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
Echinopsis 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
somewhat prone to rot, then, too.
Needs moderate water in summer, none in winter. Watch for infestations of
mealybug, scale insects and spider mite.
Propagation: Easy to propagate from offsets. The offsets can be detached and
planted immediately as they root easily with no assistance when they
touch the ground. Just let them lay on the soil and you have a new
Photo of conspecific taxa, varieties, forms and
cultivars of Lobivia sylvestris: