Chamaelobivia rose quartz red
No synonyms are found for this species name.
Chamaelobivia rose quartz red is an hybrid obtained crossing a Chamaecereus with a Lobivia Tiegeliana. It has the typical cactus stems, but grouped in a bunch, green, multilobated, with yellow spines grouped in tufts. It has an offsetting attitude so it produces a lot of suckers. Stems have an upright growth habit. This plant produces a lot of outstanding, red-orange flowers, 7 centimeters in diameter. Flowers are solitary and develop upon modified stems, more white-yellowish, conical.
This plant needs a good exposure to sunlight, but it cannot stand direct light for too many hours. Also the passage from a middle-shaded position to a bright spot should be gradual. Chamaelobivia rose quartz red is quite resistant to low temperatures: it can survive, for short periods, until -5ºC. Water Chamaelobivia rose quartz red regularly in summer, once every 3-4 days, paying attention to water stagnation. In winter, watering shoud be almost suspended. The substrate should be well drained, rich in nutrients. The plant maintain its small dimension, so repotting is not so often necessary. After any repotting, avoid watering for at least a week.
Propagation is made through seeds or cuttings. The wound of the stem cuttings should be dried before they can be planted. After planted, it needs 1 to 6 weeks to put roots.
Chamaelobivias are hybrids between Chamaecereus and Lobivia.