Written by Maggie
Mar 15 2021
Ariocarpus fissura is a rare and endangered species of rock peony in the cactus family, mainly distributed in Texas and Mexico.
Known as the "giant panda of plants" or the living rock, Ariocarpus fissura is a very beautiful small indoor potted flower with abundant and delicate flowers.
Ariocarpus fissura is a globular plant, solitary or clustered, growing in cushions, with individual spheres ranging from 10 cm to 15 cm in diameter, flattened at the top and covered with dense white or yellow-white hairs. Epidermis with thick and hard triangular verrucous, verrucous surface grayish green, to brownish green, wrinkled into irregular furrows, a longitudinal furrow in the middle extends to the axillary part of the wart, and with short wool. The flowers are terminal, bell-shaped, pink, 3.5 to 4 cm long, very showy, with several simultaneous flowers.
Ariocarpus fissura prefers abundant and soft sunlight, a well-ventilated environment, and requires a certain amount of humidity in the air at the cultivation site.
Ariocarpus fissura is watered extensively during the growing season, but does not keep standing water in the pot. A compound liquid fertilizer "low in nitrogen and high in phosphorus and potassium" is applied every 15 days or so to make the plants bloom more. In summer, the sun should be shaded properly. If the light is too strong, it will not only burn the ball easily, but also grow slowly. Winter is placed in the indoor bright place, keeps the basin soil dry, and can withstand the low temperature of 5℃. Cultivation should be replaced once a year, to promote the growth of plants. The basin soil should be well drained, well ventilated, and contain a moderate amount of calcareous sandy soil.As this species has a thick taproot, it is advisable to use a deeper pot seed.
Grafting propagation can be carried out by seeding or by picking out pellets.
Ariocarpus fissura is very difficult to propagate. It can be grafted by sowing or picking the small pellets. Due to the very long maturity period of the fruit and the difficulty in germination, the germination rate is very low and the seedling grows very slowly. Grafting can be used as rootstock, such as three-rowed arrow, in order to accelerate the growth rate, early flowering, but the life of grafted seedlings is very short, easy to aging, not easy to cultivate, and rock peony is very difficult to land, not easy to take root, the mortality rate is very high.
Ariocarpus fissura loves warmth and can withstand temperatures as low as 5 ° C. Under the condition of water break in winter, it can withstand low temperature below 0℃.
Ariocarpus fissura is fond of abundant and soft sunlight and needs proper shade in the bright areas of the house in summer.
Water Ariocarpus fissura well during the growing season, but do not allow persistent water to accumulate in the pot.
Ariocarpus fissura In the wild, all rock peonies grow in calcareous soils.In most cases, the main constituent of the calcareous material is calcium carbonate. However, while A certain number of A. kotschoubeyanus grow on limestone, A large number of the species also grow in gypsum soils (mainly calcium sulfate). Limestone fragments are usually mixed with soil that contains hard sandy clay, lots of minerals, and low water content. The genus is abundant in native areas, often in areas with porous, brittle limestone. Therefore, it can be inferred that soluble calcium and other minerals are essential nutrients for the genus Staphylo Peony.
Ariocarpus fissura cultivation sites require air circulation and a certain amount of humidity in the air.
Compound liquid fertilizer with low nitrogen and high phosphorus and potassium was applied every 15 times or so.
Ariocarpus fissura is native to southwestern Texas and northern Mexico in the United States.
All the original species of this genus are rare and first-class protected plants. Ariocarpus fissura, an endangered species, is native to Mexico.