The Echinopsis Flying Saucer is a hybrid cactus variety that has short and stout stems and as many as 14 ribs throughout the structure. The plant can actually end up growing quite tall, reaching around 30 inches once it becomes fully mature. Native to parts of South America, this plant also has several spines on the ridges.
The most eye-catching aspects of this plant are the layered pink flowers that also contain a bit of yellow and green and bloom in the months of spring.
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How To Care For Echinopsis Flying Saucer
Echinopsis Flying Saucer plants come in all shapes and sizes. They can also have flowers of many different colors in the same plant due to hybridization.
Most cacti only flower once a year, but Echinopsis Flying Saucer plants can bloom all year round if the temperature stays at a minimum of 21 degrees Celsius. That is, provided they are cared for properly. Here’s how to take care of your Echinopsis Flying Saucer plant:
Sunlight is great for all plants, especially plants like Echinopsis Flying Saucer which thrive during the summers.
Watering depends largely on the season. The plants will be blooming in the summers and will require more water. They start becoming dormant once the temperature starts falling, so water them conservatively during the winter and fall.
How often you water your Echinopsis Flying Saucer also depends on the soil, pot design and size. Pro tip—stick a pencil in the pot to check water saturation in the soil. If the pencil comes out dry or with very little water, it is time to water the plant.
Whenever you water the plant, make sure to fill the pot completely so that the soil is saturated with water.
Fast draining soil is ideal for Echinopsis Flying Saucer plants. Water retention can be harmful to the roots of the plants. It can end up damaging or killing the plant.
Add pebbles to the soil to help drainage and use sand to make a fast-draining top layer for the plant. The Echinopsis Flying Saucer cacti have shallow roots, so the size of the pot doesn’t matter.
If you’re thinking of growing your Echinopsis Flying Saucer plant in the ground instead of a pot, you need to be extra careful with the watering. While it isn’t harmful to the plant, planting it in your garden or backyard does have some disadvantages.
For example, if temperatures drop very low in your area, the water in the cactus will freeze up. If the cactus is in a pot, you can move the pot indoors to prevent this. If your cactus is planted in the ground, there is no way to avoid it.
You can use a fertilizer two to three times during the growing season of the Echinopsis Flying Saucer plant. Liquid fertilizer with a balance of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium is ideal for cacti.
Avoid fertilizers during the dormant period.
Pests and Diseases
Thankfully, the Echinopsis Flying Saucer cacti are not prone to many pests or diseases. The main enemy of an Echinopsis Flying Saucer plant is root or stem rot.
This is caused by high water retention. Make sure that the drainage of the pot is up to scratch and that you don’t overwater the plant.
How to Propagate Echinopsis Flying Saucer
Propagating Echinopsis Flying Saucer plants can be easy or hard depending on the exact species. However, if you take care of a few tips and make sure to propagate during the growing season, you are guaranteed to have a decent yield.
There will be offsets clustered at the base of your Echinopsis Flying Saucer plant. Let them grow to an inch or more in length before cutting them. Always cut at the narrowest part of the offset.
Let the offsets dry out on a paper towel till the wounds dry out or form callouses. Next, place them in a soil mix identical to that of the mother plant (preferably a fast-draining soil).
The plant should take root in a few weeks. Once this happens, repot the plant. There you have it! A new Echinopsis Flying Saucer sapling propagated from your plant.