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Mammillaria compressa

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Mammillaria compressa

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Mammillaria compressa originates from the central Mexican states of Hidalgo, Queretaro, Guanajuato, Tamaulipas, Nuevo León and San Luis Potosi. This plant works well in cactus gardens as a low spreading medium-scale ground cover. Mammillaria compressa can be grown in containers as well and will quickly offset to fill them. This is an easy Mammillaria to grow, resistant to rot and erratic watering. Mammillaria compressa has sharp spines and should be located away from foot traffic. Mammilliaria compressa is easily propagated by dividing offsets or can be grown from seed. Fruit should be significantly overripe before harvesting seeds. From seed it germinates best in vitro in gelatin or agar.

This is a fast growing Mammillarias species. It is a grey-green globular cactus which spreads by division to form small colonies. Underground, Mammillaria compressa grows a long club-shaped caudex root to store water. Above ground, Mamlillaria compressa is covered in angular tubercules that have 4 to 6 bristly, radial ½” – 1″ spines. The axils on this plant often display wool and bristles, the amount of wool varies by seedling. In early spring it flowers with ¼ to ½” flowers of carmine red to pink, which form a ring around the crown of each cactus. Growth is quicker in richer well-draining soils. Its tiny fruit are remarkably delicious — tasting like strawberries.

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Names and Synonyms: Neomammillaria compressa, Cactus compressa, Mammillaria angularis f. compressa, Mammillaria angularis var. compressa, Mammillaria angularis, Mammillaria bernalensis, Mammillaria cirrhifera, Mammillaria conopsea, Mammillaria centricirrha var. conopsea, Cactus conopseus, Mammillaria esseriana, Mammillaria tolimensis, Mammillaria conopea, Mammillaria esseriana
Common Names: Mother of Hundreds
Family: Cactaceae
Origin: This plant originates from the central Mexican states of Hidalgo, Queretaro, Guanajuato, Tamaulipas, Nuevo León and San Luis Potosi
Size Label: 2 Gallon
Height: 6″
Width: 12″
USDA Zones: Zone 9a, Zone 9b, Zone 10a, Zone 10b, Zone 11a
Cold Tolerance: 20 to 25°F, -6.7 to -3.9°C
Heat Tolerance: Very high heat tolerance
Light Requirement: Light shade to full sun
Water needs: Very drought tolerant but can take light irrigation in summer
Maintenance: None
Uses: Works well in cactus gardens as a low spreading medium-scale ground cover. It will can be grown in containers as well and will quickly offset to fill them. This is an easy Mammillaria to grow, resistant to rot and erratic watering. This plant has sharp spines and should be located away from foot traffic.
Propagation: This plant is easily propagated by dividing offsets or can be grown from seed. Fruit should be significantly overripe before harvesting seeds. From seed it germinates best in vitro in gelatin or agar.
Problems: Few to none if grown in well-draining soil
Research Links:

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/63589/
http://llifle.org/Encyclopedia/CACTI/Family/Cactaceae/11897/Mammillaria_compressa
http://mammillarias.net/gallery/mammillaria_species.php?searchstring=compressasspcompressa&lg=uk
http://www.sunnygardens.com/garden_plants/mammillaria/mammillaria_1842.php

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There is a minimum purchase of any 4 plants for online orders. All plants shipped bare root. Other sizes may be available for pick up from our growing grounds in Fallbrook, CA. For more information, give us a call at 760-990-4762.
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