A hybrid cactus of the Echinopsis family, Chamaelobivia is a clumping, hardy cactus that produces a profusion of large, bright red blooms in early summer.
Also known as the peanut cactus due to the appearance of its offsets, itís a great indoor plant and will also overwinter outside in the UK with little more protection than a cold greenhouse.
Chamaelobivia is a tough, hardy 'garden' cactus that will sit happily in drier areas inside and out. Easy to care for and a real eye-catcher, if you don't have a garden you can grow this cactus perfectly well as an indoor houseplant.
Is it hardy? Yes definitely! Able to withstand temperatures down to -7įC when kept dry, this is a really robust little houseplant that will tolerate most conditions that are thrown at it.
Thriving in pots of gritty compost, it's able to withstand low temperatures when kept on the dry side as itís the wet rather than the cold that will promote the demise of this cactus - we've grown them successfully in pots outside in Lincolnshire!
This popular cactus has surprisingly large flowers which can grow up to 7.5 cm wide. To bloom in May, Chamaelobivia needs a cold period over winter after which you'll be rewarded with bright red flowers in late spring.
This cactus has an upright growth habit and produces multiple offsets which will bloom profusely. Flowers are up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter, brightly coloured, and tinged with iridescent highlights in the sun.
Place Chamaelobivia outside in your rock or gravel garden directly in the ground or in a pot on your balcony - it's so easy to grow that itís even great for kids to get their first taste of gardening.
Supplied as a single red flowered plant in a 13cm pot. Flowers May - June.
Supplied as a single red flowered plant in a 13cm pot. Grows to 20cm (8in) x 20cm (8in).
The cactus is sensitive to winter wet which will cause rotting, so make sure that it stays dry over the winter to ensure it survives.
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