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Ortegocactus macdougallii

Scientific Name:

Ortegocactus macdougallii

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The Ortegocactus macdougallii is a unique and eye-catching succulent that hails from the deserts of Mexico. It has a distinctive, globular shape with many flat ribs that are covered in white spines. The spines can range from short to long and have a yellowish hue. The plant grows up to about 30 cm tall and 15 cm wide, making it an ideal choice for smaller spaces or as part of a succulent collection. In the springtime, the Ortegocactus macdougallii produces small yellow flowers which are followed by bright red fruits in summer. In terms of care requirements, this succulent prefers well-draining soil and full sun exposure for optimal growth. It should be watered sparingly during its growing season (spring to fall) and allowed to dry out completely between waterings. During winter months, it should be kept relatively dry and protected from frosty temperatures. This particular species was discovered by botanist Doug MacDougall in 1982 while on an expedition in Mexico's Chihuahuan Desert region. Since then, it has become popular among collectors due to its unique appearance and easy care requirements. Overall, the Ortegocactus macdougallii is an attractive addition to any garden or home décor setting with its distinctive shape and colorful blooms and fruits!
The Ortegocactus macdougallii succulent thrives in bright indirect light. It can tolerate direct light for short periods of time, but should be kept out of direct sunlight for extended periods. For optimal growth, it should receive medium to low light throughout the day.
The Ortegocactus macdougallii succulent prefers a well-draining soil that is light and airy. It should be slightly acidic, with a pH of 6.0 to 7.5. A good mix for this plant would be two parts potting soil, one part coarse sand, and one part perlite or pumice. Make sure the soil is kept moist but not soggy.
The Ortegocactus macdougallii succulent requires infrequent watering, so you should only water it every two to three weeks. When you do water it, make sure the soil is completely dry before doing so and that you give it a good soak. This will ensure your succulent stays healthy and happy!
The ideal humidity conditions for the Ortegocactus macdougallii succulent is between 30-50%. It should not be too humid or too dry, as either can cause damage to the plant. If you're able to keep the humidity in this range, your Ortegocactus macdougallii will thrive!