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  Akersia hybrid cv. OTTO SCHULTZ
(Syn: Akersia roseiflora "OTTO SCHULTZ")
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Akersia hybrid "OTTO SCHULZ"
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Description: This is a famous hybrid between Akersia roseiflora and an hybrid of Echinopsis .
The standard Akersia roseiflora (nowadays regarded as a synonym of Cleistocactus samaipatanus) is a trailing or erect slender succulent that grow in group branching from the base. It's stems are covered with stiff golden spines and grows up to 1,5 m long x 2,5-5 cm in diameter.
The hybrid "OTTO SCHULTZ" is more robust and forms slender columns 5-7 cm in diameter also covered with short golden spines. It branches readily and each stems lasts for several years, growing increasingly woody, before it should be removed to encourage young growth. The flowers are a lovely lilac pink, and are some of the best hybrid cactus flowers. It blossoms freely in cultivation . The brilliant flowers don't close at night, and they last about 2-4 days. They come in flushes in late spring to early summer.

Cultivation: This is an easily grown cactus, suited to hanging baskets as well as pots. Grow in well-drained soil in a sunny spot. This plant  needs a period of cool rest in winter to produce flowers abundantly. It flowers freely indoors if conditions suit it. The plant survives outside without protection in winter (cold hardy to -8 ) but is then somewhat prone to rot, too.
Needs moderate water in summer, none in winter. Watch for infestations of mealybug, scale insects and spider mite.
It is a vigorous plant, if you grow it in a container, repot it yearly , and give an occasional high potassium liquid feed.

Propagation: Easy to propagate from cuttings.


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Family: Cactaceae (Cactus Family)

Scientific name:  Akersia roseiflora hybrid cv. OTTO SCHULTZ

Origin Garden origin (Nursery produced cultivar)

Conservation status: Listed in CITES appendix 2.

 

 

 



 

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