’t need direct bright sunlight. It is advisable to place it in a shaded area during the hottest time of the day to avoid any damage. Six hours of bright sunlight daily is enough for your cactus.

Uebelmannia Pectinifera can survive almost any type of soil mixture. However, for it to grow fully, it is advisable to use a well-draining mineral-enriched soil mixture. Fertile soil is preferred, as the plant cannot last long in dry soil.

A pH level of 6.5 to 6.8 is also preferred. You may feed with a nitrogen-enriched fertilizer to boost its productivity and reduce nitrate accumulation. Make sure only to feed your cactus during its growing season. 

Uebelmannia Pectinifera Growth

Uebelmannia Pectinifera is a low-maintenance cactus. You may propagate through seeds and grafting. Remember to use clean garden scissors to avoid contaminating your cuttings for grafting. It is also essential to allow your cuttings to be calloused before replanting. Also, allow your cuttings to develop roots before replanting. If you propagate through seeds, use moist and nutrient-enriched soil to ensure germination. 

If you need to prune, do it during its growing season. Pruning helps preserve the size, the shape and promotes growth.

You do not need to repot often. Repotting is only advisable once your plant grows more significantly than its current pot and during its growing period. Avoid any unnecessary repotting, as it may damage your plant.

Avoid any crucial changes on your plant during its dormant period, as it most likely affects your plant’s growth negatively. Fortunately, Uebelmannia Pectinifera is not prone to any pests and diseases. 

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Richard Miller

Salute everyone. It's Richard, the author of this Succulent & Xeriscaping blog. I am a traveler and a nature lover looking for a connection with the wild green. In my journey, I found a love for succulents and xeriscaping. What attracts me is the long-lasting & unique beauty of every plant I have the chance to see with my own eyes. Welcome to my little blog and let's enjoy a good time together!

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