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Introduction to Sub-Surface Cactus Plants

Introduction to Sub-Surface Cactus Plants

Ariocarpus fissuratus

Type 6 - Sub-surface Cacti. The body is buried under the surface of the soil with only the top exposed.

Blossfeldia liliputana, Ariocarpus, Gymnocalycium, Escobaria, Obregonia, Strombocactus, Pelycyphora. These types of cacti take full advantage of their environment. Most of their bodies burried below the soil surface during drought periods in the desert. They camouflage themselves to look like their surrounding environment. When the rain pass through they soak up the moisture like a sponge. The body expands and rises above the surface and looks very healthy. This is the state most hobbiest keep the plant in.


Gymnocalycium bodenbenderianum Ariocarpus retusus Obregonia Escobaria nellieae
Gymnocalycium  bodenbenderianum Ariocarpus retusus Obregonia denegrii Artichoke Cactus Escobaria

A Neat Flickr Slideshow of Ariocarpus Fissuratus We Have Had Before.

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