Habitat: South America
Curiosity: Like other cactaceae, today it is considered part of the vast Echinopsis genus.
SOHERENSIA KEY FEATURES
Soherensia plants are cacti that can reach even large dimensions. They have spherical stems that, with age, may have slightly elongated, almost cylindrical shapes. They are branched by vertical ribs along which there are areolas from which long, robust thorns come out, the are yellow that tends to brown and which generally becomes darker with time. The blooms are rich and spectacular: the flowers are large with bright colors like red, yellow, orange. The flowers tend to grow on the top of the plant, arranged like a crown. They are very long-lasting cacti, which can live tens of years and reach large sizes. In nature, they emit suckers that become bigger and bigger, growing like a bush close the mother plant.
VARIETY AND TYPES
In the past Soherensia has been included in the Lobivia genus, and then, when the Lobivia were in turn included in the genus Echinopsis it also has become part of it. In common language, however, it remained under the name of “Soherensia” for:
- Soherensia bruchii
- S. formosa
TIPS FOR CULTIVATING
Here are our tips for cultivating plants like Soherensia:
- EXPOSURE: Soherensia requires full sun and at home it must always receive a lot of light.
- TEMPERATURE: During winter it must stay in a cool and dry place, always getting plenty of light. It is recommended not to expose it to low temperatures; the limit is 10 ° C.
- WATERING: Wet regularly during the flowering period, waiting that the soil dries between the watering. During winter suspend it and let the plant rest in a cool place.
- SOIL: Use standard soil for cactacee.
- CONCIMATION: Dilute a low nitrogen fertilizer monthly in the water of watering in spring and summer.
- REPOT: Repot only if necessary in the spring. Protect your hands well to avoid hurting with the thorns.
- REPRODUCTION: Reproduction can be done by seed or by taking the side suckers, often present, and placing them in the cultivation substrate