Turks cap cactus profile

Written by Maggie

Feb 09 2021

Turks cap cactus profile

Turk's cap cactus, scientific name Melocactus intortus, is a plant with a stem up to 30 cm thick. The flower base on the tip of Turk's cap cactus is particularly developed. Turk's cap cactus takes up to 7-8 years to blossom and bear fruit. The flowers that come out are particularly beautiful and can't be left for long. Turk's cap cactus (Melocactus intortus) likes a warm, dry and sunny environment. Turk's cap cactus is cold resistant, drought resistant, and high temperature resistant. Soil with fertile, loose and well - drained sandy loam soil best. The temperature in winter is not lower than 5°C. Turk's cap cactus is native to South America, generally grows in high heat, dry, little rain in desert areas.

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Turk's cap cactus

Distribution and growth habits of turk's cap cactus

Distribution of Turk's Cap Cactus: West Indies, Central America.

Turk's cap cactus (Melocactus intortus) growth habits :Turk's cap cactus is a kind of warm-weather plant, dry, like sunshine, relatively hardy, like to grow on fertile, loose land, winter is not suitable for the environment below 5 degrees. South America, home to Turk's cap cactus, is a hot, dry desert with few inches of land.

Turk's cap cactus method of propagation

Turk's cap cactus  (Melocactus intortus) is commonly propagated by seeding and grafting.

Turk's cap cactus  (Melocactus intortus) is a self-fertilized plant, seeds are readily available.Indoor pot seeding was more common in spring, and germinated 2 weeks after sowing, with high germination rate. Seedlings grow into spheres with strong resistance.

Grafting, 4-5 - year - old Turk's cap cactus  (Melocactus intortus), using trap-off, promote its germination bulb, and then use the amount of day chi as rootstock, using flat grafting method propagation, grafting bulb growth and forming fast, but short life and poor resistance.

Turk's cap cactus

Turk's cap cactus growing methods

Turk's cap cactus  (Melocactus intortus) has a shallow root system, so it is appropriate to use a shallow pot for potting. Change the pot every spring, add a little dry sheep dung with a mixture of fertile leaf rot soil and coarse sand, and fertilize once every half a month during the growing period. Summer can be more watering, midsummer increases watering, improves air humidity, and is beneficial to Turk's cap cactus  (Melocactus intortus) ball growth. Reduce watering in winter, keep sunshine and pot soil dry. The soil is rich, loose and well drained sandy loam soil. The temperature cannot go below 5 degrees in winter. Sometimes Turk's cap cactus  (Melocactus intortus) stem rot, gray mold, available 70% methyl tobujin wettable powder 1000 times the liquid spray. Insects of Turk's cap cactus have red spider and scale insect harm, with 40% oxidized dimethoate emulsion 1500 times liquid spray kill. 

Turk's cap cactus