Tiny yellow daisies are titanopsis.
Relatives and neighbors of this amazing plant on our planet are the inhabitants of the deserts of Africa and Namibia, the "living stones" of lithops and argyroderma. Back in 1907, the botanist Marlot discovered titanopsis. Now this genus has only 8 species. It is truly tiny (3 cm), and resembles a mineral. No wonder Marlot, leaning on him with his hand, first took this plant for a piece of limestone. Hence the name of the genus "titanopsis", which is translated from Greek means - "lime" and "similar."
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To breed this "baby" you need an earthen mixture with humus, sand and small stones. If you can get a shell, broken brick or limestone - use them. In a word, all materials that do not feed and do not retain water. And, as always for cacti, sprinkle the earth with pebbles on top.
The root of the titanopsis is pivotal, so do not buy small dishes. And yet, the root does not withstand overheating - organize a good drainage!
The side on which your cactus will show off, choose the south or south-west, with sufficient lighting. If there were few sunny days all winter, then in order to avoid burns, with the advent of spring, shade the plant.
Titanopsis are not afraid of temperature differences. They are able to withstand fluctuations from + 40 ° C to frost. Lower temperatures are not afraid of them, provided they are completely dry. But in winter it is better to ensure a temperature of at least + 12 ° C.
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Flowering will begin in late August, when peduncles with buds covered with papillae begin to appear from the very center of the outlet. With a quick inspection, they can be mistaken for new leaves. But this is not surprising, they are just disguised as stones. The flowers themselves have the size of a cherry, yellow. These "daisies" open only in bright sunlight and bloom for several days. Do not be surprised if in cloudy weather, in the evening or in the morning they will be "inaccessible" to the eyes of your guests. So these crumbs are arranged, because they have to adapt to natural phenomena.
Titanopsis are propagated by seed or simple division of adult, overgrown plants. Remember that each piece must have three roots. Before planting, they need to be dried or planted in soil with a high sand content. Do not water the bushes for a while.
The most suitable time for a transplant is July-August. You can use special feeding for cacti, which are sold in flower shops.
A mini-garden of small cacti, to which Titanopsis belong, will bring pleasure, give a good mood to both the owner and his guests. Moreover, such plants do not take up much space and do not require special care.