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    • Of good constitution
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    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Nopalxochia phyllanthoides

pond lily cactus

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
pond lily cactus

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  • Other common names pond lily cactus
    empress of Germany

  • Family Cactaceae

  • Genus Nopalxochia are evergreen epiphytic cacti with branching, jointed stems composed of strap-shaped, toothed segments, bearing showy funnel-shaped, red or pink flowers in early summer, followed by fleshy red fruits

  • Details N. phyllanthoides is an evergreen cactus with erect, flattened stems to 40cm in height, bearing bell- or funnel-shaped pink flowers to 10cm across

  • Plant range Mexico

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H1C

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or East-facing or North-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Loam

    Loam

  • Sand

    Sand

  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilLoam, Sand

  • pHAcid

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow under glass in a slightly acid, epiphytic cactus compost in bright filtered light and moderate humidity, away from draughts. During the growing season water freely and feed with a half strength balanced liquid fertilizer monthly. Keep just moist in winter

Propagation Propagate by seed sown at 19 - 24ºC in early spring or by cuttings of stem sections

Suggested planting locations and garden types Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning No pruning required

Pests Mealybugs may be a problem

Diseases Generally disease free

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